Prana & Pranayama: Unveiling the Sacred Science of the Breath
This 60-hour certification course offers an in-depth look at prana and pranayama. It is an immersion into the application and practice of the sacred science of the breath. Participants will learn the correct use of pranayama, and its potential for increasing vitality and longevity, to calm and focus the mind, cleanse physical, emotional and mental disturbances and above all, to connect one to their spiritual heart. They will explore the experiences delivered through certain breathing techniques and learn how to integrate them into their own practice and life and how to safely share these practices with their students.
Ancient sages have long known that the breath is the link that connects the mind body and spirit and that its power cannot be underestimated. In The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali the practice of pranayama is said to dissolve the veils that cover our inner light. It is the secret power within yoga and yet is so often misunderstood and under-utilized by modern practitioners.
Yogis understand prana as the vehicle or the medium of consciousness. Without prana consciousness would be unable to express itself. There is prana everywhere; it permeates every subtlety of the living Universe. All movement requires prana, and through it, one becomes aware of new dimensions of existence.
Pran is life force, ayaama means stretching, extending, restraining, expansion. Thus pranayama is a practice designed to extend and overcome one’s normal limitations, it is used to change old patterns, cultivate vitality and balance the mind.
Prerequisites & Requirements
Our Advanced Training modules can be adapted to your needs and time frame. Take them to simply deepen your practice, or as Continuing Education Credits or work towards your 300- HR certificate as intensely or as gradually (up to 3 years) as it suits your schedule and skills.
Those seeking a 300 hr Yoga Alliance registered certification must have a 200-hour certificate with RBY or any other registered school and are required to take all 5 modules. There is no time limit. Once all modules are completed you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-500 level.
These 60-hour modules are open to all yoga students who are interested in further study even if they don’t intend to complete a 300-hour certification (3 years of practice required).
Please note that all payments are final and we are unable to offer refunds except in a medical emergency.
To deepen your practice of pranayama
Explore the science of Prana Vidya
Identify and understand the correct application of pranayama, including working with bhandas, mudras and mantra
Experience a variety of different practices and their aims
Build a ‘tool-box’ of pranayama techniques
Understand the systematic application of pranayama to dissolve old patterns and reveal our inner light
Apply these principles of prana and pranayama in our own practice and teaching
Overview of yogic subtle anatomy
Prana: the secret power of the universe
The five sub pranas and endless forms most beautiful
Practices to sensitize one to the flow of prana
Prana and the play of the gunas
The purpose, benefits and core components of pranayama
Asana, pranayama, bhanda and mudra – the ultimate combination
Specialty blends – incorporating mudra and mantra
The connection between mind and breath as discussed in the scriptures
Kriyas to enhance purification of the nadis and awakening of consciousness
Detailed Pranayama Techniques and durations
Prana and Kundalini
Kumbhaka – correct practices to create state and system change.
Pranic healing practices
Incorporating optimal pranayama techniques into your classes
The practice of pranayama as a road to true freedom and liberation
How to Enroll
Price includes tuition and manual. Accommodations and meals are available at the Mount Madonna Center starting at $606. Travel costs are not included. Arrival is on September 15 and the training will begin the morning of September 16
Sign up early to reserve your space. This training will fill up fast.
Lodging is available at Mount Madonna Center starting at $606 for 6 days. Mount Madonna Center offers a beautiful, warm natural setting for group workshops and retreats. The 355 acres of redwood groves, hiking trails, and meadows are infused with a sense of peace, spaciousness, and heartfelt service. This setting also includes a Vedic temple offering ceremonies of light each morning and evening. The community staff and the serene landscape provide a nourishing backdrop to support and inspire your group as you delve into your retreat or program offerings.
Guest Rooms: Single, Double, or Dorm
Hotel-style rooms (without phones or TVs) with 1, 2, or more twin beds. Some include a private bathroom with shower. Others have access to shared (private while in use) bathrooms and showers down the hall.
Situated in an oak grove, the Oaks Cabins each house 2 people and have electricity and heat, but no plumbing. A separate bathhouse with private flush toilets and shower rooms is nearby. Cabins are a 10-minute walk up the hill from the main Conference Center.
Do I have to be a teacher to attend these training modules?
No, you do not have to be a teacher. Everyone is welcome. These modules are designed to deepen your experience of yoga as a practitioner, to develop your radiance and presence as a human being, and to provide more tools for sharing the practice with others. There will be suggested reading for each program that will support the material covered.
Can I apply a 200-Hr from another school of yoga?
We will accept all applicants of registered Yoga Alliance 200-Hr trainings. We carefully select our teachers in training so that they are prepared for the curriculum. Depending on the nature of the yoga school you attended you may be given extra study to do in order to be up to speed with the material covered in these modules.
What are the prerequisites for attending this training?
If you are doing this to deepen your understanding and practice of yoga you must have a regular asana practice, a thirst to know more, and a commitment to do the work entailed. If you are doing this as a 300-hr certification you need to hold a 200-hr certificate.
If I have no intention of teaching, how will I benefit?
Any serious practitioner of yoga can benefit immensely from taking these modules. They offer a deeper look at the subtle and transformational practices of yoga like pranayama, meditation, kriya, kundalini, lifestyle and leadership choices. You will develop the capacity and commitment to integrate these teachings into your own practice and life. You will have an opportunity to connect to yourself at a deeper level, to evaluate what is important to you, to build your radiance and projection through embodying the practices, and develop your ability to positively impact others.
How will I know if I am accepted into the program?
Within two weeks of filling out your application you will hear back from us.
How long will it take to complete the RBY 300-Hr modules?
You can complete the program at your own pace and based on your particular interests. The modules are offered in various locations every 12-18 months. It is recommended that you space them out to allow for full integration of the materials covered.
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The knowledge Kia brings to the training program is profound and in-depth. Her loving gentle nature makes every asana practice a real yogic experience.
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