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CPTN Yoga Level 3: Yoga for Athletes and Personal Trainers


CPTN Yoga Level 3 is an adjunct to the education received in CPTN Yoga Level 1 and CPTN Yoga Level 2.

An exploration of yoga techniques selected for enhancing athletic performance is the focal point of the CPTN Yoga Level 3 program. Concepts covered in previous levels are woven into the criteria in Yoga for Athletes, which makes the CPTN Yoga Level 3 program a summation of all lessons learned. Athletes require specific considerations when designing a yoga program. The range of motion in postures must not exceed a parameter deemed effective within the performance of particular movements utilized in sport. Since athletes have very different physical needs depending on their sport, a detailed and precise design is required in posture selection and sequence.

Flexibility is only one aspect in the many benefits of yoga for the athlete. Core strength amplified through linking muscular pathways via connective tissues has a synergistic effect through the summation of muscle recruitment. Proper posture selection for the athlete will yield unique training methods for muscular strength in the stabilizers. The practice of yoga postures requiring balance is emphasized in the CPTN Yoga Level 3 since the impact on the body is much the same as utilizing unstable surfaces for training muscular stabilizers in athletes. The respiratory system is optimized through yogic breathing techniques leading to increased stamina. Improved digestion through yoga practice aids greatly in the assimilation of nutrients. Control is gained over the nervous system through the practice of pranayama, offering the athlete a method of calming or exciting the nervous energy to meet the demands of a particular athletic performance.

In fact, yoga addresses the optimization of all 11 sub-systems of the body; the skeletal system, the skeletal muscles, the peripheral and central nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the reproductive, digestive and urinary systems, the integumentary system, the lymphatic system, and the endocrine system. When correctly applied to training for a particular sport, yoga can offer the edge over the competition. With the completion of the CPTN Yoga Level 3 and its prerequisites, as well as the successful completion of an exam, the qualifications will be met to receive the pragmatic CPTN Certified Yoga Specialist.

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

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.