Behavior Change: A Tantra Hatha Yoga Approach

Episode 5: Behavior Change: A Tantra Hatha Yoga Approach with Tra Kirkpatrick C-IAYT RYT-500


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


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Yoga for Population Health

In this episode, I interview Kristine Kaoverii Weber MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500, YACEP. Here, she shares with us an in depth perspective, full of evidence based research  on how yoga serves as a vehicle for population and her vision on integrating contemplative pedagogies as a strategy for healthcare reform.

My guest for today’s episode is Kristine Kaoverii Weber MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500, YACEP. She has been studying yoga and holistic healing for nearly 30 years and is committed to the widespread adoption of yoga as a population health strategy. Her organization, Subtle®Health, LLC, provides holistic, mind-body trainings, education, and clinical services with the mission of enhancing community health infrastructure. She is the director of the Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training for Behavioral Health Professionals program at MAHEC in Asheville, NC; presents workshops and trainings internationally, and is frequently invited to speak about yoga at health care conferences. She is the author of The Complete Self Massage Workbook, and has published articles in the International Association of Yoga Therapist’s journal, Yoga Therapy in Practice and other wellness publications. Her work has been featured in Redbook, BodySense, Women’s World, Natural Health, and Lifetime TV. She is a regular presenter for and She has provided yoga therapy to various populations in institutions and privately since 1996.


What We’ll Learn

Personal narratives that speak to the transformative and life enhancing power of yoga as a tool for lifestyle management.

Principles of contemplative based practice that would broadly redesign our healthcare system as a whole to deliver person centered care

How yoga and contemplative based pedagogy would offer viable solutions for some of the most prevalent mental/physical health challenges currently facing a large percentage of the US adult population.

Thoughts on how yoga could be integrated into prevention, treatment, aftercare/recovery, and promotion

Strategies for shifting the way we think about healthcare from a systemic approach


Kristine can be contacted at

Check out her upcoming trainings at

Online trainings can be found at

Episode 3: Yoga Therapy and Motherhood

Rebecca Hackett, C-IAYT, YTRx-800C, RYT-500, RPYT, founded Joyful Path Yoga Therapy in 2013.  She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and turned to yoga to strengthen her body following back surgery in 1998. She was compelled to share the many benefits that yoga can provide, by teaching people who have gone through similar health issues.

Rebecca is a member of Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She is a graduate of the accredited Yoga Therapy (YTRx) program at Loyola Marymount University, a four year training, including an internship year working with chronic pain patients at Venice Family Clinic. Rebecca teaches Mom & Baby Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Toddler Yoga, Senior Yoga Rebecca also sees clients privately for either yoga or yoga therapy, creating individual programs based on the person’s immediate needs, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.


What We’ll Learn

  • Clarification of pre and post natal mood disorders and what symptoms typically accompany these challenges
  • Why it’s important for pregnant and postpartum women to work with someone who has specific training in pre/post natal yoga therapy and what common issues are typically present.
  • How yoga therapy specifically addresses pre/postpartum depression and anxiety. How yoga can help the entire family system.
  • Where people can go to obtain specialized training in yoga therapy with pre/postpartum women.

Episode 2: The Aftermath of Relational Trauma:

My guest today is Jenn Turner from the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. Jenn Turner is a licensed social worker and a registered yoga teacher. She is both a staff clinician at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center and the Coordinator of the Yoga Program at the Trauma Center. She received her Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Trauma Specialization from Lesley University. Jenn  has experience working with adults and adolescents in outpatient clinics, partial hospitalization and residential treatment facilities. She is also a Kripalu-certified yoga teacher who leads Trauma-Sensitive women’s yoga classes and integrates mindfulness practices and the body into her clinical work. Jenn is committed to continuing ongoing training in treating complex trauma, dissociation and addiction.


What We’ll Learn:

  • The prevalence of trauma in the United States and how we conceive, define, and conceptualize a traumatic experience.
  • How we adapt the practice of  yoga to create a trauma sensitive model. The differences between a group session versus an individual session. Exploring some of the primary components of a trauma sensitive approach
  • What is relational trauma and how yoga practice can not only help to develop the therapeutic alliance, but also serve as a vehicle to repair interpersonal relationships.

Episode 1: Ancient Tools for Modern Living: Finding Wholeness in a Fractured World

In this episode, I will be sharing my own story of continued growth and transformation through Tantra Hatha Yoga, in addition to providing a foundation of what you can expect as the show unfolds and more enriching stories of meditation, spirituality, and yoga therapy are shared. You’ll learn how this podcast can help you if you are someone who is interested in learning more about how practices such as yoga and meditation can help identify solutions for a variety of modern day challenges. I’ll also be sharing some of our national health statistics to give you an idea of how many are suffering with chronic mental/physical conditions and how many are turning towards more embodied practices such as yoga and meditation for recovery and healing.