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Intro to Yoga Philosophy: How to Alleviate Suffering

Putting the 8-Limbs of Yoga into Action!

Our Mission

I believe that teaching yoga is one of the most fulfilling and purposeful vocations one can pursue. Nothing feels better than building a heart-to-heart relationship with a student and growing together over time with a shared love for the practice. I believe the world would be a better place if everyone practiced yoga and Iā€™m extremely passionate about educating high quality yoga teachers and finding innovative ways to spread the teachings of yoga far and wide. These online courses are part of this collective effort...





This Module

Module 2: Intro to Yoga Philosophy: How to Alleviate Suffering offers a comprehensive overview of the causes of suffering knowns as the kleshas and the solution to suffering, known as the 8-Limb Path of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

Our lineage translates the wisdom of the Sutras in the most practical and user-friendly format. I know I was unclear about the Yoga Sutras and how they worked until I met my teacher Robert Birnberg, who has studied the Sutras for over 40 years with TKV Desikachar and knows how to bring them to life in a clear and exciting way!

It's my honor to share what I've learned and practiced over the years with you! This wisdom is truly life-changing and comprises a major component of the darshana of Yoga; which all yoga teachers and therapist should be familiar with and practicing daily :)

Module lectures include:

  • MOD2L1 The Causes of Suffering (Kleshas)
  • MOD2L2 The Solution to Suffering (8 Limbs)
  • MOD2 Case Study and Key Concepts




Course Topics

  • Continuation of Yoga Philosophy and How to Alleviate Suffering
  • Introduction to the antarayas as the causes of suffering to be alleviated with yoga therapy
  • Introduction to the kleshas as the causes of suffering to be alleviated with yoga therapy
  • Integrating the Prana-Agni-Mala Model the causes and solution to our suffering
  • Overview of the 8-Limbs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
  • Methodology for the 8-Limb path in a user-friendly way
  • Adapting the tools from the 8-Limbs in a therapeutic manner




The Complete Course

This module is part of a lager course titled "Yoga Therapy and Public Health Tools" and is the cornerstone of our Level 1 Foundations of Yoga Therapy Training and is part of our 850-hour IAYT accredited Yoga Therapist Training.

I am most proud of this course, as it combines my Masters Degree in Public Health with decades of Yoga Therapy philosophy and practice. I LOVE teaching this 13-month course at our studio Be The Change Yoga and it was THIS course that inspired me to start cataloguing my brain into these online courses, as I had many students from out of state wishing to take this course but unable to attend in person.

This module can be purchased a la carte or is included in the Yoga Therapy Tools and Public Health Course.



Your Instructor


Katie Allen
Katie Allen

Katie Allen, MPH, C-IAYT co-founded Be The Change Yoga, a studio and Center for Higher Education in Orange County, CA. The studio is deeply rooted in the philosophical foundations of yoga and understanding of yoga as a therapeutic modality. The studio offers Orange County's only Yoga Therapist Training program.


Katie is the Founder and School Director of AlcheMe Yoga Therapy; a yoga therapy company that offers professional training, comprehensive clinical programs, research and outreach initiatives. She received her Masters in Public Health from Tulane University and wrote her thesis on Yoga's ability to prevent and treat chronic disease. She has built successful community-based relationships with hospitals, health systems and clinics to integrate yoga therapy services into their offerings.

She has presented at SYTAR on 'How to develop and market comprehensive yoga therapy programs within clinical settings using a public health perspective' and 'Yoga Therapy as a Health Promotion Strategy for Underserved Communities'.

Katie is also passionate about bringing yoga to under-served communities and has implemented and directs yoga therapy programs at Hoag Hospital, Serve The People Clinic and Korean Community Services Clinic. She's currently building out a Yoga Promotores Program to train Spanish-speaking students to become yoga teachers to spread healthy living practices throughout various community organizations.

To learn more visit: http://kateallenyoga.com/

Course Curriculum


  Module 2: Intro to Yoga Philosophy: How to Alleviate Suffering
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