EMILY WINTER, MPH, E-RYT, SEP candidate - SOMATIC EXPERIENCING
I discovered the power and joy of somatic (body-based) healing nearly a decade ago, when I began my personal journey into yoga. A public health practitioner at the time, I was amazed by how seemingly simplistic body movements and breathing exercises profoundly impacted my own recovery from trauma, anxiety, and chronic stress and pain. I became a dedicated yoga practitioner and, later, a yoga teacher. I am currently training to become a specialist in trauma recovery, using the body as a vehicle for healing. In my public health work, I witnessed the pervasive effects of trauma and stress on individuals and communities; through yoga, I see the potential for collective wellness by harnessing the power of the innate, somatic tools we all carry within ourselves. My greatest passion has been to create a holistic practice that joins my community health work with my yogic and somatic training. This path has landed me in the rich, ever-fascinating profession of somatic trauma healing.
Since 2013, I have worked with clients to resolve symptoms of trauma and chronic stress, become more embodied and self-regulated, and develop new ways of maintaining presence and peace. I love sharing the practices of trauma-informed yoga and Somatic Experiencing® (SE) because they: 1) are rooted in science, 2) emphasize an empowerment-based approach to recovery, and 3) allow for the creative, dynamic, and often non-linear nature of healing to unfold, based on each client’s individual needs and experience.
I am an Intermediate Level Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) in training at the Trauma Institute and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT). I offer Somatic Experiencing® sessions at Elevate Wellness in South Lake Tahoe, California and facilitate community yoga classes for Alpine County Behavioral Health Services. I am the Co-Executive Director of Firefly Yoga International, a non-profit I co-founded in 2013 that offers trauma-informed yoga teacher trainings across the United States. I have designed and facilitated trauma-informed yoga programs and trainings for a variety of populations, including survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence, veterans, youth, first responders, therapists, social workers, and the general public. I received my Master's in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2012. Much of my earlier work focused on designing health programs that served survivors of trauma in countries in crisis. My yoga experience includes eight years of devoted practice, over 700 hours of yoga teacher training, and over 1000 hours of teaching. I am excited and honored to share in this journey of body-based healing with you.