Emily is the founder and owner of Trails Within. She teaches alignment based Hatha yoga, encouraging her students to find their own authentic practice through the deep wisdom, grace, and intelligence found within the body. Her approach stems from the belief that the practice of yoga is for everyone. She inspires her students to be courageous, confident and self-accepting. Emily is an intuitive and creative teacher, offering intelligent sequencing, clear instruction and sense of humor. She helps people build yoga, both from a physical and philosophical perspective, into their everyday lives. Emily has over 1,000 hours of yoga training and has been teaching yoga for 15 years.
Emily is grateful to live in Truckee with her husband Ted, their five year old daughter Juniper, golden retriever Shiloh and flock of chickens. The mountain life offers endless opportunities to connect; and she’s blessed to ski, snowboard, hike, swim and frolic around in the Sierra.
Learn more about Emily at: emilywilliamsyoga.com
In 1997, Penny walked into her first yoga class, and has been hooked ever since – becoming certified to teach just two years later. She’s studied Kirya yoga with Swami Dinndayal Morgan, among others, incorporating the 8 limbs of yoga, the principles of center presence and the five elements into her teaching.
Penny has lived in the area for 28 years, and has been in the canine grooming business for 36 years, training dogs and also volunteering with both the High Sierra Animal Rescue and the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. When not on the yoga mat or working with dogs, Penny can be found hiking, cross country skiing or snow shoeing our beautiful mountains or perhaps at an archery shoot in Loyalton.
Victoria has been a dedicated student of yoga for 15 years and has recently completed her first 200 hour teacher training at Trails Within. Yoga has filled her life with joy and makes her heart smile. Pursuing the love of yoga for herself, she realized how much she wanted to help make yoga accessible to everyone, especially those that feel yoga is out of reach. Victoria hopes to help her students connect their mind, body and breath as a way to bring them back to the miracle of themselves.
Victoria is the owner of Woolly Notions, a local yarn store where she shares her love of fiber arts and creativity with all. She also works with her husband and son with the family business, Williams Construction.
Sarah’s early interests in yoga were purely functional, as a competitive athlete she was looking for flexibility, strength and ease in her body. It took her by surprise when her practice deepened and she found herself transforming both physically and emotionally. Sarah has found that the practice of yoga has deepened her mind/body connection which as been foundational to her spiritual practices. Yoga is a way of life for her. She has been practicing yoga for 10 years and recently graduated from the Trails Within 200 Hour Teacher Training. She is excited to share her joy of yoga with others and to make deeper connections in this community. Sarah also owns and manages BloomStone Farm, at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Sierra Valley. Spring through fall you can find her in the fields, at the Farmers Market, hiking, swimming or mountain biking in the Basin. During the winter months she loves cooking and spending as much time as possible recharging in the snow. You can check out BloomStone Farm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloomStoneFamilyFarm/
Cindy is excited to find herself in such an amazing place in her life. After more than 10 years as a student of yoga the chance to completely dive into the study of yoga in her home town was too much to miss. Having recently completed the 200 hour teacher training through Trails Within, Cindy found an opening for introspection and self expression like no other time in her life. The opportunity to teach yoga has offered her the chance to look closely at many issues that plague people, all of which can be studied and addressed by looking inside. Many people are hurting in not only a physical way but spiritually too, and it is Cindy’s belief that by connecting to self and to others, and by being honest and taking good care of ourselves, we can truly survive in these challenging times. Join Cindy for some FUN doing poses, practice pranayama and learn to connect with yourself in a way that truly satisfies the soul.
Vanessa Mckenna Vasquez
Vanessa lives, works, and plays in the magnificent Feather River watershed. Vanessa teaches a heart-centered Hatha Vinyasa practice that encourages movement, strength, and awareness. Yoga has the power to connect humans more deeply to the earth and Vanessa shares a tradition that celebrates our collective aliveness. Vanessa has a M.A. in Environment and Community Studies from Humboldt State and is a 200/hr Certified Yoga Instructor by the Avahana School of Yoga. She has taught all-levels yoga at the Quincy Yoga and Wellness Center for the last three years.