Emily Rose Cooper
RYT 200, Owner Muddy Feet Yoga, Iowa Professional Yoga Teachers
The true power of yoga presented itself to Emily at the exact “wrong” moment, or at least that’s what she thought. Although she had been practicing on and off throughout her college years, it wasn’t until 2014 that Emily found herself on her mat, tears rolling down her face, and over 300 lbs. That day’s flow had been intense and challenging, bringing up so many familiar self-doubts and frustrations. Truly being able to feel her body and mind crying out for change, Emily made it her personal mission to change her story. She relentlessly pursued the notion that YES, even SHE was worthy of happiness and health. It wasn’t easy or pretty. It was messy and muddy and sometimes overwhelming, but she made it to the other side, using yoga as a tool to break through physical and mental barriers that had haunted her for years. All the while, she had one dream in mind: become the most kickass and compassionate yoga teacher she could be.
Through her successful blog (the now retired Fit and Free with Emily), she came across Megan and instantly knew she had found her new home. Within a year she had registered for her 200-hour training with Muddy Feet Yoga and has never looked back. When things were at their darkest, she wrote down what her dream life would be like. In that journal she wrote: “I am a fiercely passionate yoga teacher who helps others change their lives by understanding their own personal power. I wake up every morning and drive to my studio.” Partnering with Megan and planting roots at a studio has been a literal dream come true.