Pranayama Teacher Training
Breathwork Practitioner Training

Level I – The Essentials



This training is for Yoga Teachers and Breathwork enthusiasts that want to set down the proper foundations for Pranayama practice. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that refers to breathwork, but its meaning is deeper than that. “Prana” means vital energy, “ayama” means expansion and “yama” means control – in other words, this practice helps us expand and control our vital force. That way we not only learn how to breathe in a correct way that utilizes our diaphragm and full lung capacity, but we also learn that through breathing we can access and increase our vital energy to put towards our pursuits in life.

*Note for Yoga Teachers
Most Yoga Teacher Training programs will include some sort of Pranayama practice, but it is very rare that trainees actually learn preliminary practices that will increase the lung capacity prior to starting, proper movement of the diaphragm, basic breathing practices and their benefits, when and what to do and not to do, as well as when and how to progress to intermediate and advanced pranayama. Pranayama Sequencing is just as, if not more, important than Asana Sequencing. Very often, unfortunately, we have seen yoga teachers teach pranayama in a very random and unintentional way. Many have also reported that they don’t particularly like to practice it or teach it. This is all to say that if you are a Yoga Teacher already this course will be especially beneficial for you as you will learn how to practice it correctly (then it becomes a very blissful experience), sequence correctly and mindfully, and how to safely lead your students from basic practices to the more advanced ones. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Pranayama Teacher certification that is registered with Yoga Alliance Continuing Education.

*Note for Breathwork Enthusiasts
If you are not a Yoga Teacher but you would like to delve more deeply into Breathwork, this course will provide you with all the necessary tools to learn how to practice as well as how to lead others through preliminary, basic and intermediate breathing techniques. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Breathwork Practitioner certification.

Topics Covered:

Movement for Breathwork – Movement Practice suitable for any sort of audience, from Yoga Studios to the Corporate Environment and everything in between. This practice will guide us through movements that will access the breathing more easily and effectively and prepare us for the stillness of the Pranayama Practice.

Preliminary Breathing Practices – This is a set of breathing exercises that will strengthen the diaphragm, increase the lung capacity, and access our parasympathetic response that will make further Pranayama practice possible.
Essential Breathing Practices – This is a set of practices that are essential for all levels of practitioners. These practices aim at regulating the nervous system by either balancing, energizing, or calming, depending on what is needed. We will address various essential breathing exercises here and their effects.

Sequencing Pranayama – To teach breathwork with intention, safety, and mindfulness it is important to know how to sequence the exercises according to the desired intention, time of the day, season, and of course your audience.

Pranayama Progression – After some time of regular and dedicated practice we will naturally want to progress – our breath has become deeper and slower, our lung capacity has considerably increased, our diaphragm has become stronger and more agile. Progressing towards intermediate and advanced practices is a skill in itself and we will cover those practices in the Level 2, but here we will give you the progressions that lead to those practices.

All times are in CET (+1hr for Greece)

Live Instruction Classes
Sundays March 12, 19 & 26 / 9am – 1pm CET
9 am – 10 am Movement for Breathwork
10 am – 11 am Pranayama Practice
11 am – 12 pm Lecture
12 pm – 1 pm Practice Teaching
(12 hours of instruction total)

Each Sunday our Pranayama practice will progress, and as such it is important that participants practice each day to prepare for the progression. The hour-long Pranayama Practice class recording will be sent to participants to follow along for a week until the next meeting.
(18 hours of self-practice)

Practice Teaching & Certification
Sunday April 2 / 9am – 1:30pm CET
Participants will pair up and teach one another Movement for Breathwork and Pranayama. Classes will be arranged by participants, recorded, and sent in for teacher’s viewing. Your certification will be issued within 2 weeks of class submission.

Practitioner 1
9 am – 10 am Movement for Breathwork
10 am – 11 am Pranayama Practice
15 min Feedback

Practitioner 2
11:15 am – 12:15pm Movement for Breathwork
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Pranayama Practice
15 min Feedback
(4,5 hours total)

Tanya Savitri Popovich
See Bio here

Course Cost:
€160 Early Bird until Feb.17
€210 Regular Price until Mar.10

Limited number of places available, to hold you spot on the training a filled in application form and a deposit of €50 is required.
Please read our cancellation policy here