Yin and the Pause: From Fragility to Resiliency

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.

Yin and the Pause: From Fragility to Resiliency
with Emily Peterson
Coolidge Yoga Brookline
Saturday, March 9th (2:00 – 4:30 p.m.)
When given the space, human beings will automatically move toward healing. How often do we really sit back and allow that to happen without trying to fix something, make it go away, and impose our own agenda on our bodies and the healing process? Hardly ever, right?
It is said that anxiety, panic disorders, and depression are all dis-eases of disembodiment. Enter the pause in between yin shapes to reconnect. During this workshop, we will really dive into that in-between space—the space where we feel vulnerable, fragile, and perhaps even anxious. We will notice what arises and how we may want to get rid of it, distract ourselves, and utilize other mental and physical habits we have developed to escape this space. We will instead connect into the moment when it all starts to change. The moment when we can start to feel our body healing and transforming; the moment when we can notice our own resiliency. Make no mistake, this takes strength and courage to do. But when we do it, we will ultimately experimentally understand that we have everything inside that we need to heal and grow—we just need to learn how to access it.
Lingering in the pause gives us space to do something different. Practicing this on the mat can be completely life changing off the mat.
Cost: $40 /$35 by March 1st
All workshops are non-refundable.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Mar 09 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm with Emily Peterson
    at Brookline

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