About  Emma

Hello and welcome to my website dedicated to the sharing of yoga, dance, meditation, music, travel, nature and life!

For the past 14 years I have been performing professionally in musical theatre in Australasian productions including Mamma Mia, Wicked, Annie, West Side StoryDr Zhivago and Fiddler on the Roof. During this time I have also taught a variety of dance styles including contemporary, lyrical, jazz, ballet, tap, and musical theatre. Yet my passion for music and movement started at a very early age where I would sing and dance absolutely everywhere – down grocery store aisles, in the playground, walking down the street, on the netball court – wherever! I was blissfully unaware that anyone was watching or that this was not in fact ‘normal’. I choose to teach dance because it blows my mind that music and dance have become artistic expressions only for a select few when music and movement feels so inherently natural and essential in the expression of life.

Emma Hawthorne sitting at the beach

Yoga came to me a little later in life when I was studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia in 2004. Here, yoga asana (the physical postures) were taught as a tool for centring and calming the mind prior to performance. In 2012, following some personal losses, I suffered from anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. Feeling lost, I decided to go on a yoga teacher training retreat in Byron Bay. Here I was introduced to other aspects of yoga including meditation, pranayama, and yogic literature. Almost magically I started to feel the weight of my sadness and anxieties lift as I deepened the connection to myself, others, and the world. This led me to participate in two more yoga teacher trainings (500hr and Certificate IV) and attend countless retreats and festivals around the world. Yoga has and continues to inspire me to live a more courageous, peaceful, loving and adventurous life and I am grateful for the gifts it has to offer.

I’m currently studying Conservation Biology as I am fascinated with nature and feel called to protect it. As I learn, I hope to share my love of nature but also some empowering tools and solutions to preserving this essential life!