For over 20 years I have been committed to natural health and personal development. My focus, whether teaching individuals or working with groups, is helping people regain health and discover and fulfill their innate purpose in life. I integrate the rich tools of lifestyle medicine, including breath training, mindfulness, yoga therapy, and a nutrient-dense diet into health care and research-based programs. Here are some of the ways I apply health and wellness coaching to varied populations and needs:
Stress Management for Heart Disease
As a trained Stress Management Specialist with the Dr. Dean Ornish Lifestyle Heart Reversal Program, I teach groups of medical patients about the impact of stress on heart health and how to use proven methods to break the damaging cycle of stress.
Yoga & Mental Health Research
I am honored to contribute to evidence-based research testing the efficacy of yoga as therapy for mental health. I serve as an expert consultant for two NCCHI funded research studies: lead yoga investigator for Treatments for Improving Mood Disorders in Teens and a consultant for Yoga for Chronic Pain in MAT Patients. Both studies are with Brown University and Butler Hospital, RI. The outcomes of these trials could have valuable and far-reaching promise for the future of mental health.
Health Coaching & Yoga Therapy
Working with adults and adolescents I provide Stress Management, Yoga Therapy, and Lifestyle Training using evidence-based models that honor the integrity and strength of individuals and their readiness for change. While mentoring private clients my focus is to guide with clarity and care that inspires self awareness and meaningful change along the health spectrum.
Lifestyle Program Development
From 2006-2015 I founded & directed Focus Yoga (East Greenwich, RI) where
I developed and led a wealth of lifestyle trainings including: The Science & Practice of Breath; Stress Management: a Natural Approach; and, Eat Life! Plant-Based Nutrition Made Easy. I provide professional training programs for corporate groups, healthcare workers and yoga teachers.
My education and professional trainings include:
• MA, Art Therapy, Cal State LA
• MA, Religious Studies, Providence College
• Dean Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Facilitator
• International Association of Yoga Therapist, Certified Yoga Therapist
• Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist (APA Approved)
• Unified Mindfulness Facilitator
• Natural Healers Counseling Program, with Tom Monte
• Certified Macrobiotics Counselor
• Overcome Anxiety Clinic Facilitator
• Hanna Somatic Yoga Instructor
For more info on the Embracing Plant-Based Mastermind Group click HERE: https://emilywoodrd.com/work-with-me