Dr. Larry Turner is a clinical psychologist, emergency room psychiatric nurse, substance abuse therapist, Vietnam veteran, yoga teacher, yoga therapist, father of four children, and grandfather of one. For 20 years, larry worked as a psychiatric nurse with traumatized children Chicago hospitals, using cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as yoga techniques. Larry knows from experience about the healing power of yoga, and one of his goals is to get more people to try yoga therapy. "Definitely go to your doctor," he says, "but try yoga first."
Before he practiced yoga, Larry had been a marathon runner for 15 years and an avid basketball player. When he injured his IT band in 1997, he was forced to quit both sports. One day at the South Side YMCA, Larry walked past a room where yoga teacher, Rosalia Holt, was getting ready to begin a class. She invited him in, and he decided to try it. Since stretching was part of his routine, Larry assumed yoga would be easy. "I was into that John Wayne testosterone mentality," he says, "forcing my body to perform." But when Rosalia led the class in a seated spinal twist, Larry realized there was more to yoga than loose hamstrings. Larry started going to all of Rosalia's classes, and soon his IT band injury healed.
Over the years Larry has used his psychology degree and yoga skills to assist in major disaster areas: New Orleans in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the major earthquake in 2010, and Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis in 2014. In addition, Larry volunteers in after-school programs for inner-city schools. He teaches children and teaches yoga, breathing techniques, and skills designed to foster good decision-making. https://www.ttinventoryinstitute.com/