pranayama teacher training, columbus oh

Yoga Teacher Training

Pranayama Teacher Training

Learning to practice and teach pranayama in one weekend is like learning to practice and teach asana in a weekend—impossible. This nine-month training involves telephone conference calls every other week, one Saturday mid-way through the training, and one weekend at the end. During the training you will learn basic pranayama techniques and many beginning to intermediate variations upon them. Most importantly, you will learn to sequence techniques for different purposes and different effects. Some of those effects are energetic (stimulating, calming, downward flowing, upward flowing, centered in and illuminating specific points or landmarks in the energy body) and some of them are self-revelatory in terms of spiritual practice (stimulating different parts of the brain in preparation for meditation, meditations on the breath, heightening prana for spiritual development). Many of the variations introduced here are not commonly taught and a consistent pranayama practice is necessary to approach them.

Before each phone conference you will read and prepare an assigned section of the course manual, and then during the call Linda will lead the assigned practice and discuss it with you. You will spend the next two weeks practicing it yourself, and, toward the end of the two week period, teaching it to another person or to a class. It will be short enough to teach at the beginning or end of an asana class or you can teach it to family or friends. Some of the more advanced techniques are suitable for your practice only, but not for those without a regular pranayama practice, and you won’t be expected to teach them.

Midway through the program, we’ll meet for a day to talk about sequencing the techniques learned thus far, and we’ll meet for a final weekend to put it all together and work with one another to hone our skills.


  • Attendance on the one-hour conference calls; the calls will be taped so that you can listen to them if you miss them, but you must be present on all but 5 phone calls during the course of the program

  • A 20 minute, self-led pranayama practice, 6 days a week

  • Teaching the assigned technique at least once every two weeks

  • Attendance at the one-day and weekend workshops

  • Required reading Pranayama: A Compendium of Practice by Linda Oshins


  • Pranayama: A Compendium of Practices by Linda Oshins, available through the Yoga on High bookstore.


  • First set of phone calls (you attend one of a possible two sessions on the same subject) is on February 15 and 19; calls take place on Wednesdays and Sundays every two weeks from February 15 through the end of the program. There are 18 phone calls in all. To graduate you must attend 13 of the 18 and listen to recordings of the calls you miss. Wednesday calls are at 3:00p and Sunday calls are at 4:00p.
  • June 24, in-person workshop, 9:00a to 5:30p
  • October 28, 29, in-person final workshop; Saturday, 9:00a to 5:00p and Sunday, 9:00a to 1:00p

Tuesday calls 7:30p
Wednesday calls 3:30p
Sunday calls 4:00p

Day Date Topic Note
Tues 2/14 Ujjayi  
Wed. 2/15 Ujjayi  
Sun. 2/19 Ujjayi  
Tues. 2/28 Mountain Breath  
Wed. 3/1 Mountain Breath  
Sun. 3/5 Mountain Breath  
Tues. 3/14 Kapalabhati  
Wed. 3/15 Kapalabhati  
Sun. 3/19 Kapalabhati  
Tues. 3/28 Sama vritti  
Wed. 3/29 Sama vritti  
Sun. 4/2 Sama vritti  
Tues. 4/11 Kumbhaka  
Wed. 4/12 Kumbhaka  
Sun. 4/16 Kumbhaka  
Tues. 4/28 Viloma  
Wed. 4/26 Viloma  
Sun. 4/30 Viloma  
Tues. 5/9 Watching practices  
Wed. 5/10 Watching practices  
Sun. 5/14 Watching practices  
Tues. 5/23 Nadi Shodana  
Wed. 5/24 Nadi Shodana  
Sun. 5/28 Nadi Shodana  
Tues. 6/6 Kapalabhati/meditation  
Wed. 6/7 Kapalabhati/meditation Moving Practices done duirng weekend
Sun. 6/11 Kapalabhati/meditation  
Sat. 6/24 Weekend workshop day 9:00 to 5:00, TTI
Tues. 6/27 Bhastrika week prior to July 4
Wed. 7/5 Bhastrika  
Sun. 7/9 Bhastrika  
Tues. 7/18 Combining practices  
Wed. 7/19 Combining practices  
Sun. 7/23 Combining practices  
Tues. 8/1 Bhramari  
Wed. 8/2 Bhramari  
Sun. 8/6 Bhramari  
Tues. 8/15 Mudra  
Wed. 8/16 Mudra  
Sun. 8/20 Mudra  
Tues. 8/29 Mudra/Bandha  
Wed. 8/30 Mudra/Bandha  
Sun. 9/3 Mudra/Bandha  
Tues. 9/12 Drishti  
Wed. 9/13 Drishti  
Sun. 9/17 Drishti  
Tues. 9/28 Sitali  
Wed. 9/27 Sitali  
Sun. 10/1 Sitali  
Tues. 10/9 Hamsa  
Wed. 10/11 Hamsa  
Sun. 10/15 Hamsa  
Sat/Sun 10/28, 29 Final weekend Sat, 9:00 to 5:30; Sun, 9:00 to 1:00; TTI

This is eligible for 20 hours of credit toward the 300 hour certification at Yoga on High.

If you would like to apply, complete an application online or download the form and return it via email or mail it to or Yoga on High, 1081 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201.

For more information please contact Linda Oshins at or call 614-291-4444.

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