November 29, 2011 12:46PM
Kelly Emme (pictured here), along with her daughter Erica, both of Naperville, founded Yoga Gourmet Getaways. | Submitted
Updated: November 29, 2011 1:54PM
Imagine traveling the world and taking those positive experiences to develop a business. That’s just what Kelly Emme and her daughter Erica, both of Naperville, have done. This mother-daughter team combined their mutual passions for food and movement, European influence and founded Yoga Gourmet Getaways.
This dynamic duo hopes to help people unplug from stressors, and experience the benefits of healthy food and balanced movement.
When you see Kelly and Erica, they look more like sisters than mother and daughter. Clearly, they are a great example of living the lifestyle they teach to others.
Kelly, the mother of the team, has been teaching fitness and sharing her love of yoga for more than 25 years. However, 10 years ago, she decided to put more of her focus in to yoga and became a certified yoga instructor through Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago.
Kelly’s daughter Erica, is a true food lover. She became enamored with the benefits of great food while living in Europe.
“As my family spent time abroad, I learned the pleasures of eating whole foods, connecting with friends and family around amazing, beautifully prepared meals,” she said.
Once back in the states, Erica attended Northwestern University, and went on to Bauman College in Berkley, Calif., to become a certified natural chef. Upon graduation, she worked in the specialty foods industry at William-Sonoma, Fox and Obel Market in Chicago, and The Chopping Block.
As Erica and Kelly discussed various ways to combine their love of yoga, food and wellness to develop a business, ultimately Yoga Gourmet Getaways was born. The two worked together and produced classes, workshops and retreats that blended their talents, and desire to educate others on the benefits of balanced living.
“We knew that by merging our education and unique talents, we would be able to entertain, and inspire people through our wellness workshops,” Kelly said.
Given that our hustle-and-bustle culture doesn’t make it easy to live a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, students come to Erica and Kelly seeking healthier options.
“Most people who attend our classes or retreats are looking for creative, practical ways to incorporate healthy food and movement into their daily lives,” Kelly said. “Our clients often come back to experience the positive sense of community we’ve created as well as developing new and simple strategies to improve their overall health — both physical and mental.”
Yoga Gourmet Getaways has an annual retreat at The Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva every October.
“Not only do we have interactive cooking dinner parties for our guests, we practice yoga, experience mindfulness through breath walks and guided meditation, and much more,” Erica said.
The students who attend their classes and workshops range in age from late 20s (many are recently married or new parents), to 40, 50 (both with families and single), through their 60s.
“Because we are a mother-daughter team, some of our students are also mothers (and) daughters, mainly for our retreats,” Kelly said. “Others come to our classes or retreats with friends and/or husbands.”
Erica said their clientele is diverse.
“Both men and women seek to make positive changes in their health and overall well-being,” Erica said.
At the end of each retreat, mother and daughter have the same objective.
“We want each student to leave feeling inspired to make small, simple changes in their daily lives,” Erica said. “This enables them to increase their overall sense of health and well-being.
“My mom and I go into each event looking forward to sharing our joy and passions with our guests. If we can instill in them a sense of fun, joy and hope for making positive changes, we have succeeded.”
During the holidays when stress levels are up and calm is no where to be found, this may be a nice respite from the chaos of the season. To learn more, and perhaps, take part in an opportunity to de-stress, visit www.yogagourmetgetaways.com.
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