Emily Hightower is the Founder of Ondalu, where people heal with real food nutrition, customized yoga and outdoor play. In private practice since 2002, she is a trusted yoga teacher inspired deeply by her mentor, Deborah Koehn of Yoga Adventure. She is also a holistic nutrition coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her extensive field work includes regular retreats for Wounded Warriors with Challenge Aspen, Teen Empowerment and Teacher Trainings. She specializes in adaptive yoga, pranayama for anxiety and depression and private yoga and nutrition.
Food for Emily is the "yoga of our times” as our choices with food ripple beyond our bodies into the global systems we depend on. Her ground-breaking program, “Off the Mat, Into the Kitchen” fuses yoga’s ancient wisdom with holistic nutrition. Coursing through ten yoga principles, students integrate new personal patterns around food without dogma, diets, or external pressure. The long-reaching vision is an enlightened solution to our modern epidemic of lifestyle diseases and ongoing cultural and environmental degradation from industrial food practices.
Emily founded the Carbondale Yoga Society in 2012 to unite her community through yoga and service work, and to dissolve barriers of different studios, ages and abilities. Her advocacy experience began during her 20’s when her passion for rivers became a position directing education for the Headwaters Institute. She spent four years managing watershed education seminars on 28 rivers across the US and Chile. She coached whitewater kayaking for Colorado Rocky Mountain School and continues to paddle in her free time.
Emily offers public speaking, group work, private coaching and retreats through www.Ondalu.com and coaches in person or via Skype from anywhere. She lives in love with her husband Brian and their 9 year old son, Oz. Their home and studio are in Carbondale, Colorado.