"You have a heart, a light and a style like no other." ~Anonymous
“Colleen is a lovely human who cares deeply about offering safe space for healing. The space allowed and held the discomfort and dysphoria I have w/ my physical body and also the difficultly I have w/ trusting seemingly simple things like closing my eyes and breathing and relaxing body parts. Having multiple traumas in my life has made navigation in the word tricky, at best. Colleen and the space she's created met me where I was each class... each move… even each tear that silently dropped on the mat. The resistance to feeling the care that is in that space is futile 🙂 and once I allowed myself to give into it (as much as I could) the little bit easier it became to show up each class.” -Anonymous
"I am deeply grateful for the work Colleen does in her trauma-informed yoga. I recently referred a client who has lived with chronic neglect and abuse throughout her life and was finding the work of healing painstakingly difficult. I had hoped the yoga series would at least help her along in her recovery but was not prepared for the level of transformation it provided her. Colleen’s yoga class and all of its lessons have been truly life-altering and has helped this client find a path toward love and genuine self-care that has proven immensely difficult her entire life. This kind of opening was simply not happening in therapy and is now accessible to her in all areas of her life. Colleen is an important part of the movement to bring more peace on the planet and I am grateful to have her and her work as a resource for healing." ~Kelly Storck, LCSW
"Colleen has a tremendous ability to hold sacred space for individuals who require healing. With her conscious awareness, she meets souls where they are at and teaches them— through yoga postures, quotes of wisdom, thoughtful exercises, and her loving example— how to tap into the collective and into themselves, for their highest spiritual well-being. I am grateful to Colleen for the healing she has facilitated in my life." -Anonymous
"As I continue the journey of healing, specifically through this 8-week Yoga series, I continue to be in awe of the professionalism, the authenticity, and heart that exists in the sacred space that is Empowered Spaces. This particular journey is a perfect opportunity to focus, slow down, breathe, pay attention to my body. In the experience of the moments of physical, sexual, and/or emotional trauma, or those that experience the trauma of cancer or other terminal illnesses, we lost control to someone’s assaults, or an outside force. Our muscles remember and hold on longer than our intellect. This yoga practice allows us to reclaim control, and make choices that specifically and deliberately heal our mind, body, and spirit." ~Joe Simpson
"I just wanted to send a "quick" thank-you to you and the amazing facilitation you provide in the Trauma-Informed classes. The work I've been doing in your class (and your particular energy and presence) has offered me the space and capability to tune more deeply into where I hold tightness and why, and has given me more internal resources and trust in myself that I will be present, accountable, and supportive of myself and my needs during challenging moments. I can't express how different and exciting that is for me. So, with deep gratitude, thank you." ~Participant of Colleen's Trauma-Informed Yoga Series for Survivors of Sexual Trauma
“The Trauma-Informed Yoga classes through InspireMovement have changed my life. Colleen always asks that you choose a mantra or phrase for the session. Sometimes I come prepared but many times she offers just the words I need. The first time I attended her class she offered “you are enough” and it brought me to tears because no one had ever said that to me before. Even if I don’t believe it myself, hearing Colleen say those words out loud makes me, just for moment, believe that they are possible. Even if the rest of the week is horrible, I know that when I come to her class I am perfect just the way I am. That I am enough. That I am not what the voice in my head has been saying for years, but I am wonderful and I have made it this far. Colleen does a great job at making you truly feel empowered in your yoga practice. As both a social worker and a trauma survivor, I highly recommend InspireMovement and Empowered Spaces.” ~Anonymous
"What I have gained in the few sessions we have had is a desire to reconnect with myself and my inner being. I so appreciate the love and kindness that you demonstrate during class. It is invaluable. I thank you whole heartedly for your compassion as well as your generosity." ~Trauma-Informed Yoga participant
"My Tuesdays have been blessed with the gift of you letting me go inward. Your hour class has blessed my life physically, emotionally & spiritually. You are a gifted woman and I thank God I found you." ~Mary Jo Wagner
"I was afraid to try Yoga. Very afraid. I adore and trust Colleen, so I have her class a try. I've been to 3 classes now--I still adore Colleen and Yoga is growing on me, too." ~Carrie Radnov
"Colleen is an amazing instructor, always making you feel at ease and always seems to convey the message you are needing to hear. Highly recommend!!!" ~Erin Kettler
“I’ve tried several yoga classes, and this was the first time I was able to quiet my mind enough to be present for the entire practice, start to finish” ~Rose W.
"Colleen is an amazing yoga instructor. Her tender tone in her voice is so comforting. I would highly recommend attending her classes." ~Sue Gargiula
"I met Colleen Caul in 2015 through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Gateway Chapter and was inspired by her joy and athletic adventures. You can’t help but smile when you’re talking to or in her presence.
I always said I could never run a marathon; when I decided to give up the negative self-talk to run the 2019 Chicago Marathon, I knew I wanted my trusted friend to help me conquer the impossible.
Colleen created a plan for me and I looked forward to our chats every Friday. We caught up on the week, talked about how the runs were going, and she gave me tips that I didn’t know to ask for as an unseasoned marathoner. I had some non-negotiables and she made a plan that worked for me, vs a cookie cutter template. I knew I could be honest with her and she would help me make adjustments when needed, judgement free.
I could have never prepared for the joy that running a marathon would bring to my life, and, I was able to run the first 20 miles and walk/run the last 6 thanks to the many hours Colleen dedicated to me and completed my first marathon in 5:25. Thank you for making my dreams come true dear friend!
'One foot in front of the other.' "