Pranayama | Teacher Training | Virtual Only

This sessional Teacher Training course will give you a grounding in the philosophy and science of Pranayama. The training has a strong practical element of self practice as well as teaching others.

Pranayama Teacher Training | Online | 25 hours

10 sessions | 6-8:30 pm | with Melanie Cooper & guest teachers 
May dates: 5, 12, 19 | June dates: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | July dates: 7, 14

25 hour Training, 1st and 9th and 10th session mandatory LIVESTREAMED ONLINE and up to 7 sessions can be taken in your own time

This 10-session course is both theoretical and practical. Students will receive a personalised self-practice together with the knowledge and tools to start including Pranayama in your teaching. Students must attend the first and last sessions of this 10 series course and the rest of the sessions are recommended Livestreamed but for those who can't attend the recordings can be sent to you weekly.  Students will be invited to a catch -up session with Melanie mid way through the course so they can ask questions and discuss anything relating to their home practice.   It can be attended as a stand-alone course or as an optional module on our 300-hour programme

Course Overview

Melanie Cooper and Guest teachers will dive deep into the subtle art of yogic breathing on this sessional course. You will receive a personalised self practice together with the knowledge and tools to start including pranayama in your teaching

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of:

  • The philosophy behind the practices 
  • The anatomy of breathing 
  • The ancient practices - where they come from and how they fit into a modern practice? 
  • Breath and the Nervous system 
  • Breath and the brain 
  • Increasing the resilience and strength of the lungs and breathing system 
  • What modern science has found about Pranayama? 
  • How to introduce Pranayama to your teaching 

Learning how to incorporate Pranayama will greatly expand your horizons as a teacher and through the course you will receive ongoing personalised support in developing your own self practice. 

Course Content

Each session will take an in-depth look at different practices and how to make them safe and trauma sensitive for practitioners. In each session we will cover:

  • the practicalities of each practice  
  • the science behind each practice
  • the cautions and contra-indications  
  • who will suit the Pranayama and what the benefits are  
  • the nuts and bolts of how to lead the practice 
  • You will receive a Video Manual including all the basic knowledge and information plus guided practices to support your self practice and teaching.


  • To gain a certificate of completion students need to complete at least 75% of the course
  • Students must attend the first, ninth and  last session Live-Streamed to allow the students to check-in and out of the course 
  • Students can complete the course and will be able to catch- up on sessions 2-8 through links to the session recordings 
  • A check in via zoom to the group will be organised for around the halfway mark of the course so students can discuss their experience and practice and check-in more informally with the teachers  
  • A 200-hour yoga teacher training is usually a prerequisite for joining any of our Level 2 trainings but not essential 
  • This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of our 300-YA accredited programme Students can either register the hours as YACEP if the teacher is registered OR as part of the 300 hr Level 2
  • The course is VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM. Catch up recordings will be available for the duration of the course for you to recap and revisit as well as for an additional 2 weeks after completion of the course. In exceptional circumstance you can submit a request for an extension for access but note this will be at an admin cost of £25.
  • You will receive 25 accredited Level 2 hours as a stand-alone course or towards our 300-hour training
  • The course will include the video manual
  • Once you have completed your 300-hour training you can register as a RYT 500 teacher
  • Teacher Bio

    Melanie Cooper (E-RYT 500)

    Melanie Cooper is passionate about Pranayama & how simple techniques and the magic of the breath can give us such amazing benefits physically but also mentally and emotionally. Her approach to Pranayama is grounded in science and a trauma sensitivity to make sure that we teach in a way that is safe, accessible and positive for all. As well as the science and the physical benefits pranayama can help us to deepen our meditation and bring states of profound stillness and silence. 

    Melanie studied in Goa, India with Emil Wendle and taught nightly Pranayama classes in India for many years. Melanie also worked for 10 years in a mental health setting sharing simple powerful breath techniques to support and nourish. Her approach is grounded in experience and science - she shares this knowledge in a structured and accessible way that meets each person where they are and makes the practice right for them

    Working as a yoga teacher is amazing – but it also takes a lot of energy – and can be very draining if you do not look after yourself. It’s very easy to not give ourselves that time/attention/self care – so in the training we will also place emphasis on how to create space for your own health and practice: to stay balanced and mentally strong.

    Guest Teacher: Josefin Wikström TCTSY-F, e-RYT 500, YACEP, RCYT, Yoga therapy for the mind, Yoga in Health Care Alliance, Trauma Research Foundation

    Josefin Wikström is the founder of Trauma-Adapted yoga (TAY) in Sweden and is educated at and has a close collaboration with former Trauma Center in Boston now Trauma Research Foundation founded by Dr. Bessel van Der Kolk. She is also a licensed facilitator within the evidence-based method Trauma Sensitive Yoga TCTSY-F and a licensed experienced yoga teacher trainer (e-RYT 500). She is in ongoing training with Harvard Medical School and their Global trauma program

    Josefin is also the European Director of Programs for the Prison Yoga Project and one of their main teachers for international training. She has been working with trauma exposed populations internationally for the past 17 years and the human encounters and shared moments the yoga practices provide is her inspiration and resource in her work. Josefin and the Prison yoga Project is a part of The Trauma Research Foundation therapeutic alliance. Josefin holds a yoga therapy certification with The Minded Institute and is an approved therapist through Yoga in Health Care Alliance and British Council of Yoga therapy

    She facilitates weekly classes at maximum security prisons for men and women in Sweden for the past 13 years. Author of the book "Freedom from the inside" Yoga therapy for female inmates, published in the US and UK 2021, co-creator of the methods in the book "Yoga as therapy in an institutional environment" published in Mexico and South America on behalf of the UN 2018

    She lectures on the therapeutic potential of yoga in an institutional environment in international contexts such as at the House of Lords British Parliament, International Trauma Conference Boston USA, Yoga in Health Care conference in London and more.

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      Melanie is a fantastic teacher with an enormous knowledge of yoga. I have been to retreats, workshops and teacher training with Melanie, and I will go again


      Tina Larson

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      Melanie is an inspirational font of wonderful knowledge and wisdom. She has a gentle quality that leads you in, delivering flowing classes or teachings with clear love, passion and experience.


      Natasha King

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      Melanie is a teacher I recommend to everyone! Just being in the same room as her makes you feel grounded and at ease. She has a big knowledge which she share in a pedagogic way. And her Bollywood dancing is beyond words!


      Elina Amby

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      Melanie is an exceptional teacher with years of experience and her knowledge of yoga and biomechanics (amongst many other things) is immense.


      Rachel Lindars

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      Fun, informative, supportive! Just completed a Yoga Nidra course and I cant recommended enough. Melanie is like a encyclopaedia of knowledge she has a teaching style that not only do you absorb but really makes you think and reflect. Thank you.


      Kerry Tiffin

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    Course Dates

    The course has the following modules scheduled:

    Weds 5 May 2021


    Weds 12 May 2021


    Weds 19 May 2021


    Weds 2 June 2021


    Weds 9 June 2021


    Weds 16 June 2021


    Weds 23 June 2021


    Weds 30 June 2021


    Weds 7 July 2021


    Wednesday 14 July - Josefin Wikström



    • The cost is £395 for the full 10 session training LIVESTREAM ONLINE or up to 8/10 session studied via recorded links if you are unable to make the LIVESTREAM ONLINE TIMES t). 
    • A non-refundable deposit of £150 is required on booking.
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    • 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

    We are fully committed to providing the most accurate experience on the course based upon the description 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 resolution as quickly as possible.

    You may involve someone else to support you at any stage.

    Stage One: Speak to the teacher training manager by emailing concerned within 3 days after your experience and try to resolve informally. The teacher training manager will aim to come back to you within 2 working days with a resolve. If you are not satisfied with the response you have received, follow stage two.

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    • Deposit £150, 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


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    • The livestreamed elements of this training will be recorded and all students enrolled will get links from session 2-9 to catch up for 14 days. In exceptional circumstance you can submit a request for an extension for access but note this will be at an admin cost of £25.
    • Late cancellations and no shows will be charged as if you had attended. 
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