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

  • “Instead of listening to someone else, you can actually listen to yourself [during meditation]. Instead of constantly eliminating errors in my thinking, I naturally am finding that there is already a better way of being inside myself.”

    Peter, Vietnam Veteran
  • “This [Yoga Nidra Meditation] is the piece that was missing from the PTSD program.It fits with everything else they teach us, but it also teaches us a way to find our own peace without drugs or counseling that we can use once we get out of the program. It is the one thing I know I’m going to keep doing when I leave.”

    Martin, Vietnam Veteran
  • “Before we started, I thought that yoga was against my beliefs as a Christian. Now I see that it is completely in line with my beliefs and deepens my understanding of my own faith. I realized too that I was prejudiced against others before this. I guess I didn’t think that Jews or Muslims had a spirit. But there is a Jewish guy in the class and we talk all the time about how we feel in meditation. We feel the same thing. And I realize that we’ve got the same spirit.”

    Tony, Enduring Freedom Veteran
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