Emilee Garfield teaches from her heart.
Her enthusiasm about yoga and Pilates is infectious, and her dynamic teaching style inspiring. She has found the practice of both disciplines to be a powerful means of developing and maintaining physical vitality, mental clarity, and a joyful engagement with life. Emilee tailors her classes to meet the needs and capabilities of each student, challenging them to build core strength and flexibility and encouraging them to open their hearts to change in their bodies.
Although Emilee began practicing yoga at the age of sixteen, her own health challenges and those of others led her to discover its healing benefits. In 1996, Emilee volunteered as an assistant to an Iyengar yoga teacher at the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Santa Barbara. Witnessing firsthand the power of yoga to transform the lives of people with MS and other disabilities deepened her passion and commitment, and in 1999, Emilee embarked on a career teaching in the Iyengar style, focusing on alignment, sequencing, and timing in the asanas for a pain- and injury-free yoga practice.
In 2003, Emilee discovered Pilates as a means of recovering her strength following multiple surgeries. In learning about the method’s capacity for improving posture, alignment, flexibility, and core strength, she realized that Pilates would be the perfect complement to yoga and incorporated it into her class offerings.
Emilee offers private and duet Pilates instruction, private and small group yoga classes, and yoga workshops at her tranquil and intimate Santa Barbara studio. She integrates therapeutic applications of the poses with her background in physical therapy, transformative dance and authentic movement and her experience with back and neck pain, scoliosis, office ergonomics, and active sports. Emilee has trained extensively with Intermediate junior Iyengar teacher Nancy Roberts and senior Iyengar teachers Felicity Green and Elise Browning Miller. She earned her certification as a Yoga for Scoliosis trainer under Elise Browning Miller and her Pilates certification with BASI Pilates (Body Arts and Science International), under the guidance of Kristy White Cooper. Emilee holds a B.S. in Biopsychology with a minor in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara.