MOLLY SOMMERHALDER Certified Wellness Coach (CWC-IAWP), Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT), Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (AADP), Certified Senior/Chair Yoga, Certified Aerial Yoga Level 1 and Certified Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth
Founder/Creator of Swan in the Lotus Yoga and Wellness, LLC and Creator of Yoga for Women’s Health and Get Your Bhakti On
Molly uses her over 20 years of yoga and wellness experience to guide men and women over 50 to a happy and healthy retirement. After years of career burnout, physical pain including a pelvic floor condition, and a unhealthy mindset from stress and anxiety, she has learned to heal herself through a holistic lifestyle. She engages this knowledge to support those moving through transitions and guides them to learn to heal themselves so they can be balanced, courageous and live sacredly.
Molly has traveled around the country to learn Bhakti (Love) Yoga + Mantra with key teachers including Girish, Brenda McMorrow, Krishna Das, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band and more. She uses lessons in mantra, yoga, wellness and her holistic health practitioner background to guide people to healing, transformation and peace. She has helped over 150 people learn how to take charge of their health. Clients have said, "She truly cares about her clients and it showed with every check-in we had. I would definitely recommend Molly to anyone!"
After overcoming a pelvic floor condition, Molly supports women and men to understand their pelvic floor, hormonal imbalances and learn to find solutions for a healthy life through yoga/wellness. She also has experience to help women with menopausal issues and post-birth conditions. She has worked with over 100 women and people have said “Thank you, Molly, for opening the door to something that shouldn't be kept behind closed doors. You are a champion for all women!"
For many years I experienced burnout and not knowing where I wanted to go next in my life. I felt lost and unhealthy. I suffered from continuous stress at work and became anxious about everything I did. I was afraid to move forward and step into the unknown because I was afraid of change.
My health was declining and I had major digestive and GI issues, physical pain all over my body from stress, lower back nerve pain steaming from sclerosis and my brain was in a complete fog every day. It finally got to a point where I lost my temper at someone I loved deeply at the time and I went into a state of deep depression.
One day, I woke up and realized that I had to make changes, let go of the fear and heal myself. I turned back to all the teachings, knowledge and lessons that I had learned over the past 20 years in my yoga/wellness training and started to put myself first. I started to implement better eating habits to heal by gut, develop a new mindset towards life, set boundaries at work and home, and made sure my practices that kept me healthy both mentally and physically were put first. I started to accept change, even welcome it, and began the journey of listening to love instead of fear. During this time, I also went back to my pelvic floor therapy which included dilation and building strength in the pelvic floor muscles that helps other issues like incontinence, prolapse, and other menopausal conditions. I have now healed 90% of a condition called microperforate hymen.
By transitioning to a holistic lifestyle, I discovered a career as a wellness coach and found my purpose in life is to help people through their own transitions, embrace new chapters and heal themselves. I continue to educate myself on mindset practices to decrease my stress and anxiety and find physical movement to release stress and tension in my body especially lower back issues. I also take time each day to check in with myself and notice when I am out of balance. For the first time, I finally feel physically, mentally and emotionally healthy and ready for this new phase of my life!
Yoga for Women's Health Workshop ™
Aerial Yoga at Inner Sun Yoga Studio
Girish and me
Jai Uttal in Illinois Sean Johnson at Bhakti Immersion in New Orleans David Stringer in Wisconsin
L&R: Sound Healing and Yin Yoga Class at 2018 Midwest Yoga and Kirtan Festival Photo by: Denise Dietz