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Our Back To HER Program is praised for its unique combination of an inspiring 40 day yoga and meditation practice with empowering transformational work sessions. This program is designed to be an immersive deep-dive back to HER or the SELF (essence) where your divine feminine wisdom, unwavering light, clear purpose and fierce power reside.
Welcome to Emaya
Certified yoga teachers + wellness coaches, authors + speakers, friends + mothers.
Emaya co-founders, Connie Viglietti and Michaela Cullen have been friends since sharing the stage as music theatre majors at Elon University and have been teaching and coaching for the past ten years. Through our individual studies, coaching, and teaching we have joined together to create empowering programs, retreats, and community with the mission to help women connect to their light, purpose, and power.
Our Back To HER Online Program is praised for its unique combination of an inspiring 40-day yoga and meditation practice with empowering transformational work sessions. This program is designed to be an immersive deep-dive back to HER (where your divine feminine wisdom, unwavering light, clear purpose, and fierce power reside). Read what our graduates have to say about their transformation here!
Connie hails from York, PA! She grew up in a big Italian family surrounded by love, music, delicious food and tradition. She played many sports and spent time singing and performing which lead her to Elon University to study Music Theatre (where she met Michaela)! After school she headed to NYC to pursue her singing and acting career. You can see Connie in commercials from time to time.
Connie hit the ground running auditioning, singing in bands, acting in classes, commercials, film and TV and web series. But the constant emotional roller coaster that goes along with being a performing artist (and the inconsistent work) began to take its toll. Yoga offered an introspection and haven that felt familiar to being home as a person and as an artist.
Yoga slowly took over and Connie felt called to learn more. For the last 9 years, Connie has spent time studying and practicing Yoga which has enriched her life in so many ways. She holds certifications in Vinyasa Yoga (Sonic Yoga), Hatha Yoga (advanced studies withWill Duprey Yoga), Prenatal and Postnatal yoga (Juliana Mitchell and Krissy Shields), Inner Harmony Holistic Health Coaching certification (Susan Cartiglia and holds Reiki 1 & 2 certificates (Utopia Reiki, founded by her father, Joe Renda). Connie co-created Yoga Vida’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in New York City in 2019. She also loves teaching yoga to children and founded Little Grasshopper Yoga. She leads retreats, workshops and teacher trainings in NYC. Connie is a Reiki practitioner. She loves learning about energy and the power with in us to heal.
Since becoming a mother herself, Connie takes great care and joy in supporting women through their journey to motherhood in many communities in NYC. She is a birth doula, teacher and leads mommy groups. She is feeling called to share and hold space with women as they navigate through the cycles of life that twist and turn with the big life changes as well as the small stuff.
Connie loves to sing, chant mantra, enjoys being around kids, paying soccer, baking and spending time with her family. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Anthony, their children Maia and Hudson and doggie Kali.
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Michaela grew up in Alexandria, VA and moved to Nantucket Island her sophomore year in High School. Michaela was raised in a big family and is the youngest of four. She remembers her youth as a time of love, creativity, music, theatre, close friendships and time with her family. Michaela played many sports but theatre and music became her greatest passions which led her to Elon University to study Music Theatre (where she met Connie)!
Throughout her childhood and early adulthood Michaela struggled with anxiety and panic attacks. It wasn’t until she was introduced to yoga and it’s profound healing capabilities that she was able to dramatically reduce her anxiety and completely heal her panic attacks. For the last 8 years, Michaela has spent time studying and practicing yoga and has a passion for sharing its healing magic with others. Michaela holds certifications in Prenatal Yoga (BellyBliss) and Vinyasa (CorePower).
Over the years as a yoga teacher, Michaela became passionate about the way the body responds to trauma, stress, emotions, anxiety and felt called to provide additional support to her students beyond the body. In 2013, Michaela received her Transformational Coaching Certification and Advanced Mastery Level Coach Certification and began her path as a Life Coach.
Michaela is passionate about helping others live their best lives. She finds joy in helping others peel back the layers to examine what in their life is/isn’t working and guide them to an empowered, exciting and self-expressed life!
Michaela is also a Reiki practitioner and enjoys incorporating Reiki, meditation and yoga principles and methodologies into her coaching. Michaela leads retreats, workshops, and 1:1 coaching sessions and incorporates coaching throughout all of Emaya’s offerings.
Michaela is Mama to her two kids, Emilie and Jack, and wife to her husband, Mihai. Michaela and her family enjoy traveling, baking, dancing, singing, quality time together, adventures and the occasional tantrum on long flights (Michaela, not the kids!) They have recently packed up their Denver home and currently reside in Romania. They are enjoying this grand adventure!
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