I'm Emily Chen

Hi Love!

I'm a suburban FL girl turned NYC yoga teacher, teacher trainer and content creator with big, big dreams. In love with: the smell of new books, the sun on my face, and everything spirituality.

My Yoga Journey

I struggled with perfectionism and anxiety for years. I bought into the 'work hard, play hard' mindset. All-nighters and blisters were trophies of war. I may have looked picture perfect from the outside, but inside I was running on a tightwire, stressed up to my neck, living with heart palpitations that felt like a constant squeeze around my heart.

I was totally out of alignment and looking everywhere else for happiness but myself.

I didn't always look on the bright side...

The biggest thing yoga has taught me is how to be with myself.
 How to slow down, love, and have faith that everything is working out.



From little things like a specific collaboration (gymshark women!), to speaking on stage, opening my own yoga school, yoga-ing in Bali & Tulum, earning 6 figures, clearing my skin and manifesting my dream bod (with ease)... woof! It's been a journey that has opened me physically, mentally and spiritually.



I didn't start out teaching on IG or to sold out NYC classes! 20 year old me was rolling out towels in empty UVA gardens, hosting 'lawn yoga' on Tuesday nights. PS. My little vinyasa yoga club still exists today (U Yoga) Go 'hoos!


Through a series of lucky *coincidences* (ahem, a gentle push/pull from the Universe) I found yoga at the University of Virginia, was one of the first students to learn from the new Contemplative Sciences Center at UVA and went through a life-changing, deep dive program in yoga and Buddhism. I got to meet the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, reflect on my practice with amazing mentors, and go to India to live in an ashram and receive my 200hr yoga teaching certification. 


In a world that sometimes moves too fast, that's more connected and somehow more lonely, that provokes your doubt and needles at your insecurity- let me be a voice that tells you you are enough as you are, that you are perfect, even while blooming.

In a world that sometimes moves too fast, that's more connected and somehow more lonely, that provokes your doubt and needles at your insecurity- let me be a voice that tells you you are enough as you are, that you are perfect, even while blooming.



From little things like a specific collaboration (gymshark women!), to speaking on stage, opening my own yoga school, yoga-ing in Bali & Tulum, earning 6 figures, clearing my skin and manifesting my dream bod (with ease)... woof! It's been a journey that has opened me physically, mentally and spiritually.



Now, I'm a full time yoga teacher and content creator. It's been a wild and incredible journey to see things I only dreamed of manifest into reality!

I don't see spiritual vs non-spiritual elements of life. I believe you can apply yoga philosophy everywhere and see each area of your life thrive.


What really lights me up is just showing you and my fellow yogis a new way to be. A way that is soft and full of ease, a way that is loving, forgiving, and that rides with the flow of life. I love helping others slow down, and ironically, receive more. 

Emily believes in living with softness, strength and ease. She values being a 'global citizen': someone that is conscious, eats mostly plants, and takes care of their body through movement. To her, taking care of yourself is the most important aspect of your life, and if that is #1, everything else will fall into place.

Emily is a dedicated yogi and has been practicing and teaching yoga for the last 8 years. Emily is the founder and lead teacher of Alchemy School of Yoga, a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training school. Emily was born in Panama and is ethnically half-Chinese. Now she splits her time between NYC and Florida.



I want to show you that the skills you practice on the mat: presence, testing your edge, being playful yet grounded, strong yet soft, these are all skills you can use to feel good now.

If you tell me that yoga helped you feel less alone or get more loving-- I'll consider it a job well done.

 

In a world that provokes your self- doubt - let me be a voice that tells you you are enough as you are, perfect, even while blooming.

What really lights me up is showing you a new way to be. A way that is soft and full of ease, a way that is loving, forgiving, and that rides with the flow of life. I love helping others slow down, and ironically, receive more. 

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How long have you been practicing yoga?

A: Almost 9 years! Although technically, my dad introduced me to the meditation side of yoga much earlier.


Q: How did you get into yoga?
A: In college I wasn't dancing as much as I had back home, so I took a yoga theory and practice class that required 3x a week attendance ( I ended up going to class 6x a week!)


Q: When did you start seeing progress?
A: Within the first month of practicing I felt radically different. Much more calm and focused (I went from a 3.3 gpa to a 4.0!) The strength side took about two years to develop.

 
Q: What/ where did you train to become a teacher?
A: The basis of my yoga training comes from the University of Virginia's Contemplative Sciences Center. There I studied the theory and practice of yoga in an academic environment! Through Yoga Alliance, I took an Ashtanga Vinyasa 200hr in India, 300hr Advanced Leadership Training with Tara Stiles in NYC, a 300hr Tantric Yoga training in Bali, a 50hr in Rocket Yoga with Asta Yoga in San Francisco, and a 25hr Corporate Yoga Training in NYC.


Q: How often do you practice? What is your movement/ exercise routine?
A: I move everyday! I believe in doing something everyday because our bodies are built to move- movement is literally a part of our necessary 'nutrition.' These days I love practicing yoga for 30min and some sort of strength or sculpt for another 30min. I also love going on long walks each day- a quarantine habit I've picked up.


Q: Is yoga enough on its own? Would it be enough exercise without a gym to look and feel good?
A: Yes! Especially the kind of yoga I teach. Practice a full body 30min + a 10min ab burner and that's a great well rounded practice. To balance the push movement from yoga, I would also include some pull movement in your weekly routine (aka, try to do a few pull ups a day!)




 



Emily believes in living with softness, strength and ease. She values being a 'global citizen': someone that is conscious, eats mostly plants, and takes care of their body through movement. To her, taking care of yourself is the most important aspect of your life, and if that is #1, everything else will fall into place.

Emily is a dedicated yogi and has been practicing and teaching yoga for the last 8 years. Emily is the founder and lead teacher of Alchemy School of Yoga, a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training school. Emily was born in Panama and is ethnically half-Chinese. Now she splits her time between NYC and Florida.

Emily believes in living with softness, strength and ease. She values being a 'global citizen': someone that is conscious, eats mostly plants, and takes care of their body through movement. To her, taking care of yourself is the most important aspect of your life, and if that is #1, everything else will fall into place.

Emily is a dedicated yogi and has been practicing and teaching yoga for the last 8 years. Emily is the founder and lead teacher of Alchemy School of Yoga, a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training school. Emily was born in Panama and is ethnically half-Chinese. Now she splits her time between NYC and Florida.

Emily believes in living with softness, strength and ease. She values being a 'global citizen'-- someone who is conscious, eats mostly plants, and takes care of their body through movement. To her, taking care of yourself is the most important aspect of your life, and if that is #1, everything else will fall into place.

Emily is a dedicated yogi and has been practicing and teaching yoga for the last 8 years. Emily is the founder and lead teacher of Alchemy School of Yoga, a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training school. Formerly, she taught at leading NYC yoga studios, developed and led teacher training programs, mentored students, and programmed, hired and managed the yoga studio for a fitness start up. Emily was on the Board of Advisors for Samsung Mobile USA and Pop Sugar Fitness.

Emily has collaborated with amazing brands like Headspace, Sonicare, Zappos, Dunkin', Gymshark, Hilton Aruba, yo1 Wellness Resort and more.

Emily was born in Panama and is ethnically half-Chinese. Now she splits her time between NYC and Florida.

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