Emma has been teaching yoga since 2010, second to her career as a professional flutist. Yoga is her daily refuge, offering relief from the aches, pains and stress of instrument practice and performance. She teaches Yoga at Invivo Wellness in Milwaukee, and a course in Rhythmic Movement at Carroll University.
Emma is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and received her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2010 through Kanyakumari Yoga and Ayurveda Center in Glendale, Wisconsin. She teaches a yoga practice that is rooted in organic movement, cultivating physical strength, mindfulness and breath awareness.
She holds a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and bachelors degrees in music and dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Emma lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two young children.
Q&A with Emma Koi
Q. How long have you been a yoga teacher?
A. I have been teaching yoga since 2010.
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I teach Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Restorative, Home practice, and Organic movement.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. My introduction to advanced movement practice came as a dance major at UWM, which coincidentally was where I took my first yoga class. After about four years of yoga practice, I pursued a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Center in Glendale, WI. I now practice yoga nearly every day in some capacity, whether through pranayama, asana or meditation practice.
Q. What can a new student expect?
A. Yoga is accessible to anyone, in any body, at any point of life, and there is no prerequisite to starting a yoga practice! New students can expect a welcoming environment, where a variety of postures and sequences will be offered to open channels of energy in the body.
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. I love to spend time at any one of our lakefront parks. Running, walking, practicing yoga, or just watching the waves roll in!
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. I am a long time Beans & Barley devotee, and you can find me at Hawthorne coffee at least once a week.
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. I am grateful to be able to collaborate with two amazing women artists in the music and dance collaborative ensemble, Cadance Collective. I also run an online magazine featuring interviews with mothers who are visual, performing and literary artists. Lastly, I love spending time in nature with my husband and two children.
Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. Yoga! Honestly, the first place I go when I am stressed is to my mat. And if my mat isn’t near me, I practice wherever I am. Yoga has been an amazing gift that I use every single day. Also, a warm bath with Epsom salts and essential oils does wonders!