TIMBo Program (Trauma Informed Mind Body Program)


This class is taught by:

Emily Peterson

Formerly a competitive athlete, Emily Peterson began practicing yoga more than fifteen years ago in an attempt to manage chronic pain from injuries. While yoga was instrumental to her physical healing, Emily also discovered the power of yoga for practicing mindful acceptance. Emily's practice helped her learn to tolerate emotional discomfort and to stop struggling to change the present moment, thus opening up space for healing. For Emily, yoga offers an important meditative practice and the experience of a safe connection to her body, which were transformative and led to personal healing from an eating disorder, depression, and trauma.
 
Acting upon a deep desire to share with others, Emily began training with David Magone and obtained a 500-hour certification in PranaVayu Yoga. She additionally completed a Yin/Yang/Mindfulness intensive teacher training with Sarah Powers, as well as becoming a Usui Reiki Master, studying under the guidance of master teacher, Heather Smidt. She has also studied biomechanics and therapeutics extensively with Santosh Karmacharya. Emily discovered Suzanne Jones and yogaHope in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, and became a licensed facilitator for TIMBo (Trauma Informed Mind Body program). Emily holds a B.A. in applied psychology from University of Illinois-Chicago, where she began studying Buddhism and mindfulness, which are central to her life and to yoga. She has studied extensively with Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University. One day soon she will write her thesis and earn a master’s degree in government.
 
Influenced by a tradition of somatic-based work, Emily believes in the bi-directional relationship between psychology and physiology—the mind influences the body and the body influences the mind. In truth, there is no way to separate the two, and when we think of them as two different, distinct entities, we create disharmony. Health is achieved when there is harmony between and respect for both the body and the mind. Emily practices and facilitates yoga with the belief that true well-being and wellness begin with understanding how our bodies have adapted and developed in response to our surroundings and relationships. In short, listening to the body and discerning its wisdom is where healing and peace lie.
TIMBo combines simple yoga-like movements, relaxation breathing, guided meditation, and a workbook-based approach to explore and better understand the impact of emotions such as fear, guilt, shame, and grief. Research has shown that upon completion of one full TIMBo program, participants’ symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma (PTSD) are significantly lower. Not only this, but women score significantly higher on a measure of self-compassion after participation in the program as compared to before.

TIMBo facilitates personal growth that will help participants navigate life’s tensions through:

  • improved behavioral self-regulation through mindfulness
  • a self-compassionate understanding of human survival responses
  • social-emotional growth that promotes compassionate attunement to the self and to others
  • strengthening the sense of self and promoting confidence in relationships
  • developing a resilient worldview that enables participants to interact with life’s problems with composure and confidence

This program runs for eighteen weekly sessions, the first of which is an orientation. Total non-refundable cost of the program is $450, plus an additional $15 for the workbook.

Co-led by Emily Peterson and Lynn Eikenberry. This session meets Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Start date will be March 7th and will run for 18 weeks ending July 11th.

Emily Peterson Bio: Emily is a certified 500-hour yoga instructor, Usui Reiki Master, and licensed TIMBo facilitator and lead trainer. Formerly a competitive athlete, she began practicing yoga to manage chronic pain from injuries more than 15 years ago. While yoga was instrumental in her physical healing, Emily also discovered the power of yoga for practicing mindful acceptance. Emily's practice helped her learn to tolerate emotional discomfort and stop struggling to change the present moment, thus opening up space for healing. For Emily, yoga offered an important meditative practice and the experience of a safe connection to her body, which were transformative and led to personal healing from an eating disorder, depression, and trauma.
Emily has facilitated TIMBo groups both online and in person and has been an integral part of the TIMBo training team for the last year.
Emily holds a B.A. in Applied Psychology from University of Illinois-Chicago, where she began studying Buddhism and mindfulness, which are central to her life and to yoga.
For more information on healing and wellness through Reiki, Yoga, and TIMBo, visit emilypetersonwellness.com

Lynn Eikenberry bio: Lynn has been practicing Iyengar and Hatha Yoga for over 10 years (lots of on; lots of off) while living in Andover, MA raising a family. As a retired journalist and communications consultant she uses her Masters in Public Health to be an advocate and activist for women and girls. Lynn is a 40 hour trained certified Rape Crisis Counselor, a volunteer with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and a member of the board of directors there. She has completed Level 1 Reiki training. She has completed the 100 hour TIMBo facilitator training and has participated in numerous TIMBo groups as someone who believes strongly in the TIMBo method as both a pathway to and an ongoing practice of healing; she learns more about TIMBo and herself with each TIMBo journey. She will be traveling to Africa with a team of facilitators for YogaHOPE”s Global Outreach Project at the Rona Foundation, Kenya. Growing up in Colorado, she is an avid skier, a lover of all things outdoors. She and her family foster rescue dogs through Great Dog Rescue New England. 

 


Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jun 27 7:30 am - 9:00 am with Emily Peterson
  • Tue Jul 11 7:30 am - 9:00 am with Emily Peterson