Deepen your practice
Refine your understanding

guided by Eliot Acuña

Eliot is currently “refining” the Deepen & Refine Program. Please stand by while this beautiful program is being adapted to be of more support to your practice and life.

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 (minimum 190 hours)

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.

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.  As part of the program tuition the teacher fees for the retreat are covered (however, accommodation, meals and transportation to and from the retreat must be paid additionally by the student).


Home practice and study (minimum 60 hours)

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.

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

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

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

Hours, tuition and payment options

Why the hour count?

The Deepen and Refine program offers you the opportunity to complete a minimum of 190 hours of teacher/student time and additional hours (at least 60) of personal study and home practice time, for a total minimum of 250 hours.

Since Deepen and Refine is a foundational program and requirement for Centre Yoga’s Teach Yoga program, it requires a particular count of required hours of class time and practice with the teacher.  If you are planning on teaching yoga, then you want to make sure to complete the necessary hours towards certification.   This means that if you are absent on occasion you will make up your hours with the teacher through a future class or workshop.

However, this is not applicable to you if you have no plans to teach and are signing up solely to deepen your own personal practice.



Class time runs from mid-September to end of June of any given year.  Students are required to complete the 250 hours of the Deepen and Refine program within a maximum of two calendar years.


$1500.00 (taxes included)

Full tuition for Deepen and Refine must be paid in total by completion date of the program.

Tuition does not include books.  Books will be approximately $300.

(special payment plans can be arranged with the individual student)


As meditation is central and essential to be able to deepen and refine any other yoga practice, authentic meditation practice is a requirement for this program. Please see Eliot for details.


1. Complete the application form

2. Once accepted, complete and sign registration form

3. Provide $500 non-reimbursable deposit

In case the student cancels his or her participation in the program, his or her participation hours to the date of cancellation will be calculated and deducted from any reimbursement made. The $500 deposit is non-reimbursable.