Launching for the first time: Pranayama & Breathwork focused 200 hr Virtual YTT

Become both a Yoga Teacher & a Breathwork Coach

Sign up now, starts September 11th, 2021

Start your YTT journey today and meet your future teachers!

Launching for the first time: Pranayama & Breathwork focused 200 hr Virtual YTT

Become both a Yoga Teacher & a Breathwork Coach

Sign up now, starts September 11th.

Start your YTT journey today and meet your future teachers!

Do not miss this chance to train online as both a breathwork coach and Yoga teacher!

Do not miss this chance to train online as both a breathwork coach and Yoga teacher!

Akhanda Yoga 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training - RYS Yoga Alliance

Join us for a very special virtual Yoga Teacher Training program

The Akhanda Yoga 200 Hour Virtual Teacher Training with focus on Pranayama starts September 11, 2021. This is a unique program, the only one of its kind, and only available in 2021. It gives students an extraordinary opportunity to do a Yoga Alliance approved YTT online and become a breathwork facilitator, too. 

This life-changing opportunity offers both personal development and professional qualification, and opens the doors to the world of Yoga teaching and breathwork coaching. The focus on Pranayama / breathwork will empower you with breathwork coaching skills, authentic Yogic wisdom, and ancient Pranayama techniques. The course is also a prerequisite for our Pranayama Masters training program. 

From the comfort of your own home, you will discover a transformative Yoga toolkit that will lead to enhanced wellbeing, health, and self-healing — at a time when the world needs it most. The schedule is convenient and flexible, for a healthy work/life balance. 

Study with Yogrishi Vishvketu and our exceptional teaching team and step with confidence into teaching and the rest of your life. 

The virtual YTT program will include seven weekends and Friday evening Satsangs that are scheduled to be attended by students across North America and Europe. See schedule, fees and other details below.

The timely benefits of breathwork

At this time, when many people are experiencing unprecedented stress, breathwork / Pranayama offers many benefits. Training in Yoga and breathwork will give you tools to help people cope with uncertainty and anxiety. 

This powerful tool of breath can bring many benefits for wellbeing relevant to all stages and paths of life. Breathwork:

  • Calms the mind and helps improve concentration
  • Balances emotions
  • Increases immunity
  • Releases stress and manages chronic pain
  • Supports digestive health
  • Strengthens cardio-vascular health and builds respiratory / oxygen capacity
  • Improves energy and vitality

This course will cover correct technique and sequencing of traditional Pranayamas and Kriyas including Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Ujjai, Brahmaree and Anuloma Viloma. This strong foundation will be extended through an exploration of the traditional Yogic theories, practices, and corresponding modern day scientific findings behind these ancient Pranayama techniques.

The Akhanda Yoga 200 Hour Virtual Teacher Training with focus on Pranayama is also a prerequisite for our Pranayama Masters training program.

Pranayama Masters Program begins October 30th!

Join us for a very special virtual Yoga Teacher Training program

The Akhanda Yoga 200 Hour Virtual Teacher Training with focus on Pranayama starts September 11, 2021. This is a unique program, the only one of its kind, and only available in 2021. It gives students an extraordinary opportunity to do a Yoga Alliance approved YTT online and become a breathwork facilitator, too. 

This life-changing opportunity offers both personal development and professional qualification, and opens the doors to the world of Yoga teaching and breathwork coaching. The focus on Pranayama / breathwork will empower you with breathwork coaching skills, authentic Yogic wisdom, and ancient Pranayama techniques. The course is also a prerequisite for our Pranayama Masters training program. 

From the comfort of your own home, you will discover a transformative Yoga toolkit that will lead to enhanced wellbeing, health, and self-healing — at a time when the world needs it most. The schedule is convenient and flexible, for a healthy work/life balance. 

Study with Yogrishi Vishvketu and our exceptional teaching team and step with confidence into teaching and the rest of your life. 

The virtual YTT program will include seven weekends and Friday evening Satsangs that are scheduled to be attended by students across North America and Europe. See schedule, fees and other details below.

The timely benefits of breathwork

At this time, when many people are experiencing unprecedented stress, breathwork / Pranayama offers many benefits. Training in Yoga and breathwork will give you tools to help people cope with uncertainty and anxiety. 

This powerful tool of breath can bring many benefits for wellbeing relevant to all stages and paths of life. Breathwork:

  • Calms the mind and helps improve concentration
  • Balances emotions
  • Increases immunity
  • Releases stress and manages chronic pain
  • Supports digestive health
  • Strengthens cardio-vascular health and builds respiratory / oxygen capacity
  • Improves energy and vitality

This course will cover correct technique and sequencing of traditional Pranayamas and Kriyas including Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Ujjai, Brahmaree and Anuloma Viloma. This strong foundation will be extended through an exploration of the traditional Yogic theories, practices, and corresponding modern day scientific findings behind these ancient Pranayama techniques.

The Akhanda Yoga 200 Hour Virtual Teacher Training with focus on Pranayama is also a prerequisite for our Pranayama Masters training program.

Pranayama Masters Program begins October 30th!
Train online and with expert teachers and receive Yoga Alliance accreditation. 
Yogrishi Vishvketu
Himalayan Yoga Master and Co-founder of Akhanda Yoga
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Christine Withiel
(Krishnaa Mukti)

Senior Akhanda Teacher Trainer and Breathwork Expert
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Robin Campbell – Ziffer (Prem Sagar)

Yoga Psychology Expert and Akhanda Teacher Trainer

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Vishwajeet (Kashi) Chatterji
Vish Chatterji
Jyothish Expert and Akhanda Teacher Trainer
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pranav
Pranav Baba
Senior Akhanda Teacher Trainer
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Jeanie Noonan (Jyanti)
Prenatal Yoga Expert and Akhanda Teacher Trainer
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Empower yourself as a breathwork coach / facilitator.

Study all elements of Yoga with a focus on breathwork / Pranayama

  • Breathing
    • A course focus on breathwork / Pranayama will cover six main breathing techniques, how to incorporate breathwork in an asana sequence, and sequences for emotional self-healing and teaching meditation. 
  • Movement
    • Guiding students in and out of all the main postures
  • Sounding
    • Vedic and Upanishadic mantras and Chakra mantras
  • Meditation
    • How to introduce beginning meditation in every class
  • Yoga Wisdom
    • An exploration of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Paths of Yoga
    • How to bring Yoga into your daily life in modern times

Study all elements of Yoga with a focus on breathwork / Pranayama

  • Breathing
    • A course focus on breathwork / Pranayama will cover six main breathing techniques, how to incorporate breathwork in an asana sequence, and sequences for emotional self-healing and teaching meditation. 
  • Movement
    • Guiding students in and out of all the main postures
  • Sounding
    • Vedic and Upanishadic mantras and Chakra mantras
  • Meditation
    • How to introduce beginning meditation in every class
  • Yoga Wisdom
    • An exploration of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Paths of Yoga
    • How to bring Yoga into your daily life in modern times

Learn and Experience

  • Subtle anatomy and the chakras
  • Physical anatomy as it relates to Yoga and teaching
  • Wisdom themes and how to weave them through your classes
  • How to effectively cue Yoga postures 
  • Lead both dynamic and contemplative classes
  • Art of sequencing design for unique holistic classes
  • And much more

Learn and Experience

  • Subtle anatomy and the chakras
  • Physical anatomy as it relates to Yoga and teaching
  • Wisdom themes and how to weave them through your classes
  • How to effectively cue Yoga postures 
  • Lead both dynamic and contemplative classes
  • Art of sequencing design for unique holistic classes
  • And much more

Holistic Approach

Akhanda means whole and indivisible. Akhanda Yoga, designed by Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu (PhD) offers a holistic toolkit to bring forward ancient wisdom for a modern age. In Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training you will learn to teach artful, balanced sequences including a full repertoire of yoga techniques: asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation linked with themes to yogic wisdom. Our YTTs are renown for our interactive philosophy, Ayurveda, detailed techniques and engaged anatomy segments. You will also learn to lead foundational posture and breath workshops. Read more about Akhanda Yoga ..

Holistic Approach

Akhanda means whole and indivisible. Akhanda Yoga, designed by Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu (PhD) offers a holistic toolkit to bring forward ancient wisdom for a modern age. In Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training you will learn to teach artful, balanced sequences including a full repertoire of yoga techniques: asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation linked with themes to yogic wisdom. Our YTTs are renown for our interactive philosophy, Ayurveda, detailed techniques and engaged anatomy segments. You will also learn to lead foundational posture and breath workshops. Read more about Akhanda Yoga ..

Professionally Written and Designed Learning Content

You will have access to a variety of resources to support multiple learning styles on our online platforms. These include audio visual content, practice guides, session materials and workbooks, class recordings and free access to our on-demand class platform!

Professionally Written and Designed Learning Content

You will have access to a variety of resources to support multiple learning styles on our online platforms. These include audio visual content, practice guides, session materials and workbooks, class recordings and free access to our on-demand class platform!

Charitable Initiatives

The Ashram offers food, medicine and scholarships to those in need. It also founded a rural school that offers free education to more than 250 under-served children. A percentage of your tuition goes to the Canadian charitable organization Helping Hands for India that raises funds to support the school. Yoga gives us so much – why not give back! Donate Here.

Charitable Initiatives

The Ashram offers food, medicine and scholarships to those in need. It also founded a rural school that offers free education to more than 250 under-served children. A percentage of your tuition goes to the Canadian charitable organization Helping Hands for India that raises funds to support the school. Yoga gives us so much – why not give back! Donate Here.

Fees

Program cost is $2,200 USD

As this is an important time to support people in longer term recovery from the pandemic, Akhanda Yoga Institute would like to support our champions of wellbeing and extend two exciting, special offers:

  1. For Healthcare frontline workers (including those who work in hospital settings, private health clinics, senior care facilities and counseling services), those who are directly involved in the mental or physical health recovery or support programs for COVID patients  – we would like to offer you a full scholarship, enabling you to take this course at NO COST.
  2. For those who have taken a previous 200 hour YTT (with us or elsewhere) and would like to refresh their previous 200 hour learnings while gaining new Pranayama teachings, we would like to offer you a $900 discount.

To inquire and apply for these scholarships please email our Community Manager, Jot Anant at community@akhandayoga.com

Begins September 11th! Enroll today.

Weekend Schedule

September 11th – October 24th

Fridays evening satsang pods – 5 – 7PM Pacific (North American Group) and 5 – 7PM UK Time (Europe Group)

Saturdays and Sundays 

6 – 1:30pm Pacific *With regular, allocated breaks between theory/practical, and techniques topics/sessions

1:30-3pm Pacific *Additional practice and Q&A support; can be done live or by recording

First weekend September 11th-12th (no Friday pods)
September 17th – 19th
September 24th – 26th
October 1st – 3rd
October 8th – 10th
October 15th – 17th
October 22nd – 24th

We appreciate that many of you may be juggling many commitments at this time. If there are sessions that you know you will be unable to attend please reach out to our Community Manager, community@akhandayoga.com , so we can support you with your educational journey.

Candidates for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training should have at least one year of regular weekly yoga study with one or two yoga teachers. We believe that committing to a yoga teacher for a period of time really helps to develop the teaching-learning relationship, and is much different from dropping in once or twice with a teacher and then continuing on in the same way with other teachers. We ask that you list the yoga classes you have attended and with which teachers on the application form. Exceptions may be made for students in very small towns without access to weekly yoga classes, but who travel regularly to larger centers for workshops and classes.

Please fill out our online registration form for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. You will be prompted at the bottom of the form to enter your credit card information to secure your spot in the course by paying the $500 USD deposit. You will receive email notification of your registration and payment including a link to our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Reading List and Preparation Documents.

Final payment is due one month prior to the start date. Please see our refund policy.

We recommend that you apply for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training soon as the first 15 registrants the early bird price. This will also give you adequate time for readings and our online YTT prep course.

Candidates for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training should have at least one year of regular weekly yoga study with one or two yoga teachers. We believe that committing to a yoga teacher for a period of time really helps to develop the teaching-learning relationship, and is much different from dropping in once or twice with a teacher and then continuing on in the same way with other teachers. We ask that you list the yoga classes you have attended and with which teachers on the application form. Exceptions may be made for students in very small towns without access to weekly yoga classes, but who travel regularly to larger centers for workshops and classes.

Please fill out our online registration form for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. You will be prompted at the bottom of the form to enter your credit card information to secure your spot in the course by paying the $500 USD deposit. You will receive email notification of your registration and payment including a link to our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Reading List and Preparation Documents.

Final payment is due one month prior to the start date. Please see our refund policy.

We recommend that you apply for the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training soon as the first 15 registrants the early bird price. This will also give you adequate time for readings and our online YTT prep course.

The Curriculum

The Yoga Alliance has set a widely-accepted international standard for YTT programs. Uniquely in 2021, our Yoga Alliance registered program can be offered online! The virtual program will include 180 hours as a combination of live virtual on Zoom and prerecorded AYO and philosophy sessions. There are five areas of teaching: techniques, philosophy/lifestyle/ethics, teaching methodology, anatomy, and a teaching practicum. Here is how Akhanda Yoga explores these teaching areas in our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.

Techniques

Asana, pranayama and kriya techniques will be taught, practiced and trainees will then practice teaching them to their peers. There will be time to develop one’s own asanas, learn about benefits, checkpoints and contraindications, as well as to teach their peers during group teaching sessions.

Asanas

A variety of asanas from the following groups of asanas will be covered including gentle beginner and intermediate variations. Trainees will learn how to enter and exit a pose, how to use the breath in the asana, checkpoints for alignment, benefits and contraindications for the asana, and how to assist students in the pose.

Categories of asanas: standing and balancing asanas, forward bends, back bends, side bends, twisting poses, crouching and seated poses, poses on the abdomen, poses on the back, inverted poses and meditation poses. Trainees will also learn how to adapt the techniques for specific ages, levels, some ailments, and in the case of pregnancy. They will learn warm-up techniques and relaxation poses including the importance of deep breathing in relaxation to prevent muscle fatigue and the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles.

Pranayama

Teacher trainees will learn the form, benefits and contraindications of the following pranayama techniques, as well as when to incorporate them into the class and how to introduce pranayama techniques: abdominal breathing, the three-part breath, ujjai pranayama, bhramaree pranayama, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati pranayama. Trainees will learn how to perform these pranayamas with the bandhas and with relatively short breath retention (Kumbhaka) when appropriate.

Bandhas

In order to perform the retention in the Pranayama breathing techniques, it is necessary to teach and learn Mula bandha, Jalandara bandha and Uddiyana bandha, the latter also being instrumental to kriyas such as nauli. The purpose of the bandhas will be discussed in its relation to the uniting of prana and apana to channel them into the shushumna nadi.

Kriyas

Trainees will learn the following kriyas, their benefits, primarily for their own practice, and later how to introduce the kriya to a class: jal neti, jal kapalabhati, agni sara, and tratak.

Meditation

In the theory section, the goal and paths of yoga will be discussed, thereby leading to the concept and techniques of meditation. Guided meditation will be explored, including creative visualization, meditation using yantra, mantra, ideation, ishta chakra and the withdrawl of the senses from external objects. Students will be guided in choosing a mantra for meditation, as well as an ishta chakra.

Mantra

We will explore the idea of mantra as a mystical energy encased in a sound structure in relation to both saguna (nama) mantras and nirguna mantras such as Om. Trainees will learn to chant and present yogic mantras for the beginning and/or ending of yoga classes (such as the Shanti mantra or the Jyothi mantra). Bija mantras for purifying the chakras will also be explored including the timing and procedure for using these mantras in meditation.

Transformational Experiences

During the transformational experiences evening program, students will delve into the practice of both nama and abstract kiirtan, as well as Vedic mantras such as: the Gayatri mantra, the Mahamrityunjaya (healing) mantra, the Shanti mantra, the Loving-kindness mantra, and the Akhanda mantra. Transformational experiences will also include some rituals, sharing, healing circles and creative movement.

Lifestyle

We will present and compare Yogic and Ayurvedic concepts of nutrition, as well as those of daily cleansing rituals, self massage, and other practices.

Lifestyle

We will present and compare Yogic and Ayurvedic concepts of nutrition, as well as those of daily cleansing rituals, self massage, and other practices.

Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics

Our program attributes quite a bit of emphasis to this section, as we believe that Western students of yoga tend to focus more thoroughly on the physical aspects of yoga: alignment, health benefits etc. than on the philosophical base and framework of yoga, including the practice of yoga off the mat. This section will introduce yoga psychology and philosophy through discussions on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Chapters One and Two. Trainers will present sutras, and also use pairwork and group work discussions to give trainees the opportunity to explore how these sutras relate to their practice, and how they live their lives.

Patanjali’s eight-fold path is the climax of chapter two, and the trainers will offer concrete examples of how to implement Yamas and Niyamas in our daily lives. Trainees will have the opportunity to discuss their understanding and experience of these yogic guidelines. They will also be guided to see the interrelationship of all of the ten principles, as well as the interrelationship of the different paths of yoga. The paths (Bhakti, Karma, Raja and Jnana) will also be introduced in both a philosophical and practical light.

Students will be required to give a 15-minute talk on one of the Sutras or on a comparison between Yoga and another esoteric system.

Ethics

As a natural extension to the ten principles (Yamas and Niyamas), as well as the discussions on Teaching Methodology, we will flow into a discussion of professionalism and ethics in the teaching profession in general and the yoga profession in particular. We will present our Statement of Professional Standards, and discuss as a group the importance of having and maintaining codes of professional standards.

Teaching Methodology

Practical teaching methodology includes how to demonstrate, observe, cue and assist students. This will be integrated with the Techniques class. We will also model the importance of language used to describe entry, maintaining and exiting poses. For example, in the forward bend, the image of “surrendering the body to the force of gravity” is a useful, and gentle image, as is “inhale release slightly, exhale and sink into the pose – feel the pulse of the pose”, as opposed to “pull” or “push”-style language.

Theoretical discussions of methodology (pedagogy) aim to explore how to become a transformational facilitator, or teacher rather than just an instructor. This includes such topics as: the art of sequencing, creating a safe space, establishing a student-centered class, managing group dynamics, language and cuing, the ethics of assisting, and creating a yogic environment for learning, (including the dress of the teacher, yogic colours, the direction of the class etc). Trainees will also discuss qualities that will be instrumental to them as teachers.

Anatomy and Physiology

In the 21 hours of anatomy and physiology class, students will be learning both about the physical system and the subtle body.

Physical Anatomy

This class aims to teach trainees about anatomy and how it relates to yoga. Teachers and students will be guided by resources such as Anatomy and Asana, and The Anatomy of Movement. Subjects will include the study of the skeleton, muscles and joints, the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system and the endocrine system and how they are benefited by yoga.

Subtle Anatomy

Subtle anatomy is the yogic teaching regarding the three bodies, the physical body, the astral body and the causal body, as well as the five corresponding sheaths, and the yogic techniques that purify each sheath. Further, the concept of nadis, and chakras will be explored. The shape, location, associated glands, and characteristics of each chakra will be explored. This subject will be complemented by the practical meditation sessions and chanting sessions which will explore meditating and chanting to purify the chakras. It will also complement the discussion of the ida, pingala and shushumna nadis that is intrinsic to any discussion of pranayama and the bandhas.

Practicum

In the first half of the program, trainees will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching a peer one pose in the Techniques class. This will progress towards teaching one pose to the whole group ‘Group Teaching’. In second half of the course, the trainees will each teach three classes with a peer. Each will teach 40 minutes for a whole 1 hour and 20 minute class. They will then get 20 minutes of feedback from their peers and from the trainer. The first round will be a beginner’s class; the second round will be an intermediate class; and for the third round, teams can choose to teach either a gentle, prenatal, dynamic, beginner, all levels or intermediate class. The practicum is the main factor in graduation from the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.