Molly Birkholm

  • Globally Recognized leader in Stress Management, Resilience Training, and Trauma Treatment
  • Pioneer in Evidence-Based Yoga and Meditation Programs for PTSD
  • Co-Founder Warriors at Ease
  • Host of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative

Molly Birkholm is a speaker, consultant, published author, international show host, teacher trainer, and trauma educator. Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training, and trauma treatment programs are used by leaders and top organizations around the world, including the US Department of Defense, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents' Organization.

She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease, which has trained over 2000 teachers and brought yoga and meditation to 65 military bases and VA Centers. She helped pioneer evidence-based yoga and meditation programs for PTSD in the military and other communities affected by trauma, including human trafficking survivors and homeless communities. She is also an iRest Yoga Nidra teacher trainer. Molly teaches trainings and retreats around the world and also online on The Great Courses and as a Featured Teacher & the host of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International.

 

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Molly has what so many lack: a rare and unpretentious authenticity that people instantly recognize, trust, and respect. Type "A" Fortune 500 CEOs, shell-shocked veterans along with other people unlikely to lay on a yoga mat find peace, purpose, and inspiration with her natural guidance. The clarity and the simplicity with which she shares the practices speak of her mastery.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Molly Birkholm
  • US Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • University of Miami
  • J.P. Morgan
  • McKinsey & Company
  • American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
  • National Center for PTSD
  • Kripalu
  • Young Presidents' Organization
  • Bank of America
Moderating + In Conversation - Healing Trauma | Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas [58:14] - Get Sharable Link
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Maximizing Resilience & Productivity Using Stress Management Tools

Peak performance is inextricably linked with the physical and mental health and wellness of your group. A team that trains and prepares for stressful situations is a team that is sustainable and successful in the long run. Learn skills used by top executives, special operations troops, & pro ath ...

Peak performance is inextricably linked with the physical and mental health and wellness of your group. A team that trains and prepares for stressful situations is a team that is sustainable and successful in the long run. Learn skills used by top executives, special operations troops, & pro athletes.

Creating Meaningful Change: Transforming Challenge into Strength

Discover what we can learn from challenge in order to create meaningful change on personal, professional, community, and global levels. Our ‘problems’ can become our path to growth and inspiration when given the tools to create this transformation. ...

Discover what we can learn from challenge in order to create meaningful change on personal, professional, community, and global levels. Our ‘problems’ can become our path to growth and inspiration when given the tools to create this transformation.

Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness centers around learning to be aware on purpose. Research is showing that mindfulness can improve memory, decision-making skills, concentration, as well as relieve stress and anxiety. Learn practical techniques for weaving mindfulness practices into your everyday life. ...

Mindfulness centers around learning to be aware on purpose. Research is showing that mindfulness can improve memory, decision-making skills, concentration, as well as relieve stress and anxiety. Learn practical techniques for weaving mindfulness practices into your everyday life.

Conscious Communication & Values-Based Teamwork

Conscious listening, communication, and values-based performance can transform your team. Learn to consciously cultivate connection and sharpen your ability to be aware not just what is being spoken, but the essential unspoken as well. ...

Conscious listening, communication, and values-based performance can transform your team. Learn to consciously cultivate connection and sharpen your ability to be aware not just what is being spoken, but the essential unspoken as well.

Post-Traumatic Growth: Finding Meaning in Adversity

(Variation on ‘Creating Meaningful Change) Trauma can disable us or it can become an opportunity for discovering wisdom, strength, and meaning in life. Discover how to thrive amidst life’s biggest challenges.   ...

(Variation on ‘Creating Meaningful Change) Trauma can disable us or it can become an opportunity for discovering wisdom, strength, and meaning in life. Discover how to thrive amidst life’s biggest challenges.

 

Women Who Thrive

Amidst this unique moment in history for women, a whole new set of opportunities and challenges are present in the lives of female leaders. Explore how we can support women to not just survive, but to really thrive. ...

Amidst this unique moment in history for women, a whole new set of opportunities and challenges are present in the lives of female leaders. Explore how we can support women to not just survive, but to really thrive.

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Biography

As a keynote speaker, resilience consultant for leaders, yoga and meditation teacher trainer, and writer, Molly Birkholm inspires others to create meaningful life changes. Using research-based techniques, Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training, and trauma treatment programs are used by top companies, organizations, and changemakers around the world.

Molly teaches an iRest Yoga Nidra guided meditation 24-class series on The Great Courses.  Molly is also the host of a year-long Women’s Empowerment Initiative online course in partnership with Yoga International.

As co-founder of Warriors at Ease, Molly has helped pioneer evidence-based trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs for PTSD and Resilience in military and other communities affected by trauma, including human trafficking survivors, people in recovery, homeless, youth, prisoners, and refugees. She has conducted innovative clinical research with the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense on these protocols. She has shared evidence-based yoga and meditation with well over 10,000 soldiers and veterans.  To date, Warriors at Ease has trained more than 850 teachers who work at more than 65 military bases and VAs, serving hundreds of thousands of soldiers and veterans in all 50 states and more than 10 foreign militaries.  

In addition, Molly actively supports human trafficking relief advocacy and education. The work bloomed through collaboration with the award-winning film SOLD, starring Gillian Anderson and created by Academy-Award Winning Director Jeffrey Brown, IMPACT Producer Jane Charles, and Executive Producer Emma Thompson.

Molly teaches private retreats each year for companies, leaders, and veterans.  As an iRest Yoga Nidra (Integrative Restoration) Teacher Trainer for the iRest Institute, she offers three teacher trainings each year.  In addition, she teaches in the online Warriors at Ease Teacher Training on Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Meditation.  

Molly has four iRest Yoga Nidra guided meditation CDs for Healing Trauma, Sleep, Pain Relief and Daily Living, as well as a Sivananda Yoga and iRest Yoga Nidra DVD filmed at the Kampong National Tropical Botanic Garden. She also offers many yoga and meditation classes as a ‘Featured Teacher’ for Yoga International.   

Molly’s sincere belief in post-traumatic growth started with her own personal experience with anxiety and trauma.  She began practicing yoga and meditation to heal her own PTSD after a near-death car accident in Manhattan in which her cab driver was killed.  Four years later, she left her career in investment banking for travels and studies throughout Asia at ashrams and monastaries.  She became an Advanced Sivananda Yoga Teacher through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta organization and formerly served as the Director of Yoga Programming and Yoga Therapy for the Sivananda Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island, Bahamas. 

Originally from Chicago, Molly now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her son Santiago and their yellow Labrador, Cleo.  You can find the them sailing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, traveling, hiking, cooking, and (of course) practicing yoga and meditation.