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Emmie Stamell, RYT, C. Ay.

Sukha is a Sanskrit word that is often translated as “bliss” or “happiness.” It resonates with me because it also means “good space,” both internally and externally, which is a beautifully succinct way to describe the effects of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. 

Here's an article published in Voyager Magazine about my journey. I began practicing yoga and meditation in 2002 and have been teaching for over a decade. The call to teach yoga was just that: a calling that continues to be a joy and inspire me. Upon completing teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, I taught in the San Francisco Bay Area, in New Mexico, and around the Boston area where I currently live with my daughter and family.

Meditation is woven into every yoga class I teach, and I have a private practice in Belmont, MA. where I see clients individually and in collaboration with psychiatrist Dr. Brendel. I've had the pleasure of witnessing the profound results that come from personalized mindfulness and yoga practices as clients reach their goals, whether professional or personal.  

I am a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute where I studied with esteemed Ayurvedic physicians Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Claudia Welch, and Dr. Robert Svoboda. With over 1,000 hours of training in Ayurveda, I offer consultations, workshops, and infuse my yoga classes with the principles of Ayurveda .

Bodywork is an important component of healthcare, and treatments are traditionally recommended in Ayurvedic protocol. I completed 400 hours of massage therapy training at The World School for Massage and Holistic Healing Arts in San Francisco and I integrate bodywork into private sessions when appropriate.

I also worked as a mental health counselor in a Boston-area psychiatric hospital for four years. My approach to mental health is informed by both the western psychoanalytical model and by eastern philosophy.  As we gain insight and let go of judgement toward ourselves and others, an organic baseline of compassion is unveiled. I have found that compassion coupled with mindfulness makes it possible to navigate the changing stream of thoughts, emotions and life's unpredictable circumstances with an inner calm and ease of well-being.