About Emily

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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 love sharing the practices of yoga and Somatic Experiencing® (SE) because they:

  • are rooted in both modern science and ancient wisdom and practices,

  • 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 often 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 KeenDave Berger, and Abi Blakeslee. I am on the Trauma Institute's Teaching Assistant team and assist SE trainings in Sacramento and Berkeley, CA. I completed the Full Embodiment: Healing Sexuality Trauma training with Ariel Giarretto and Tom Callanan. I offer one-on-one Somatic Experiencing® sessions at Elevate Wellness in South Lake Tahoe, California.

I offer training in trauma-informed yoga and somatic practice to yoga teachers and mental health professionals, and facilitate community-based education on trauma, the nervous system, and embodiment. My yoga experience includes nearly a decade of devoted practice, over 2000 hours of teaching, and over 700 hours of yoga teacher training in Raja-Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, Yoga Nidra, Tantric Yoga, Yoga for Trauma, and Tibetan Heart Yoga. I am a longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism.

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 teacher trainings. I designed and facilitated trauma-informed yoga programs and trainings for a variety of populations, including women who had experienced violence, veterans, teens, first responders, therapists, social workers, and the public. From 2014-2019 I directed 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, backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains I call home, or traveling to distant lands on a shoestring budget.

I am excited and honored to share in this embodiment journey with you.

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