Advanced Pranayama

Advanced Pranayama

In-Person: Sep 3 – 9, 2023

A Powerful Week of Pranayama Practice

Are you looking to deepen your meditation practice or enhance your yoga teaching skills? Pranayama is the key to a deep experience of yoga postures and meditation.

In this course students will learn the anatomy and physiology of breath on the physical and subtle levels and how to teach advanced pranayama or energy control techniques, bandhas and mudras.

We will go deeper into understanding how the astral body relates to energy control

Prerequisites (satisfy one of the following) :

  • Level 1 Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training graduate
  • Bridge to Ananda Yoga® graduate
  • Ananda Kriya Yoga initiate
  • Certified yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hr YTT program
  • Consent of instructor 


Cost: $850

Locatio: Online, via Zoom 


Cost: $699+ accommodations 

Location: Expanding Light Retreat, Ananda Village, CA

What You'll Learn

This is a 7-day residential course which includes a combination of lecture, discussion, and experiential pranayama/asana workshops and teaching practicums.

Meet Your Instructors

Melody Hansen

Level 2 Ananda Yoga® Teacher, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Melody directs the Ananda Yoga Assistantship, Ananda Yoga Teacher Training and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training online programs. She is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and a trained Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Melody has been practicing the teachings of yoga since the age of 14, and began teaching at age 17. She loves to help her students experience the depth of Ananda Yoga and Meditation.

Melody is an extraordinary yoga teacher, who conveys her great knowledge of yoga asanas—from physical mechanics to spiritual upliftment—with a blend of graciousness, authority, and fun. One of Melody’s greatest strengths is the purity of her transmission of Yoga. She has very little egotism to block the clear flow of inspiration she shares. Her inner life is committed and deep, and she’s able to help students experience that depth in their yoga practice.

Darshana Moore

Level 1 Ananda Yoga® Teacher, E-RYT 200, Ananda Meditation® Instructor

Darshana, E-RYT 200, became interested in meditation and found the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda in 2009. Since then, she has been applying them in her own life and sharing them with others.

Darshana moved to Ananda Village in 2011 and graduated from Ananda Yoga Teacher Training and Ananda Meditation Teacher Training in 2012. She is currently studying to become a certified yoga therapist. 



To participate in this training, you’ll need to have completed a 200-hr YTT program from a RYS (Registered Yoga School). We also ask that you have a minimum of 60 hours of experience teaching yoga.

Submit an application for the program and enroll as soon as possible so that we can send you the pre-course online assignments, which are designed to provide you with a foundation of understanding of Ananda Yoga before you begin the course.

You can also check out the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation YouTube channel to follow asana routines and guided sadhanas and the Ananda Yoga Level 1 Instructional Library to familiarize yourself with the 31 asanas and corresponding affirmations covered in this course. 

Yes, there is an online course page and pre-course assignments that you’ll be given access to as soon as you enroll. The online assignments include pranayama instructional videos, reading assignments, and self-quizzes to complete before we meet in-person.

Yes. All of the classes taught by instructors who are E-RYT 500 certified will count towards Yoga Alliance CE hours. There will be at least 25 hours.

Yes, Advanced Pranayma is one of the required courses for those who are seeking Level 2 (300-hr) certification. If you are not a trained Ananda Yoga teacher (200-hr) then you’ll also need to take the Bridge to Ananda Yoga course (in addition to the level 2 requirements) if you’d like to become a certified Ananda Yoga teacher. See Level 2 requirements here.

Yes, we are offering it as a hybrid course and it will be available online at the same time as the in-person course is running. The online component will extend 2 weeks after the in-person is over to allow students to complete certain assignments. 

Program Details

What Our Graduates Say

Elche, Spain
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Coming from the city from a very busy life, I found this course perfect to release stress and step into deep meditation. It has helped me to observe, to still my mind, to calm my breath, and to go into a new level of stillness.
Gratefully Anonymous
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When I revisited the Adv. Pranayama course—having taken it years before—the depth of "how to" energize and breathe had such profound effects that my Ph.D. neurotherapist released me from 2 1/2 years of weekly, sometimes daily, brain treatments for depression and anxiety.
Charlestown, RI
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What a wonderful surprise to discover how deepthe breathing practices truly are, and the depth of exploration possible by engaging the bandhas. What in the past had looked to me as such an outward practice, was really a pathway to inward experience.
Fresno, CA
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The Advanced Pranayama workshop seems to be the owner’s manual for breath and controlling prana. We laughed, talked, meditated and found stillness. I feel as if I now have the experience of the ancient rishis to guide and assist me in my meditation practice.
North Bend, OR
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This program has had a profound impact on me personally that I know will shine through into my personal practice as well as all of my future teaching. This course was very healing and illuminating.

Advanced Pranayama

Dive deep into the pranayama practice

Dates: Sep 3 – 10, 2023 

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