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Emma Magenta has been helping people feel better in their bodies for nearly fifteen years. She's studied human anatomy and biomechanics for over two decades. Her interest in the patterns of nature goes back even farther, to her childhood raising sheep on her dad's farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Her mother was a physician and a feminist, and raised her to question conventional thinking about health. Emma studied Medical Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, and graduated from the Eastern School of Acupuncture in 2007.

Emma took her first yoga class in 1997 in New York City. It was a kundalini yoga class, and she still remembers how bewildering, challenging, and satisfying it was. A few years later, in 2001, she did a teacher training just to deepen her practice, and was surprised to find that teaching was just as challenging and delightful as practicing. She's completed multiple certifications in alignment-based yoga with a variety of teachers.

After five years of spreading yoga all over Northern New Jersey, Emma founded South Mountain Yoga studio in South Orange NJ. There she teaches several classes a week, facilitates Immersions and Yoga Teacher Trainings, and mentors a small, dedicated staff of teachers. Her very favorite part of her job is seeing the way that the yoga studio creates and strengthens bonds in the communities of South Orange/Maplewood. She is really proud to contribute to our world in this way.

One of Emma's great passions, outside the yoga studio, is cooking, eating, thinking about, and writing about food. You can follow some of her food adventures on her blog, where she recently wrote up her experiences with the 21-Day Sugar Detox (as developed by nutritionist Diane SanFilippo). With her pal Bernadette Birney, Emma created and co-hosts The PALEOm Podcast, a show that combines her interests in movement, food, and unconventionally healthy living.

Emma is blessed with a funny husband and a crazy dog.
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