Pranayama Teacher Training. Level 1. 2022

Completed. Pranayama is a foundational practice of both the Ashtanga and Hatha schools of Yoga that prepares the body, nervous system, and mind for one-pointed concentration, leading to deeper levels of realizations about oneself. In the majority of yoga classes that one currently encounters in the West, there is typically more emphasis on asana and less on pranayama, and so we miss out on one of the most important, transformative practices of Yoga. This training will give you a grounding in practicing and teaching traditional pranayamas, kriyas, and mudras. It will be conducted on Zoom, can be attended in-person in NYC, and will be available by replay for those in different time zones. Upon the successful completion of this course, participants will receive a Pranayama Teacher Certification from the Yoga Education Collective.

Robert Moses · March 12, 2022

This course is now completed. Registrants will have extended access via their accounts and will be able to view all materials until September 30, 2023

Why a Pranayama Teacher Training?

Pranayama is a foundational practice of both the Ashtanga and Hatha schools of Yoga that prepares the body, nervous system, and mind for one-pointed concentration, leading to deeper levels of realizations about oneself. In the majority of yoga classes that one currently encounters in the West, there is typically more emphasis on asana and less on pranayama. A standard ratio of pranayama to asanas given in traditional teachings is that we should spend half of the amount of time in pranayama that we spend doing asanas, and the same amount of time meditating that we spend in pranayama. So, if we spend one-hour doing asanas, there should be thirty minutes of pranayama and thirty minutes of meditation. Most current yoga systems do not meet this criterion, and so the practices can begin to favor physicality over spiritual development.


May 28th – September 10th

All class times in EDT

Saturdays 9-11:30 am
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm
Monday and Thursday 6-6:45 am practice

Saturday Classes 9-11:30 am
May 28th
June 4th, 11th, 18th
August 13th, 20th, 27th
September 10th

Wednesday Evening Lectures 6:30-7:30 pm
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
August 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
September 7th

Practice Sessions 6-6:45 am

Mondays with Eddie
May 30th
June 6th, 13th, 20th
August 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
September 5th

Thursdays with Robert
June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
August 11th, 18th, 25th
September 1st, 8th

Who is this training for?

This training is meant to increase your knowledge of pranayama for both personal practice and for teaching. It is designed for yoga students who want to learn more about pranayama and yoga teachers who would like to learn how to safely teach pranayama to beginners. Psychologists, psychoanalysts, therapists, and well-being professionals are increasingly using breath-based practices for their patients, and the pranayamas that you’ll learn in this course will expand your vocabulary and tool kit on breath and awareness based practices for therapeutic means as well. Many yoga teacher trainings develop our knowledge of asana practices, but do not always go into the same depth for pranayama. This training will increase your knowledge of specific pranayama practices and protocols, and include information on the breadth of pranayama practices and its history. This course will give you many more hours of practice and class time to lift up your confidence and comfort level with pranayama.

Isn’t pranayama advanced or dangerous?

There is an idea that is prevalent that pranayama can be dangerous for you if you do too much of it or if you do it incorrectly. While this is true, it has led to less pranayama being practiced. This is unfortunate because pranayama is indeed extremely good for us, and when done in the right way, incrementally and gently, is beneficial for beginners and even people who are not necessarily practicing many asanas. In this training, we aim to teach you how to safely practice and teach some easy and essential pranayama practices. By the end of the training, you will have the language, skills, and experience to begin sharing these practices with your friends, family, and students.

Some of the benefits of pranayama include:

  1. Increased cardiovascular health
  2. Increased respiratory health
  3. Decreased stress levels
  4. A calm mind
  5. A balanced nervous system
  6. Deepened inner awareness
  7. A way to prepare for meditation
  8. Improved digestion and elimination
  9. Mastery over the mind and emotions
  10. Increased energy levels

When do the classes meet?

The classes will meet four days per week — Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays — from May 28th until June 18th, and then from August 13th to September 10th. Saturday morning class will be 2.5 hours and will largely focus on practices, anatomy and physiology, and how to teach beginners. Wednesday evening lectures will be one hour and focus on various Indic and Hindu philosophies, including Vedanta, Sankhya, Yoga, and the different Yogic schools of thought. Monday and Thursday mornings will be 30-45 minute practice sessions that will support your daily practice of pranayama during the training. All of the classes will be recorded for those who are in different time zones.

What will I learn?

You will learn a simple six-step protocol suitable for beginning students that is adaptable depending on the needs of the student. We will practice this protocol throughout the training, and you will have opportunities to practice teaching it to the other students for feedback and enhancing your comfort levels. It is a simple, safe, effective sequence of pranayamas that all have scientific research and hundreds of years of verified practice to back them up. We look forward to seeing you in the training! Please see Weekly Synopsis for more details.

Weekly synopsis

  • History of pranayama 
  • Definitions of pranayama 
  • Introduction to anatomy and physiology of breathing 
  • Sariras and Panchakoshas (3 Bodies and 5 Sheaths) 
  • Intro to basic Level 1 Pranayama Class protocol 
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Mechanisms of breathing
  • Breathing muscles & pressure changes
  • Effects of the level 1 protocol 
  • Introduction to Sankhya philosophy
  • Students begin teaching Level 1 Protocol
  • The Noses & Nostrils – Organ of Breathing
  • The Lungs – Organ of Gas Exchange
  • Regulation of Breathing – Part 1
  • Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide and Nitric Oxide & Blood pH levels 
  • Introduction to the Yoga Sutras
  • Special practices: Rose Breathing and Kapola Shakti Vardhaka
  • Overview of the nervous system (CNS/ANS/Peripheral)
  • Vagus nerve (included in ANS)
  • Nadis
  • Special practices: Ujjayi Pranayama
  • Introduction to Vedanta philosophy
  • Introduction to Hatha Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika Chapter 1
  • The Vagal Nerve Complex
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Special practices: Alternate Nostril Breathing with retention & bandhas 
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika Chapter 2
  • Text overviewGheranda Samhita
  • Siva Samhita
  • Hatha Ratnavali
  • Shatkarmas (Yogic cleansing exercises) Neti, Tratak, Nauli, Kapalabhati
  • Special practices: Bhastrika with arm movements 
  • Major Mudras & Bandhas in Hatha Yoga
  • Diet 
  • Lifestyle
  • Sleep 
  • What gives success in Yoga 
  • Obstacles in Yoga
  • Special practices: Mudras & Bandhas
  • FAQ’s to date. Review
  • Tips for teaching
  • Teaching Best Practices
    • How to present the practices
    • What to look out for
    • Language to use and not use
    • Personal experiences 
  • Sleep 
  • Saints and Sages of India
  • Sunrise Gayatri mantra (Weather permitting, Monday or Thursday)
  • Mantras for pranayama 
  • So’ham 
  • Shreem and Hreem 
  • Sunrise Gayatri mantra (Weather permitting, Monday or Thursday)
  • FAQ’s to date. Review
  • Becoming a teacher 
  • Resources
  • Reminders 
  • Practice and repetition
  • Convocation address of Taittiriya Upanishad

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Course Includes

  • 14 Lessons
  • 38 Topics
  • 23 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate
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