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CPTN Yoga Level 2: Advanced Practice


CPTN Yoga Level 2 is a continuation of the education received in CPTN Yoga Level 1.

A detailed exploration of complex breath control techniques, advanced yoga postures, and sophisticated meditation practices, encompass the majority of the CPTN Yoga Specialist Level 2 program. The concept of bandhas or locks in the body will be covered, leading to a solid understanding of how to use the core muscular structure when practicing advanced yoga poses. Breath control techniques such as khapalbhati pranayama, and ujjayi pranayama, as well as breath retention, kumbakha, and its implication when used with locks jalandhara bandha, uddiyana bandha, and mula bandha will be taught. In addition to advanced breathing, postures, and meditation techniques, discussion on yoga class design and connecting postures in a logical flow sequence is covered. Harnessing the breath to the postures, within the structure of a flowing yoga class, will be passed down to create a framework for developing a quality yoga program.

The chakra system is explored as a representation of developmental stages of the human experience. The consequences of blocked energy in these nerve plexuses of the body will be analyzed and deciphered in relation to mental hygiene. An investigation of the theory of doshas or physical constitutions, and the dietary connections within this theory, will be outlined in full. Doshas will reveal the psychological implications behind the physical constitutions, leading to a variety of strategies for balancing energetic tendencies and consequently, body weight. These areas of focus will offer the CPTN Yoga Level 2 graduate an insight into advanced yoga, which will serve as the foundation for continued education in the CPTN Yoga Level 3, leading to the CPTN Certified Yoga Specialist qualification.


Note: Course can be taken out of order for self-interest without the need for CPTN-CPT or CPTN-CYS distinctions.


  • Yoga mat
  • Pen, pencil, etc…
  • Lunch (1 hour break)

Course Instructor

Lori Kirwan, PhD, CYT 350, CPT, CGFL

Lori has worked for over 20 years as a group fitness manager and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a Masters in Health Science and a PhD in Exercise Physiology. Throughout her academic career, she worked part-time as a fitness instructor and trainer in downtown Toronto. While the early years of her career focused on teaching mainly high-intensity fitness classes, Lori discovered Yoga after suffering a Skiing knee injury in 1997 that sidelined her for several months. She has completed yoga teacher training with many wonderful teachers around the world such as Susie Dias, Cynthia Funk, Tim Miller and David Swenson and has taught over 10,000 yoga classes since her original training in 1997. In each class that she teaches, she learns more from her students about how to be a better teacher. Her energy and enthusiasm will leave you feeling invigorated for the rest of your day.

Janis Williams, BRec, BEd, CPTN-CYS, YTT 200

Janis is owner and instructor of Fox Hill Yoga in Kentville, Nova Scotia. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance. She teaches within the Annapolis Valley School Board, and at Inner Sun Yoga Studio. In her eleven years of practice, Janis has been fortunate to study with some of the most respected teachers in the world, such as Eoin Finn, David Robson, Angela Jamison, and Manju Jois. She trained intensely with Mike Chapman of Breathe Into Motion® Yoga Studios in Cambridge, Ontario for three years and has taught yoga to high school, university, and professional level athletes, as well as police recruits, and children with disabilities. Janis currently teaches Ashtanga, Prenatal, Seniors Gentle, and all levels of Vinyasa yoga.