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Meet Emmie Stamell of Sukha Yoga/ Leading Minds Executive Coaching in Belmont

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emmie Stamell.

Emmie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Like many liberal arts College graduates I was 22, employed in a less-than-satisfying job, and constantly considering how to make use of my degree and pay back my debt. The world felt wide and open and simultaneously daunting and uncertain. Then, one morning, I had an experience I’ve never had since. I bolted upright in bed upon hearing a voice in my mind tell me what I was supposed to do with my life: “You’re supposed to be a yoga teacher.” My rational mind was perplexed and questioned many aspects of this previously unconsidered idea. “Whaaaat?! I just started taking yoga classes, I have stage fright, and I’m terrible at yoga!” But the insight felt like being struck by an arrow pointing me in the direction of my life’s path. It left no room for doubt. If only life’s questions would always come with such clear guidance!

I’ve been teaching yoga and growing as a teacher and practitioner ever since. I quickly found my fear of speaking in front of groups eradicated because I was moving and stretching my body while breathing deeply. Inhabiting the body in that fully present manner while instructing left no room for nerves, and so I learned experientially that a contemplative, mindful style of yoga asana (posture) practice is immediate medicine for anxiety.

Yoga is a rich path that eventually leads me to study Ayurveda, a sister science to Yoga and India’s traditional medical system. I spent two years at The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and graduated as an Ayurvedic practitioner. Ayurveda teaches us how to live in harmony with nature’s rhythm for optimal health. It is a rich lens that informs my personal lifestyle and dietary choices, my yoga teaching, and my therapeutic work with individual clients.

Upon returning to the Boston area, a wonderful opportunity arose through my position as a yoga teacher and mental health counselor at a local psychiatric hospital. I had the great fortune to meet psychiatrist and executive coach, Dr. David Brendel. I’ve been an associate in his practice, Leading Minds Executive Coaching, for a couple fortuitous years now. Our clients benefit from an integrative approach to stress management, career growth, developing interpersonal skills and managing personal challenges. As a mindfulness therapist, my approach supports clients in navigating their personal and professional life with increased self-awareness, resilience, and compassion. I use all of the eastern and western modalities I’ve studied along the way: yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, psychotherapy, toward cultivating optimal health and well being.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve had my share of challenges, such as being a single mom, but life rarely paves a smooth road. What I’m interested in, and what I share with clients, is the root source of suffering and how to relieve suffering at its source. Is it really external circumstances that are the problem, or is it our interpretation of them that causes us to suffer? It’s a profound and nuanced question. My experience is that this type of deep inquiry coupled with mindfulness meditation practice leads to insight and peace of mind, even (or especially) in the midst of difficulty.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sukha Yoga/ Leading Minds Executive Coaching – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are uniquely positioned to offer comprehensive, integrative care that addresses clients’ medical needs, mental/emotional well being and professional development.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I was born and raised in the Boston area, and after living in several cities domestically and internationally I still find the colonial settlement style of towns being built around a town center, often with a central green common or park, the most appealing way to live. It’s cozy and user-friendly.

One feature of Bostonian lifestyle that I would change is the fast-paced way people interact with one another. On one hand, it’s nice to be efficient when you’re grabbing a cup of coffee, for example, but it’s unfortunate when efficiency is at the expense of a calm moment of connection.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 26 Trapelo Rd. Belmont, MA. 02478
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Catherine Campbell

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