Pranayama Teacher Training. Level 1•2024

Pranayama Teacher Training•Level 1•2024

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 realization 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. You will also learn Yoga Asana Sangraha – a collection of Yoga postures. A certificate will be granted upon request at completion of all classes and quizzes of the PTT Level 1 2024. You will be eligible to register for the Pranayama Teacher Training Level 2 SPL

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Who is the training for and subjects studied

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.

Partial list of subjects covered

  • History and definitions of Pranayama
  • Sariras and Panchakoshas
    (3 Bodies and 5 Sheaths)
  • Nadis & Chakras
  • Anatomy and physiology of breathing
    • Mechanisms of breathing
    • Breathing muscles & pressure changes
    • The Nose & Nostrils – Organ of Breathing
    • The Lungs – Organ of Gas Exchange
    • Regulation of Breathing
    • Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide and Nitric Oxide & Blood pH levels
    • Overview of the nervous system (CNS/ANS/Peripheral)
    • The Vagal Nerve Complex
    • Heart Rate Variability
  • Level 1 Pranayama Class protocol
    • Systematic course on essential Pranayamas
    • Instructions on how to practice
    • Practical teaching methods
    • Effects on the body/mind
  • Yoga Asana Sangraha
    • Asanas that assist Pranayama practice
    • Asanas that help the nervous system
    • Asanas that strengthen the body
    • Asanas that are therapeutic
  • Indic Philosophies
    • Sankhya
    • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
    • Advaita Vedanta
    • Hatha Yoga Texts
      • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
      • Gheranda Samhita
  • Additional Pranayama practices
    • Ujjayi Pranayama
    • Alternate Nostril Breathing with bandhas
    • Shatkarmas (Shat Kriyas) Neti, Tratak, Nauli, Kapalabhati
    • Major Mudras & Bandhas in Hatha Yoga
  • Lifestyle Issues
    • Sleep
    • Diet
  • Mantras for Pranayama
    • So’ham 
    • Shreem and Hreem 
    • Sunrise Gayatri mantra
  • Practice and Teaching
    • What gives success in Yoga 
    • Obstacles in Yoga
    • Tips for teaching
    • Teaching Best Practices/How to present the practices
    • What to look out for
    • Language to use and not use
    • Personal experiences
    • Becoming a teacher 
    • Resources & reminders
    • Practice and repetition
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Some benefits of pranayama

  • Increased cardiovascular health
  • Increased respiratory health
  • Decreased stress levels
  • A calm mind
  • A balanced nervous system
  • Deepened inner awareness
  • A way to prepare for meditation
  • Improved digestion and elimination
  • Mastery over the mind and emotions
  • Increased energy levels

Lesson Days and Times

All timings are listed in EST. All classes are on Zoom.
Saturdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm: Practice & Theory
Weekly Recorded Asana Practice and quiz
Thursdays 6:00 am-7:15 am: Pranayama Practical

You may attend classes live on Zoom or as replays.


Module 2 of YETT includes PTT Level 1

  • June 1 to July 4
  • Mid-module break: July 6-12
  • July 13 to August 24


(ZONE A) USA, Europe, UK, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand
$895 USD or your currency equivalent.

(ZONE B) All South American countries, Mexico, Africa, Eastern Europe, Egypt and Israel
$350 USD or your currency equivalent.

(ZONE C) Iran, India/Nepal/Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries.
$295 USD or your currency equivalent.

In-person training in India

October 1-10, 2024 We are holding ten days of in-person training in North India, near Haridwar, from October 1-10, 2024. This is an integral part of the Yoga Education Teacher Training. You may be able to join if there is room available. The cost for room and board is $1600, which does not include your plane tickets, visa, transport options from port of arrival, and other incidentals. Email us if interested.

Thank you very much, we greatly look forward to this training!
Robert, Eddie, and Harsh

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