Want to relieve tension from the stressors of living in today's world, build strength, stability and sleep more soundly? Yoga with emiko focuses on mindful breathing and grounding, delves into core and alignment based on your unique structure, and explores ways to revive and rejuvenate your whole being. For emiko, yoga is about the innate connections between body, mind, Spirit and community.
emiko teaches from a place of compassion and inclusion – all feel welcomed and attended to no matter what skill or experience level. If you’re recovering from injuries, chronic issues, or affected by stress, her sessions can guide you to discover insights into your practice and body, atune to your wiser self, and break through blockages that might be holding you back. Living in today's climate of constant stressors, she understands firsthand how essential it is for the body to slow down and take time to release and restore. She strongly believes in teaching people not poses, with a passion for anatomically realistic alignment and mindful movement done with ease. An emiko yoga experience interweaves Alignment-based, Forrest and Restorative Yoga styles and MELT Method® with the intent that you may claim your inner strength and softness, thus connecting to your Authentic self.
emiko oye is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher in Forrest Yoga (RYT-200), Relax and Renew® Level 2 Restorative Yoga Instructor, and Monnier Method Hatha Yoga Instructor (200-hr), based in San Francisco where she first discovered yoga in 1997 after moving to California from Cleveland, Ohio. Actively teaching since 2012, yoga has become the key to her sanity, helping to maintain balance and de-stress from her other life as self-employed artist/business owner of jewelry design company, emiko-o. Through a dedicated yoga practice she has reshaped her posture and learned how to best use the practice for her body’s needs (including pains, aches and restrictions). The biggest AHAs being that mindful breathing and daily Savasana are key to self-nourishment and being Present, and in being present we evolve into empathetic human beings.
She has trained extensively under Ana Forrest, having completed the Foundation and Advanced Teacher Trainings, Mentorship Program, and has assisted former Forrest Guardian Colleen Millen. Currently she's been training under Judith Hanson Lasater in Restorative Yoga and Experiential Anatomy. You can find her on staff at Innerstellar Yoga & Pilates in Berkeley, and at Bernal Yoga in San Francisco, CA. emiko is also trained in Hatha yoga in the Bishnu Ghosh tradition under Brian Monnier at California Yoga Company (where she was on teaching staff from 2012-2016) and in Bikram yoga under Mary Jarvis at Global Yoga.
She is a MELT Method® Instructor under Sue Hitzmann and is continuing her training in this life-changing, neurofascial self-care modality. Read more about MELT below.
emiko teaches public and private sessions of Restorative, Forrest, and Alignment-based Yoga and MELT Method.
Her sessions often incorporate crystals and essential oils. She is a doTERRA® Wellness Advocate - you can purchase doTERRA® essential oils directly from her doTERRA® page.
WHAT IS RESTORATIVE YOGA
Restorative Yoga is a practice in and of itself which utilizes props to create positions of ease and comfort that facilitate relaxation and health. It is all-inclusive - for people of all ages, all levels of yoga experience, and in all states of health. The poses support you in consciously letting go and resting; encouraging the body to open and release (as opposed to actively stretching) while the mind stays awake to track sensations and feeling. The pillars of a Restorative Yoga practice are: Still, Quiet, Dark, and Warm. The poses position the body on the floor or low to the ground and are held for long periods of time (5 to 20 minutes), with only a few poses per session, conducted in a quiet and semi-lit atmosphere.
WHY TRY RESTORATIVE YOGA?
Living in today's fast-paced, high stress, noisy world is very depleting on the body and spirit. It often seems like silence and rest are hard-won luxuries. The practice of Restorative Yoga has shown to have immediate physiological and psychological benefits to combat such stress. It switches on your parasympathetic nervous system and turns down the "fight or flight" sympathetic nervous system. Cortisol levels drop, blood pressure lowers, the mind is in a calmer state, sleep becomes more restful, and mood is elevated and stabilized. It can help give ease to digestive issues, PMS, menopause, pregnancy, low back pain, anxiety, and depression - plus much more. Once you experience the magic of a 20 minute savasana and how rejuvenating it feels to give your brain silence and your body rest, you will be hooked and begin to experience more ease in your life as a whole.
WHAT IS MELT Method®
The MELT Method® (MELT®) is a simple self-care treatment designed to help you stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime. Created by Sue Hitzmann, a NYC manual therapist and connective tissue specialist, MELT employs the use of a soft body roller and four different balls for the goals of fascial tissue remodeling, pain relief, and performance improvement. The application and compression-quality of these specialized tools have unique feel and objectives, primarily that of non-traumatizing, indirect, active and passive, light-touch techniques to help regulate sympathetic to parasympathetic tone, improve heart rate variability (HRV), and fine-tune motor control.
Sue developed the MELT techniques and protocols based upon key aspects of these major hands-on therapies and influencers: Neuromuscular Therapy, CranioSacral, Manual Muscle Testing, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Anatomy Trains, Structural Integration, the World Fascia Congress. MELT is designed to reconnect whole-body communication, rebalance the nervous system, rehydrate the connective tissue, and release compression in joints.
WHY TRY MELT®?
If you have a body, you have stuck stress living in your connective tissues. Our culture of sitting (at desks, in cars, on the couch) creates dehydration and compression to our lower body, not to mention poor posture which throws the rest of our internal systems out of whack. Just 10 minutes of MELT three times a week is all you need to reduce the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living. Simple and easy, when done consistently (not unlike daily teeth brushing keeps your teeth healthy), it keeps your body’s systems running more smoothly. This full-body method of self-care is accessible to anyone, anywhere, and can be customized to your particular needs – from improving performance and decreasing the risk of repetitive stress injuries to eliminating chronic pain, regardless of what’s causing your pain in the first place.
WHAT IS FORREST YOGA
Forrest Yoga is a style of intelligently sequenced yoga poses designed to reconnect people to their best quality of physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Created by Ana Forrest over four decades ago, she continuously evolves the practice to address living in a modern age. The foundation of the style relies on expanding breath, building strength, working with integrity, and touching spirit. Certified Forrest Yoga instructors provide a safe space for release and personal growth, teach authentically, and offer healing hands-on assists tailored for individual needs.
WHY TRY FORREST YOGA?
It is the only style of yoga I’ve experienced that helps you to: reconnect with and reclaim your best, most healthy body; manage stress; boost your immune, digestive and nervous systems. With a consistent practice you build strength in bones and muscles, increase flexibility, remove blockages in your organs (thus releasing mental/emotional blockages), build stamina and endurance both on and off the mat. You can live a struggle/pain-free life, lessening (and in some cases eliminate) dependence on Western medicine. As Ana says, be able to “design the Masterpiece that is your life!”