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ABOUT EMILY

Emily K. Benaron brings over 14 years of teaching experience and 20 years of study in the field of mind-body wellness to her teaching. After completing a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Emily dove deep into her yoga practice.  In 2004, after nearly 10 years of practice and with the encouragement of her teachers, she followed her love of yoga and began to teach yoga in Santa Barbara. She completed multiple teacher trainings with programs including Integrative Yoga Therapy (200 Hour Teacher Training), Santa Barbara Yoga Center (with Lisa Walford, Paul Grilley and Scott Blossom), and a Yoga Therapy Training with Janice Gates of The Yoga Garden. She then traveled to Chennai, India to study with Master Yoga Teachers and Therapists in the Krishnamacharya tradition at Yoga Raksanam. She commenced this journey in Thailand to continue studying Thai Massage to deepen her understanding of the subtle body and hands on healing. She has been teaching and giving healing massage ever since and is a CAMTC licensed massage practitioner. She has also completed the 500 hour teacher training with Zenyasa Yoga, and the Therapeutic Yoga teacher training with master teachers Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal. Emily has also trained with Jill Miller and is a certified Yoga Tune Up Therapy Ball Practioner and has completed the Functional Range Conditioning Specialist certification with Dr. Andreo Spina. 

Emily continues to deepen her understanding of the mind-body connection through her teaching practice that spans from beginning students to advanced, as well as students with physical and developmental disabilities. She has also deepened her knowledge of the body through working and studying closely with psychologists, mindfulness meditation teachers, sports medicine specialists, personal trainers, physical therapists, integrative movement practitioners, and body workers. Emily frequently attends trainings with Master Yoga teachers and Yoga Therapists.
Emily's teaching blends together the traditions of yoga and yoga therapy with anatomy, modern movement science, neuroscience, and mindfulness practices. It is Emily’s intention to guide students to deepen sensory, psychological, and spiritual awareness, as well as develop a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the body and mind.  Emily teaches holistic yoga practices that support multi-dimensional wellness balancing the nervous system, cultivating physical strength, resilience, and mobility while creating connection with one’s personal strengths, inner resources, and compassion for self and others.

Emily is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and YACEP with the Yoga Alliance. She is also an IAYT certified Yoga Therapist, a CAMTC, certified Functional Range Conditioning Specialist, a CEC Certified Wellness Coach, and a certified Mindful Heart Meditation Facilitator.

Emily co-created the Yoga Program at United Cerebral Palsy/WORK Incorporated and is also featured in Real Bodywork's DVD "Yoga Therapy for Back Pain."  In all of her teachings, Emily's intention is to provide a fun and safe environment encouraging personal exploration of the yoga practice. It is Emily's intention to help her students create an enriching Yoga practice both on and off the mat. She has a thriving teaching practice in Santa Barbara and currently teaches classes at Yoga Soup, trains clients at Physical Focus, as well as teaches private and small group Yoga classes by appointment.