Hello, I'm Emily.
I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, yoga teacher, and community educator.
I collaborate with clients to resolve symptoms of trauma and stress, become more embodied and self-regulated, and develop new ways of maintaining presence and peace.
I have a deep love for yoga and Somatic Experiencing® (SE) because they both:
are rooted in modern science and ancient wisdom;
view the mind-body-spirit as intrinsically holistic, interconnected, and interactive;
emphasize an empowerment-based approach to recovery; and
allow for the creative, dynamic, and non-linear nature of healing to unfold.
I am a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) with the Trauma Institute. I have trained in SE with Dr. Peter Levine, Lael Keen, Dave Berger, and Abi Blakeslee. I now serve on the Trauma Institute's Teaching Assistant team. I completed the Full Embodiment: Healing Sexuality Trauma training with Ariel Giarretto and Tom Callanan.
Currently, I am completing training in Dynamic Attachment RePatterning experience (DARe). DARe was developed by trauma expert Diane Poole Heller and is a somatic modality to create more secure adult attachment styles and healthier relationships.
I offer trainings in trauma-informed yoga, self- and co-regulation, and somatic education to yoga teachers and mental health professionals, and facilitate trainings in somatic resiliency for first responders.
I have practiced yoga since 2010. Since 2014, I have completed more than 700 hours of yoga teacher training in Raja-Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, Yoga Nidra, Tantric Yoga, Yoga for Trauma, and Tibetan Heart Yoga. I have instructed over 2500 hours of yoga classes and trainings. In 2013, I co-founded and served for five years as Co-Executive Director of Firefly Yoga International, a non-profit that offers trauma-informed yoga programs and yoga teacher trainings. From 2014-2019 I led an accessible community yoga program for Alpine County Behavioral Health Services, serving seniors and individuals with mobility limitations.
I received my Master's in Public Health in International Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2012. My earlier work in global health focused on designing and delivering public health programs in countries experiencing crisis and disaster. These programs reached sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of conflict and gender-based violence, and others.
When I'm not doing yoga or SE, you might find me painting, paddle boarding, or backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains I call home. I am also deeply invested in exploring my relationship to my white European and Jewish ancestry, and in unpacking my own privileges and contributions to systems of oppression.
I am excited and honored to share in this embodiment journey with you.