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September 26th - December 12th, 2022

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Weaving together ancient Chakra Yoga Theory and Dr. Brené Brown’s Rising Strong™ curriculum, to provide you with the wholehearted blueprint to help you RECKON with relationships, RUMBLE with emotions, and inspire you to create a REVOLUTION within your life!


The Rising Strong™ process focuses on the simple physics of vulnerability:

“if we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall”

–Brené Brown



It is designed to be your anchor as you navigate the ebbs and flows of your life.


It will be the support you need to explore the various patterns in your life that no longer feel in alignment with your integrity.


This course will be your guide as you learn how to call on your courage and to approach life with a resilient and whole heart.

Three Pillars of Rising Strong™ Through the Chakras


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My Story...

For as long as I can remember, I have been navigating the space between two worlds.

Do you ever feel this way? 


The world of the SACRED – filled with – the Spiritual, the Mystical, and the Magical practices and philosophies of Yoga and other Eastern spiritual traditions.




The world of the SHADOW – filled with – the unconscious, fueled by numbing, disengagement, and sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. 


I remember being a little girl and looking at Playboy magazines. Now, they weren’t just lying around the house on the coffee table or anything, but I knew which closet they were hiding in. 


I remember looking at the images of the women in those magazines thinking –


  • “that is what a woman ‘SHOULD’ look like”

  • “this what a woman ‘SHOULD’ do to be loved”


Without really knowing it at the time, my own little psyche was being trained to believe that a woman’s worth was dependent upon her body, her sexuality, her desirability, and her ability to please partners sexually. 


I didn’t realize that I was internalizing society’s oppressive, misogynistic, patriarchal, and fat-phobic worldview. 


This belief ended up leading me to prioritize 

  • “being thin”

  • “being sexy”

  • “being desirable”

  • “being cool”

  • “being liked”

  • “being fun”


These beliefs led to a multi-decade battle with bulimia, body dysmorphia, addiction, low self-worth, and internalized shame. 


Basically, I believed that I was not worthy of love UNLESS I was thin, sexy, desirable, cool, liked, and fun.


I had unconsciously placed my value and worth on my physical appearance.


I was sexually objectifying myself because that’s what I thought would bring me love.


I didn’t know that people ought to earn the right to share intimate space with me and my body.

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This was me, in 2002, just before a Phish show in Pennsylvania.

Full of love and light, right?!  

Well, yes and no

I developed a really stellar protective strategy of pretending that everything was okay on the outside. 

I had turned to sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll to cope, numb, and distract the pain, trauma, and betrayal that I had been avoiding. 

Without consciously knowing it, I had prioritized these qualities of being – thin, sexy, desirable, cool, liked, and fun – over living a life rooted in my own integrity.  

I honestly had NO IDEA what "integrity" meant until I read Dr. Brené Brown’s definition of it: 

“Choosing courage over comfort; Choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them”

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Around this same time as I was playing out these numbing and avoidant patterns,
I was diving more fully into the sacred arts of  yoga and mindfulness practices.  

I truly believe that yoga and spiritual practices quite literally saved my life!

In 2004, I had the honor of studying abroad in Tibet, where I dove deep into the practices of Tibetan Buddhism. 


I was being exposed to another culture that was rooted in spirituality and not hyper-focused on sex, drugs, or body size. 

I was having my worldview expanded from the wounded one that I had been limited to back stateside.

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At this time, some of my other addictive behaviors had subsided (slightly). I was in college now, and knew that I wanted more out of life than just a good party.

Diving deeper into spiritual traditions, in 2005, I became a Jivamukti Yoga® teacher and was prioritizing more of my time and energy into this healing practice.


I was beginning to shift my energy, yet, I still wasn’t addressing some of the deeper layers of trauma that I had been covering up with my previous addictive and avoidant tendencies. 

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Then in October 2006, my friend was brutally murdered. This shattered me and turned my whole world upside down. 

I did the only thing I knew to do at the time. 

I turned to my yoga practice for guidance. 

In Jivamukti Yoga, there is always a “Focus of the Month”. During the month of October, it was “Anahata Chakra” or the Heart Chakra. 

I was in class and my dear teacher invited us all to get curious about the relationship of this chakra, which focuses on someone who may have hurt you or someone you love. 

There was only one person that was coming to mind that fell into this category. 

The man who raped and murdered my friend. 

As we were in our final backbend sequence of class, my teacher had us circle back to our original intention – to let go of our pain that we may be carrying around that is related to being hurt by someone.

Then, after a few deep breaths, I dropped back into a final Upward Facing Bow Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana). 

I breathed.

I cried.

I grieved.

I released my pain.


I didn’t have to carry the full weight of it around with me anymore.


This was one of the most cathartic experiences of my life until that point. It’s also when I experienced the true healing power of Chakra Yoga for the first time. 


After that backbend, I felt lighter. 


My heart still ached for my friend, and yet my grief didn’t feel as heavy anymore. 


Seeds were planted that day that would shift the direction of my life. I just didn’t know it yet.


Some of the next most profound moments in my healing journey were when I first started diving into Dr. Brené Brown’s work while I was embarking on my doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education.


When I was reading her books, I felt as if she was writing directly to me.


The way she described shame and worthiness, it felt like I finally had words to describe some of my lived experiences.  

I knew I wanted to incorporate her teachings into my work, so I can help others heal in a similar way that I was experiencing… 

So I went through her training program with The Daring Way™. 

As I was diving more and more into her programs, I circled back to the memory of deep healing I experienced with Chakra Yoga. 

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I began to wonder...


What if I applied Brené’s Rising Strong™ Process to each of the chakras and the different relationships associated with them? 

I knew I was passionate about addressing healing from the inside out. 

Exploring how trauma, pain, and suffering affects our body, mind, heart, and spirit. 

Thus, Rising Strong™ Through the Chakras: How to Transform Trauma and Create a Life of Inner Freedom in 90 Days was born.


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Walking into Our Story
Recognize emotion, and get curious about our feelings and how they connect with the way we think and behave.

The RUMBLE: Owning Our Story
Get honest about the stories we’re making up about our struggle, then challenge these confabulations and assumptions to determine what is truth, what is self-protection, and what needs to change if we want to lead more wholehearted lives.​


Process Becomes Practice
Write a new ending to our story based on the key learnings from our rumble and use this new, braver story to change how we engage with the world and to ultimately transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.​​



  • Provide a trauma-informed approach to discovering your own survival patterns and limiting beliefs that keep you stuck in the past


  • Assist you in healing different relationships in your life — with yourself,  others, and the world


  • Help you explore where you get “emotionally hooked” in the various relationships in your life

  • Offer you  a blueprint – full of tools and exercises for your body, mind, heart, and spirit – to support a more resilient, wholehearted, and satisfying life

  • Encourage you to own your stories of struggle so you can write new daring endings!



Do you want to heal relationships with yourself, others, or the world?

Do you find yourself feeling stuck in particular ways of thinking, feeling, or behaviors?

Do you find yourself out of alignment with your integrity?

Do you feel willing and ready to find new ways of engaging in relationships because those old patterns are no longer serving you?




Throughout ​this course, we will explore the chakras in sequential order - from the root to the crown.

With each chakra, we will dive deep into specific "rumble" topics from Brené Brown’s Rising Strong™ process.

Together we will work through 8 Modules - one for each Chakra - that include access to exclusive content created specifically for this course.



Practices for the four parts of you   body, mind, heart, and spirit 

  • BODY: Yoga + Mindful Movement - Simple sequences of gentle movements associated with each chakra to help you connect to the wisdom of your body

  • MIND:  Meditation - Guided practices to connect you to each chakra

  • HEART:  Workbooks aka "Heartbooks" - In-depth handouts on Chakra Yoga Theory and Brené Brown's Rising Strong™ Process specifically designed for each chakra

  • SPIRIT:  Guided breathing exercises to support your ability to regulate your nervous system        




  • 8  videos of guided breathing practices associated with each chakra

  • 8  videos of guided meditation practices associated with each chakra


  • 8  videos of guided mindful movement practices with curated playlists associated with each chakra

  • 8  in-depth workbook handouts to support your process

  • 8  videos to guide you through the chakra breakdown and Rising Strong™ process for each relationship associated with each chakra

  • 4  1-hour long Live 1:1 Coaching calls with Keri (one every 2 weeks) to help provide you with personalized guidance and mentorship throughout this journey

  • 4  Self-Reflection questionnaires (one every 2 weeks) to help curate our Live 1:1 Coaching calls in order to receive the most aligned support

  • 2  Live Sacred Breathwork sessions  

  • Lifetime access to ALL PDFs and 1:1 Coaching recordings

  • 20 hours of Continuing Education for Registered Yoga Teachers

  • *Please Note: This offering is not a certification in Dr. Brené Brown's The Daring Way™ Program 



Module 1 - Vulnerability

Module 2 - Anxiety + Hurt

Module 3 - Values

Module 4 - Shame

Module 5 - Grief + Forgiveness

Module 6 - Trust

Module 7 - Criticism

Module 8 - Living BIG

(Boundaries, Integrity, Generosity)



In honor of the New Moon and the energetics of new beginnings,

this course will begin on

September 26th and run through November 28th 



All one-on-one calls with Keri are an opportunity to deepen your understanding of your patterns in thought, feeling, belief, and behavior. These calls will be specifically curated to support your unique needs throughout the program. We will meet every two weeks via Zoom for 60 minutes to assist you integrating the material in your body, mind, heart, and spirit. Those dates and times will be scheduled upon registration. 


To provide more opportunities to expand awareness, deepen healing, and move through the somatic barriers that are held in your body, all RSTC participants are invited to join in two Sacred Breathwork practices. These dates are set to honor the energetics of the full moon to support us in somatically releasing what no longer serves

Wednesdays 7-9pm EST

October 12th

November 9th

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Are you ready to embark on this journey of a lifetime?


Early Bird Pricing

(when you register by August 26th)


Pay-in-full (save $269) and receive a

BONUS 60-minute one-on-one session with Keri

to discover how this program can

best support you in healing trauma and

creating a life of inner freedom


4 Payments of $345



(after August 26th)


Pay-in-full (save $205) and receive a

BONUS 60-minute one-on-one session with Keri

to discover how this program can

best support you in healing trauma and

creating a life of inner freedom


4 Payments of $475


Schedule your free 15 minute

VISION CALL to see if RSTC is an aligned fit for you

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previous RSTC participant

"It is with immense gratitude that I recommend Dr. Keri Johnson’s “Rising Strong™ Through the Chakras”. This online course cultivated in me a personal journey of serious growth, leaving me with a better understanding of the intricacies of my mind, body, and relationships with others. I embarked on this course hoping to learn new ways to deal with grief; I finished this course equipped with the tools and reassurance needed to navigate my way through grief, as well as life’s other challenges. The lessons beautifully combined science of the human being with yogic philosophy, providing me with a much-needed new lens." 

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previous RSTC participant

“After participating in Rising Strong™ Through the Chakras, I came away refreshed and with a better understanding of myself. I really appreciated how the program flowed – building on topics and offering practices for my body, mind, heart, and spirit! I feel I have a toolbox of healing practices that I can turn to when life gets hard”

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previous RSTC participant

“This RSTC series was absolutely INCREDIBLE! I could feel all of the passion that Keri put into creating this program. Thank you for all that you’ve done to bring this into the world. Especially all of the handouts!! I look forward to turning to them over and over again”


Are you interested in the program, but struggling with the financial commitment?

I hear you.

Doing this type of self-work is a commitment of time, energy, and financial resources.

I believe in pricing transparency. Below is a breakdown of some of the pricing to help you better understand the value of this program.

What's Included:

  • (6) 60-minute one-on-one sessions with me (my counseling rates are $150 / hour) = $900

  • (2) Sacred Breathwork Sessions = $160

  • (8) Guided Mindful Movement practices = drop-in yoga classes can range from $15-25 / per class = $120-200

  • (16) Guided Meditation and Breathwork practices = consider $12/month for some meditation apps 

  • Traditional Rising Strong™ program (not including any trauma-informed or chakra guidance) ranges from $500-1200

  • Total Ranges from $1692 - $2472

All of this AND more is yours for $1111


Do you know someone who may benefit from this program, but may not have the financial resources to commit right now?

Thank you for considering this option. This really is the gift the keeps on giving!

Please check out our Sponsorship Options below.

Interested in a sneak peak of the program?

Click here to get access to the first module for FREE!


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