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Emma’s yoga 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. For Emma this a life long journey and she is commited to always learning and growing as both a student and a teacher. She is the leading Para Yoga teacher in Australia and assists Yogarupa in his trainings in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Emma is extremely honoured to be initiated in the Sri Vidya lineage through Yogarupa 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 for over 10 years in the United States, Caribbean, Asia and Australia leading classes, workshops and retreats. She has taught at Wanderlust Melbourne and is a strong advocate for this festival. She is an E-200 hr RYT, 200 hour 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 200 hour Teacher Training Program. She is the Philosophy lecturer for Yoga Flames training programs 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 two busy and vibrant studios in Moonee Ponds and Windsor. A mother to two young 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 clear communication, precise alignment cues, warmth and extremely amusing jokes.
Like many teachers, Emma has discovered that in giving through her teaching, she receives much more in return.
‘I feel honoured and humbled to be of service. This to me is the most important thing – to connect and to serve. To help someone feel a little better about themselves is such a gift and it is what inspires me each and every day”