This episode has been waiting in the wings for months (I try to spread out the themes for each episode release) and I’m so excited to finally bring it to your ears today. Emily is a good friend and one of my yoga mentors, and on a beautiful day in April she had me over to her home (which she affectionately calls “the tree house”). We had an amazing conversation underneath her lovely skylights with Mama Kitties keeping watch.
Emily’s vulnerability and honesty make this episode truly one of the most important I’ve engaged in thus far. She openly shares about her mental health struggles and how she worked through them to come out on the other side resilient and willing to devote her life to supporting others in a healing capacity. And yes, of course we discuss yoga, Reiki, and the magic of TIMBo.
At the end of the episode Emily mentions workshops that have already passed, and I chose not to edit that out so that you can hear about all the wonderful creative experiences she offers. Check out Coolidge Yoga’s website and Emily’s website to see what she’s up to in the near future, including upcoming Reiki trainings.
As I mention in the podcast intro, we discuss the seriousness of mental health issues, including suicide. If you (or someone you know) are in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help to a close friend of family member, or call or text the Samaritan’s Hotline at (877) 870-4673, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255, or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Here’s what to expect if you’ve never called a crisis hotline before.
*Skip to 8:11min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview
In this episode we hear:
About Emily’s background in Psychology and working in a residential site
How her past personal experiences influence how she supports the healing of others
How she models navigating the complexities of grief for her students
We discuss the importance of reducing shame and our shared need for authenticity
About the joy of “being a goofball” and ecstatic dance
How the TIMBo program supports survivors of trauma
How yin yoga helps the body process and move through emotions
Her relationship with nature and the universe
Her growing affinity of divination
How she melds her background in trauma work, yoga, and Reiki
A little about astrology and human design
Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):
Follow Emily on Instagram
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram