Bio

Molly Lannon Kenny is a teacher, therapist, and writer who has dedicated her life to the collective reclamation and liberation of the human spirit.  She believes in the inherent worthiness of all beings and uses her passion, knowledge and experience to inspire collective care and well-being. 

 

A licensed speech-language pathologist and and certified yoga instructor with over 30 years of direct clinical experience, Molly works with individuals and organizations across a vast array of challenges from autism to stroke, from childhood sexual trauma to end of life care and grief processing, from compassion fatigue to community building, from anxiety and depression to existential and spiritual crises.  She believes in fostering individual transformation as a means to radical social change and has spent the the better part of her life creating communities, programs and opportunities to that end.

She provides weekend and residential trainings both regionally and nationally, and is a featured speaker at conferences nationwide.

In the late 1990s, combining her extensive clinical background with her knowledge and experience in yoga, Molly developed Integrated Movement Therapy® – a therapy framework which centers the wholeness of the individual, incorporating movement, breath and contemplative practices to address the complexity and dimensionality of every lived experience. Using her skills and knowledge of clinical settings and interventions, she ensures that IMT client accounts are measurable and meaningful .

In July 2000, Molly founded The Samarya Center in Seattle, Washington, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing yoga based therapy to people of all ages and abilities.

In partnership with researchers from The University of Washington, Molly has conducted several studies on the effects of yoga as therapy in specific disorders including depression and ADHD. She has been published in multiple editions of The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and has been featured on MSNBC, NPR and the BBC. She has also been featured in The Seattle Times, the New York Times, the LA Times, Yoga Journal and in Seattle Magazine for her groundbreaking work with stroke survivors, and is well known and respected in the field for her work with head trauma population. She has also been published in Yoga Therapy Today, Wisdom Magazine, Seattle Yoga News, and Elephant Journal.

Molly is a former Vice President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and sat on the international committee which created the educational standards for the burgeoning field of Yoga Therapy. She is a past board member and conference coordinator for the Yoga Service Council and has been a featured presenter at The Kripalu Center’s yoga teachers’ association conference, as well as at national and international conferences on Yoga Therapy. 

Molly is the author of the book No Gurus Came Knocking, a memoir about yoga and everyday life. She has also published a unique deck of yoga cards with a booklet describing the neurophysiologic perspective of Integrated Movement Therapy®, with several fun games and activities linking cognitive, linguistic and motor output from the games with their specific correlations in the brain. 

 

 

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