Pranayama (Yogic Breathwork) for Yoga Students & Teachers

Pranayama (Yogic Breathwork) for Yoga Students & Teachers

Pranayama (Yogic Breathwork) for Yoga Students & Teachers

An educational course on the ancient practice of breath

Language: english

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Instructor(s): Caroline Chiesa

Last update: 2022-07-03

What you’ll learn

  • Enhance your personal pranayama practice
  • Develop an understanding of Pranayama and it’s place along the 8 Limbed Path
  • Learn the traditional yogic breathing techniques as described the the Vedic texts
  • Learn the anatomy of the breath and it’s relationship with the autonomic nervous system
  • Learn the application of pranayama in an asana, breath work, or meditation style class



  • No experience necessary, although some understanding of yoga may be helpful.



Namaste Yogis,

I’m so glad that you’ve found your way to this course. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that can be loosely translated to mean “control of the life force”, or as we know it, breath control exercises. The use of breath manipulation has become a therapeutic practice recognized by modern psychology–but breathwork is an ancient tried-and-true practice that predates modern science. The practice of pranayama was first written about in the Vedic era (1500-600 BCE) and was likely practiced for thousands of years prior, by many different pre-historic civilizations.

Pranayama serves many purposes. It is the vehicle for meditation. It is used to balance the Ayurvedic doshas (biological humors).  In modern medical terms, the breath is a way of accessing the autonomic nervous system. The breath is a profound tool that can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, at all times. The breath is an automatic function–it is always there whether we are aware of it or not. This course is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to develop an awareness of the power of respiration. Students will learn the depth of the practice. Teachers of yoga and breath will deepen their understanding of its application.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to practice and teach 9 classical Pranayama practices, as described in Yogic & Vedic text

  • The anatomy of breathing

  • The relationship between the breath and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)

  • How to facilitate pranayama for others

  • The significance of Pranayama in relation to the 8 Limbed Path of Yoga as described by Patanjali

  • Prana & the subtle body

This course is for you if:

  • You would like to deepen your understanding of the function of the breath

  • You are looking to develop a breathwork practice

  • You are a yoga teacher that is looking to deepen their understanding of pranayama and yoga theory for your classes


Who this course is for

  • You are looking to develop a breathwork practice
  • Students & teachers of yoga looking to deepen their own practice, or learn to share the practice with a larger audience.


Course content

  • Introduction
    • Introduction…Welcome!
    • Learning objectives for this course
    • What you will need
  • Defining Prana & Pranayama
    • Breath Experience Part 1: Journaling Meditation Exercise
    • Breath Experience Part 2: Asana + Journaling Meditation Exercise
    • What is Pranayama?
    • Benefits of Practicing Pranayama
    • Preparations for Pranayama
  • The Anatomy of Breath
    • The Anatomy of Breath
    • The Breath & the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
    • The Breath and the Subtle Body: Introduction to the Nadis
    • Things To Consider When Teaching Breath Exercise
    • “A Comfortable Seat”
  • The Techniques
    • Ujjayi Breath
    • Dirga Pranayama (3-Part Breath)
    • Bhramari Breath
    • Nadi Shodhana
    • Bhastrika Breath
    • Kapalabhati Breath
    • Surya/Chandra Bhedana
    • Sheetali/Sheetkari Breath
    • Kumbhaka: Retention & Suspension
  • How to apply the practices
    • Video: How to apply the Pranayamas


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