Founder & Executive Director
It wasn’t that long ago that I felt like I was turned inside out. The world could trigger all kinds of reactions in me, but I was completely powerless over my emotions and my health. I felt raw and overexposed, struggling with everything and everyone in my environment. At times, my autoimmune diagnoses—rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Hashimoto's, Ehlers-Danlos, Parsonage-Turner syndrome—made it nearly impossible for me to shower, turn doorknobs, or even stand upright. I felt pretty hopeless.
In 2012, I stumbled upon the ACE study. I learned that my ACE score of 8 was the root of my physical, social, and emotional disruptions. It was quite an epiphany... that despite what many of us think, feeling good doesn't actually come naturally.
Once I recognized feeling bad as a "default survival state", I was able to understand that feeling good is a learned skill, and that success and even health are, too. And that, like all skills, feeling good takes training and practice.
Since then, I have received my Masters in Education in Trauma and Resilience, become a trauma recovery hypnotherapist, a meditation teacher, a meridian tapping instructor, a holistic nutritionist, a reiki practitioner, and founded the non-profit Emotion Hygiene Alliance.
Director of Operations
I've spent the past few years immersed in learning new ways of being and thinking. It ultimately led me to some life-changing coaching in the areas of emotional well-being, self-worth, and attachment science.
It was on this path of personal development that I met Lena, who was speaking at a women's retreat I attended. I was immediately drawn to what she shared about emotion hygiene and her mission to share the science and knowledge that helps people live better lives.
I had always been drawn to helping others. I'd spent most of my life working at and volunteering in the nonprofit sector, focusing primarily on child and teen development.
In 2017, after receiving my Masters in Organizational Communication, I became the People and Culture Manager at a non-profit start-up. There, I gained the valuable skill of supporting leadership.
My passion for personal growth, serving others, and operationalizing projects (Lena loves how much I love spreadsheets! ) combined with my years in the non-profit sector were the right formula for joining Lena in her mission at the Emotion Hygiene Alliance.
Kelly Colbert is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP ®) and Gyrotonic ® instructor, with specialized equipment certifications in Gyrotonic Jump Stretch Board and Gyrotonic Archway. As a bodyworker, she has over two decades of experience practicing Thai Yoga Therapy having studied with Dr. Pierce Salguero, author of The Encyclopedia of Thai Massage.
According to Kelly, “I worked with muscles and bones for a decade and became more and more curious about who heals best and efficiently. Why would the same good therapeutic exercises work for some and not at all for others? I started realizing that the nervous system runs the show. It doesn’t matter how long you can hold a plank if PTSD is sabotaging your quality of life. I became fascinated with the work of Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing) and Steve Hoskinson (Organic Intelligence) and am deeply grateful I had the privilege of learning from both of them. Kelly now enjoys helping clients learn out to “train” their nervous systems as well as strengthen their core or stretch their hamstrings.
Kelly completed her three-year Rehabilitative Pilates apprenticeship with Radonna Patterson at Bodyworks Treatment and Prevention Center in Durham, NC. She graduated with distinction from Stanford University and toured nationally in a band as a singer/ songwriter, releasing 7 CD projects, a short film score, and a solo EP. Kelly brings a body worker’s eye, a musician’s regard for connection and flow, and a poet’s heart to her movement sessions: seeking always to treat the deeper structural or emotional issue rather than the surface symptom.
Amanda considers herself a lifelong student. Movement and meditation have always been an important part of her life. Her mediation practice led her to visit Unplug Meditation a few years ago where she took Lena’s EFT and Emotion Hygiene meditation classes.
Amanda and Lena soon began a collaboration to create jewelry tools for your emotion hygiene. Lena encouraged Amanda to step in to teaching and the rest is history.
Amanda is so excited to be a part of the Emotion Hygiene Alliance and teach the movement mediation practice to children. I strongly believe that if more people are given the tools Lena has created to practice emotion hygiene regularly the world would be a better, kinder place.
Amanda has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She has always been drawn to movement through soccer, tennis, snowboarding, hiking, yoga, paddle boarding and more. She believes wholeheartedly in the combination of movement and meditation to help soothe and heal trauma and toxic stress to help you feel better every day.
Emotion Hygiene — Interrupting negative emotions and behaviors