150 Hour Yoga Alliance Professional Accredited Training

Bringing Pranayama to Life!

TUTOR: Julie Hemmings – Senior YAP Tutor & Trainer, BWY Tutor


Taking you on a sequential journey of breath and Prana, from foundations of breathing to advanced Pranayama practices.

Pranayama Training

This Pranayama Training Course will take you through a progressive journey of exploration, theory and practice of this important Limb of Yoga. The Course is designed to lead you sequentially through stages of development for your own personal practice, as well as providing a structured programme for teaching the techniques. It includes Classical Pranayamas as set out in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, plus some contemporary practices.

The 6 day course is spread out over 8 months, with a 6 week gap between Tutor Days to give you time to learn, develop and master each Pranayama technique. The Tutor Days are a mix of theory, practice and discussion, while your home practice is a mix of practical daily Pranayama and written assessments.

The aim of this training is to bring the practice of Pranayama to life, to give you a deep understanding of why we should include it as part of our Yoga journey, and how to work confidently and safely with the techniques. At the core of this training is an understanding of the nature of Prana – what it is, how it feels and why the practice of Pranayama is as much about Prana as it is about the breath. On completion of the training, you will be able to undertake traditional and contemporary Pranayama in your own practice, and to integrate them into your Yoga Classes and Workshops.

I have a deep passion for the practices of the Inner Limbs of Yoga : Pranayama, Pratyahara and Meditation. And I hope to inspire this passion in you too.

Yoga Breathing


Tutor: Julie Hemmings

Julie is a Senior YAP and BWY Tutor with over 22 years of teaching experience. She undertook the 12 month long BWY Pranayama Module with Philip Xerri in 2004, and has continued with a regular personal pranayama practice, plus consistently integrating the techniques into her regular classes and workshops. She has also been teaching the CPD Day ‘Bringing Pranayama to Life‘ for the past 3 years. In May this year Julie attended a 10 day Prana Vidya training course to further her understanding and experience of this vital energy.

Course Requirements

This Training Course is open to fully qualified Yoga Teachers with over 2 years of teaching experience. It is a very practical course, and you will be expected to complete a daily 30 minute pranayama practice, to ensure the safe and effective sequential progression through the techniques.

To qualify for certification of the Pranayama Training Course, you will need to:-

  • Submit a Pre-Course Essay (minimum 1,200 words)
  • Attend 80% of the training days (5 out of 6 days). In exceptional circumstances, if a training day is missed, you may be able to attend the day on a future course if space is available.
  • Complete 30 minutes of Personal Practice at least 5 times per week for the duration of the Course
  • Complete a Pranayama Diary for each day of Personal Practice
  • Complete all assessments as given throughout the duration of the course by the deadlines provided
  • Course Assessments consist of: 6 x essays, 4 x short written pieces, 1 x micro-teaching practice, 5 x lesson/workshop plans.


Course Provision

The training course consists of:-

  • 6 full days of Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Yoga Tutor and Accredited Trainer Contact from 10.00am to 5.00pm with an hour for lunch.
  • Online Learning Portal with additional resources and further tutor contact via the Group Forum.
  • Full Training Notes provided in comprehensive PDF format.
  • Assessment and feedback of all work submitted.
  • Certificate upon successful completion of the training.
  • A maximum of 16 participants on each course
  • For this Training Course, I have also developed an Online Learning Portal – a password protected web page with downloads, videos, MP3s and additional resources for each session.
  • There will also be a Forum to ask questions and receive additional guidance from myself and your fellow course participants.

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Session 1 - Foundation Breaths

1. Theory of Pranayama

2. Mahat Yoga Pranayama – the 9 part breath

3. Physiology of Respiration

4. Theory of Prana

5. Precautions of Contra-Indications of Pranayama

6. Postures for Pranayama

7. Guidelines for a Personal Practice

8. Kaya Kriya 1

Teaching Hours : 5.5 Hours

Personal Practice : 12 Hours

Assessment and other writing : 6 Hours

Session 2 - Refinement & Control

1. Sama Vritti Rhythms

2. Asama Vritti Rhythms

3. Staircase/Interrupted Breath

4. Postures to encourage Mahat Yoga Pranayama

5. Prana Vayus

6.  Bandhas – Theory

7. Moola Bandha

9. Ujjayi Pranayama

8. Slow Flow Breath with Asana

9. The ‘Pump’ Breaths

10. Grounding

Teaching Hours : 5.5 Hours

Personal Practice : 12 Hours

Assessment and other writing : 6 Hours

Session 3 - Nadis & Swara

1. Nadis – Theory

2. Nadi Sodhana

3. Anatomy of the Nose

4. Neti – Jala & Sutra

5. Swara – Theory

6. Balancing Swara

7. Uddiyana Bandha

8. Anuloma Ujjayi

Teaching Hours : 5.5 Hours

Personal Practice : 12 Hours

Assessment and other writing : 6 Hours

Session 4 - Expanding Breath Capacity

1. Kumbhakas – Theory

2. Developing Breath Retention

3. Jalandhara Bandha

4. Bandha Traya/Maha Bandha

5. Ratios

6. Savitri Rhythm

7. Development of Ratios and Kumbhakas

8. Panch Sahita

9. Pranayama and Emotional Release

10. The Koshas

Teaching Hours : 5.5 Hours

Personal Practice : 12 Hours

Assessment and other writing : 6 Hours

Session 5 - Awakening Prana

1. Shatkarmas

2. Energising Breath Preparation

3. Kapalabhati

4. Bhastrika

5. Prana Vidya

6. Micro-Teaching Session

7. Breathing Bhavanas

8. Mitahara and Lifestyle for Pranayama

Teaching Hours : 5.5 Hours

Personal Practice : 12 Hours

Assessment and other writing : 6 Hours

Session 6 - Dosha Balancing Pranayamas


1. Doshas – Theory

2. Bhramari Pranayama

3. Surya Bheda

4. Chandra Bheda

5. Pranayama in Asana : Integration

6. Cooling Breaths – Sitkari & Sheethali

7. Surya Pranayama Mudra

8. Pranayama into Meditation

9. When Breathing Goes Wrong

10. Pranaya Mantra

11. Pranayama Vinyasa Krama – Sequencing Pranayama

Teaching Hours : 5.5 Hours

Personal Practice : 12 Hours

Assessment and other writing : 6 Hours

Terms & Conditions

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It is not recommended to undertake a comprehensive pranayama practice if you are a regular smoker. Deep breathing pulls the toxins from the the cigarette deeper into the lungs, and can open up the lung tissues to more damage.

Course Cost

Full Fee – £525

Early Bird Fee£475 (6 weeks before the start date)

Deposit (non-refundable) to secure your space – £100


The Quaker Centre, 1 Oakley Gardens, Downhead Park, Milton Keynes MK15 9BH

Course Dates

Saturday 21st September, 2019

Saturday 2nd November, 2019

Saturday 14th December, 2019

Saturday 25th January, 2020

Saturday 7th March, 2020

Saturday 18th April, 2020


10.00am to 5.00pm

Future Courses

I am planning on running this course in Derbyshire and Birmingham at a future time. Let me know if you would like to be contacted when the dates are confirmed. Also please let me know if you would like me to bring this course to your area.

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