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Ancient Tools for Modern Living

Apr 23, 2018

Today’s guest features Tra Kirkpatrick, a certified yoga therapist, life coach, and experienced yoga teacher residing in Atlanta, GA. Tra was trained at the Kripalu Institute in Massachusetts under the guidance and direction of Yoganand Michael Carroll.  Because community and collaboration are intricate aspects of the practice, in 2014 Tra joined two of her friends and colleagues to launch the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies. The Center offers two training tracks, including a 200-hour therapeutic yoga teacher, which focuses on the therapeutic and meditative aspects of yoga and a 500-hour yoga therapy program, both of which are hosted at studios across the country. In addition to teaching in both the 200 and 500 hour programs, Tra offers regular workshops and programs, weekly classes in Decatur and Atlanta, as well as seeing private clients for both yoga therapy and Thai Yoga in Decatur, GA. Tra created a course entitled “Seeds of Change” for the 300 hour program that explores the intersection of yoga and dialogue as a map for discovery and transformation.


What We’ll Learn

  • How the Yoga Sutras outline a path and goal for behavior change
  • The components of a yoga practice that are essential to changing behavior
  • Unpack and dismantle the social myths embedded in the Western psyche that yoga is inherently therapeutic
  • Be able to discern the difference between yoga as a therapeutic modality and the yoga that is taught in a general population class
  • How the stages of change model align with the yoga therapy framework
  • What exactly Tantra Hatha Yoga is and how it’s teachings are relevant to behavior change


Center for Integrative Yoga Studies:

Books: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

There are many versions of this text out there. One version that I find extremely palatable and relatable is the version by Nicolai Bachman. The Path of the Yoga Sutras: A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga


If you or your loved one is in need of support, the following toll-free numbers offer everything from crisis counseling to mental health treatment referrals in your area. Help is available. You do not need to suffer in silence.


National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (24 hours 7 days a week).


NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-NAMI (6264). They are available M-F from 10am-6pm EST.


SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline: 1-877-726-4727. They are available M-F from 8am-8pm EST.


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