Yoga Teachers Guide to Prānāyāma

An advanced training via Zoom

Classes meet Fri, 6-8pm (London time)

4 Feb, 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 11 March, 25 March

This is a course for yoga teachers who would like to teach prānāyāma, integrate breathing exercises into their existing classes and deepen their own practice.

Student-teacher contact hours are balanced with personal practise:

  • 6 LIVE SESSIONS via Zoom (2 hours each) + recordings posted online for additional review
  • Extensive hand-outs (PDF)
  • Weekly assignments
  • Daily personal practice
  • Personal mentoring with Swami Saradananda

Learn innovate techniques for introducing your students to yoga breath-work and the ways in which these vital exercises can enhance their practice. Simultaneously deepen your own understanding of prānā and prānāyāma.

In this 6-session course for yoga teachers, Swami Saradananda will introduce you to a variety of powerful revitalizing and regenerating effects that breathing exercises can have on your body and mind. It promises to be unique in its simple, yet in-depth approach to the yoga practice of prānāyāma.

The first half of the course is about teaching prānāyāma; the second half will give you the tools to deepen and advance your own practice.

What you, as a yoga teacher, will get out of this course

  • A working understanding of the physical structure and function of the breathing mechanisms.
  • The ability to introduce prānāyāma and related breathing techniques to all levels of students.
  • Teaching prānāyāma to beginners
  • Powerful tools to enable students to make more efficient use of their breath and vital energies, including helping them with issues related to stress.
  • Ways that you, and your students, can use the power of breath to manifest your ideas and dreams.
  • A more breath-centred and meditative approach to asana practice and teaching.

You will learn

  • How to integrate prānāyāma into asana classes, group meditations, workshops and retreats
  • To perfect prānāyāma teaching techniques
  • Ways that students can make prānāyāma a part of their daily lives
  • Use the breath to overcome distractions in meditation
  • How the mind and breath interface in meditation
  • Prānāyāma practices specific to meditation
  • Effects of lifestyle and diet on prānāyāma
  • How to encourage students in their prānāyāma practice
  • Online teaching methods
  • Introduction to the use of mudras and bandhas in prānāyāma

Requirements for participation:

  • Completion of yoga teachers’ training
  • Computer access, basic computer literacy and an email address
  • A copy of "The Power of Breath" by Swami Saradananda (either as a book or in Kindle format)

Cost: £295 / 365 Euros / $445 U.S.

To book: a non-refundable deposit of £150 (or equivalent in your local currency) will hold your place on the course. Please contact Sally regarding account details. The balance is due 3 weeks before the start of the course.

Classes are small, as the number of participants is limited. Please book as soon as possible.

Any questions: contact Swami Saradananda about the course - or if you would like to arrange personal mentoring – or would like to arrange a customized programme for your group.

Refunds and transfers: once payment has been made, there are no refunds. However, you may transfer to another session of the course, with a £50 transfer fee. You must complete the course within 3 years.

Attendance: participants are expected to attend all classes via Zoom and be absent only with good reason. If you are unable to attend because of illness or other emergency, you must inform the tutor before the start of the class.

Your time committment: In addition to attending the 2-hour workshops, the course involves 30-45 minutes daily practice.

Comments from course graduates

I have been enjoying the benefits of the class—not just the breath work itself, but also the shift in my perspective from the focus on my asana practice with some pranayama and mediation to a more balanced yoga experience. Samanu has been transformative for my meditation practice and I always use that to lead into my meditation now. Thank you for a wonderful experience and I hope to take more courses in the future!   - Laura Harris, yoga teacher, Fresno, CA

Using 'The Power of Breath' deepend my understanding of how pranayama can support us in our daily struggles. Now I feel more confident to teach pranayama to all levels of students.  - Lorena Murua Lopez, yoga teacher, Scotland

Thank you Swami Saradananda for a great experience throughout 'Yoga Teachers' Guide to Pranayama' course. What I really found valuable were the practice diaries and your pace of teaching. The weekly homework taught me to have discipline in my own practice and deep understanding of different levels pranayama offers. I highly recommend studying with Swami to all teachers.   - Alena Leprevost, yoga teacher, London

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