Three year Pranayama Teacher Training Course

At Kaivalyadhama Lonavala. Led by Shri Sudhir Tiwari

This course in Pranayama is a three phase/three year 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.

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.

Phase One (Year 1)

Step 1 (2016)
Thursday December 15 (PM Start) to Thursday, December 22 (NoonFinish)
Step 2 (2017)
Wednesday May 3rd (PM Start) – Wednesday, May 10th (NoonFinish)
Step 3 (2017)
Tuesday August 22 (Morning Start) – Wednesday, August 30th (evening Finish)

Phase Two (Year 2)                    

Step 1 (week 1) — Step 2 (week 2) — Step 3(9 days)
(Every step four months apart. Dates to be announced)

Phase Three (Year 3)      

Step 1 (week 1) — Step 2 (week 2) — Step 3 (9 days)
(Every step four months apart. Dates to be announced)

Additional Faculty


Dr. B. R. Sharma


Dr. Sharad Bhalekar


Mrs. Sunita Singh


Dr. Jagdish Bhutada


Shri Neeraj Singh

Reference Texts/Reading all Kaivalyadhama publications:

Pranayama by swami Kuvalyananda,
Hathapradipika, Gheranda Samhita,
Patanjali Yoga Sutras,
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.

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 course  where students will gain a proper understanding of Pranayamic practices from an intellectual (traditional, technical and scientific) as well as practical and experiential point of  view 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.

Course Fee

Tuition Fee – 5000 Euros for 3 Years Plus Room and board and food Extra.




  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 inhale minimum of 5 seconds and exhale 10 seconds, that is 4 breaths per minute.

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

The student shall provide:

  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 1000 word description of why do you want to teach Pranayama.

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