Molly Rae Benoit-Leach MSW RSW RYT

Molly Rae Benoit-Leach MSW RSW RYT is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, writer, musician, lover, and fur-mama. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc.) degree in psychology and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Toronto in Canada. She is a Registered Social Worker in British Columbia, Canada and offers psychotherapy in her online private practice. She has 9+ years of experience working with individuals in crisis and experiencing mental health issues. After working in her social work and counselling career, she felt a gap in her abilities to support individuals through difficult times. Molly began to study other tools — such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness-based therapy — that could benefit and bring healing to the individuals she worked with. Her personal experiences and work relationships helped her understand the effects of increasingly common mental health struggles such as anxiety and depression. This led her to found MBL Therapy, a blend of psychotherapy and somatic therapies, and mindfulness-based ways of providing holistic care. Working with the whole person and their mind-body connection merges her experiences with psychology, social work and yoga education.

Molly has recently become very passionate about applying trauma informed yoga practices and principles as a tool for self-care, mental health and connecting with one's own spirituality. She uses her education and training to write about yoga and mental health, offer private and group yoga classes, and to continue her career in social work and counselling.

She is currently living on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada providing counselling and yoga services in person and online. Molly can be reached through mbltherapy.com and [email protected].

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Articles by Molly Rae Benoit-Leach MSW RSW RYT


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The Benefits of Yoga and The Vagus Nerve The Benefits of Yoga and The Vagus Nerve The Benefits of Yoga and The Vagus Nerve The Benefits of Yoga and The Vagus Nerve


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Understanding the different love languages allows us to adjust how we express our love depending on the person we are expressing it towards.

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Here are three things to consider that can help you to learn how to be more thankful in your relationships on an ongoing basis.

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Expansion Through Appreciation Expansion Through Appreciation Expansion Through Appreciation Expansion Through Appreciation


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The Illusion of Perfection The Illusion of Perfection The Illusion of Perfection The Illusion of Perfection


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Light and Dark: The Spectrum of Human Experience Light and Dark: The Spectrum of Human Experience Light and Dark: The Spectrum of Human Experience Light and Dark: The Spectrum of Human Experience


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Creating Freedom Through Playfulness and Creativity Creating Freedom Through Playfulness and Creativity Creating Freedom Through Playfulness and Creativity Creating Freedom Through Playfulness and Creativity


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How Yoga Helps Us Deal With Emotional Swings How Yoga Helps Us Deal With Emotional Swings How Yoga Helps Us Deal With Emotional Swings How Yoga Helps Us Deal With Emotional Swings


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Feeling Empowered Through Practice Feeling Empowered Through Practice Feeling Empowered Through Practice Feeling Empowered Through Practice


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Decluttering: Calming the Outer Chaos to Create Inner Peace Decluttering: Calming the Outer Chaos to Create Inner Peace Decluttering: Calming the Outer Chaos to Create Inner Peace Decluttering: Calming the Outer Chaos to Create Inner Peace


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Using the Yamas to Practice Self-Care Using the Yamas to Practice Self-Care Using the Yamas to Practice Self-Care Using the Yamas to Practice Self-Care


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Soothing Anxiety With Restorative Yoga Soothing Anxiety With Restorative Yoga Soothing Anxiety With Restorative Yoga Soothing Anxiety With Restorative Yoga


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Escaping the Maya: 5 Tools to Reconnect With Your Inner Self Escaping the Maya: 5 Tools to Reconnect With Your Inner Self Escaping the Maya: 5 Tools to Reconnect With Your Inner Self Escaping the Maya: 5 Tools to Reconnect With Your Inner Self


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Understanding the 7 Chakras Understanding the 7 Chakras Understanding the 7 Chakras Understanding the 7 Chakras


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Stress and anxiety have a way of controlling your life. Meditation can change that. Learn how to calm your mind and find relief.

Add the Magic of Sunrise and Sunset to Your Sadhana for a More Radiant Yoga Practice Add the Magic of Sunrise and Sunset to Your Sadhana for a More Radiant Yoga Practice Add the Magic of Sunrise and Sunset to Your Sadhana for a More Radiant Yoga Practice Add the Magic of Sunrise and Sunset to Your Sadhana for a More Radiant Yoga Practice


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Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Teacher Training


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Success in Yoga Success in Yoga Success in Yoga Success in Yoga


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Guru Gita Guru Gita Guru Gita Guru Gita


Learn the importance of studying and chanting the Guru Gita, as well as explore some favorite verses.

Sivananda Yoga: A Spiritually Expanding Practice of Set Asana, Pranayama and Mantra Sivananda Yoga: A Spiritually Expanding Practice of Set Asana, Pranayama and Mantra Sivananda Yoga: A Spiritually Expanding Practice of Set Asana, Pranayama and Mantra Sivananda Yoga: A Spiritually Expanding Practice of Set Asana, Pranayama and Mantra


If you're seeking a yoga style that's energetically, physically and emotionally balancing, while also spiritually expanding, you will find...

Yoga and Mental Health: Pranayama, Asana and Mantra for Mood Yoga and Mental Health: Pranayama, Asana and Mantra for Mood Yoga and Mental Health: Pranayama, Asana and Mantra for Mood Yoga and Mental Health: Pranayama, Asana and Mantra for Mood


Depression and anxiety are today’s two most commonly diagnosed mood disorders. Here are pranayama, asana and mantra practices to help...

Managing Your Emotions: The How and the Why Managing Your Emotions: The How and the Why Managing Your Emotions: The How and the Why Managing Your Emotions: The How and the Why


Emotions are meant to be felt. Blocked emotions can negatively effect you mentally and physically. These tools can help you to manage and...

9 Yoga Poses for Balancing the Vata 9 Yoga Poses for Balancing the Vata 9 Yoga Poses for Balancing the Vata 9 Yoga Poses for Balancing the Vata


When vata dosha is out of balance, you’ll probably feel anxious or depressed. These 9 yoga poses and practices will help balance your vata...

Chakras Chakras Chakras Chakras


Explore how imbalance in each chakra can manifest in the physical and astral bodies so that you can begin healing.

Peace Peace Peace Peace


Explore popular perspectives on how personal desires take us away from peace, and why peace is the only aspiration we should have in this...

Bikram Yoga Bikram Yoga Bikram Yoga Bikram Yoga


Whether you're interested in trying this style of hot yoga for the first time or on the fence about a second time, here is a short history...

Q&A by Molly Rae Benoit-Leach MSW RSW RYT


What are the mental benefits of meditation? What are the mental benefits of meditation? What are the mental benefits of meditation? What are the mental benefits of meditation?


Meditation is a spontaneous state of being that allows us to see who we really are. We begin to witness our mind, observing the habits and...

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