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Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training 500hours

This will be an exciting opportunity to go deep into Pranayama Sadhana. learn and experience the science and control of the Prana and breath, in the Gitananda Tradition. You can take this course online only (200hours) or include the residential intensives (500hours).

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Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training 500hours
Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training 500hours

Time & Location

03 Mar 2024, 10:00 GMT – 04 Mar 2024, 10:00 GMT

About the event

Pranayama Course and Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training

500 hours certification (blended on-line and in person training) Two years program.

Introducing the 120 Yoga Pranayamas of the Gitananda Rishiculture AshtangaTradition!

Short video about the course:

This course is primarily for Yoga Teachers who wish to expand and deepen the knowledge and experience of Pranayama (breath and energy direction and control). This tradition is probably one of the most well-known for its bredth and depth in the science of life force Prana, which it why it has a 'breath-taking' 120 long list of just pranayama practices, tha have been passed down from Guru to chela in this living tradtion of an unbroken lineage!


Yogacharini Deepika 

Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balyogi Bhavanani 

We are very humbled and fortunate that Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri the great Pranayama master is blessing us to create and run this course through his son and successor Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani.


Course will be accredited by the:

·  International Centre for Yoga Education and research, India (ICYER)

·  Yoga Satsanga Ashram (YSA)

·  Indian Yoga Association (IYA)

·  Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP)


On-line meeting one Sunday a month for approx 6 hours, and inbetween Sundays for 1 hour Sadhana practice together (or in your own time).

In Person Training options for full 500 hrs certification::

At the end of each full year you can attend a residential course at ICYER, India or YSA, Wales UK, or Portugal.

Pranayama 500 hours Course dates 2024 – 2026

Meeting one Sunday a month 10am – 5pm GMT or 3:30pm – 10:30pm IST (with 1 hour break in-between)


March 3rd 2024

April 7th

May 5th

June 2nd

July 7th

August 4th

September 1st

October 6th

November 3rd

December 1st

January 5th 2025

February 2nd

February 2 week residential Intensive ICYER, India or option to attend Wales UK (dates to be confirmed)

March 2nd

April 6th

May 4th

June 1st

July 6th

August 3rd

September 7th

October 5th

November 2nd

December 7th

January 4th 2026

February 1st

February 3 week residential to complete India or Wales (Dates to be confirmed)

Please note every Sunday in-between the above dates we meet for 1-hour sadhana practice together, it is not compulsory to attend live, you can watch the play back as soon as possible, but it is a good sadhana to come together each week. 

We expect you to always attend live the full day classes once a month unless under special circumstances you can watch the recording.

About the course content:

The Gitananda Traditon mentions 120 Pranayamas, all of which will be discussed however please note not all will be practiced as many require years of foundational work and should only be practiced in an ashram setting or with a strict yogic lifestyle, diet etc. due to their intensity.

Course will cover these 10 types of Yoga Pranayamas:

a. Disciplines

b. Corrective

c. Prana dhautis / cleansers

d. Cooling

e. Heating

f. Sound breaths

g. Prana kriyas

h. Purifiers

i. Healing breaths

j. Rejuvinators

The advanced year two Practices cover a further 36 Pranayamas from the Samyama and Shakti Pranayama groups.

This course will be lead in stages and it will be possible to take only the first part of the course if you wish, but you will not be able to select the other parts without completing the previous ones:

Year 1

·  Level 1: on line meeting once a month Sundays for 6 hours, plus sadhana inbetween.

·  Level 2: A 14 day Residential stay at Ashram (= 200hrs total Certification)

Year 2:

·  Level 3: 2nd year continuing on line one Sunday a month, plus sadhana commitment inbetween.

·  Level 4: 21 day residential stay at Ashram at the close of the 2nd year (= 500hrs complete Gitananda Pranayama Teacher certification)

Typical daily Ashram residential Schedule:

6am Aarti

6:15am Hatha yoga

8am breakfast

9am Karma Yoga (1hr)

11am Pranayama and Yoga nidra

1pm Lunch

free time

4pm Yoga Chikitsa or Pranayama theory and practice with Dr Ananda

6pm Supper

7pm Satsanaga with Dr Ananda

8:30pm close practice mauna (silence)

Variations in program: Visits to CYTER and local Temple excursion

11am class may be with Dr Ananda on some days.

Online schedule one Sunday a month:

10am GMT or 3:30pm IST: Theory (1 hour) Deepika and/or Dr Ananda

11am GMT Practice (3 hours) with Deepika 

2pm GMT Break

5pm GMT Theory (2 hours) Dr Ananda 

Class and Pranayama type


Note some of these will be studied only, others will be practiced on line and some will only be practiced in the Ashram during face to face, residential training.

*Likely to be taught in person only


The classifications of Yoga Pranayamas

Group a:


1 Adham Pranayama

Hathenas for lower lobes of the lung

2 Madhyam Pranayama

Hathenas for intercostal region of the lungs

3 Adhyam Pranayama

Hathenas for clavicular upper lobes

4 Vibhaga Pranayama

Hathenas for complete breathing

5 Dirgha Pranayama

6 Sukshma Pranayama

7 Sama Vritta Pranayama

8 Asama Vritta Pranayama

9 Visama Vritti Pranayama

10 Pradakshina Pranayama

11 Loma-Viloma Pranayama

12 Mahat Yoga Pranayama

13 Sukkha Pranayama

14 Swasa-Praswasa Pranayama*

15 Sukkha Purvaka Pranayama

16 Kumbhaka Pranayama

17 Abhyantara Pranayama*

18 Puma Pranayama*

19 Shunyaka Pranayama*

20 Bhaya Pranayama*

21 Pratiloma Pranayama*

22 Apana-Pranayama*

23 Sahaja Pranayama*

24 Kevela Kumbhaka Pranayama*

Group b:


25 Parshuka Pranayama

26 Srayuvristri Pranayama

27 Vyagrah Pranayama

Group c:

Prana Dhautis

28 Bhastrika Pranayama

29 Pancha Bhastrika*

30 Nau Bhastrika*

31 Bhastrika Saucha Pranayama*

32 Pracch’hardana Pranayama*

33 Anunasika Bhastrika

34 Mukha Bhastrika

35 Nasarga Mukha Bhastrika

36 Karnamala Dhauti*

37 Netra Bhastrika*

38 Nabhi Bhastrika*

39 Mula Bhastrika*

40 Kapalabhati

Group d:


41 Sheeta Pranayama

42 Chandra Nadi Pranayama

43 Shetali Pranayama

Group e:


44 Sitkari Pranayama

45 Mathangi Pranayama

46 Kavi Pranayama

47 Agni Prnayama*

48 Suriya Nadi Pranayama

Group f:

Sound breaths

49 Swara Pranayama

50 Bhramara

51 Bhramari

52 Kaki Pranayama

53 Kaka Pranayama

54 Kukriya Pranayama

55 Bhujangini Mudra Pranayama

56 Simha Pranayama

57 Marjariya Pranayama

58 Malla Kriya

59 Thaan Kriya*

60 Ha-Thaan Pranayama*

61 Om Pranayama

Group G:

Prana Kriyas

62 Ghatashta Pranayama*

63 Uddiyana Pranayama

64 Nauli Pranayama

Group H:


65 Nadi Shoddhana

66 Nadi Shuddhi

67 Agarbha Pranayama*

68 Akash Shuddhi*

69 Vayu Shuddhi*

70 Agni Shuddhi*

71 Apas Shuddhi*

72 Pritvi Shuddhi*

73 Sagarbha Pranayama*

74 Nigarbha Pranayama*

75 Samanu Pranayama*

76 Nirmanu Pranayama*

77 Bhuta Shuddhi Pranayama*

Group I:

Healing breaths

78 Kushala Pranayama

79 Mastitashkautrija Pranayama*

80 Brahmapura Pranayama*

81 Naga Pranayama*

82 Pranava Pranayama

Group J:


83 Pancha Sahita Pranayama *

84 Sahita Pranayama *

Year 1 completion

Residential intensive at ICYER or YSA (2 weeks)

Year 2 introduction

Samyama Pranayamas

85 Aloma- viloma Pranayama

86 Savitri Pranayama

87 Savitre Pranayama

88 Savitra Pranayama

89 Savituh Pranayama

90 Anu loma viloma Pranayama

91 Murccha Pranayama

92 Gada Pranayama*

93 Stambhavrithi Pranayama*

94 Plavini Pranayama

95 Plavini mudra*

96 Shanmukha Pranayama

97 Yoni mudra Pranayama

98 Anna-Apana-sati

99 Swasha Praswasha

100 Prana-Apana Pranayama

101 Shat Chakra Pranayama

Shakti Pranayamas

102 Nado-Dolyati Pranayama*

103 Chandra Pranayama

104 Surya Pranayama

105 Ida-Shakti Pranayama*

106 Pingala Pranayama

107 Paryayanasarandhra Pranayama*

108 Surya-Chandra Pranayama

109 Ida Pingala Pranayama

110 Sushumna Pranayama

111 Ujjaya Pranayama

112 Surya Bedana Pranayama

113 Chandra Bedana Pranayama

114 Pancha Prana Japa*

115 Pancha Prana Japa

116 Pancha Vayu Pranayama

117 Nagadi Pranayama *

118 Pancha Sara Pranayama*

119 Pancha Bhuta Pranayama*

120 Laya Pranayama*

General Discussion on 8 classical Pranayamas from HYP

When do we start?

March 3rd Sunday 10am GMY or 3:30pm IST

How much is the course?

Online component is total: £980 per year;

Which is usually paid as £200 initial deposit to secure your place, then £65 per month till the course end.

Residentials: This price will vary depending on if you attend in India, Wales, Portugal as each country has different living costs! We will give a definite price nearer to the start date however as a guideline India £1400 for 2 weeks and Wales UK £1900 for two weeks, including food accommodation and course materials (not including travel costs to and from the ashram).

Residents of India only:

If finances are an obstacle to undertake this course at the international fee you can contact us for residence of India rate.

Who will teach?

Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balyogi Bhavannani (lineage holder of the Gitananda Paramparai)  and YogaThilikam Yogacharini Deepika Giri (Senior teacher in the Gitananda Paramparai)

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