Deepening Practices (PYTT)

Deepening Practices: Maturing the Foundations or the Esoteric Anatomy weekend
are available for all yoga practitioners who have a
minimum 200 hour YTT certification or permission of the instructor.

The 45-hour advanced course is a Continuing Education Course that also
serves as the prerequisite Bridge Course for
our Yoga Therapy Training, see more here or below.

In-person attendance is preferred, contact us about hybrid options.

Come and learn PranaYoga’s style of teaching before committing to the full PranaYoga Cikitsa Training which requires a total of 500 hours training with 300 hours of advanced yoga training. 

Co-sponsored with Yoga Home.  
The course will be co-hosted between the Denver and Colorado Springs locations.

2 separate sessions, meets 3 weekends:

June 15-16, July 27-28, August 10-11, 2024
Meets 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

November 2-3, November 23-24, 2024
& January 4-5, 2025
Meets Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

$815.00 Early Bird discount for either full course, $300.00 for Esoteric Anatomy weekend only

  • $890.00, $350.00 after one month ahead
  • $950.00, $400.00 after 2 weeks out

ONLY 15-hour Esoteric Anatomy weekend, CEs for yoga practitioners:
June 15-16 or November 2-3

Course Overview: The course objective is to create a deeper foundation of basic yoga information. It includes a survey of advanced yoga topics, which may help you to choose further advanced trainings. We will review the cosmology of yoga and the tools to help us remember our truth, and an overview of the basics of āsana, prānāyāma, meditation, dṛṣṭi, mudrā, mantra and bandha. We will delve into the effect of yoga tools in relationship to yogic anatomy and āyurveda. A general, brief overview of many classical yoga texts rounds out the course. See below for topic details, including Esoteric Anatomy which can be taken separately.

Taught by: 

Hansa and Samantha  

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.

Open House times for Yoga Therapist certification
Tue, July 2 from 6 -7 p.m.    Thu, Aug. 1 from 1 – 2 p.m.
Tue, Sep 3 from 5-6 p.m.     Tue, Oct 1 from 5-6 p.m.     Wed, Oct 30 from 2-3 p.m.

In-person or zoom:

Deepening Practices: Maturing the Foundations 

See below for what comprises the full course.


At PranaYoga, Yoga and Āyurveda are deeply grounded within our teachings. The integrated subtle bodies will be reviewed based on the philosophy of Kashmir Śaivism, Saṁkhyā, yoga anatomy, āyurveda philosophy, and western musculoskeletal anatomy.  

In reviewing the subtle body, we will relate it to the āyurveda doṣa, the kośa and the movement of prāna in the prānavāyu. We will discuss and practice taking theory onto the mat and how to use it as a teacher. With these foundations, we will explore methodology and the classical texts from which they are derived. By the end of this exploration, our goal is to understand that the body is the Silent Communicator of the Spirit. The other three topics illuminate the key components of this training.

Handouts will be part of the course materials.
Required Books for the full program: 
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.

Esoteric Anatomy
– also offered as a stand-alone CE course on June 15-16, 2024 or November 2-3, 2024 

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 vṛtti, 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, kṣetra, or bāhya mātṛka points.
– Acquaint yourself how the channeling of consciousness into form creates our unique doṣā.
– Learn to select movements that tap into the vibration of your expanded Self in āsana, prānāyāma, and meditation to support your personal growth and that of your students.

Handouts will be part of the course materials.
Required, choice of:
Johari, Harish, Chakras, 1987, Destiny Books, Rochester, VT.
Radha, Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga for the West,  1985, Shambala, Boston, Massachusettes.
Required, choice of:
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.
Suggested reading: Frawley, David, Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound: Secret of Seed (Bija) Mantras, 2010, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, WI.

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 we will have only a short time, the overview of the teachings in the Epics, the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa and the Bhagavad Gīta, 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.

Handouts 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.

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, and 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.  

Handouts will be part of the 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.

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.