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Course Overview

Light a Path (LAP) is a non-profit organization, founded by Yoga International teacher Sierra Hollister, that brings yoga and other movement modalities to underserved populations.

If you're a teacher who wants to share yoga outside of traditional yoga spaces, this program, which features LAP's work, can help you get started.

You'll meet LAP teachers, gain valuable insights from their years of experience, hear firsthand testimonials from LAP students, and receive sample classes that were filmed for three specific populations: older students, people in prison, and people in recovery.

The mission of LAP is to "create resilience through connection." If you feel a call to use your teaching to make a positive and lasting impact in your community, begin here.

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

5 hrs to complete

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Section 1
  • A Look at Light A Path

  • Lisa Sherman (a board member of LAP) and LAP co-founder Sierra Hollister tell you about this organization: how they got started, whom they serve, what they offer, and more.
  • Helpful Information About How This Non-Profit Grew

Section 2
  • In this module, through two first-hand accounts, you'll learn how yoga can positively impact people who are incarcerated.
  • In this module, Sierra (one of LAP's co-founders), leads a prison yoga class. The sequence begins with alternate nostril breathing and seated warm-ups and then moves on to gentle sun salutations, standing balance work, core work, and more.
  • In this module, through two first-hand accounts, you'll learn how yoga can positively impact people who are incarcerated.
  • In this module, three people who are incarcerated share how yoga has been beneficial for them. Sierra also shares what inspired her to begin teaching yoga on a volunteer basis in prisons and other underserved environments.
  • In this module, formerly incarcerated women share how doing yoga classes through LAP has benefited them.
Section 3
  • In this module, yoga teacher Leslie Temme talks about bringing yoga and mindfulness to people in recovery. She also offers tips and considerations for teachers who want to work with this population.
  • This Light a Path (LAP) yoga class focuses on remaining open to changes and challenges during recovery. This is an accessible sequence that includes classic standing poses, a short chair vinyasa, and seated chair practices. Class concludes with a guided meditation.
Section 4
  • In this module, Sierra shares research findings about how yoga can benefit people who are incarcerated. She also tells teachers who want to serve these populations what they need to know to get started.
  • This LAP yoga class is designed for older populations. This relaxed sequence begins with gentle warm-ups (some seated, some not) and then moves on to a warrior standing pose series, standing balance work, seated hip-openers, core work, active backbends, and more.

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Meet Your Teacher

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Sierra Hollister
A self-proclaimed “yoga universalist,” Sierra holds teacher certifications in multiple lineages and styles.... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this course in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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