You Should Know… Emily Rasowsky

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Emily Rasowsky can pack a lot into 24 hours. Between her full-time job, an organization for women in technology that she runs and her part time as a yoga instructor, she says she’s gotten comfortable with juggling. The 27-year-old even finds a few hours for herself.

How did you end up in D.C.?

I effectively grew up in Las Vegas and ended up coming to D.C. for school at George Washington. I didn’t really think I was going to stay, but I ended up getting a cool job and exploring the city and really falling in love with it.

It’s certainly a different environment from Las Vegas, but what’s kept me here so long is that I ended up working for the Washington DC Economic Partnership, running their marketing for business attraction. It was a really fun job and it connected me to so many amazing local entrepreneurs and politicians it made it really hard to leave.

What do you do now?

People ask me and I’m like, “Hm. How shall I phrase this?” My 9 to 5 is at an energy technology company and I run their marketing, which is all focused on getting companies to adopt energy efficient technology so we can reduce the impact their buildings have on climate change.

I also run a women in technology company, which I’ve been doing for about five years now. The whole purpose is to bring women of different backgrounds who work in tech together and have challenging conversations about their workplace, inequity, inclusion and then trying to move them towards
professional growth.

And then for fun I also teach yoga and breathwork.

What’s breathwork?

If you Google it, all sorts of crazy stuff will come up but, it’s fun and a wellness tool. Basically though, I don’t sleep.

How did you get into yoga?

When I was in high school, I did long-distance running and I had a nutritionist. I hurt my knee, though, and went into a state of, like, “Damn, now what can I do?” And my nutritionist was also a yoga teacher so she got me into it. Some people have high school jobs waiting tables and I was working at the desk of a yoga studio, so I got a lot of exposure to it when I was young.

I’ve just been one of those people who is lucky to be in the right place at the right time and I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities I’m grateful for.

Do you see a connecting between your Judaism and yoga at all?

I was brought up Conservative until I was about 7 or 8, and when I was young my dad passed away pretty suddenly. Judaism was a big part of his life and his side of the family, but after that we didn’t really go to temple that much. I have a cousin in Jerusalem who’s an Orthodox rabbi and one who lives in Tel Aviv, so it’s certainly a presence in my life.

But they understand when I talk to them about yoga in a way that is rooted in Judaism. They’ll say things like, “Oh that was a mitzvah,” and I’m like, “Yeah, I guess it was.” I might call it fate but I’m open to these spiritual ideas and I believe Judaism is such an inclusive religion and in yoga we talk a lot about that.

There’s a lot of crossover and my family is so accepting, when I say things that otherwise might sound a little woo-woo they get it.

Do you ever have time where you can withdraw from all your responsibilities?

My mornings are really important to me. I wake up around 6 o’clock and I basically have two hours to myself in the morning where I don’t do any work. I might meditate or do silly stuff like paint my nails.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve travelled to?

I went this past year to the island of Guadalupe and it has the greatest population of Great Whites in the most visible water.

So we went cage diving and that was pretty awesome.

Sounds terrifying.

No, they’re not interested in you, they’re more interested in the tuna you’re tossing out. n

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