Pranayama Advanced Breath Practices

Pranayama: Advanced Breath Practices

Yoga Alliance-Approved 20-Hour Advanced Yoga Studies and
Continuing-Education Yoga Teacher Training

Dates: 2020 dates coming soon!
CEC: 20 Hours (18 Contact, 2 Non-Contact)
Location: Lakeville


Breath, the Great Teacher and the First Pose of Yoga

The study of pranayama, the breathing techniques unique and integral to yoga, is essential for teaching this ancient system of well-being to students of all ages and all levels. As yoga teachers, we place high value on these breath techniques, which improve the overall health and function of the body’s vital organs and every one of its 100 trillion cells. Led by Gwen Linden-Bruzek, a skilled and deeply committed teacher of pranayama, this 20-hour intensive study teaches the powerful healing ways of the breath, the first pose of yoga.

Green Lotus' weekend breath intensive offers a rare opportunity to enhance your skills in this new way: Not only will you learn and practice simple to complex techniques, but you also will gain insight into how to develop sequenced pranayama practices to offer to your students, patients, and clients. This point-of-view, to learn the individual breathing techniques and how to string them together in different sequences to offer group or individual sessions, will enhance your skills and help you to deliver well-being in more ways and settings.

The Breath of Life Is for Everyone

Breathing techniques calm the nervous system and the mind. They help tame anxiety and depression. They ease women through child-birth. They aid those who are actively dying and the friends and family offering support to the dying. They make it easier for us to practice asana – the poses of yoga – and other forms of exercise, from hiking to dance to golf to horseback-riding. And so much more.

Whether you teach yoga, are a psychotherapist, a fitness trainer, a midwife, a coach, minister, physician, nurse, or a physical therapist – or simply want to deepen your personal understanding and practice of yoga and the role of breath in it – you will benefit from this training. 

Master Breath Philosophies, Techniques, and Their Applications

  • Diaphragmatic breath

  • Ujjai (victorious breath)

  • Kapalabhati (skull shining breath)

  • Bhastrika (bellows breath)

  • Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breath)

  • Anuloma viloma (alternate nostril variation)

  • Surya (solar piercing)

  • Chandra bhedana (lunar piercing

  • Sitali/sitkari (cooling breath)

  • Kumbhaka (simple retention)

  • Learning to observe our breath through the physical body, five traditional senses, and qualities of breath

  • Placement in the yoga practice and benefits and contraindications of individual pranayama techniques

  • Bandhas (internal locks) and their relationship to pranayama

  • Pranayama practice (30-minutes) and how to sequence a pranayama practice so you can offer breath-only group classes and private sessions

Pranayama Advanced Practices Faculty

Required Books and Materials

  • Please bring a notebook or journal to capture notes, questions, and observations.

  • There is no required text for this training, study materials will be provided.


This training will be held at our Lakeville Center.  Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 6 - 9 p.m.

  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

*No make-up sessions will be available. If students cannot attend for the entire weekend schedule, they will be able to complete the requirements the next time the training is held.


Fee $360

Green Lotus Alumni receive a 10% discount.

Because our training sessions frequently develop a wait list, refunds will be made to your personal Green Lotus account with less than two weeks' advance notice when you cancel.  Cancellations made with less than a 48-hour notice will not receive a refund.