Three year Pranayama Teacher Training Course

At Kaivalyadhama Lonavala. Led by Shri Sudhir Tiwari

16 – 26 July 2019, Lonavla, India

Step 1:
24th November (early morning arrival) to 30th November 2019 (evening departure) – Lonavala

Step 2:
12th April to Saturday 18 April 2020 — France

Step 3:
23 September ( 22nd arrival) – 3rd October 2020 ( evening departure) . — Lonavala

This course in Pranayama is a 3 Phase nine steps course.

Three year Pranayama Teacher Training Course

  • Upon successfully completing the phase one/year one the student will be authorized to teach Pranayama without retention.
  • Upon successfully completing phase two/year two (successful completion of phase one is a prerequisite) , the student will be authorized to teach Pranayama with 1:1:2, meaning the retention being equal to inhalation.
  • Upon completion of phase three/year three (successful completion of phase 1 and 2 is a prerequisite), the student will be authorized to teach Pranayama with 1:2:2, meaning the retention being twice as long as inhalation. In the In the 3rd or the final phase, the students will be taught Ayurvedic pulse reading and its application in recommending pranayamic practices.
  • At the end of each year in the final step the progress of the student will be evaluated by a detailed assessment  process /exams from a practical as well as a theoretical point of view. Only upon successful completion of these exams and assignments for the year , will the final certification to teach will be awarded.

Each year is further divided into three steps/week where every four Months for one week (full time) the student will study and practice pranayama.

Pranayama Teacher Training Course

Objective of the 3 year TTC Program

To provide correct, authentic and authoritative training in Pranayama based on traditional texts and science in the Kaivalyadhama Lineage.

With Pranayama generating much interest in the current yoga culture worldwide and it being an immensely important and sensitive practice, it is pivotal that Pranayama be taught correctly from a traditional, technical and scientific perspective.

Keeping the above in mind Kaivalyadhama has designed a coursewhere students will gain a proper understanding of Pranayamic practices from an intellectual (traditional, technical and scientific) as well as practical and experiential point ofview so that they can correctly teach the same to students in various settings.

The overall theme of this course will revolve around the definition, the technique/techniques (and its variations) and the outcome of Pranyamic practices. The outcome will be discussed based on Ayurveda as well as modern science.

Eligibility (2018 Intake)

  1. 500 Hours of Yoga Certification, Exceptions can be made in special cases.
  2. Ability to perform and teach Asana’s in the “Traditional Way”.
  3. Preliminary familiarity with the essential yogic texts.
  4. Ability to be seated in a meditative pose for a minimum of 30 -40 minutes without changing positions.
  5. One shall be able to slow down their inhalation by minimum of 5 seconds and exhalation by 10 seconds, that is 4 breaths per minute.

Students will be expected to learn all the Six Kriyas. Exceptions can be made in case of medical limitations.

Documents to be submitted:
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  1. Picture.
  2. Copy of the yoga Certificate.
  3. A 1000 word essay on your understanding of traditional yoga, why is it important based on the traditional texts you are familiar with. Please also name the texts.
  4. A description of your personal yogic practices.
  5. A meaningful description of why do you want to teach Pranayama.

Reference Texts/Reading all Kaivalyadhama publications:

Pranayama by swami Kuvalyananda
Asana by Swami Kuvalyananda
Patanjali Yoga Sutras by Dr. P V Karambelkar
Hathapradipika, Gheranda Samhita
Basic Ayurveda
Anatomy and Physiology of Yogic Practices
Yogic Therapy
Teaching Methods
Selected articles from Yoga Mimansa Journal
SKY editions and available case studies on pranayama

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