Three year Pranayama Teacher Training Course

At Kaivalyadhama Lonavala. Led by Shri Sudhir Tiwari
Next Intake: 2020. DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED. 

Next Intake – 2020

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.

Previous batch dates

First Year (2018 Batch)

Step 2:
9-16 April 2019 Condette, Pas-de-Calais, France

Step 3:
16 – 26 July 2019, Lonavla, India

Second year (2018 Batch)

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

Step 2:
12th April to Saturday 18 April 2020France
Step 3:
23 September ( 22nd arrival)  – 3rd October 2020 ( evening departure) . — Lonavala

Dates for 2017 Batch

Phase 3 Step 2:
24th March 2019 (morning start) to 30th March 2019 (evening finish).
Arrival 24th early morning and departure 30th night.

Step 3:
13th November 2019 (evening start) to 23rd November 2019
Arrival 13th morning and departure 23rd 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

For International Participants

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

For Indian Participants (All steps in India)

Tuition Fee – 2,25,000 Rupees for 3 Years Plus Room and board and food Extra.
(Remittable @ 75,000 Rupees per year in advance)

Additional Faculty

Dr. B. R. Sharma

  Dr. Shirley Telles

Guest Faculty

Dr. Supriya Kulkarni

Guest Faculty

Dr. Jagdish Bhutada

  Dr. S. D. Pathak

Guest Faculty

Ms. Jyoti Soni

  Dr. Sharad Bhalekar

Dr. Praseeda Menon

  Mrs. Sunita Singh

  Dr. Gururaj Doddoli

Mrs. Rajani Pradhan

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, Sweden

My experience was transforming. It was intense and unexpected and surprised me every time. It gave me the opportunity to be able to get so much information. The lectures were all good. Sudhir’s delivery is so clear, direct and simple. I now understood the techniques which I can explain to the skeptics I meet.
Andreea Ciobica, Germany

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