Three year Pranayama Teacher Training Course

At Kaivalyadhama Lonavala. Led by Shri Sudhir Tiwari

Intake for 2018: October 9th – 16th, 2018 at Lonavala
The course will be divided in three steps per year, with locations in India and Europe.
Name of places to be announced soon.

Enrol Now (2018)

This course in Pranayama is a 3 Phase nine steps 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.

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.

Second and third year dates for 2017 Batch

Phase Two (Year 2)

Step 2
24th March 2018 (morning start) to 31st March 2018 (evening finish).
Arrival 24th early morning and departure 31st night.

Step 3
5th July 2018 (morning start) to 15th July 2018
Arrival 5th early morning and departure 15th morning.

Phase Three (Year 3)     

Step 1
25th November 2018 (morning start) to 2nd December 2018 (evening finish).
Arrival 25th early morning and departure 2nd night.

Step 2
23rd March 2019 (morning start) to 30th March 2019 (evening finish).
Arrival 23rd early morning and departure 30th night.

Step 3
17th November 2019 (evening start) to 27th November 2019
Arrival 17th morning and departure 27th morning.

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

About Sudhir Tiwari

Sudhir’s initiation into yoga happened under the guidance of Swami Digambar ji, a disciple of Swami Kuvalayananda and his father Shri Om Prakash Tiwari.

His goal is to present yoga not just as asanas but as an experiential practice encompassing but not limited to Yamas, Niyamas, Asana, Pranayama and meditational techniques, mantra yoga and techniques of ishwar pranidhana of Patanjali.

Sudhir now travels all around the world conducting workshops in theory and practice of Yoga, asana, traditional pranayama, meditation, chanting and Ayurveda and with his familiarity of alternative western medicine he also correlates these disciplines. His Mantra, Breathe Positive, Breathe Yoga.

He lives in Toronto Canada, with his wife and two children.

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:
Email to [email protected]

  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.


Course Fee

Tuition Fee – 6000 Euros for 3 Years Plus Room and board and food Extra.
(Remittable @ 2000 Euros per year in advance)

Additional Faculty

Dr. B. R. Sharma

Dr. Shirley Telles

Guest Faculty

Dr. Jagdish Bhutada

Dr. S. D. Pathak

Guest Faculty

Dr. Sharad Bhalekar

Ms. Jyoti Soni

Dr. Gururaj Doddoli

Mrs. Sunita Singh


Intake for 2018

Step I: October 9th – 16th, 2018 at Kaivalyadhama Lonavala, India
Please fill out the form below to register.

Our Location


Have a query? Write to Us:

Offerings from KaivalyaDhama

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news/updates on courses, events and offerings from KaivalyaDhama, Lonavala, India.

You have successfully subscribed to Kdham News!