We’d like to introduce you to Emily Herrick, of Union Vashon. Emily has the best little home studio in the woods, where she teaches small group yoga classes and offers private yoga sessions. She’s also a wedding officiant – so if you know anyone getting married – pass along Emily’s information to them!
VH: From where do you hail?
Emily: I’m from Oneida, NY (originally) and East Hampton, NY before moving to Vashon.
VH: How did you land on Vashon?
>Emily: I landed on Vashon because my husband and I read an article in The New York Times about Kurt Timmermeister, a dairy farmer on Vashon. The article mentioned that he had a book coming out, and we have a tradition of me reading food-related books out loud to my husband after dinner. We picked up the book, started reading it, and that weekend we were on a plane to Seattle (never having been before), made an offer on a house on Vashon, didn’t get it (8 offers), and came back 6 weeks later and bought property. Five rental houses and 2 1/2 years later (January 2017), we moved into our new house on Maury.
VH: Tell us a little about your business…
Emily: I teach a small-group yoga session at my home studio (also my husband’s art studio) on Saturday afternoons. (I have a full-time day job in the natural food brokerage business during the week.) I teach up to 7 students in a blend of slow vinyasa flow/ restorative/mindfulness style of yoga. I also offer yoga sessions for wedding parties and am a wedding officiant.
VH: What inspired you to start your business?
Emily: I was inspired to start my business because yoga and mediation have made such a difference in my own life, and because sharing these gifts uses such a different skill set from my day job. It brings me great joy. I also love ‘creating space’ for people to come home to themselves. With the wedding work, I simply love being a part of helping people to have the best possible experience on their wedding day.
VH: What is your superpower?
Emily: My superpower is holding space for people to be themselves.
VH: When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?
Emily: I like to take them to Island Center Forest, Shinglemill Creek hike, Maury Island Marine Park, Pt. Robinson Park, May Kitchen, The Roasterie and looking forward to taking them to Ruby Brink restaurant.
VH: What’s next for your business?
Emily: Possibly a weeknight evening restorative/meditation class for the summer and looking to have one yoga for wedding party session a month and one wedding officiating job a month May – October.
VH: What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s?
The best thing I ever bought at Granny’s are the 50-cent tea cups in which I serve tea after my Saturday afternoon class.