WHY I WRITE?
I am honoured and completely excited to formally introduce Emily Scott to you. Some of you may already know Emily from previous Ottilie events and retreats as our incredible yoga teacher. If you don’t, you need her in your life! Not only am I privileged to call her my gorgeous friend but Emily is also one of THE most honest, inspiring and talented writers I have come across in along time. You must experience her soul.
As our guest blogger on the Ottilie Wellness Blog space during the coming months, you will experience the rawness though which Emily writes. She will take you on a journey of emotion which will leave you exposed and wanting to open your heart to a new way of living.
Emily started Not Another Yoga Blog a year ago, she spent the first 35 years of her life NOT teaching yoga, yet now all anyone talks to her about is yoga! “Don’t get me wrong, I love yoga and I love teaching it, but I think we yoga teachers do ourselves a disservice if our entire lives focus around yoga.”
As we anxiously wait for each new post, here is her background…
“I’m Emily…. a mother, yoga teacher, former corporate HR professional, former professional dancer, wife, ex-pat, reader, and writer. I grew up in southern California, spent most of my twenties in Boston, MA, and now live in rural England where my boys are often late for school because there are sheep in the road or I’m stuck behind a slow tractor.
Writing has always been my passion, and I’ve had brief spurts of productivity, but I often let it take a backseat, especially since having kids. Am I a writer or am I a yoga teacher? At which one am I better? Should I focus more exclusively on one versus the other? I’ve struggled with these questions for a while now. But why can’t I be both? Why do they have to be separate? My love of yoga and my love of literature come from the same place inside of me…. a deep desire to discover truth, to feel more alive, to feel more connected to my fellow man.
I write because I have a voice. I write because a muted voice leads to a clogged soul. I write because I am more than a pretty yoga pose. My power isn’t my hamstrings. My power isn’t my abs. My power is my voice, my soul, my heart, my mind. I write because my voice needs a release. Without a release, it festers, it boils, then dies down, thinking it’s not important, that is doesn’t deserve to be heard.
So here I am sending out my voice. Where it lands, I do not know. In some ways, I do not care. But I must release it into the world, lest it gnaw my soul and mute my mind. This is why I write. This is why I teach yoga.
I hope to reach those out there who want more than a pretty picture with a feel-good quote underneath. I hope we can share, collaborate, and form a community of people with something to say.”
I met Emily two years ago as I entered her Monday morning hot yoga class. I was on my own journey back then, but after that class I immediately stalked her finding out where I could get myself more of what I just experienced. I couldn’t articulate how I felt at the time, but now instinct was telling me ‘this girl is different’ ‘this girl is true’. A few months in, I invited her for coffee and straight away I knew she had to be in my life in one way or another. There was something so humble about her. Something that is so rare in the show-off social media focused world we live in.
With our own personal worlds being so full we rarely get enough time together, so under the banner of ‘work’ I created events and retreats where we could hang out more!!! I can truly say that Ottilie wouldn’t be where it is today had Emily not agreed to teach yoga on our first events. Now with Kate onboard at Ottilie HQ too, (another HUGE Emily fan) we are more than excited to be running a second retreat with her in January 2019. If you don’t know Emily, I suggest you get yourself to one of her local classes or immerse yourself in our REJUVENATE weekend in Suffolk, England where I promise she will inspire and open up a part of you, you never thought possible. The part that makes you want to live as your unique you!
Rejuvenate 2019 with Emily Scott Yoga - Places limited.