Deepen your practice
Refine your understanding

guided by Eliot Acuña

As a foundational program, Deepen Your Practice and Refine Your Understanding is meant to give students the necessary space, learning material and skilled guidance to bring their yoga practices to a deeper level and to fine-tune their intellectual understanding of yoga so that, as modern yoga practitioners, students find the freedom to powerfully and directly uplift and support their daily lives autonomously.


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Practice with teacher

Students are invited to uplevel their practice by coming to at least two classes a week. They will choose the practice level convenient for their bodies and their life schedules. Eligible classes are with Eliot or other Centre Yoga certified teachers.

These classes include asana and once-a-month pranayama.

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Asana practice

Asana practice focuses on refining awareness within each of the asana. Every student will be encouraged to find their threshold in any given moment, and learn to cultivate what that means individually.  There will be guidance into learning about the beauty and freedom that arises from the process of listening to the wisdom of the body and responding with deep respect and loving care.

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Type and intensity of pranayama practice will depend on the level of class. At every level students will always be given step-by-step instructions to prepare the body and practice the various breathing techniques safely. 



According to Georg Feuerstein, mantra can be explained as a potentized sound by which specific effects in consciousness can be produced. Eliot will be teaching a variety of mantras and verses in Sanskrit that students can learn and use to support their path to higher levels of consciousness.



Meditation is the main and most essential yoga practice. Practiced regularly, it becomes the central pillar which intensifies the beneficial effect of all other practices and serves our evolution as beings of consciousness.  Students are asked to cultivate a daily meditation practice at home and to commit to a minimum of one group meditation practice a week. The recommended meditation practice is Neelakantha Meditation. See Eliot for details.

readings and study

The program includes once-a-month Sunday afternoon group study of sacred texts. For Deepen and Refine students there will be regularly assigned readings accompanied by a short list of questions to cultivate the deeper reflection and understanding process.



Program includes participation in one local 3 to 4 day retreat of choice offered by Eliot. 



Home practice and study

Students will be guided and supported to establish a regular home practice that will harmoniously fit into individual students’ lifestyles. One of the key goals of the program is for students to have the necessary tools to be able to direct their own practice, in other words, to be autonomous. Most home practices will include asana, pranayama, mantra and journaling. Students are strongly encouraged to learn Neelakantha Meditation as the pillar practice at home.

General Book list

1. The Deeper Dimension of Yoga - theory and practice, by Georg Feuerstein

2. Tantra Illuminated, by Christopher Wallis

3. Hatha Yoga Pradipika

English version: Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodhananda (Bihar school version)

Français: Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika, Traité de hatha-yoga, Tara Michael (Editions: L’Espace intérieur)

4. The Bhagavad-Gita, a new translation, by Georg Feuerstein or The Bhagavad-Gita, A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life, by Ravi Ravindra

5. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Edwin F. Bryant and/or The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali, by Georg Feuerstein

6. Light on Yoga, by BKS Iyengar

7. Light on Prāṇāyāma, BKS Iyengar

8. Yoga, Immortality and Freedom, by Mircea Eliade

9. Autobiography of a Yogi, by Yogananda Paramahansa

10. Yoga Anatomy (second edition), by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews or Yogabody, by Judith Lasater

 11. The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health, by Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden (for women)

12. In addition to the book list, expect to be asked to purchase a post-classic yoga text for certain Sunday afternoon study sessions.

Centre Yoga’s Deepen & Refine Program is a customized program for students who would like to be supported in their discipline of practice and study to deepen their knowledge of the practice of yoga and the theory of yoga.

According to the intensity of practice and study that each students is ready for, we suggest one of the following choices:

9-month Programs

Program 1 (from September to June):

2 yoga āsana classes a week

Hrdaya, once-a-month study of the texts of yoga

1 yoga retreat in Canada

($ 1845, taxes included) Payment plans available


Program 2 (from September to June)

3 yoga āsana classes a week

Hrdaya, once-a-month afternoon study of the texts of yoga

1 yoga retreat in Canada

($2145, taxes included) Payment plans available


3-month program (from September to December; January to March or March to June)

2 yoga āsana classes a week

Hrdaya, once-a-month study of the texts of yoga

$505.80, taxes included) Payment plans available

Tuition and payment options

Please consult the Registration Form for more details