3 years Pranayama Teacher Training
by Shri Sudhir Tiwari

This course is done in nine sessions over three years.

Owing to the current situation arising from COVID-19, the next intake has been deferred till further notice.

Sudhir Tiwari - The Master Teacher


  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.

The objectives of this course are:

  • 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 fees:

FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – 6000 Euros for 3 Years Plus room and board and food extra. (Remittable @ 2000 Euros per year in advance). Exam Fees – 200 Euros per year

FOR INDIAN STUDENTS – Rs. 75000 for 3 years, plus room and board and food extra. (Remittable @ Rs. 25000 per year in advance). Exam Fees – at the end of each year – Rs. 5000

  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.

Email to ceooffice@kdham.com 

Second year (2018 Batch)

Step 2 :

7th March (noon start) to 13th March 2021. (evening finish) – Lonavala

Step 3 :
26th July (morning arrival) to 5th August 2021. (afternoon finish) – Lonavala

Third Year (2018 Batch)

Step 1 : 14th November – 20th November 2021. — Lonavala

Step 2 : 13th February – 19th february 2022. — Lonavala

Step 3 : 31st May – 11th June 2022. — Lonavala

First Year

Upon completing the phase one/year one the student will be authorized to teach Pranayama without retention.


Second Year

Upon completing phase two/year two, the student will be authorized to teach pranayama with 1:1:2, meaning the retention being equal to inhalation.

Third Year

Upon completion of phase three/year three the student will be authorized to teach Pranayama with 1:2:2, meaning the retention being twice as long as inhalation. 

Structure of the Course

  • All the topics with the exception of guest lectures will be part of the examination.  Also the last year will be dedicated to the teachers trainee undergoing teaching practical sessions in various settings outside of the institute.
  • 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.
  • Upon their return, they are accorded sufficient theory and practical homework which is monitored from time to time. The students are given written assignments and practice assignments to be done in the four months when they are home to progressively enhance their practices.
  • At the end of each step, people are given goals in terms of pranayama and kriyas practice. Periodically they submit their practice logs having objective parameters including inhale time, pulse, nostril status to record their practices logs comprehensively are per the goals given. 
  • These records of assigned goals for ever four Months, practice logs, are clearly identifiable and verifiable progress in practice which is double checked when they return every four Months, for example at the end of first year every one is at 8 seconds or more inhale capacity, 3X120 in Kapalbahti which was achieved progressively. 
  • This 4-month period is needed for the students to progressively deepen their practice by daily routines. 
  • At the end of each year in the final step the progress of the student will be evaluated by a detailed assessment process /exam from a practical as well as a theoretical point of view. The Exams could last anywhere from 3 days to whole week depending on what has been covered. The majority of the exams will be evaluated by the non – TTC faculty to make them objective. Only upon successful completion of these exams and assignments for the year will the final certification to teach will be awarded. 
  • The passing percentage in evaluation has been set as 60%.
Pranayama, Pranayama Teacher Training Course

Lead teacher

Sudhir Tiwari

Sudhir Tiwari

Sudhir received his first training under the guidance of Swami Digambar ji, a disciple of Swami Kuvalayananda and his father Shri Om Prakash Tiwari.

Brought up at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, India amidst rich traditional yogic heritage of Swami Madhavdasji Maharaj, Swami Kuvalyanandaji and Swami Digambarji, a tradition kept alive by his father and a well known Pranayama master, Shri O. P. Tiwari.

Sudhir received his primary and advanced Yogic and Ayurvedic training from Swami Digambarji which included the study of traditional texts, mantra yoga, fire ceremony, pranayama and various aspects of adhyatm (spiritual) yoga. Sudhir also learnt pranayama and Hathapradipika from his father.

So now he travels all around the world conducting workshops in theory and practice of Yoga (Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting) and Ayurveda and with his familiarity of alternative western medicine he also correlates these disciplines. His Mantra, Breathe Positive, Breathe Yoga.

Sudhir’s 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.

Associate Teachers

Dr. Sharad Bhalekar
Dr. B. R. Sharma
Dr. Jagdish Bhutada
Dr. Satish Pathak
Dr. Gururaj Doddoli
Dr. Praseeda Menon
Dr. Rajani Pradhan
Dr. Supriya Kulkarni
Ms. Jyoti Soni
Dr. Praseeda Menon
Dr. Rajani Pradhan
Dr. Supriya Kulkarni
Ms. Jyoti Soni
Mr. Anukool Deval
Student Reviews

I joined this course to deepen my practice. The continuity of coming 3 times a year for 3 years with progressive goals is good. The time spent in a group during the course made it all special and one realises ones own practices this way. The experience was quite intense. I am very happy to be here for the course.

Anne-Lie Boman


The knowledge of yoga is extensive and profound, because of the inheritance of masters from generation to generation here in kdham , because of this many teachers explain in detail continue to elaborate about ancient classic yoga text、technical 、experience and other aspects of yoga and; because a hundred years of persistent scientific experimentation, research has been conducted on how yoga practices lead to overall health in humans. We are fortunate to learn and understand the most complete content of ancient yoga, listen to and experience the meaning and essence of yoga and its practices. Each examination, though rigorous, sublimates what is learned, and the understanding of yoga deepens and becomes clear year after year.
This is not an end, but a new beginning. exploration and learning at the field of yoga and science never end !!!