36-hour CPD course for teachers and practitioners
Accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals UK
9th – 10th October 2021
13th – 14th November 2021
11th – 12th December 2021
The Breathing Space, Amsterdam
50 Van Kinsbergenstraat, Amsterdam, NH, 1057 PS, Netherlands
What is Breathwork and Pranayama?
There are many different yoga systems which embrace pranayama and breathwork and place it at the forefront of their teachings. However, within some Western yoga schools and the detriment of the trainee teachers, breathing practices are often treated as an optional addition to asanas and their importance is overlooked and downplayed.
Pranayama is the fourth limb in Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga and is thus a vital part of an authentic, rewarding and conscientious yoga practice. It is therefore vital to have access to comprehensive teaching within the sphere of the breath if one wants to unlock the full potential of their yoga practice but also, influence their health and their wellbeing. Practising pranayama and breathwork can have a transformative, healing and calming influence on the body and mind. It can be used to change old patterns and cultivate vitality. Learning to balance the breath helps us to balance the mind and consequently our lives.
The benefits of Breathwork and Pranayama
- Indispensable tools that help us build a safe and strong physical practice (yogic or non-yogic)
- Decreases feelings of stress and tension.
- Reduces anxiety and depression.
- Soothes the nervous system.
- Aids muscle relaxation and pain management.
- Helps oxidize the blood and enhance the respiratory system.
- Helps to control and change the levels of O2 and CO2 to influence body functions.
- Helps the good function of the lymphatic, urinatory, excretory, digestive, immune, circulatory, endocrine systems.
- Slows down the heart rate and enhance the cardiovascular system.
- Lowers and stabilizes blood pressure.
- Increases energy levels.
- Helps the fight of breathlessness and pulmonary diseases.
- Helps the fight against insomnia and sleeping disorders.
- Helps and support mind and body during challenging illnesses and treatment.
- Develops body awareness, concentration, mindfulness, focus, and stamina.
- Support and lead to Meditation practices, yoga Nidra and specific deep relaxation.
Who is this training for?
Laurent is pleased to offer a well-structured, concise, practical training for anyone who wants to offer pranayama and breathwork as part of their bodywork classes, to private clients or within health-care.
The structure of this pranayama and breathwork course is designed to be easily comprehensible and accessible to all levels of yoga teachers, movement teachers, complementary therapists, psychotherapists and counsellors, nurses and anyone else who would like to incorporate and give these valuable tools within their sessions or during their self-practice.
Participants will gain a well-rounded and detailed knowledge and understanding of pranayama and breathwork both in theory and practice through a clear step-by-step approach. The course is an intensive and condenses what is usually learned over a fairly lengthy period of time into just three weekends. This training is a great first step towards developing a deeper understanding of pranayama and alternative breathwork techniques.
With these different tools in hand, participants on the course will be equipped to offer practices with varying themes that can be used in a range of settings with students of different needs and in different therapeutic settings.
Besides health and wellbeing on a physical level, the training is also intended to raise awareness of the importance of pranayama and breathwork for mental and spiritual health.
What are the aims and objectives of the training?
The training and assignments specifically explore how to teach and how to use pranayama and breathwork as a self-practice. This is a practical course and the content is designed in a way that anyone can access.
- Understanding classical pranayama, their effects and influences on the body and the mind.
- Learning some breathwork alternatives techniques to pranayama.
- Providing the key elements and skills required to incorporate pranayama and breathwork intuitively, effectively and safely into a class or a session.
- Offering pranayama and breathwork responsibly and with confidence.
- Learning how to create sequences with pranayama and specific breathwork as the main theme or as a complement to other yoga techniques, movements or meditations.
- Learning how to adapt pranayama and alternative breathwork techniques to specific needs and different populations of students.
- Learning how to use pranayama and breathwork techniques in therapeutic settings.
- Allowing teachers to fully explore and experience the character of pranayama and breathwork for themselves and to grow their own practice.
- Pranayama and breathwork: history and philosophy.
- Anatomy and physiology of the breath.
- Understanding of the concept of energy.
- The foundation of pranayama: mechanics, rhythms, holistic developments.
- Definition and introduction to “the eight classical pranayama breaths’’.
- Understanding the different qualities, purposes and benefits of each breathing technique: how & why?
- Learning to bring and to use safely and effectively pranayama techniques in our yoga practice and daily life.
- Breath-centred yoga: moving and breathing.
- Breath: the gateway to the mind.
- The breath within meditation and relaxation.
- Definition of breathwork: how does it differ from pranayama?
- Supplemental breathwork disciplines.
- Breathwork as a healing and support mechanism: anxiety, stress, depression, asthma and breathlessness, sleep disorder etc.
- Analysing and reading the breath and recognising different breathing patterns.
- How to teach pranayama and breathwork to others.
- How to develop a self-practice and keeping it going.
What are the requirements and home studies?
This course is a 36-hour CPD training accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals UK (for yoga teachers only).
Non-yoga teachers will receive a 36-hour Yogalaurent certificate of completion.
To receive this accreditation/certificate, you will be expected to:
- Attend and commit to the three weekends and show a good understanding and comprehension of the practice and the teaching of pranayama and breathwork – 30 contact hours.
- Home practice. At the end of each module, you will be given small breathwork sequences to practice at home. This is an important part of the course allowing you to assimilate and to further the understanding of the techniques previously learnt. 5 hours minimum.
- All these hours apply whether you are looking to receive the Yoga Alliance Professional UK accreditation or not. The course is designed and written for both yoga teachers and any other trainees.
Please note: home studies are designed to support the theory and the content of the training. You won’t be marked or judge on the results. Discussions and exchanges will rise from the results. They will help you understand the work and improve the way you teach and practice.
What will you receive?
- 36 contact hours with Laurent Roure.
- Practical experience of bodywork, pranayama, breathwork, meditation and relaxation techniques.
- Lectures and discussions.
- Course material: PDF handouts.
- Videos and scripts of pranayama and breathwork.
- Feedback and discussion post home studies.
- One free contact session for support and mentoring if requested post-training.
- Yoga teachers will receive a Yoga Alliance Professionals UK 35-hour Pranayama and Breathwork accreditation – you will be qualified to teach Pranayama and Breathwork.
- Other trainees will receive a Yogalaurent 35-hour Pranayama and Breathwork certificate of completion – you will be qualified to teach Pranayama and Breathwork.
Study hours & timescale:
This course is spread out over three weekends. You will study theory and breathing techniques for ten hours per weekend. It is advisable to take part in all three weekends to understand the whole program and to experience the logical continuity of the whole course.
9th – 10th October 2021
13th – 14th November 2021
11th – 12th December 2021
Saturday / Sunday 12:00 to 6:00 pm (One hour lunch)
The Breathing Space
50 Van Kinsbergenstraat, Amsterdam, NH, 1057 PS, The Netherlands