Pranayama & Research – 6 Weeks Specialised Certificate Course

Track I – January 15th – February 28th, 2018

Track II – January 18th – March 4, 2018

Specialised certificate yoga course

Kaivalyadhama, as both an institute of education in yoga and of scientific research on the practices and knowledge base of yoga, will offer this specialised programming from January to March 2018, with a unique curriculum in terms of content and teachers. Students will earn a certificate in yoga for full participation, as in other courses, but will also participate as subjects in scientific research on yoga. The programming will be divided between two separate tracks of yoga certificate courses whereby applicants will be randomly selected as participants. Both tracks require participating students as subjects in research on the effects of yoga practices. This will involve periodic physiological assessment and blood and saliva samples as well as survey questions. It is a rare opportunity to be both part of research and to receive a high level of teaching. These courses are for students with minimal to no pranayama experience and relatively new to overall yoga practice.

Track One

Standard certificate training course (CCY) – with Kaivalyadham faculty and special guest teachers lecture series

Date: January 15 to February 28, 2018

Objective: It is ideal for those who have always wanted to have an in depth understanding of Yoga but have been unable to take a long time off. It covers textual, psycho-physiological, and practical aspects of Yoga, as well as, teaching methods in yoga. The course will also have guest lectures from yogis, academics as well as with O.P.Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan.

Track Two

Specialized yoga and breath certificate course (YBC) – with Paul Dallaghan and Sri O.P. Tiwari and special guest teachers

Date: January 18 to March 4, 2018

Objective: This is a focused yoga intensive, designed for novices to yoga practice, in particular pranayama, to develop breath regulation through the great range of yoga techniques, particularly pranayama and related breath practices, as well as asana practice, theoretical lectures, and devotional chanting and mantra practice. It will be led by master teachers O.P. Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan. This is a one time unique opportunity both in terms of the course and research potential.

Application Process

Option 1: You can apply for the standard certificate training course (CCY) as normal to receive this training certificate with teaching modules.

Option 2: You can apply for the specialized yoga and breath training course (YBC) with the understanding that students will be randomly selected.

Option 3: You can apply for general admission for either course with the understanding that students will be randomly selected between CCY or YBC.

Registration opens – 1st June 2017 (applications are accepted earlier)
Registration closes – 30th September 2017

After all applications have been received and eligibility requirements assessed students will be randomly selected per course. We will inform you well in advance so you have ample time to make travel arrangements.


  • Qualification: For Indian students – HSC Pass or equivalent degree/diploma after 10th.
    For International students – Pre University level degree for International students.
  • English language: fluent in comprehension and reading
  • Novice status: new to pranayama and basic yoga exposure to date
  • Smartphone Use:  all students must be in the possession of a smartphone or similar in order to receive required daily surveys on a dedicated app.

Required: Due to the nature of these courses being part of a rigorous scientific study, selected students must agree in signing to participate as a subject for the study and allow the collection of research data through physiological, biological, and survey techniques and methods. In effect full participation in all elements of each course is required. Failure to do so not only compromises the quality of research but also forfeits your place on the course without refund of any fees paid. For those who complete all elements of the course, whether CCY or YBC, with a 3 and 6 month survey questionnaire follow up, a refundable fee amount (as listed below) can be either returned to the student as credit for use in Kaivalydhama courses or, if the students desires, donated to the research fund.

Intake Capacity:  60 per group

Age: There is no age bar for the course.

Medical Test: Candidates should be medically fit and sound. Selection is subject to clearing the medical examination conducted by the Institute.

Course Fees

For Indian Nationals
Course Fees – Rs. 19,500/-
Boarding & Lodging – Rs. 9,000/-
Others – Rs. 3,500/-
Refundable fee – Rs. 3,000/-

Total – Rs. 35,000/-

For International Students
Course Fee – USD 825.00
Boarding & Lodging – USD 775.00
Refundable fee – USD 200.00

Total – USD 1,800.00

Credits – Track One

Theory lecture            100 Credits

Selection Methods: Selection is based on Merit-cum-timely Registration.

05 Practical                        60 Credits

03 Teaching Practice        40 Credits


Paper I :  Traditional Yoga     – Marks 100

Paper II : Yoga & Mental Health – Marks 100

Paper III: Structure & Function of Human Body &effects of Yoga Practices on it  – Marks 100

Paper IV: Yoga, Health & Education – Marks 100

Paper V: Practice Teaching in Yoga – Marks 100

Viva –Voce   – Marks 100

Practical Yoga   – Marks 100

Credits – Track Two
  1. Pranayama: primary focus with aim to develop from grounded basics to intermediate level practice.
  2. Kriyas, bandhas, mudras: necessary preparatory elements for pranayama and meditative practices, both in detail and theoretical explanation.
  3. Asanas: dynamic and restorative asana training, from guided explanation to a developed self-practice.
  4. Meditation, mantra, and silent time: various meditative techniques along with mantra and silent sitting.
  5. Devotional chanting and fire ceremonies: heart centered practice
  6. Theoretical study: lectures on yoga philosophy, anatomy, and physiology, to increase one’s understanding.
  7. Direct teacher consultation.



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