Atmadarshan Saraswati in meditation
This course is especially designed for teachers who want to learn how to  incorporate pranayama and meditation more fully into their class planning, and for those students who want to develop a strong home practice in these techniques. Pranayama and meditation are not meant to be simple add-ons to an asana class. A thorough knowledge of these techniques will reveal the value of developing each in a systematic, safe and responsible manner.
In the pranayama portion of the course, you will learn:
  • theory of prana and related concepts such as nadis and koshas
  • respiratory anatomy and physiology to better understand the effects of the practices
  • guidelines for practicing the techniques which will include basic breathing methods, tranquilizing and balancing pranayamas
  • related research on prana and pranayama
  • how to safely introduce pranayama to your students and how to deepen their practice
The practice of pranayama introverts the awareness and establishes the bridge between the outer and inner realms, creating a natural transition to meditation.
In the meditation portion of the course, you will learn:
  • theory of the inner limbs of Raja yoga, progressing from pratyahara (sensory withdrawal) to dharana (concentration) to dhyana (meditation)
  • mudras (gestures) that redirect prana and support meditation
  • guidelines for practicing the techniques, which will include basic practices that are the foundation for more advanced work
  • related research on meditation
  • how to safely introduce meditation to your students and how to    deepen their practice

The first weekend may be attended via webinar for distance students.
The second weekend of the course is on-site. Following each weekend,
there is a two-month period of home study, with mentored student
teaching after the second weekend.

Students are provided with recordings of pranayamas and meditations and a detailed resource folder to guide you. Space for each course is very limited.

"The science of pranayama was developed by highly evolved yogis through an intuitive and experiential understanding of prana and its influence on the human mechanism at various levels. The agency of the breath was used to access the pranic field to attain balance in the body and control of the mind. The practices would render the body-mind instrument capable of experiencing higher states of consciousness so that the ultimate union with transcendental reality could be experienced."
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
from Prana and Pranayama
student practicing bhramari