Therapeutic Asana

Yin & Restorative


In this course students will learn the complete Purusha Method and application of Therapeutic Asana as a means of understanding the subtle layers of mind, body, energy and consciousness. By bringing clients into specific therapeutic asanas we set the stage for learning practices that explore relaxation, letting go, witnessing what is, and connecting to parts of ourselves and spiritual source that promote entirely new paradigms of relationship with sensation, nature, and all realms of experience. This voyage of exploration and progressive mastery takes place by learning to arrange the physical body into positions that are restorative, relaxing, therapeutic and completely supported while also expertly navigating deeper and deeper pathways of consciousness.

Purusha Yoga Therapeutic Asana is a deep dive into the five layers or ‘koshas’ of somatic experiences, neuromuscular pathways, the five senses, and time/space/experience integration. The specific postures are just the starting point for layering mind and body, energy and consciousness, and eventual evolution of transformation on every level of the human ‘being’. 

The course includes specific techniques from Hatha, Tantra, Tibetan, and Raja, paths of breathing, guided meditations, mudra, intentions, nadi (sound) and integration of all 8 limbs. Specific postures are utilized from the practices commonly known as ‘Yin’, and ‘Restorative’  but taught by the philosophy, energy system, and science of classic yoga (not chinese medicine). Specific postures are utilized from the practice commonly known as ‘Restorative’ but taught utilizing integration of all 5 koshas and 8 limbs.

Upcoming Course

Saturdays, February 12 & February 26, 2022
8:00-11:00 AM & 2:00-5:00 PM PST
Wednesdays, February 15- March 22, 2022
Tuesdays 5:30 PM PST

Ways To Take This Course:

  • This course can be used toward completion of our Level II 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Certification. Save money by registering for your Holistic Yoga Therapy Certification

  • General Attendance (workshop only)

  • Take as a Continuing Education Credit (CEC) with Yoga Alliance

Three Ways to Attend

Level III - Holistic Yoga Therapy Course Work - Pay in Full

$2,700.00 USD
Therapeutic Asana Course

$650.00 USD

In this course you will learn..

  • Mastery of 30 therapeutic asanas complete with progression, options, modifications, props and 5 kosha cueing.

  • Mastery of 10 pranayama practices that may be utilized to connect, control, direct and balance the mind and body.

  • Knowledge and application of 10 guided journeys that may be paired with therapeutic asana for specific goals.

  • Mastery of knowledge and application of the 5 vayus as a means of moving focus, energy and releasing tension.

  • Knowledge of how to select specific and appropriate asanas/sequences/practices for common concerns and diseases such as those related to trauma, stress, hearth, lungs, endocrine, auto immune, joints, and other specific systems and conditions.  

  • A depth of understanding of the various states and conditions of the mind, consciousness, purusha/prakriti, and gunas.

  • Mastery of integration and layering of therapeutic alliance tools and relationship skills that include communication, subtle touch, modeling and intuitive listening.  

  • Holding authentic and supportive space for your clients so that they can absorb the therapeutic benefits of the practice.

  • Evaluating and assessing a client’s progression, understanding how to adapt and adjust practices, feedback and evaluation to meet the specific needs of the client.

  • Knowledge of Yoga Nidra and its application to therapeutic 5 koshas asana practice.  

  • Deeper understanding of the flow of energy from classic yoga systems such as the chakras, nadis, and vayus and exploring the relationship between these systems and other systems of energy such as those found in Thai Yoga and Chinese Medicine.


Master Teachers

Joy Ravelli

For over 20 years, Joy Ravelli has led workshops, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings. Joy is the co-owner and founder of Purusha Studio and School in San Francisco, CA. She is also the founder of the Purusha Seva Project, a non profit organization that brings powerful yoga practices to underserved and at-risk populations throughout the Bay Area and the world. Joy has a master-level of experience and knowledge in the fields of natural fitness, somatic movement, thai yoga bodywork, martial arts, pilates, and classic yoga. She enjoys meditating and practicing with diverse people, places, animals, children and nature, while celebrating all the connected magic in this world.

Ericka Merritt

Ericka Merritt is a Bay Area Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist, and Yoga Instructor.  Her work integrates osteopathic manual therapy with yoga therapy to help her clients feel more embodied in their bodies and empowered to reconnect to their essential well-being. Her signature “Deep Release Method”  incorporates self myofascial release, Yin Yoga, and iRest yoga nidra. She is also excited about the hidden power of sleep and believes that a good night’s sleep is the key to living a life wide awake. Her mission for this life is to leave a legacy of love, by cultivating greater self-care and self-love. Her wish for you is to “Breathe Deeply, Move Freely, and Live Fully.” Learn more and connect with Ericka at

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