1) Where and what did you study and when did you graduate?
I studied Law at Southampton and Graduated in 2007
2) Where do you live now?
I currently Live on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands (where I was born)
3) Tell us about your job...
For the last 6 years I have been exploring my passion. After qualifying to teach yoga in 2011 in Bali, I slowly started to move away from the full time 9-5 job and went into teaching Yoga. On a weekly basis now I teach a range of Yoga classes for everyone, I specalise in hatha/vinyasa, pregnancy, mother and baby, yoga for the special child and sports rehabilitation yoga.
I have been lucky enough to teach yoga all around the world. My yoga teaching took me to beautiful places such as Costa Rica, Bali, Morrocco and London, and I have plans to hold retreats in other places.
I also studied TESOL - Teaching Enlglish to Speakers of other Languages. This was an amazing course and It means I can travel and teach English all over the world. During the summer holidays I currently teach English to the foreign students that come to Jersey.
4) What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be an Actress. However when applying to Uni, I wanted to studied something sports and health related.
5) What did you do immediately after leaving university?
I went in work in a Law firm.
After I graduated, I didn't see there was many opportunities out there for me apart from working in a Law firm, in an office, as that is what I did in my degree. Even though this was a great degree with many interesting aspects and enabled me to get a job post-university, I found it hard to find a job in something I was really interested in. I wanted to work in Mental health law and Children's law but there never seemed to be any jobs available in these areas. It seemed like there was a strict route you had to follow and that was that!
I soon realised that Law wasn't for me and that there is a big wide world out there and my learning and growing would come from exploring the world and meeting people from other countries. So that is what I did! I worked various jobs to save money and went to South America for 4 months. This is where the real growing came from. I knew after this trip I had to do what I loved and that was my Yoga.
My love for yoga started while I was studying at university and this is what kept me grounded. I knew this was something quite special and many people needed this. So I kept exploring and studying what yoga was. I knew I wanted to share this with others. I also loved seeing other countries that is why I decided to do some of my study in Bali.
7) If you could go back, what would you say to yourself on graduation day?
Well done you did it ...now follow your dreams!
8) Would you have done anything different?
I wouldn't have studied Law, I fell into that because I didn't get into the courses I really wanted to do as I didn't have the correct grades in science.
9) What inspires you?
People following their hearts and not settling for anything less
10) What would you like to say to our graduates looking for inspiration?
You have one life, live it just the way you want. Nothing as impossible, as you really can do anything you desire if your heart is passionate about it. One of my favourite quotes is "it's about the journey not the destination".
11) Your three favourite words
Lush, awesome and yoga
Thank you so much Emma for your time, she's definitely one of the coolest law graduates we know! If you would like more information about Emma's work check out her website and like her on facebook.
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