Deepening Practices (PYTT)

** Reach out by July 7th
for your make-up attendance
and application to our Yoga Therapist
training, last chance to attend this year!

June 7 – August 2, 2021
Hybrid course
Weekly classes meet Monday from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
July 10 & 11 weekend meets 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (previously June)

The course objective is to create a deeper foundation of basic yoga information.
This program includes a survey of advanced yoga topics,
which may help you to choose further advanced trainings.

To attend, you must be a yoga teacher or have permission of the instructor.

Deepening Practices is a 45-hour advanced course available for all yoga practitioners who have a minimum 200 hour YTT certification.
This also serves as the prerequisite Bridge Program for our Yoga Therapy Training, see more info below.
Come and learn Hansa’s style of teaching before committing to the full PranaYoga Cikitsa training that requires a total of 500 hours training with 300 hours in advanced yoga training. 

We will review the cosmology of yoga and the tools to help us remember our truth, and an overview of the basics of asana, pranayama, meditation, drsti, mudra, mantra and bandha. We will delve into the effect of yoga tools in relationship to yogic anatomy and ayurveda. A general, brief overview of many classical yoga texts rounds out the course.

Our Yoga Therapist training program known as PranaYoga Cikitsa: The Therapeutic Application of Yoga is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. For more information, visit:

Link here to see the details of our PranaYoga Cikitsa Training.

Deepening Practices: Maturing the Foundations 

See the individual topics below that comprise the full course. 

Deepening Practices: Foundations

Yoga and Āyurveda, two of the Vedic Sciences are grounded deeply within a philosophy of Spirit to Nature.  There is a deep subtle body   We will review the basic philosophy of Kashmir Śaivism, Saṁkhyā, yoga anatomy, āyurveda philosophy, and western musculoskeletal anatomy.  

The subtle body is multi-layered and reviewing the factors that form the cakra (more will be in the esoteric anatomy component), movement of subtle body to the āyurveda doṣa, the kośa and the movement of prāna in the prānavāyu will be discussed and practiced.

Important too, is to be able to read the subtle body balance through body reading the anatomical body.  What is it saying?  Is the body really the Silent Communicator of the Spirit? 

Handout will be part of the course.

Suggested Materials:  

Lad, Vasant,  Ayurveda, The Science of Healing.  1984, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

Dychtwald, Ken.  BodyMind. 1977, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Los Angeles, CA.

Shapiro, Deb, Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Decoding the Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Messages That Underlie Illness, 2006.  Sounds True, Boulder, CO.

Deepening Practices: Yoga Tools and Yoga Therapy vs. Yoga Teaching

Classically, yoga was an individualized personal discipline developed to enhance personal growth.  Yoga Cikitsā offers much more than guidance in a group class with an āsana focus or using yoga personally as a tool for self-discovery.  The course will begin to touch on the integration of eastern subtle body anatomy in āsana and western anatomy.  We will review the differences between yoga teaching and yoga therapy.  This is to support our understanding of the scope of practice for different ways to teach and apply yoga tools.

We will experience and discuss how the the body systems are an interwoven fabric, linked together to harmoniously move us through our life.  By acknowledging the musculoskeletal system is “out of whack”, it becomes the Communicator of the Spirit.  Yoga tools become the path through prāna to recreate balance.  We will discuss the many tools of yoga: āsana prānāyāma, meditation, mudrā, mantra, marma, dṛṣṭi, pratipakṣa bhāvana, yoga nidrā svādyāyam.  We will experience and practice breathing based on western anatomy and how, when done anatomically, it supports the integration of spinal movement, prāna flow and tools such as the bandha.

Going to the mind, a review of pratipakṣa bhāvana will point us to integrating the mind into interpreting daily living experiences.   The inner journey tools of meditation, yoga nidrā and yoga nidrā svādyāyam will round out this overview of yoga tools.  

Handout will be part of course materials.

Suggested reading:

Frawley, David, Ranade, Dr, Subhash, and Lele, Dr. Avishash, Ayurveda and Marma Therapy, 2003 Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.
Lad, Dr. Vasant and Durve, Anisha, Marma Points of Ayurveda, 2008, The Ayurvedic Press. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Calais-Germain, Blandin.  Anatomy of Breathing.  2006, Eastland Press, Seattle, Washington.

Desai, Kamini  Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep, 2017, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

Deepening Practices: Overview of Classical Texts

The classical texts set the groundwork to understand yoga as a therapeutic tool.  We review and summarize the basic Raja Yoga and Hatha Yoga texts to understand the power of the tools of yoga.  We will explore teachings to integrate the ancient awareness of psychology through an in-depth study of the Yoga Sutra and application of the principles through the Epics who apply the teachings to life experiences. 

Even though will will have only a short time, the overview of the teachings in the Epics, the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa and the Bhagavad Gita, we will touch on yoga philosophy and psychology in an allegorical way.  The Epics guide us to integrate spiritual attitudes into lessons for  everyday life challenges. 

The goal is to plant seeds on how to apply the themes from the texts into teaching tools within a yogāsana class or as a yoga therapy tool.  We will learn the philosophy of Jñana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Karma Yoga into our practices and learn how to share these with students.

Handout will be part of the course materials.

Required books:

Your choice of the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

Digambaraji, Swami, Hathapridipka of Svatmarama.  1970, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, Pune, India 

Digambaraji, Swami, Gheranda Samhita.  1978, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, Pune, India

Mohan, A.G.  Yoga-Yajnavalkya,  Ganesh and Company, Madras, India

Vasu, Rai Bahadur Srisa Chandra, The Shiva Samhita. 1996, Munshiram Manoharlal, New Dehli.

Yogananda, Paramahansa, The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita, 2007, Self Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, California.

Deepening Practices: Esoteric Anatomy Weekend
July 10 & 11 

Rather than learning about the external manifestations of the cakra, we are going to enter the vibrations of the Divine and explore the inside story. Explore the concept of being an expansion of Divine energy, receiving an opportunity to experience itself in form.
– Learn about the cakra’s source energy as a vibration of the Divine essence.
– Explore how the movement of the vibration creates a unique vrtti, or dynamic for us to explore in our life.
– Learn where the vibration moves through the nadi to points on the skin called marma points, ksetra, or bindu points.
– Acquaint yourself how the channeling of consciousness into form creates our unique dosha.
– Learn to select movements that tap into the vibration of your expanded Self in asana, pranayama, and meditation to support your personal growth and that of your students.

Reminder: For continuing into the Yoga Therapy certification, don’t delay to submit your application for an evaluation of your education.

Read more about our PranaYoga Cikitsa Training.