Pranayama Training with Eddie Stern (10 hrs)

Pranayama is a fundamental practice in classical yoga for calming, strengthening, and focusing the nervous system in preparation for meditative practices. In this training with Eddie, you will learn a few simple pranayama plans you can use effectively for daily practice.

A very special opportunity to be guided through a regular and effective pranayama practice.

We are honored once again with the presence of Eddie Stern and his ever evolving teachings on yoga. This weekend Eddie will offer a 10-hours training in pranayama, which gives you the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of this practice and learn a few sequences to integrate in your daily yoga routine. In the majority of yoga classes that one currently encounters in the West, there is typically more emphasis on asana and less on pranayama. A standard ratio of pranayama to asanas given in traditional teachings is that we should spend half of the amount of time in pranayama that we spend doing asanas, and the same amount of time meditating that we spend in pranayama. So, if we spend one hour doing asanas, there should be thirty minutes of pranayama and thirty minutes of meditation. Most current yoga systems do not meet this criterion, and so the practices can begin to favor physicality over spiritual development.

Pranayama is a fundamental practice in classical yoga for calming, strengthening, and focusing the nervous system in preparation for meditative practices. It has been said that when we glimpse our inner essence, the power of that realization can be so profound that the vessel of our body needs to be strong and stable enough to contain the increased flow of energy that comes along with the new revelations about who we are. While asanas give stability to our bodies, they only have a limited impact on the deeper functions of our nervous system, specifically the operations of the autonomic nervous system. When we can begin to have a measure of control over the automatic functions of our body, such as breathing, we can begin to manage our subconscious impulses, thought patterns, and unconscious behaviors.

In this ten-hour training, you will learn two, primary schools of pranayama. The first is the Hatha Yoga school, which uses breath retention, and the second is the Vasishta school, which moves towards natural or spontaneous pausing of the breath, rather than measured holds. Both have benefits and are useful for yoga practitioners. We will also cover teachings from a variety of Hatha Yoga texts; learn about the scientific research currently done on pranayama and slow breathing; and practice simple asanas that open the lung channels and prepare for pranayama. When approached slowly and sensibly, pranayama is a safe and important practice to include as part of your spiritual practice for regular use. You will leave this training with three, simple pranayama plans you can use for daily practice.

– Saturday 19th October | 13:00-18:00
– Sunday 20th October | 13:00-18:00

Yoga Circle
De Clercqstraat 66-68, Amsterdam


€350   (€320 for Yoga Circle Members – please request discount code via [email protected] before registering)

All levels welcome.


You will get a full refund if you cancel up to 3 weeks prior to the start of the training. Within 3 weeks there will be no refund, but you can of course arrange to transfer your spot to someone else.


If you want to learn more from Eddie, he will be teaching a morning program as well which includes asana classes. Please check the full program of his workshop 18-20 october here.



Eddie Stern is a yoga teacher, author, and researcher based in New York City. He has a multi-disciplinary approach to yoga which includes studying traditional texts and combining the application of the practices contained within them to science, research, technology, and collaboration. He is involved in evidence-based research in the healing capacities of Yoga, recently completing a masters in science for yoga research at the Vivekananda Yoga University. He has published several scientific papers and books, including the best-selling One Simple Thing, A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How it can Change Your Life, and is the co-creator of the Breathing App. His latest book, Healing Through Breathing, that illustrate the body-brain/brain-body connection, has been recently released on Audible Originals. Eddie has been practicing yoga since 1987 and has spent the past 35 years traveling yearly from New York to study yoga, philosophy, ritual, and Sanskrit with his teachers in India, including 19 years studying in Mysore.

Eddie leads pranayama teacher training courses and educational programming through his training platform, Yoga Education Collective, which he co-founded with Robert Moses and Harshvardhan Jhaveri.

For more information about Eddie please visit his website.

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