Emmy Cleaves, the most senior Bikram Yoga teacher, led a weekend intensive course this September 10th and 11th, 2016 at The Studios in Downtown Seattle, Washington. Over 100 dedicated yogis from throughout the state of Washington attended the weekend intensive learn with the living legend.

Each day of the weekend intensive started with theory and posture clinics. Posture clinics are a major component of the Bikram yoga practice. The students inquire about certain postures with the master instructor and received guidance on how to deepen and access postures that they thought were once impossible. Emmy guided each student with information that they needed to access each pose. She merely gazed at each individual student and knew exactly what it was that they needed to advance their practice. Emmy offered some hands on assistance, however very sparingly. The students were able to discover their own limits and growth on the mat by themselves.

On the first day during the physical practice, students completed the 26 postures in the Bikram method. On the second day, only students that were familiar and comfortable with the advanced 84 postures in the Bikram practice were encouraged to attend. Emmy led both classes with discernment.

At the end of the advanced class, Clancy Marschner, the coordinator for Emmy’s Seattle weekend course, announced that the group had raised over $13,000 to benefit the World Conservancy (WILDCON) foundation, an agency dedicated to the conservation of endangered and threatened wildlife. All proceeds from the weekend intensive went towards supporting the foundation and their efforts.

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I enjoyed learning about the deep health benefits of the postures. The workshop was filled with vibrant and dedicated energies to the Bikram practice! Getting to know Emmy and seeing other inspiring yogis in the Washington yoga community was plenty of motivation to continue the yoga practice for the rest of my life.Shannon Marie


Check out some snapshots from the weekend with Emmy Cleaves below. For more images, please visit the Seattle Yoga News Facebook Page.

We hope this will not be the last that we see of Emmy in Seattle. She was truly an inspiration to many Bikram yogis in Seattle and around the world.

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