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.



Emily Peterson instructs the following:
  • Yin Yoga
  • Yin Yoga is a quiet, meditative practice that uses long-held passive poses to enhance and renew the body’s vital energy, prevent joint rigidity and immobility, and nourish the body at the cellular level. Yin aids with digestion, muscle repair, organ detoxification and emotional processing. The long held postures allow the connective tissue (ligaments, tendons, joints, and fascia) to strengthen, and with a consistent practice you will notice postural improvement, increased ease in movement and an overall balanced being. This is the perfect complimentary practice to any strength building or cardio exercise as well as an active Yang or vinyasa practice. It is also great for anyone recovering from injury or illness and pre or post -natal. Please note that this class is held at room temperature to increase the effectiveness of the practice - socks are welcome.


  • Yin Yoga Express
  • An efficient, 45-minute version of your favorite Yin Yoga class. Yin Yoga is a quiet, meditative practice that uses long-held passive poses to enhance and renew the body’s vital energy, prevent joint rigidity and immobility, and nourish the body at the cellular level. Yin aids with digestion, muscle repair, organ detoxification and emotional processing. The long held postures allow the connective tissue (ligaments, tendons, joints, and fascia) to strengthen, and with a consistent practice you will notice postural improvement, increased ease in movement and an overall balanced being. This is the perfect complimentary practice to any strength building or cardio exercise as well as an active Yang or vinyasa practice. It is also great for anyone recovering from injury or illness and pre or post -natal. Please note that this class is held at room temperature to increase the effectiveness of the practice - socks are welcome.

  • TIMBo Program (Trauma-Responsive Innovations for Mind and Body)
  • 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 November 6th and will run for 16 weeks ending March 5th.

    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 Eikenberry has been practicing Iyengar and Hatha yoga on and off for more than ten years. She discovered the TIMBo method in TK and found it to be both a pathway to and an ongoing practice of healing. After participating in several groups, Lynn completed her 100-hour TIMBo facilitator training. Even as a teacher, Lynn learns more about both herself and TIMBo with each group and journey she embarks upon. Last year, Lynn traveled to Africa with a team of facilitators for YogaHOPE’s Global Outreach Project at the Rona Foundation, Kenya. Lynn has also completed Level 1 Reiki training.

     

    In addition to facilitating TIMBo groups, Lynn uses her Masters in Public Health to advocate and serve as an activist for women and girls. She is a certified Rape Crisis Counselor and both a volunteer and on the board of directors for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

     

    Jennifer Harvey Bio: took part in the inaugural TIMBo Training in 2012, and completed most of her training in Haiti. Since then, she has been a co-facilitator in many TIMBo programs and trainings, in both the U.S. and Kenya. Jennifer is the owner of Laughing Dog Yoga Studio in Wellesley, MA. Prior to opening her studio, she worked for many years as a licensed psychotherapist. She has extensive training in mind-body practices (including yoga, Nia, and meditation), the treatment of trauma, and positive psychology. For Jennifer, the TIMBo program combines the key elements for healing and empowerment in a way that is rich in its simplicity, practicality, and wisdom. Each session, each group, and each participant bears witness to the strength, compassion, and resilience within each and every one of us.

     


  • Foundations of Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga Teacher Training Day 1
  • Foundations of Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga Teacher Training
    with Emily Peterson
    Friday, September 21 – Monday, September 24 (see hours below)

    This yin yoga training will provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary to lead an effective yin class, while simultaneously deepening their own yoga practice. Students will walk away from this training having reached new depths of personal healing and awareness.
     
    This training will verse students in the fundamental concepts of yin—what it is, and how and why we do it. It will also demonstrate how yin can be used as a tool for trauma recovery by incorporating mindfulness and a trauma-sensitive environment to establish a safe container for emotional and somatic processing.
     
    Additionally, this training will include an overview of:
    · the philosophy and practice of yin yoga
    · physical, emotional, and mental benefits of the practice
    · the meridians and Five Elements
    · four yin sequences with options and modifications
    · a look at why fascia and connective tissue are so important
    · the intersection of yin, mindfulness, and the brain
    · how yin can help with trauma and healing, as well as some simple tools for making yin classes trauma sensitive
    · experiential understanding of holding space
    · the importance of the pause in between shapes
    · sequencing and messaging considerations, as well as practice creating both
    · practice teaching
     
    This training is suited for yoga teachers, as well as yogis who have practiced for at least a year and are interested in deepening their practice. Teachers will receive 26 CEUs.
     
    Hours
    Friday, November 9 - 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday, November 10 - 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, November 11 - 11:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Monday, November 12 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
     
    Cost: $525 / $499 by October 15
     
    All workshops are non-refundable.

  • Foundations of Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga Teacher Training Day 2
  • Foundations of Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga Teacher Training
    with Emily Peterson
    Friday, September 21 – Monday, September 24 (see hours below)

    This yin yoga training will provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary to lead an effective yin class, while simultaneously deepening their own yoga practice. Students will walk away from this training having reached new depths of personal healing and awareness.

    This training will verse students in the fundamental concepts of yin—what it is, and how and why we do it. It will also demonstrate how yin can be used as a tool for trauma recovery by incorporating mindfulness and a trauma-sensitive environment to establish a safe container for emotional and somatic processing.

    Additionally, this training will include an overview of:
    · the philosophy and practice of yin yoga
    · physical, emotional, and mental benefits of the practice
    · the meridians and Five Elements
    · four yin sequences with options and modifications
    · a look at why fascia and connective tissue are so important
    · the intersection of yin, mindfulness, and the brain
    · how yin can help with trauma and healing, as well as some simple tools for making yin classes trauma sensitive
    · experiential understanding of holding space
    · the importance of the pause in between shapes
    · sequencing and messaging considerations, as well as practice creating both
    · practice teaching

    This training is suited for yoga teachers, as well as yogis who have practiced for at least a year and are interested in deepening their practice. Teachers will receive 26 CEUs.

    Hours
    Friday, November 9 - 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday, November 10 - 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, November 11 - 11:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Monday, November 12 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Cost: $525 / $499 by October 15

    All workshops are non-refundable.

     

  • Foundations of Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga Teacher Training Day 3
  • Foundations of Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga Teacher Training
    with Emily Peterson
    Friday, September 21 – Monday, September 24 (see hours below)

    This yin yoga training will provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary to lead an effective yin class, while simultaneously deepening their own yoga practice. Students will walk away from this training having reached new depths of personal healing and awareness.

    This training will verse students in the fundamental concepts of yin—what it is, and how and why we do it. It will also demonstrate how yin can be used as a tool for trauma recovery by incorporating mindfulness and a trauma-sensitive environment to establish a safe container for emotional and somatic processing.

    Additionally, this training will include an overview of:
    · the philosophy and practice of yin yoga
    · physical, emotional, and mental benefits of the practice
    · the meridians and Five Elements
    · four yin sequences with options and modifications
    · a look at why fascia and connective tissue are so important
    · the intersection of yin, mindfulness, and the brain
    · how yin can help with trauma and healing, as well as some simple tools for making yin classes trauma sensitive
    · experiential understanding of holding space
    · the importance of the pause in between shapes
    · sequencing and messaging considerations, as well as practice creating both
    · practice teaching

    This training is suited for yoga teachers, as well as yogis who have practiced for at least a year and are interested in deepening their practice. Teachers will receive 26 CEUs.

    Hours
    Friday, November 9 - 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday, November 10 - 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, November 11 - 11:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Monday, November 12 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Cost: $525 / $499 by October 15

    All workshops are non-refundable.


  • Foundations of Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga Teacher Training Day 4
  • Foundations of Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga Teacher Training
    with Emily Peterson
    Friday, September 21 – Monday, September 24 (see hours below)

    This yin yoga training will provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary to lead an effective yin class, while simultaneously deepening their own yoga practice. Students will walk away from this training having reached new depths of personal healing and awareness.

    This training will verse students in the fundamental concepts of yin—what it is, and how and why we do it. It will also demonstrate how yin can be used as a tool for trauma recovery by incorporating mindfulness and a trauma-sensitive environment to establish a safe container for emotional and somatic processing.

    Additionally, this training will include an overview of:
    · the philosophy and practice of yin yoga
    · physical, emotional, and mental benefits of the practice
    · the meridians and Five Elements
    · four yin sequences with options and modifications
    · a look at why fascia and connective tissue are so important
    · the intersection of yin, mindfulness, and the brain
    · how yin can help with trauma and healing, as well as some simple tools for making yin classes trauma sensitive
    · experiential understanding of holding space
    · the importance of the pause in between shapes
    · sequencing and messaging considerations, as well as practice creating both
    · practice teaching

    This training is suited for yoga teachers, as well as yogis who have practiced for at least a year and are interested in deepening their practice. Teachers will receive 26 CEUs.

    Hours
    Friday, November 9 - 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday, November 10 - 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, November 11 - 11:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Monday, November 12 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Cost: $525 / $499 by October 15

    All workshops are non-refundable.


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