Pranayama Teacher Training – Starts Saturday 8th August, is delivered fully online and includes;

This course will cover every aspect of practicing and teaching pranayama with one to one, group modules, and live class situations all online.


The aim of the course is to equip the student with the skills necessary to run successful and rewarding pranayama classes while developing personal growth.

The course equips students to teach pranayama to absolute beginners up to advanced practitioners.

This is an in depth course which can be taken as a module towards an advanced teacher training certificate, or for personal development.

Pranayama Teacher Training


  • Aug 8th
  • Sept 13th
  • Oct 24th
  • Nov 14th
  • All online
  • Each day will run from 08:00 to 17:00
  • There is also the opportunity to join three live classes per week online
  • Online face to face support will be available.  
  • Video lessons available  

There will also be course work and a home practice if you would like a full certificate. If you prefer the course can be taken for individual development, and a certificate of attendance can be issued.   

The course will be accredited with Yoga Alliance International.    

The cost will be £575.

Areas covered include.



  • Cerebral vasodilation
  • Sympathetic & parasympathetic nervous system
  • Respiratory sinus arrhythmia RSA
  • Cerebral anoxia
  • The Insular cortex
  • The Autonomic nervous system
  • The Vagus nerve
  • The anatomy of a seated posture
  • Adjusting & modifications


Applying bandhas during the Kumbhaka phase of a Pranayama practice has the effect of slowing down the respiration and heart rate.


Jalandara bandha influences the parasympathetic nervous system through dropping the chin to the chest and contracting the throat. It stimulates the carotid sinuses, which in turn triggers the parasympathetic nervous system to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. The effect of not applying these safety mechanisms through Jalandhara bandha could damage delicate blood vessels in the brain.

Lowering the heart rate, the respiratory rate and lowering oxygen consumption, means we can hold Kumbhaka for longer. It is also said a similar effect is stimulated through Uddiyana bandha and Mula bandha.

Pranayama should be smooth and considered. In general, the practice of Kumbhaka would be added after practicing a controlled inhalation and exhalation, and the practice should not be forced. The mind must be focused entirely on the practice.

Martin Thompson.