What does it mean to Strengthen Your Container? Your container is all the layers of your being. Your container holds your life force and all your experiences. It is all the layers of your being—your physical body, emotional, energetic and mental bodies, your intuitive, wisdom body and your bliss body—yes, believe it or not, you have a bliss body. All of these are profoundly impacted in grief and trauma. One of my most favorite yoga teachings—which also makes so much sense on a practical level—is the teaching of the koshas. Kosha is a Sanskrit word meaning “sheath,” and it describes our layers of being. The koshas are five concentric sheaths, each housed within the next. Your koshas are all the layers I just described—physical, energetic and emotional, mental, intuitive and spiritual (the bliss part). Each kosha affects the others. Energy flows through and around all the koshas. In yoga teachings, this energy is known as prana, the Universal life-force. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this force is known as Qi (“chee”), and in Japanese traditions as Ki (“kee”).When we are faced with trauma and grief, all the layers of the self are impacted, sometimes drastically. The chakras—vital energy centers—are part of our second kosha, called pranamayakosha—the layer of being where our energy and emotions live. It is the layer through which prana is taken in, distributed and managed. Learning and practicing ways of strengthening your container and all the layers that comprise it can help you be able to carry what life and grief ask.
Discover the power of your sacred energetic centers, the chakras, to help you move through life-altering, painful events. Explore your chakras with guided meditations, visualizations, journaling, art, movement, and sharing with like-minded spiritual seekers. This program is for people who are facing challenges of all kinds including grief, trauma, and loss.
Designed to support you on your personal journey toward a natural state of wholeness, this retreat will assist you in exploring the deep wisdom held in your energetic body.
In this program you will:
Learn about your chakra system and how each energy center is impacted by traumatic events
Practice techniques to strengthen and maintain balance of your energy body
Engage in ritual to acknowledge divinity and strengthen conscious connection with your chakras
The ultimate teaching of Yoga is that you are whole and perfect as you are, in pain, joy, peace, and grief. Our chakra system works to support that realization and helps us maintain balance through even the most chaotic of times. Live sessions with Karla on Saturday and Sunday at 10 am–12 pm and 3–5 pm ET. You will have access to the video recordings for 8 weeks after the program ends, until March 28. In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Live Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm ET, recorded Ashram meditations, and inspiring talk with Sri Swami Satchidananda. You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course Cost: $125
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
Yoga Alliance (YA): 8 contact hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
Karla is a delightful, compassionate, caring instructor and I look forward to recommending her session to others. — Ebony
I’ve had a difficult time with grief. This program met my expectations and helped me to cope better. — Bonnie
Karla has been a Godsend. She is a lovely compassionate person and a bereaved parent herself. I’ve come to realize I had PTSD for months after my son died. Flashbacks, anxiety, nervousness. I kept reliving moments of his last months. It’s only now that I am remembering happier moments of his life before cancer. Karla helped me identify the trauma and how to lessen it. — Marsha
Karla is THE best at what she does. She helps so many people who are living with pain. Sharing her own story and how she has dealt with her pain is so inspiring, she is so real and honest. - Ambika