Emily Thornton

Emily is passionate about partnering with fellow humans to explore, discover, and heal in creative and meaningful ways. She is excited by challenge and curiosity, and aims to live in pursuit of experiences that offer a sense of growth and awe. Emily has degrees in fiction writing and social work that combine for a unique and dynamic approach to connection and communication, and inform her unique style of guiding

yoga movement, meditation, and breath practice. In December 2016, Emily completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yogaview Chicago, and has subsequently completed several trauma-informed yoga trainings. Emily regularly practices and trains with her teachers at Yogaview and she leads classes at several local studios. Emily is also a psychotherapist in a group practice where she designed and leads a weekly yoga/meditation workshop.

Emily found her way to yoga practice sixteen years ago while living in Eugene, OR as a college freshman. Since then, she has continued to practice various styles of yoga, primarily Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Her teacher training included extensive study of human anatomy and injury prevention, alignment-focused practice, and strategic sequencing to ensure that each class allows for modification and variety. She regularly invests in ongoing development of practice and teaching through workshops, individual study, and maintaining a strong personal asana practice.

In her classes at Coconut, Emily enjoys using music as an energizing or calming addition to the practice and she will often share an inspiring quote or a recommendation for something lovely or fun to check out as a way to enhance your practice of yoga on and off your mat.

Emily is so exited to be part of the Coconut Yoga family and she is thrilled to share her ongoing study of yoga movement and philosophy with everyone who comes to practice!