In Boulder, every other beautiful, fit person you’ll meet is either a yoga teacher, a massage therapist, or in school to learn to be both. Acupuncture? There are two schools here for that. Somatic therapy? Ever heard of Naropa University? Meditation? What kind do you want: Boulder’s got the Shambhala Center, the Zen Center, and a long-standing Buddhist community that goes back decades, among many others.
With all this going on all over the town, it’s easy to run into the snake-oil salesmen; those that peddle fake enlightenment for a thousand bucks a seminar, and don’t have anything profound to teach. With so many schools, studios, and opportunities to engage in alternative forms of healing in Boulder, where do you turn to for the real deal? Who’s out there who can help you find real empowerment, based on actual training, a personal relevance, and individually tailored coaching built on truly empowering your life, no bull?
Alison Rothman’s Embody Life is your best bet. Rigorously trained in yoga, massage therapy, and somatic wellness work, Alison Rothman is walking the walk as well as talking the talk, of holistic healing and practice. Rothman’s approach to coaching rises above the rest in that magical combination of real listening (i.e. authentic therapy work), using movement and breath to become more grounded, good food, and most of all, embodying your self—really being in your own skin.
Rothman’s work isn’t your average woo-woo meditation, nor is it yoga-as-workout-only. What you’ll find at Alison Rothman’s Embody Life is the best of all the worlds of her extensive training: meditation and breath centering work, yoga, and mind-body integration. It’s an actual holistic practice that lives up to that term. After all, “yoga” means “yoking” the mind and body, not expensive stretch pants.
Rothman followed yoga to Boulder, as so many others do. And like so many others, she fell in love with the town. She knew immediately that this environment was perfect for the types of practices she felt were so important. After several life events as rocky as the Rocky Mountains themselves, she started her own practice in holistic health. With Embody Life, she’s made her mark on the Boulder scene.
The main twofold specialty that has blossomed in Embody Life the most is the day retreat, and women’s groups (often the two are the same thing). People are busy in Boulder, and the day retreat is the ideal getaway of healing, and close to home to boot. Just the right length for busy adult women, especially. The day retreat is a sanctuary; to renew, replenish, and rebuild before entering the daily Boulder grind again.
Check the website, though—there’s a lot more than that going on at Embody Life with Alison Rothman at the helm. Need some life coaching for a midlife career crisis? Call Alison and get a coaching session set up. Stress level way over your limit? Go to a day retreat and meet up with other women going through similar and all kinds of other things, eat good organic food and engage in a multiply holistic series of practices. Need to focus and heal from a rough patch in life? Go to Embody Life and see how Rothman can help you to “embody, empower, and transform” your world.
Personal Journeys Mean a Lot to Healing
Rothman’s life as a holistic practitioner and single mom has not been an easy one. Rather than let the traumas of a hard life bring her down with stress, however, Alison Rothman uses these personal experiences to help her in being a strong advocate for women, and in community building and healing.
Listening, really listening, is key: many people (especially women) don’t get listened to, at least not with any seriousness. People experiencing coaching sessions at Embody Life often feel like they’re being listened to truly, for the first time. And that makes all the difference.
After all, trauma teaches us lessons, and Alison Rothman learned a lot about how hard it is to be fully embodied when the hard stuff is going on. She also has a deep and sincere empathy for everything everyone is going through. Having survived so much, she now has the confidence of one who has come through the storms; when in a session, you will not be talked down to, but will be able to share in that imparting of strength.
Love for the Work
Connection to people, especially so many different women from different walks of life, going through so many different things, is what resonates most with Rothman, when she talks about her work. In the day retreats, she’s shared some of the most powerful experiences with the other women following her lead. Community building and wellness work of this kind is so important, and that’s what makes Embody Life so special.
Find the Embody Life website here, and for more about Rothman and her journey, check out this talk with her at Voyage Denver.