110: Pranayama 1

Learning to feel and harness the energy of our breath can be one of the most transformational practices of yoga. It's no surprise that the word for breath (prana) is synonymous with "life." In this course, you will cultivate a deeper appreciation for the power of the breath, practice several pranayama techniques, and learn to teach a simple breath practice. By integrating breath awareness and pranayama into your teaching, you will provide your students with access to one of yoga's most ancient and powerful tools.

Note for CE Credits: If you are a current teacher taking this course for Yoga Alliance CE credits, you may submit for 4 hours of Techniques Training and Practice credit via the Yoga Alliance website.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define "pranayama" and describe the physiological benefits of pranayama practice.

  • Articulate three ways pranayama may be used within a yoga practice and describe the three parts of the breath.

  • Teach breath awareness, the full complete breath, a counted breath exercise and ujjayi pranayama.

Course Curriculum

110: Pranayama 1

    1. START HERE

    2. HOW TO TAKE THIS COURSE

    3. SYLLABUS

    4. ABOUT YOUR FACULTY

    5. COURSE MATERIALS

    6. Q&A

    1. JOURNAL REFLECTION #1

    2. INTRODUCTION TO LESSON ONE

    3. WHAT IS PRANAYAMA?

    4. JOURNAL REFLECTION #2

    5. BENEFITS OF PRANAYAMA

    6. QUIZ: PRANAYAMA OVERVIEW

    7. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. INTRODUCTION TO LESSON TWO

    2. BREATH AWARENESS PRACTICE

    3. JOURNAL REFLECTION #3

    4. GUIDELINES FOR TEACHING PRANAYAMA

    5. QUIZ: BREATH AWARENESS & GUIDELINES FOR TEACHING

    6. OUTSIDE PRACTICE AND HOMEWORK

    7. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. INTRODUCTION TO LESSON THREE

    2. PARTS OF THE BREATH

    3. BREATH RETENTION

    4. QUIZ: BREATH RETENTION

    5. OUTSIDE PRACTICE AND HOMEWORK

    6. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. INTRODUCTION TO LESSON FOUR

    2. UJJAYI

    3. QUIZ: UJJAYI

    4. TEACHING UJJAYI

    5. PRACTICING WITH UJJAYI

    6. LESSON SUMMARY

    1. FINAL ASSESSMENT

    2. ACADEMIC HONOR

    3. CONCLUSION & OUTSIDE PRACTICE

About this course

  • $45.00
  • 35 lessons

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Student Reviews

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Pranayama is "Inspiring"

Connie Truemper

So glad to have had such wonderful introduction to increase my awareness and knowledge of breathing

So glad to have had such wonderful introduction to increase my awareness and knowledge of breathing

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Clear and concise

Vania Chopra

I enjoyed the clarity and quality of instruction.

I enjoyed the clarity and quality of instruction.

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Expansion of the mind, body and spirit

Michelle Pastrana

Rachel's clear, step by step guidance through Pranayama's history and techniques will leave you feeling expanded in all aspects of your study. This course br...

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Rachel's clear, step by step guidance through Pranayama's history and techniques will leave you feeling expanded in all aspects of your study. This course broadened my understanding of the importance of breathing properly on the mat and in our everyday life. You'll find plenty of guided exercises and opportunities to practice.

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Incredibly Helpful Pranayama Course

Anna Wielkoszewski

The lessons, guided breath practice, and journaling were all SO very helpful. The breakdown explanations of the history of break, the various ways to guide,...

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The lessons, guided breath practice, and journaling were all SO very helpful. The breakdown explanations of the history of break, the various ways to guide, and assignments to practice on oneself and friends was so helpful and truly improved my confidence with how to cue and guide a breath focused meditation. A must take course.

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Breath is Life!

Abigail Watkins

As I continue through the YTT, I am continually impressed by how well designed and delivered the course is. This unit of pranayama enquiry is both complete ...

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As I continue through the YTT, I am continually impressed by how well designed and delivered the course is. This unit of pranayama enquiry is both complete and succinct. I feel I know what I need to and that it is based on what I have already learned so far in the YTT.

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loved this

Kate Shaw

Such a great course. I love Rachel's teaching and it was really nice to treat pranayama as its own subject

Such a great course. I love Rachel's teaching and it was really nice to treat pranayama as its own subject

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The gifts of prana

Amanda Alexander

What an awesome addition to the course so far. Every piece of the training has been fantastic but the additional emphasis on breathwork is so appreciated. It...

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What an awesome addition to the course so far. Every piece of the training has been fantastic but the additional emphasis on breathwork is so appreciated. It is thorough without being overwhelming and gives ample time for practice and application.

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Meet Your Instructor

E-RYT 500, LMT, MFA, MS Rachel Scott

Teacher trainer, author and ERYT 500 instructor, Rachel has spent thousands of hours leading YTTs, mentoring teachers and helping students uncover and express their voice, passion and potential by building the pragmatic skills that they need to share their own teaching voice with confidence.

To build this robust and transformational YTT, she combined her extensive academic training as an educator (M.Sci Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies, BA Columbia University, Phi Beta Kappa) with her cumulative experience as a trainer, teacher, and mentor.

An anatomy nerd, Rachel is also a licensed massage therapist and has spent hundreds of hours in the cadaver lab. Her books include, "Yoga for Mind, Body & Spirit," "Living Yoga," and "Head Over Heels: A Yogis' Guide to Dating." Connect with her on Instagram and YouTube @rachelscottyoga.