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Pranayama Teacher Training | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM

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

Pranayama Teacher Training | Online

Melanie Cooper | Price: £450 | 26 October 2022- 25 January 2023 | 35 hours

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

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.

This 12 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.  The course focuses on all aspects of Pranayama over 12 sessions including how to practice, the roots of Pranayama, benefits and contra-indications. There are two guest sessions, one on Trauma Informed Pranayama with Josefin Wikström and the other on teaching Children Pranayama with Ayala Homossany 


Students must attend the sessions 1, 9 and 10 live and the rest of the sessions are recommended Livestreamed but for those who can’t attend the recordings can be sent to you weekly.   It can be attended as a stand-alone course or as an optional module on our 300-hour programme

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Pranayama Teacher Training | Course Overview

Melanie Cooper 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 personal pranayama practice. 

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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 personal practice and teaching.

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More about 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 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.

You can visit Melanie’s website here

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 has facilitated 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

Josefin 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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Course Dates

The course has the following modules scheduled:

  • Wednesday 26 October 2022 Session 1


  • Wednesday 2 November Session 2


  • Wednesday 9 November 2022 Session 3


  • Wednesday 16 November 2022 Session 4


  • Wednesday 23 November 2022 Session 5


  • Wednesday 30 November 2022 Session 6


  • Wednesday 7 December 2022 Session 7 | Guest Teacher

    6-9 pm VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM with Ayala Homossany

  • Wednesday 14 December 2022 Session 8


  • Wednesday 4 January 2023 Session 9


  • Wednesday 11 January 2023 Session 10


  • Thursday 19 January 2023 Session 11 | Guest Teacher

    6-8:30pm VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM with Josefin Wikström

  • Wednesday 25 January 2023 Session 12



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