Advanced Pranayama

Advanced Pranayama

In-Person and Online: Coming 2025

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.

Welcoming All Yoga Teachers!

Free Zoom Info Session

Recorded August 12, 2023

Join this introductory session to meet the instructors and learn more about this training.

In Person

Cost: $699+ accommodations  (all inclusive)

Location: The Expanding Light Retreat, CA


Cost: $850 (for those who cannot attend afternoon/evening live classes)

Location: Online, via Zoom 

What You'll Learn

This is a 6-day residential and online 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 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 2 Ananda Yoga® Teacher, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT

Darshana, RYT 500, 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 also a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist. 



Satisfy one of the following:

  • Level 1 Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training graduate
  • Bridge to Ananda Yoga® graduate
  • All certified yoga teachers who have completed a minimum 150-hr YTT program
  • Consent of instructor 

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, you will need to attend all morning special pranayama sadhanas and morning classes from Sept 4 – Sept 9, from 6:30 – 8:15 AM PT (Pacific time) and 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM PT. These classes are mandatory. 

The afternoon classes or practice teaching sessions from 2:30 – 4:30 PM PT and evening sessions from 7:30 -9:00 PM PT are not going to be available online. Online participants will complete additional assignments and attend a final closing session on Sept 23, 2023 from 9:30 AM PT – 12:30 PM PT.

Yes, all morning and evening sessions will be recorded and available to watch during the course and until the online cohort completes the course on Sept 23, 2023.

Afternoon practice teaching sessions will not be recorded.

Yes. All of the classes taught by instructors who are E-RYT 200 or E-RYT 500 will count towards Yoga Alliance CE hours. There will be at least 33 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 certified 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

The following requirements apply to all Ananda Yoga teachers who wish to earn credit.

  • Demonstrate understanding of course learning objectives by their supervised practicum
  • Participate in all discussions and workshops
  • Complete required reading

Attendance requirements:

  • In-person students: Attend all morning pranayama sadhanas, morning and evening classes, and afternoon practice teaching sessions.
  • Online students:
    • Attend all morning pranayama sadhanas and morning sessions.
    • Complete additional online assignments for practice teaching during Sept 9 – 23.
    • Attend a mandatory final live class on Sept 23 from 9.30 – 12:30 pm.
    • Please note: you can only miss one morning sadhana and one morning session, and you will have to watch the recordings and complete an additional assignment.

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 your pranayama practice

Dates: Coming 2025 

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