Kathleen Katsikeas

Yoga & Mindfulness

Chicago based certified Yoga teacher (CYT), Kathleen Katsikeas (The Messy Yogi) believes in a supportive and nourishing practice for her students, whether they're in group yoga classes or one-on-one privates. Kathleen is a certified trauma-informed yoga teacher, and holds Circle of Hope classes at Room to Breathe CBM.

About Kathleen Katsikeas:

I first pressed my feet into a yoga mat in 2007 as a form of coping with depression and anxiety. The healing power of yoga manifested itself in many unexpected ways in my life as I grew healthily attached to my practice; often turning to the mat in times of struggle and stress. Yoga opened up my life when I thought I had permanently shut down.

The desire to deepen my practice led me to become a teacher--sharing with others the tools that were given and worked for me.

Photo By: Ashley Letoureau

Photo By: Ashley Letoureau

Photo by Amelia Sawyer

Photo by Amelia Sawyer

During my 200hr yoga certification in 2015,  I was also certified in Yoga to Transform Trauma through Catherine Ashton, and studied therapeutic yoga with Gabriel Halpern.

Devoted to bringing a therapeutic and trauma-informed lens to communities of Chicago, Natalie McGreal and I started a peer support + yoga group at Room to Breathe in 2016. Continuing this healing work, I began Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Trauma in 2017 at Room to Breathe with Sara Buxton, LCPC, offering clinical support during sessions.

As a graduate candidate of University of Chicago's social work (SSA) program, I am committed to uniting mental health and embodiment with a mindful yoga practice. I empower my students to reconnect with themselves in a healing and supportive way.

I am available for private and corporate sessions. Or, attend a public class with me weekly at Room to Breathe (CBM), Yoga Tree, and Tula Yoga.

Photo by Amelia Sawyer

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