Emma’s Yoga and Meditation journey began in the Hot Yoga and Vinyasa traditions with Jimmy Barkan in Florida in 2001. After certification she went to to assist in Jimmy’s international teacher trainings and is his most senior Australian teacher.
In 2006 Emma began studying Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda with master teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker in the esteemed Para Yoga tradition, completing her 300 hour certification in 2017. For Emma studying is a life long journey and she is commited to always learning and growing as both a student and a teacher. Emma is extremely honoured to be initiated in the Sri Vidya lineage and has a strong connection to this tradition.
Emma has also completed extensive Prana Vinyasa training with Twee Merrigan and Simon Park and prenatal teacher training with Janice Clarfield. In addition she has undertaken numerous workshops with many of the worlds best teachers and is extremely fortunate to call many of them friends.
Emma has taught Yoga and Meditation since 2001 in the United States, Caribbean, Asia and Australia leading classes, workshops and retreats. She is an E- 500 hr RYT, Foundational and Post Graduate Teacher Trainer and a Level 2 Yoga Australia member.
Having success as both a teacher and a studio owner Emma is highly sought after by yoga teachers all over the globe as a mentor in developing their professional journey. She is one of the key developers and lead trainers in Yoga Flame’s Teacher Training Programs, specialising in the philosophy and meditation components as well as heading the business development modules.
Emma has been passionately building the Yoga Flame community with her husband Gabor Bukovinszky since 2009, successfully running a vibrant studio in Moonee Ponds. A mother to two active boys, Daniel and Lucas, she understand the importance of a balanced life and cites her sons as her greatest teachers.
Emma connects strongly to the Tantric and Ayurvedic world view: when we learn to direct energy effectively we create balance, harmony, expansion and growth. Meet Emma on the mat where she weaves intelligent and elegant sequencing around a particular theme or story. ‘Each class has a focus, and from there everything flows,’ she says. Her students enjoy her clarity, warmth and ability to always instil a sense of calm to the practice.