Teacher Feature: Emily Deslaurier

What do you like most about the Victoria Yoga Conference? What I like most about the Victoria Yoga Conference is the wide variety of high quality offerings. In one day I can explore aromatherapy, ancient mythology, creative vinyasa classes annnnd the business of yoga. It’s great for networking, learning and treating yourself. I feel blessed to have this inspiring weekend in the beauty of my own city.

What or who inspires you?  People. I love people that work hard and people that play hard. When designing my classes it’s people’s passions that inspire me to give my students the tools they need to minimize their stress and optimize their minds and bodies so they can continue to do the things they love.

Many people choose a word for their year. Do you have a word for 2017? Yes I have two. My words for 2017 are “focus and ease”. I repeat the word “focus” as I inhale and remind myself to stay present and work smart. I repeat “ease” as I exhale to remind myself to enjoy the process and not take myself too seriously.

How do you recharge your batteries? To recharge I spend time with friends and take long sauna visits. Ideally at the same time! I also take myself out of service by driving to the beach to surf. If I can’t get away I’ll give myself an “out of service” break in town and put my phone away for a while.

What is your morning ritual? Cold water to the face and 5 minutes of meditation. Sometimes more if I need it but I find 5 minutes allows for consistency and starts my day off on a positive note. Afterwards I put on some sweet tunes and take my mornings slow.


Emily is a school teacher and lifelong student of yoga. She splits her days between the classroom, the studio and the beach. Her teachings are inspired by the playfulness of her students and the simple beauty of the island’s rain forests and winter waves. From her class you can expect steadiness, ease and a sense of spaciousness that allows for new possibilities in your body and mind.