Professional dancer, actress, and choreographer in Los Angeles
1. She discovered a mental and physical change through yoga.
I was first introduced to yoga three years ago by my housemate. She did a five-week course and swore by it. Physically, I noticed a change quite quickly. I also noticed a change in my mental resilience: I became so much more positive, and little daily setbacks didn’t faze me anymore. I didn’t anticipate that.
2. Practicing yoga in and out of the classroom protects her body.
I travel a lot, so I’ll practice in my hotel room. Dancing can be quite intense. Your muscles get short because you’re using them in a way you wouldn’t normally; yoga definitely addresses that. When I’m off the show [Dancing with the Stars] and have weeknights free, I’ll take classes four to six times a week.
3. Yoga was her saving grace following her leg injury.
A few years ago, I tore the semimembranosus tendon in my left leg. It was a small area, so I went a year not realizing I had injured it. I couldn’t bend my leg and stabilize myself; it would give out. I tried so many treatments—physical therapy, ointments, multiple injections. But yoga was the only thing that helped; it was like physical therapy for me. In that respect, yoga saved my dance career.
4. She found passion through different types of yoga.
I attend Power Yoga at Earth’s Power Yoga and yoga barre at Hot 8 Yoga in LA, and Xtend Barre West Hollywood. I take on the energy of each class. The teacher is very important to me. When I connect with what the teacher is saying, it makes my entire day flow with no drama and such ease. It makes me calm, relaxed, grateful.
5. According to her landlord, meditation is all about timing.
I don’t meditate, although my landlord has been trying to get me to. I’ll come home, and he’ll be in the driveway meditating. He’s been explaining it to me and encouraging me to try it. I say I don’t have time, but he tells me that meditation will create more time. I’m kind of intrigued.
Emma Slater's Words to Live By
“Let it go. I’m letting go of anything bad in my thoughts, anything that is negative. It’s a very small saying, but it helps me along.”
Ardha Utkatasana (Half Chair Pose). I feel very stable and strong in that pose, more balanced.
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