If you've ever...

  • sensed you have a purpose, but couldn’t quite grasp it
  • known you had a dream to realize but couldn’t understand how to make it happen
  • repeated relationship dynamics only to experience heartbreak and frustration
  • desired safety, comfort, adventure, and growth all at the same time
  • suffered a trauma that was difficult to speak about but desperately wanted to heal
  • just wanted some answers to life's big questions

…then you already know that the answers to life’s big problems can’t be solved externally.

Perhaps you thought you wanted a job or relationship and then discovered it wasn’t the right choice. Perhaps you’ve followed all the rules but lost your voice along the way. Perhaps your relationship, career, education, emotional well being, or physical health have let you down or simply failed to satisfy your deep yearnings for fulfillment. 

Whatever the case, these experiences leave people with deep questions. Some people never find answers. Others turn toward religion, education, food, or anything that promises answers.

But some people look within.

If accessing inner guidance is something you want to do, but you aren't sure how and don't want to blindly trust every self-proclaimed 'expert' or guru out there, I'm here to help. I believe that each of us is capable of connecting with and realizing our innermost desires, and I know how to help you reach your goals and discover your path

Whether you try a yoga class, come for an astrology or tarot reading, or work with me through personal coaching, the methods I use are rooted in time-tested practices that connect our deep selves to the outside world. As a trained folklorist, I connect these practices together through their common heritage as systemic wisdom, but I use each of them simply because they produce results.

In fact, using systemic wisdom is one of the surest ways (this knowledge has stood the test of time!) to find the path that most suits you.

In a world where we’re told that new is better and that external judgements are more important than our own, learn to look within to create the life you want. The fulfillment you desire is available inside you! Learn to harness your capacity for growth, peace, and lasting change. Create happiness in your body, health, relationships, career, and overall experience. Live the life you really want.

 

My Story

 

Hi, I'm Emily. 

I'm a professional folklorist, yogi, astrologer, and storyteller with a passion for problem solving.

Around the time of my first Saturn return (27ish), I thought I had things figured out. I had a yoga practice that was over a decade old. I taught yoga, was employed, and lived in a beautiful city. From the outside, things looked smooth and easy. But on another level I felt overworked, over tired, and was trying to deal with all those challenges that face young people.

I would get through my day-to-day responsibilities to find some small respite in yoga. And in a way, I’d use my asana practice as a distraction from those things that are wrong in the world and even my own community: violence, inequities, assault. (It turns out I didn't have so much figured out after all...)

One day, I broke a vertebrae in my back. When this happened, the tread that held my life together—my asana practice—dramatically altered. That injury became my yoga teacher—forcing me to take a deeper look at my priorities and my life.

I needed to make space for myself in my own life, to call myself toward more purposeful living. I realized I had worked jobs, chosen partners, even handled my healing and my finances in a way that (well meaning) others pushed upon me. It was time to both literally and figuratevely grow a backbone.

I started to make tough calls for myself. I used self-examination, yoga, and astrology to take a long, hard, personalized look at what was really going on in my practice, my chart, and my life.

I realized that, like so many people I KNEW what I wanted to do, but I had been too afraid to do it. I thought I’d disappoint my parents, my friends, never find a ‘real’ job again, live in poverty or all sorts of other things.

So I began. I began to heal my body using a combination of yoga and astrology, and I began to awaken to a sense of purpose and self that felt right.

My chart and my practice proved to be true guides on my journey, and I noticed a conceptual shift in how I approached teaching yoga and reading charts. I believe that our experiences with challenge point to some greater truths we all experience as humans. Have you ever reached a point where you knew something had to change? Perhaps you were trying so hard to be all things to all people and so lost yourself. Perhaps you went through your own day to day life, sensing somehow something wasn’t right, that something needed to shift before you could express yourself truly. Perhaps you suffered a trauma, injury, or loss that made you contemplate the trajectory of your life in a new way. There’s an astro-practice for that.

Since you’ve read this far, perhaps some piece of you is curious or wants to connect to these methods. Subscribe to my newsletter to receive my weekly Astro Yoga Forecast and to get news about special events.

Once you’ve done that, check out my site: browse the blog, or perhaps drop me a line through my contact form. I’m so happy to connect with you, and I believe that no matter who you are, or where you find yourself: what you truly desire exists within you. Let’s discover it together.

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Professional Bio

Emily Ridout is a professional folklorist, yogi, and astrologer. She has cultivated her astro-yoga techniques for over a decade and instructs classes, workshops, and private lessons. Ridout strongly believes that a yoga practice offers a path toward mental, physical, and emotional resilience. She loves her own practice and believes it is an honor to serve others through yoga and astrology. 

Ridout holds an  M.A. in Folklore from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University. She holds two yoga diplomas: University of Hyderabad, 2009 (first in class, high distinction); Freedom Yoga, 2015. She is currently working on her 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification and will offer continuing education credits on Astro-Yoga upon completion. She is a member of the American Folklore Society. She is grateful to her yoga, philosophy, astrology, and folklore teachers who have been a lasting influence.

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Giving Back

 

It's all about caring deeply...

You and I already share ourselves with the world in meaningful and diverse ways. Whenever we spend time with friends and family, volunteer, or contribute productively to public dialogue, we are giving back. One way I am committed to giving back is through the donation of a minimum 10% of all profits from my business.

Here are some causes I care deeply about:

  • Stopping violence and hate crimes against women, minorities, and immigrants
  • Preventing school and gun violence
  • Funding education and the arts

I'd love to hear what you care deeply about!