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Thanks for thinking of me for your next Chicago yoga class.  Please fill out the form below with questions or to schedule and I’ll get back to you within two business days. Thanks!


Phone : 312-607-6563

PO Box 47290 

Chicago, IL


Chicago Yoga Instructor

Yoga is a process of reestablishing a strong connection between the body and mind, to help reawaken and hone various powers of both. The practice of fluid movement and awareness of breath begins a process that helps support a healthy and pain-free body and clear mind.

With consistent practice, as we grow our awareness of our bodies, we understand our own postural habits and begin to establish proper alignment, which carries through all movement, on and off the mat.

Contact us to schedule a free intro session or for any questions!

We gradually take in and assess more information from the body/mind, amounting to a fuller and more realistic sense of ourselves.

In the process, we learn how even a gentle yoga practice promotes health overall, conditioning the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

Through brief guided meditations and breath work (pranayama) we learn to initiate a calm and focused awareness, stay centered, and take that with us into everyday life.

Emily Johnson has been a teacher of yoga for five years, and researcher of yoga for more than 15 years. She earned a 200-hour certification in Hatha Yoga from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago.

She provides individual and group classes with an emphasis on awareness, alignment, and postural modification for relief of tension and injury. She works with healthy adults, as well as unconventional students, those who might not initially think they can do yoga, including  seniors, those in rehabilitation, and those with old injuries or other physical limitations.

Begin taking your health into your hands in a systematic and direct way with yoga. Contact me to set up an introductory session.



Writing Services

Here at the shop we provide writing and editing services for individuals and businesses. We have twenty years in the book business and in-depth understanding of the development of marketing and publishing projects. We work with the biggest companies (Penguin, Randomhouse) and the smallest start-up (the lonely writer).

Besides writing on all aspects of our relationships with ourselves (yoga), our surroundings (gardening, ecology), we love helping writers bring their voices to fruition in works of their own devising, and setting them off into the world on the best footing possible.

People think writing is a lonely process, but the truth is that every writer you have ever read had an editor. At least, that was true pre-Internet. Now more than ever many are bypassing that crucial step in the hype to publish. So many casual errors stand out to a fresh eye. Working without that assistance is an unnecessarily lonely road.

We help you, our client, through the process of writing, whether it might be an essay, narrative, or e/book—or in business, with emails, web content, and internal communiques, helping you communicate effectively without sacrificing your personality or style.



Writing Center for businesses: one-on-one writing coaching in a neutral environment to help managers, writers, and other professionals learn the editing process and improve the consistency of messaging across the company. Often in conjunction with PR or Marketing/Editorial.

Copywriting and Research: Thoughtful, clear, and creative content with a proven ability to anticipate trends and generate fascinating copy. We can help plan and implement an editorial calendar, conduct general research and reporting, develop articles on various topics for mainstream and specialized audiences. That includes emails, newsletters, press releases, editorial guides, copy, company bios, and internal communications.


Editorial services are determined by you, the author, and the editor after looking over a sample chapter, outline, and table of contents (nonfiction).

Developmental edit: We focus on structure, content, and organization of a piece, often when the manuscript is still in development. Manuscript will receive notes and line edits, suggestions for research as needed. Together we develop a set of goals and tasks to help the author complete the work.

Substantive edit: We ensure the piece is smooth, logical, and well organized. We will bring up any content-related questions, and any problematic sections will be flagged—such as, confusing or overly detailed passages, abrupt shifts in tone, needs for narrative or dialogue. Copyediting is included as part of the substantive edit.

Copyedit: We read the manuscript for thematic organization at the paragraph and sentence levels and focus on the mechanics of the piece: consistency, spelling, grammar (punctuation, syntax, and word usage.) Fact checking available upon request.

Proofread: We read the final manuscript and present any egregious errors, such as basic grammar/spelling mistakes and inconsistencies, and any other visual errors in the layout. This is a final check before the piece is ready for printing or online posting. The last edit, an overview.

Review/Critique: I read the manuscript over for consistency, and ways to sharpen scenes through character development, setting, imagery, symbolism, and plot. I will supply notes for the author to use in development of the work.

Once the book is done, additional marketing help may be retained as needed.

While computers can help the process, you may still need a professional to write an index. We read the page proofs and write an alphabetical list of references based on the terms and concepts explored in the text. We consolidate page references under main headings and subheadings and include cross-references to guide readers to specific locations in the text.


Contact us today and we will get back to you within one business day. See how communications development can be the key to unblock success in many areas of life.

We work with artists, writers, illustrators, designers, producers, and other indentured entrepreneurs to collect great work for niche audiences. If you need referrals, we can heartily recommend and use the services of some great folks. Holler with your needs.


All original content on this site is not to be republished without attribution in any way (outside normal ‘fair use’ practices) without my permission.



Click on the links to read:

Women’s Health:

On Menopause

Natural Birth Control | Loyola Women’s Studies Digest | The Ins and Outs of Fertility Awareness Methods (print)

Real Estate:

News articles, brand strategy, and content development for Truepad


Fighting Emerald Ash Borer in Chicago | Arborscape


The Road Less Traveled | Industry | Ecotourism in South America

The Roatán Less Travelled | Industry | Hidden Gems in the Caribbean Republic


Type Casting | Industry | Deep Cuts from the Land of Myers-Briggs Personality Test

The Magical World of Craigslist | How to Be an Online Seller

Relationships and Social Science:

Do We Touch Enough? | On the science and visceral thrills of making contact

Staying Summer | How can a relationship stay strong, yet maintain the vitality and newness of its early season?

The Forever Thing | Is long-term commitment doomed?

Cheat…or Tweet? | Industry | Infidelity in the Age of Social Media

The Dark Side | Industry | Tales from late-night hookups, near misses, and the end of night wildlife in action

The Long Mile | Industry | A car upgrade has our emotional guru contemplating journeys and a relationship with…herself

Games Worth Playing | Industry | How a ritual based upon the I Ching can change the way we think about life and love

Marriage: A New Territory | Industry | The political sturm und drang over gay marriage prompts an examination of the nature of the nuptial leap

Feminine Mystique Redux  | Industry | Getting to the Roots of the Stall in Equality

The New Girl | Industry | On the Thrill and Terror of a New Year

Red Flags | Industry |  all the things we’re worried about in relationships that are really not that big of a deal

The Good Fight | Industry | How to Have It Out in the Quest for Having It All

Do the Split | Industry | How to talk yourself through a breakup

Balance of Power | Industry | Should women should put off marriage to boost their earning power?

SlutWalkChicago: By Any Other Name? | Guernica Magazine

Getting My Kicks in Psychodrama | New York Press |


Cosmo Grrl  | Industry | On sex icon Helen Gurley Brown’s passing and finding mojo in print

Inside Game of Thrones | Industry

Around the Town Chicago | Theater Reviews

Mirah at SPACE | Newcity

Ryuichi Sakamoto | Radio Free Chicago

So Percussion & Matmos | Radio Free Chicago

Leonard Cohen Takes Manhattan, Again | National Post


Formerly the ad promo manager for academic and library marketing at Penguin Books, I work on various writing, publishing, gardening, fabric art projects and business interests in book selling and publishing. 

I’ve developed writing, research and editorial projects with many publishers, companies, and non-profits, including National Geographic Learning, Truepad, Great Books, Chicago Cultural Mile, and Industry magazine.

This is a portfolio site as well as a blog following my interest in relationships (vegetable-animal-mineral), yoga, health and sustainable living, and writing.

I am available for various word-putting-together activities, and as a teacher of yoga and meditation.

Quotes from clients:

“Emily’s culture pieces are always warm and slightly ahead of the curve. If you need someone to cover a breaking trend, or scope one out that is below the radar, she is a good choice.”

“Manages to straddle the line between lighthearted analysis and serious investigation, which ain’t an easy thing to do.”

“She has too many good ideas, which is a damn fine problem for an editor to be confronted with.”

“Wonderful, thoughtful, honest, it follows the best schema of personal essay from the specific to the general and the personal.”

“Very insightful and bravo for exploring the therapy via publishing route. Very impressed.”