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CPTN Yoga Level 1: Basic Practice


CPTN Yoga Level 1 is an introduction to yoga, covering basic yogic topics like simple breath control techniques, easy posture practice, and a variety of strategies for meditation.

The potential benefits of breath control and, in stark contrast, the implications of breathing anomalies, will be discussed in detail. Emphasis is placed on practicing easy, but effective yoga poses, and on the contraindications for injuries, medical conditions, and special populations when practicing particular yoga postures. A multitude of meditation options will give unique insight into relaxation techniques and mental training methods, which can help to surpass certain psychological training barriers, enabling your clients the ability to achieve their fitness goals.

An in-depth investigation into the history, categories, and styles of yoga will inform CPTN Yoga Level 1 participants in subjects which will likely require explanation when teaching yoga to clientele. In particular, the subject of yoga styles will reveal the benefits and drawbacks of each method of physical yoga, and how trainers can choose the most suitable techniques from a variety of styles when developing a yoga class. A brief lesson in yoga terminology will disclose some Sanskrit names for particular techniques frequently encountered in yoga classes. Yoga as a way of life will be discussed in an introductory format, as this topic is wide in scope and would normally require years of study to fully comprehend.

These areas of focus will offer the CPTN Yoga Level 1 graduate an insight into yoga, which will serve as the foundation for continued education in the CPTN Yoga Level 2 and CPTN Yoga Level 3, leading to the CPTN Certified Yoga Specialist qualification.

Recommended Pre-requisites:

Note: Courses 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

Angela Jervis-Read, BA, CYT

Angela Jervis-Read has been immersed in the world of yoga since 1998. She leads international teacher trainings and retreats in anatomy, meditation, as well as the yin and vinyasa traditions. She currently works as a professor of the Yoga Teacher Training Program at George Brown College. Angela’s background in gymnastics as well as her degree in philosophy, from McMaster University, complements and shapes her stimulating and thoughtful approach to teaching yoga. For more information please visit

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.