About Molly

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.

Partial List of Past Clients

  • "Molly is a great soul whose spiritual presence, power of will and resolve, are changing the world. She is true to the noblest values and she is relentless in her pursuit to ease the suffering of others."

    Prem Sadasivananda
  • "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."

    Patricia Woodson, Retired CEO of PHOTONET & Humanitarian
  • "Yoga is a gift for yourself and Molly is a gift to Yoga. Molly is a wonderful teacher and skilled facilitator – I am always impressed with her deep knowledge of yoga as a science and a philosophy. But it is her heart and compassion that truly makes her stand out. In this fast paced and sometimes unsettling modern western world, yoga allows me to bring my mind, body and soul back into balance. Molly has helped me cultivate an atmosphere of peace and serenity that I never realized was possible. Her calm assurance is infectious, and her powerful message of self-acceptance and self-love – you are whole just as you are, there is a part of you that is untouched by all that has happened to you –resonates deeply. Treat yourself and grasp the opportunity to deepen your physical, mental and spiritual practice with this warm and empowering guiding spirit. Thank you for all you have helped me realize in myself, Molly!"  

    JR Gregherty, Attorney
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