Hi I'm Emma Waters founder and teacher at Jala Yoga based in the Northern Rivers of NSW. I first went to a yoga class as a teenager (over 20 years ago!) and enjoyed the feeling of calm I felt afterwards but it wasn't until a few years later that I knew I was in for life - I fell in love and have maintained a daily practice ever since. I am a 200-hr trained Akhanda yoga teacher - discovering this holistic and authentic yoga practice 2 years ago after 12 years of dedication to Iyengar Yoga. I have travelled to India a number of times including 2 months with Pankaj Sharma in Rishikesh, in 2003 and spent many years under the guidance of teacher Susan Stackhouse in her Iyengar studio on Sydney's Northern Beaches. I spent some time teaching beginner classes there under her mentorship in 2004. I have attended various intensives and retreats with Nicky Knoff, Clive Sheridan and Senior Iyengar teachers including Glenn Ceresoli, Peter Scott and Simon Marrocco. I have also been lucky enough to attend classes with internationally renowned teachers Ana Forrest and Shiva Rea who are a great source of inspiration. My teachers and mentors in the Akhanda tradition are Nick Sadashiv Bradley and Radha Rani Bradley of Akhanda Yoga Australia.
I have been a primary school teacher for 15 years and I teach in Byron Bay. I am also an experienced surfer having travelled to many surf destinations around the world including 8 months at Samoana Surf Camp, Samoa as a yoga leader. I am also a wife to Josh and a mum to my 7 year old daughter Mali. I returned to yoga teaching in 2015 after many years focused on my work as a primary educator and mother during which time I allowed my daily practice to take effect.
In 2017 I have been undertaking study to become a Beautiful You Life Coach to further enhance my offerings to students on their evolutionary journey. I have also begun assisting / teaching on the highly regarded Yoga Teacher Training program at Krishna Village an Eco Yoga Community in Northern NSW. I am soon to begin one-on-one mentoring with Ty Powers co-founder of the Insight Yoga Institute as part of their 500 hour certification program which integrates Yoga, Buddhism and Psychology.
In short: Yoga is my life! I can't wait for you to join us to share in this practice I am so passionate about.
" I want to share my many years of practice with others - a practice that brings awareness and strength to the body and stillness to the mind. I support students to begin to witness the sacred backdrop to their daily life that can often go unnoticed if we live our life on auto-pilot. When we can connect to the sacredness of the present moment we begin to realise there is nothing to fear. My practice of yoga has been a life-raft to me and has eased much suffering that resulted from an over-active mind and a generally fearful existence. The fruits of my disciplined practice over many years have given me a sense of freedom, happiness and feelings of content. I want yoga to be accessible to all - my classes are inclusive and non-competitive - yoga is for EVERYBODY. I'd love for you to join us and begin on the road to true and lasting wellness. I hope to meet you soon."