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Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training

Our Pranayama Teacher Training Course explores theory and extensive practice of a variety of Pranayama techniques. Students experience the effect of these practices impacting the body on both the gross and subtle level, working towards purification and balance of the physical and energetic bodies.
“Prana” is translated from Sanskrit to mean the life-force or vital energy that channels through the body. It is the spiritual link between the mind and consciousness. Students of Pranayama engage in a variety of focused breathing techniques with careful guidance from experienced teachers which improve overall health as well as maintaining well being in all of the vital organs within the body. Through these techniques and deep breathing, we are able to stimulate the Vagus nerve, the main nerve within the parasympathetic nervous system. The Vagus nerve controls the heart rate and by slowing this down, we can lower blood pressure and calm both the body and mind. The health benefits of Pranayama also include; purifying the blood, reducing stress and anxiety levels,  purging negative emotions, preventing disease, removing toxins and strengthening the immune system.

“Respiration being disturbed, the mind becomes disturbed. By restraining respiration, the Yogi gets steadiness of mind”. – Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Course are held in either Lonavala or Rishikesh (see more information below) under the guidance of Shri G. S. Sahay, the author / editor of several yoga books. His book Hathayogapradipika is now available on Kindle and Smashwords

Theory Course / Program

Lectures on Hathayoga:

  • Pranayama In Hathayoga

  • The Evolution of Pranayama

  • Mitahara / Balanced diet

  • The Three Bandhas of Pranayama/Kumbhaka

  • Kundalini; Arousal, Method and Location.

  • The Yogic Evaluation of Cleansing

  • Attitudes and the Importance of our Approach to Yogic Practices

  •  Lectures on Patanjala yoga

  • Introduction to Patanjali and Yogasutra

  • Klesha in Yogasutra

  • Mental Modifications (Cittavritti), Concomitants of a Distracted Mind ( vikshepa sahabhuva) and Distraction of the Mind (cittavikshepa or antaraya)

  • Cittaaprasadana

  • Concept of Ashtanga Yoga (Yamas and Niyamas)

Other lectures

  • Intro about Shiva-Svarodaya

  • Yoga texts with special reference to Pranayama

  • Physiological considerations of Pranayama

The program is 8 hours a day including 1 hrs of self reflection. Students will also have a variety of assignments to complete.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Basic English language skills. The course is conducted in English.

  • Prior experience or some knowledge of Yoga is key. More important is an open mind and an eagerness to learn.

  • Good physical condition and a daily Pranayama self practice.

  • 100% attendance is mandatory.

  • Places are awarded on both eligibility and on a first paid, first served basis.

  • Fees include accommodation and meals.

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Location, Food & Accomodation

The location of the course will depend on the group of participants. Groups of 2 or less will be held in Lonavala, a hill station between Bombay and Pune in the house of and under the guidance of Shri G. S. Sahay. For groups of 5 or over students will study in Rishikesh. Each student will have a separate room (with attached toilet). Delicious homemade food is provided and WiFi is available both at home and in the classroom. Students will get the chance to live with an Indian family and enjoy Indian food.

You will be informed a minimum of one month before the course begins to confirm its location.

More Details

Required Documents

In order to register, the following documents will be required:

  • The completed Application/Registration form

  • A recent passport photo of you

  • A copy/ scan (in colour) or a clear photo of your valid Passport, with all details clear

The course is only confirmed once all of the above documentation is received. Also please remember that you are required to obtain an Indian Visa before arrival in India

Registration Process

Please submit the Application / Registration Form online or contact us so we can further assist your registration.

We aim to confirm your registration within three weeks of receiving your required forms and documents.

After we have confirmed your place on the course, we request you send a Deposit payment of 25%. The remaining balance should be settled upon arrival or before arriving. After sending your deposit, please email a copy of the receipt to us, to complete your registration.

Applications are processed on a first come first served basis. Tattvaa Yoga Shala maintains the right to accept or reject any application without providing an explanation.


Included within the course fees;  tuition, accommodation, two meals per day, and a daily snack with tea.


The information regarding the payment procedure will be sent to you with a letter of acceptance. Please submit your Deposit payment prior to arrival (this will secure your placement) of US$200. We accept the following payment methods to settle the outstanding balance: payment by Transferwise or cash in Euros, US Dollars or Indian Rupees.

Refund Policy

Please note that we do not give refunds so it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the relevant insurance is in place in case they are unable to attend or they are required to leave the course early due to unforeseen circumstances.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend after the deposit or fees have been paid, you are welcome to send someone in your place. If only the deposit has been paid, the new participant should pay you the deposit directly and you both must notify us of the name change.
A student can transfer from one course to another at least one month before the start of that course to attend a different course instead. We allow this transfer only once; after one transfer all fees are forfeited.

Visa and Travel Insurance

All foreigners traveling to India are required to obtain a Visa prior to arrival in India. Please be sure to give yourself ample time to arrange an Indian Tourist Visa through an Indian Consulate or Visa Services Company before leaving your home country and traveling to India. Also please arrange proper travel insurance and any other requirements you may have (i.e. bank arrangements, healthcare) before traveling.