• Practical and Empowering

    Emerald Heart is a small yoga school and business started in 2013 by Mara Campbell, M.Ed. E-RYT. After teaching public yoga classes for eight years and co-teaching three teacher trainings, Mara created her own practical, comprehensive, and empowering curriculum.


    Emerald Heart symbolizes the color of the fourth chakra, Anahata, and emerald is the birthstone for Mara and her Grandmother. Anahata is often translated as "unstuck," which for Mara means aspiring to live in a flow of grace and kindness.


    Mara began practicing yoga in 1997 in Madison, Wisconsin when a friend recommended it for stress relief. She found immense emotional and physical healing through yoga and meditation and became a curious student of these practices. This led her to a teacher training and she was certified in 2007 in the Anusara yoga tradition. She now teaches yoga full time and considers herself blessed to have found her passion and her community.


    Emerald Heart has trained over 50 instructors with a Yoga Alliance certified curriculum and continues to offer 200-hour registered teacher trainings in the Chicagoland area.

  • Yoga Teacher Training

    Skilled instruction

    We offer 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher trainings once a year at studios in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Our instructors are all highly trained and we pride ourselves on providing a quality experience.


    Our trainings cover all syllabus requirements of Yoga Alliance, including asana, inner and outer alignment, anatomy, pranayama, meditation, sequencing, teaching methodology, and more.


    Our trainings are small – usually around ten participants – which allows you to receive individual attention in both your practice and your teaching skills.

    Join us

    Our next training runs April through August at Total Body Yoga in Mundelein, Illinois. To learn more, contact Emerald Heart or visit the teacher training website.

  • Classes

    Mara teaches a variety of public classes in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

    at Total Body Yoga

    Mundelein, Illinois

    Thursday mornings 9:15am - Level 1

    Saturday mornings 11am - Level 1



    at The Yoga Effect

    Grayslake, Illinois

    Friday mornings 9:30am - Level 1/2



  • Yoga Retreats


    Getting away on a week-long yoga retreat is a great way to find undisturbed and focused time for self care. We offer yearly retreats to some of the top yoga retreat centers in the world. Each retreat has a unique focus and we pride ourselves in choosing top rated accommodations, yoga facilities, cuisine, and excursions.


    Mara Campbell and Brooke Cline are experienced retreat leaders, having led yearly retreats since 2013. They each have over ten years experience in teaching yoga and instruct to students of all levels. You can choose from a variety of yoga and meditation classes along with premier spa treatments, excursions, and down time for rest and relaxation.


    Join us for our upcoming Costa Rica retreat!

    Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

    February 22–29, 2020


    For more information, please visit:




  • Private Sessions


    Emerald Heart Yoga also offers individual and small group instructional sessions, ideal for those who want more personalized instruction. You can schedule one session or book a package.


    Private yoga sessions can help you manage injury, make a personalized health plan, or prepare for attending a larger public class. Sessions vary according to the unique needs of the individual or group. Private sessions can be held at studios or in the convenience of your own home.


    For more information on Emerald Heart Yoga private sessions, please contact us.

  • Corporate and Desk Yoga


    Emerald Heart offers corporate and desk yoga classes. Corporate yoga is usually a regular yoga session that includes a full spectrum class. The class level can depend on the needs of the group. We are happy to bring props and mats to the session.


    Desk yoga is usually at a conference room or large meeting space. Desk yoga is designed for all levels of mobility, taught mainly in chairs and does not require mats or yoga clothing. Desk yoga typically works on tension release, mindful breathing and joint mobility.


    Please contact us for more information and pricing.

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