The He{ART} of Assisting Yoga Teacher Training

Assisting our students is a dynamic and subtle process – it’s not just what we do, but how we do it. Hands in the form of heart isolated on white background with clipping path. Hands in shape of love heart. Valentine day concept.

Benefits of this program/presenter’s approach:

    • Learn when “not” to offer a hands-on-assist
    • Learn to use language and cues to support a student’s safety + depth
    • Explore a variety of hands-on-assists that help stabilize + open students in common yoga postures
    • Learn Thai-Yoga like movements

As a yoga student, many of us have been the recipients of both wonderful and not-so-good assists. The “right” assist can help us feel stronger, offer us encouragement, and allow us to open to our own experiences. Depending on the teacher’s approach, assists can other times feel invasive, disempowering or even made us to feel wrong. In this course, participants explore a variety of hands-on assists that help stabilize and open students in commonly taught yoga postures as well as manipulations + Thai yoga- like movements. Students of this program will also learn when “not” to offer a hands-on assist and how to use language and cues to support a student’s safety and depth.

Related topics such as boundaries, ethics, and self-care are also discussed.

Prepare to be touched!

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About Tra Kirkpatrick, ERYT 500 + YAECP

I was led to yoga in the spring of 1998 when I unexpectedly came upon an open house at a local yoga studio. At the time, I was in a place of Divine Discontent – unhappy, unhealthy, and unsettled. Despite that I had no yoga experience and no language to describe what I felt during my first experience on the mat, I knew that I was deeply touched by the practice so I kept going back. My life has never been the same.
Inspired by the healing powers of Yoga ~ not just the stuff we do on the mat, but the deeper, magical qualities that help us unfold ~ I eventually let go of a 15-year career to pursue further education and training in yoga and healing arts. In 2005 I became certified as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, studying with Yoganand Michael Carroll, and began sharing the practice of healing and wholeness that comes from our willingness to go within.
My desire to know more about the human body and the ways in which we are intricately woven led me to become certified as a Yoga Therapist, using the tools and techniques of Tantra Hatha Yoga to restore balance, increase vitality, and improve mental well-being. Simultaneously, I began to study the art of Thai Yoga Therapy and found that these two therapeutic modalities offered clients a place where compassion, love, and acceptance supported their paths of healing and wholeness.
Because community and collaboration are intricate aspects of the practice, in 2014 I joined my two 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, I offer regular workshops and programs, weekly classes in Decatur and Atlanta, as well as see private clients for both yoga therapy and Thai Yoga in Decatur. You can learn more about my offerings at

Date & Time

Friday, March 25, 2022
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:00am – 5:30pm

Sunday, March 27, 2022
9:00am – 3:00pm



SAVE $25 when you register before February 25, 2022!

MycAA Approved

If you are a military spouse, you may qualify for the MyCAA program. The MyCAA program is a career development and employment assistance program offered by the military for military personnel and their spouses. MyCAA provides a maximum educational benefit of $4,000.

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300HrYogaImg.fwCEUs & Yoga Certification Info

  • # of CEU Hours toward 300 YA or CEUs
  • $15 Additional CEU certificate due at time of registration
  • Participation in full workshop required to receive 500YA credit.
  • This certification counts as one required module/counts as elective hours towards 300Hr registry in the Wilmington Yoga Center program

Cancellation Policy

*10 days prior to the workshop cancellation is permitted for account credit only minus a $25 administrative fee. 10 days and closer to the start date of the workshop the total tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.