Breathing School | BLENDED

An educational foundation training on the healing and stabilising power of the Breath. The month-long course, delivered as pre-recorded modules + livestream interactive weekend session, is ideal for yoga teachers, therapists, health care professionals or anyone interested in learning tools to support living well.

Breathing School | Blended | 30 hours

MAY COURSE | 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 May 2021
Blended Virtual Training with Ben Wolff

Taught by Ben Wolff, founder of The Breathing School and The Breathing Institute, and passionate disseminator of the power of the breath, this fascinating and hugely informative online course is now in its seventh edition. It is the culmination of a huge body of work, firmly rooted in science, that Ben has researched and studied for nearly a decade. The course can be attended as a stand-alone CPD or as an optional module on our 300-hour programme. Livestream sessions are every Saturday. If you join the course a little late, material will be sent out to you the day that you join.

The course will also run:

SEPTEMBER COURSE | 4, 11, 18, 25 September & 2 October 2021
NOVEMBER COURSE | See here for more on the  VIRTUAL November Course

Course Overview

The Shala School of Yoga, in association with Ben Wolff, presents this online foundation course for anyone interested in learning about the incredible healing and stabilising power of the Breath, based around understanding an Eight-Breath Formula. It is suitable for:

  • yoga teachers wishing to deepen their knowledge of breathwork (note that this is NOT Pranayama)
  • therapists, life coaches and health care professionals who wish to use the breath to support themselves and therapeutic relationships
  • practitioners wanting to enhance their personal practice
  • the general public who would like to learn simple tools to support living well in busy and stressful times
  • those wishing to overcome chronic health problems or to support a loved one

The Breathing School explores a serious subject in an inspiring and accessible way. The month-long course is structured to include:

  • A 90 minute livestream introduction covering the basics and how the course works
  • 16 hours of pre-recorded material available for four weeks
  • 2 hour interactive livestreamed online sessions over four weekends, which includes practicing the breaths, Q & A and "Breathing Circles" where you have the opportunity to share/teach the breathing practices to each other
  • a written assignment in which you attend and write up observations of three virtual Help For.. workshops, led by The Breathing Institute. 

To qualify for a 30-hour Yoga Alliance certificate, all three elements of the course must be completed along with the Breathing Circles. If you are attending the course for personal, rather than professional reasons, you may choose to opt out of the Breathing Circles and the assignment. The first part of the livestreamed sessions (excluding the Breathing Circles) will be recorded and made available if you are unable to make all the dates. Where possible we strongly encourage you to join this part of the course live.


Course Content

This training will explore how to relax and prepare the body to receive the Breath. Specifically, the course will be divided into themes and you will be taught the eight breaths for the practical self-management of:

  1. stress, anxiety & fear
  2. panic attack & emergencies
  3. hypertension & hypotension, high & low blood pressure
  4. breathlessness, asthma, COPD, Long Covid & allergies
  5. chronic fatigue
  6. chronic pain
  7. depressive moods
  8. sleeplessness & insomnia

We will also look at how allowing optimum breathing patterns can enhance cognitive function, physical energy and a balanced awareness. Practices will be supported by current research, neuro-anatomy and physiology so that attendees can understand the crucial connection between breath-body-brain integration. Additionally, we will explore breath and interpersonal relationships and how breathing affects feelings and behaviour (and thus the way we think about ourselves and relate to others, communicate and behave). 

Please note that the content of this course is very different to Pranayama. 


  • This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of our 300-YA accredited programme
  • If you complete all aspects of the course, including the written assignment, you will receive 30 Yoga Alliance accredited Level 2 hours as a stand-alone course or towards our 300-hour training. If you complete the 300-hour training you can register as a RYT 500 teacher
  • This is a blended course spanning a month. Recordings will be sent to you with a schedule of what should be watched each week, in advance of live scheduled sessions each weekend. The recorded content is available for the entire month when the link expires. For those who cannot attend some of the livestreamed dates – Zoom video recordings are made available for seven days after the event – so it is not necessary to attend the livestreamed sessions although it is highly recommended
  • If you wish to gain the full 30 hours of YA accreditation, there is a written assignment to submit. This involves writing up observations of three Help For... workshops (500–750 words per workshop) to be submitted 31 July to Ben Wolff. Feedback on these will be given to you directly by the teachers and certificates will be issued once all students have received feedback. Attendance of these workshops is at an additional cost for which you will receive a 20% discount (discounted cost per workshop is £20-£24).

  • Anyone registered for the event, whether they attend live or not, will automatically get the 7-day catch up links (on Monday afternoon) 
  • An illustrated manual accompanies the course, which will be sent (as an electronic file) one week before the start date. If you join within the last week, you will receive the manual link on the Friday evening before the course starts
  • Should you wish to print this we recommend DoxDirect where you can get a colour bound copy for less than £20.
  • All you need to attend the course is a laptop or tablet with access to Zoom. The course is delivered in a variety of learning styles to suit all; experiential and cognitive, and via illustrative case studies and discussion. 
  • It is essential that you are opted in for emails on our website in order to receive all the updates about this course. Please ensure that you are opted in for emails. Log in to your Shala account > Click My Account > Profile > Receive Newsletter. Emails will come from so please whitelist that address as these can get caught in spam.

Teacher Bio

Ben Wolff

Founder of both the Breathing Institute and Breathing School, Ben Wolff is teacher of the  New Science of Breath, a Clinical Hypnotherapist and an OUR Dream Yogas practitioner. With a profound depth of experience and understanding in his field, he is an engaging, hugely knowledgeable teacher, whose enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and inspiring - and often controversial. 

Ben has a remarkable understanding of contemporary scientific research into meditation, neuroscience and other fields related to Breathwork. Brought on by his recovery from serious illness and nearly a decade of continuous research and investigation, Ben shares his findings from both ancient wisdom traditions and modern science in ways that are open and accessible to everyone. In his Breathwork teachings you can expect to hear what's most useful, rapidly effective and easy to learn and participate in simple and safe breath practices that many have witnessed to be literally "life-changing". Read Ben's Biography.


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    mind blowingly amazing



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    the quality, depth and integrity with which you are weaving it all together are quite exceptional.



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    Ben that was one of the best thing I’ve ever done!! You’ve truly inspired me and made me feel excited about life



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    incredible, fantastic, heartfelt amazingly wonderful



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    It is sooo fascinating that so much can be unlocked through the breath. I love the fact that this is all science based!



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    Wow, wow, woooooow, big thank you for holding this epic breathing school!!! I was ready for your teaching. I see being lost is depression I have suffered. Never diagnosed, never talk to anyone. Whenever I go I talk about the breath of your teaching, a magic and special work of integrity and true cooperation between many gifted people.



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    Simply amazing. Very insightful and thought provoking.



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    Thank you for the amazing journey you took us on... Thank you for your generosity in imparting this precious knowledge to us... Thank you for making this serious subject so much fun with your unique quirky ‘Ben-ness’ that you bring to each session 😆 Thank you for your contribution towards creating ambassadors of this work so more people could benefit from it.



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    so powerful



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    I had been eagerly anticipating Breathing School and it is everything and more than I could have possibly imagined.



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    I've not been so excited in learning something new for a long time as it all makes such light bulb moment sense and love the science which I don't usually! All in the delivery! God knows we need this work more than ever now and in the future.



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    It was really magical. Reassuring and calming, but also fun, poetic & light.



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    very emotional and enlightening, full of wonder, awe and curiosity



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    I'm thoroughly whelmed but in all the right ways. I'm excited, curious and challenged...all good things for me. And this work feels important to me, life changing. A phrase that's kind of thrown about but I do mean it.



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    I am feeling so full of life after the last 2 weekends, passion is sparked and not only sparked - its a fierce bonfire!



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    more than a bit incredible.



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    I feel completely inspired by your work, you are very human and honest and I appreciate that aspect as much as your extensive knowledge. I have come out of many workshops/trainings thinking “that was ok, not bad” but with yours it was WOW, REALLY, AMAZING!



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    inspiring, thoughtful, revolutionary and life affirming



Breathing School Graduate Stories

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Course Dates

The course has the following modules scheduled:

MAY COURSE: Saturdays 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 May 2021

9–11am (9–10.30 on Saturday 1 May)

MAY COURSE: Mondays 3, 10 & 17 & 24 May 2021


SEPTEMBER COURSE: Saturdays 4, 11, 18, 25 Sep & 2 Oct 2021

9–11am (9-10.30am Saturday 4th)

SEPTEMBER COURSE: Mondays 6, 13, 20, 27 Sep 2021


NOVEMBER COURSE: 6, 7, 13 & 14 Nov 2021



  • The cost is £195 + VAT for the full training. A non-refundable deposit of £50 + VAT is required on booking.
  • To reserve your place, please >>click the PAY DEPOSIT button>> click ENROLL >> select the date & payment item >> choose deposit or pay in full. Note full payment is required if you are booking within 3 weeks of the course start date (you will not see the option for the deposit if this is the case).
  • If you do not pay in full, please ensure that you save your credit card details so we can process the final payment of £145 + VAT. This will happen 21 days before the start of the course and a receipt will be sent to you when the payment has been taken.
  • The price includes all pre-recorded material + livestream sessions + Zoom catch up for 7 days + audio recordings to keep after the training ends + an illustrated manual (provided electronically). It does not include the three Help For... Workshops, which you will need to book to do your assignment (the cost for these will be an additional £60-£75 depending on the workshop
  • 300 hour students get a 10% discount on this training if they have booked three trainings with us including the core. Email us if this is the case and the discount will be applied when the balance is taken

If you are suffering from a serious physical or mental illness, please consult us (confidentially) so that we are sure we can support you safely over this weekend. As non medical practitioners the training is not intended to replace conventional medical management.

  • Deposit £50, non refundable but can be transferred to another person 
  • The remaining balance is refundable up to 1 month before the event.  
  • Cancellation 2 - 4 weeks before the event: 50 % of the balance in refund only
  • Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the event: no refund
  • The medical information in this workshops is just that – information not advice. If in any doubt whatsoever please consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional to check that these practices are suitable for you and your condition. No diagnosis is being offered at these workshops.

    In order to gain a Kite Mark of Approval to teach this methodology and become a member of The Breathing Institute, you will need to do the following after completion of the Breathing School and Breathing Circles:

    • complete the 10 Questions
    • arrange a 121 session with Ben Wolff*, where you will specifically agreed what you may go on to teach in line with your specific area of interests and expertise
    • you will then be invited to become a member of The Breathing Institute. A small fee  will be charged to cover website costs, should you wish us to feature your biog and work on the Breathing Institute website.
    • on collective agreement with Ben, and in suitable circumstances, a chance to collaborate in a workshop at The Shala with Ben may be possible and arranged. In this instance a separate agreement will be issued.
    • to maintain membership of the Breathing Institute, members will be required once a year to have a 121 follow up with Ben to receive ongoing support, access to latest research and information and to check in on protocol and troubleshoot problems.
    • opportunities to continue to work with The Shala directly may also be afforded, at the discretion of The Shala and under separate agreements.

      * Sessions with Ben are at a discounted £108 per hour and normally an hour in duration

    We are fully committed to providing the best possible experience on the course and we encourage open and honest communication throughout. Should you wish to make any complaints or raise any issues, please follow the procedure laid out below so we can find a positive resolution as quickly as possible. You may involve someone else to support you at any stage. If you need a sign language or community language interpreter, please let the person dealing with the complaint know and every reasonable effort will be made to provide it.

    Stage One: Speak to the individual(s) concerned or to the Course Organiser and try to resolve the complaint informally on the day. If you are not satisfied with the response you have received, follow stage two.

    Stage Two: Outline the details of your complaint by email and send it to the Course Organiser who will investigate the complaint. Your complaint will be acknowledged within 3 working days from the date it is received. The response will contain the following information:

    • Name of the person who will investigate the complaint 
    • The date(s) that the incident happened 
    • What support you can expect to receive during the process of the complaint 
    • An expected response date

    In fairness to all parties and to ensure the investigator is able to investigate the complaint in an open and meaningful way, we cannot guarantee your anonymity. In exceptional cases, however, where a vulnerable adult is involved, in accordance with national guidelines and good practice the identity of individuals at risk will be protected.

    When the person(s) who are dealing with the complaint, have had an opportunity to review it, they will write to the tutor or person about whom the complaint has been made. The letter will outline the main elements of your complaint and ask for a full written response.

    At this point, if further relevant information comes to light, you may be asked for your comments to ensure the investigator has a balanced understanding. When your response has been received, the investigator will consider all the information available to them and make a decision.

    The response will include the following information: 

    • Details of the investigation 
    • A decision about whether the complaint was upheld or not 
    • The reason for the decision 
    • The re-dress, if appropriate, which will be offered to you, for example, an apology, additional help or directing you to other sources of advice or support 
    • Any other action that may be taken in light of the complaint 
    • If it is not possible to provide a full answer to your complaint within 30 working days, the letter will outline reasons why and give a date by which a full answer is expected.

    Trainings at the Shala are run independently and all payments for training services are accepted on behalf of the individual teacher. 

    • The livestreamed elements of this training will be recorded and anyone who is unable to attend this part can email us to request a link to the recording, which will be available for 7 days after the event. 
    • Late cancellations and no shows will be charged as if you had attended. 
    • In the event that a workshop is cancelled by the Shala you will be offered a refund or the option to be transferred to an alternative event