Yoga for Emotional Balance

“From a session of breath initiated movement it is likely that congested emotions will come up and be released from the body. I must emphasize that this work does not create grief, the grief already exists and is stored in the body, breath initiated movement is what liberates you from your past. When grief does come out, something else comes out with it, and this is the most important of all, answers come out with it.  New understanding of your past, resolution, reconciliation, these are the things that emerge….” Max Strom


Saturday and Sunday, 10-1 pm and 3-6 pm

CONTACT LINDA AT 630-677-4501



This ground-breaking weekend training utilizes teachings from the Krishnamacharya Yoga tradition, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and the therapeutic elements of Yin Yoga.  Each day includes lecture and discussion and body awareness practice via Yoga and guided meditations.

Many people experience a traumatic event and develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The number of diagnosed cases in the military has jumped 50% and many go unreported.  According to the American Medical Association sexual violence is the most under-reported crime.  Many people have been in car accidents, have witnessed violence in abusive households, or have lost a loved one and thereby experience traumatic grief.  Research shows that yoga combined with talk therapy can be doubly effective in lessening traumatic responses.

THESE ARE OUR STUDENTS.  Because trauma is held in the body I believe every Yoga teacher should be informed about trauma phenomena — odds are that you have a trauma survivor in your class.  The compassionate presence of a yoga teacher is needed. 

The training is designed for Yoga teachers, Yoga teacher trainees, and clinicians who work with trauma survivors.  Some of the topics included in this weekend training are:

  • What is PTSD?

  • The therapeutic benefits of Yoga for PTSD

  • How to teach Yoga to trauma survivors, using asana, pranayama, chakra system, and mantra

  • Trauma triggers, using props, language

  • Taking mindfulness to the mat: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

  • Liver (anger) and Lung (sadness/grief) Meridian theory in Yin Yoga practice

  • Metta (loving-kindness) meditation practice


Metta Yoga, Linda Karl in Batavia, Illinois