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Pranayama Online Training, Pranayama Teacher Training, Breathwork


Human Biologist and Founder of the Yoga Science Academy, Elli Ji, combines the vast knowledge of traditional Pranayama from India with up-to-date modern research to help you unleash your self healing power.  Learn how the holistic fusion of Pranayama (Ancient Breathwork) and Western Research can truly transform your life. The Pranayama Courses and Pranayama Teacher Trainings are designed in a way that allows you to choose how deeply you want to explore the sacred Science of Pranayama.


Pranayama (Traditional Breathwork) holds the most powerful tools to improve your mental and physical health. In the different stages of the Pranayama Trainings (Ancient Breathwork) you will learn the physical and mental effects of Yogic breathing techniques and get a wholesome understanding of the body-mind-bridge: your BREATH. Step by step you learn how to  overcome chronic diseases as well as mental issues.  In our 200 hours Pranayama Teacher Training, we combine remote online teaching with live training. It´s designed in 3 Levels. You can choose to what extent you desire to immerse yourself in the discipline of Pranayama.

  • 24 hours Pranayama Online Training Level I for Beginners

  • 76 hours Pranayama Online Training Level II for Advanced

  • 100 hours Pranayma Online Training Level II for Teachers


In 12 full classes of 24 hours of traditional Pranayama (Ancient Breathwork) lectures and practice you ́ll learn about the science of breath in theory and application.  If you want to build a firm foundation for your health or improve your meditation practice the first level is already perfect for you. You can acquire a 24 hour Pranayama Education Certificate. We will introduce different breathing techniques to

  • Establish a sound and healthy breathing pattern

  • Harmonize the functions of our hemispheres

  • Balance the autonomous nervous system

  • Clean the energy channels, our Nadis

  • Calm our mind

  • Shift the energy through the body

  • Clean environmental toxins from the body tissues

  • Enhance the immune functions

  • Prepare for meditation

Unlock the Science of Breath: 12 Comprehensive Pranayama Classes  Join us for a transformative journey of traditional Pranayama lectures and practice spanning 12 enriching sessions. Delve into the theory and application of the profound science of breath, as we explore its intricacies together. Mark your calendars for our weekly sessions every Wednesday morning, where we will engage in one hour of collective practice.  Throughout the course, we will introduce a diverse range of breathing techniques aimed at achieving specific objectives. Discover how to establish a robust and healthy breathing pattern, optimizing your respiratory function. Harmonize the functions of your brain hemispheres, fostering balance within your being. Experience the profound effects of Pranayama as we work towards harmonizing the autonomous nervous system, promoting overall well-being.  Nurture your energy channels, the Nadis, as we embark on a journey to cleanse and purify them.



  • Diaphragmatic breathing

  • Makarasana

  • Nadi Shodanam

  • Anuloma Viloma

  • Breath Meditation

  • Cleansing techniques

  • Mudras

  • Bandhas

  • Counterindications

  • Therapeutic effects of the techniques

  • The autonomous Nervous System

  • The main Nadis

  • The main Chakras

  • Physiological effects of breathing exercises

  • Neurological effects

  • Personal guidance and feedback

Unlocking the Power of Breath: Pranayama Techniques and Their Benefits  Explore a comprehensive range of Pranayama techniques and their transformative benefits. Immerse yourself in the world of breathwork as we delve into the following practices:  Diaphragmatic breathing: Discover the art of deep, abdominal breathing to enhance relaxation and oxygenation.  Makarasana: Experience the rejuvenating effects of the crocodile pose, harmonizing your body and mind.  Nadi Shodanam: Learn the technique of alternate nostril breathing to balance your energy channels and promote overall well-being.  Anuloma Viloma: Embrace the benefits of the alternate nostril breathing technique, fostering mental clarity and harmonizing your vital energy.  Breath Meditation: Unlock the serenity of breath-focused meditation, cultivating mindfulness and inner peace.  Cleansing techniques: Dive into powerful breath-based cleansing practices to purify your body and energy channels.  Mudras



In case you want to go further than creating an overall well-being you can go on with Pranayama Online Training Advanced Level II. In 76 hours we dive deep into the ancient knowledge of the Yogis and learn how to personalize the practice through Ayurvedic knowledge (Ayurveda lectures and diagnosis). You will learn how to apply the various breathing techniques for individuals and create your own perfect Pranayama plan. 

We will work with more distinct Nadi cleansing and meditative balancing techniques. Teaching will be the same for everybody, yet applied daily practice will differ depending on personal circumstances and needs. We will find our boundaries, learn to respect them and overcome them with time and practice. With Pranayama Training Level I + II you can acquire a 100h Advanced Pranayama Training Certificate.




What we will learn in the Pranayama Online Training:

• Bandhas
• Cleansing exercises
• How to ignite the fire in our body
• Clean impurities
• Incorporate daily nutrition to the practice
• Harmonize the hemispheres
• Bundle our energy to one point
• Activate glands
• Channel the flow of prana
• Inducing meditative states
• Brainwaves and states of awareness
• Effects of Pranayama (Ancient Breathwork)
• How to balance the practice in daily life



The Pranayama Teacher Training Level III is held live in person with a duration of 100 hours. You will be guided towards deeper awakening and cleaning practices. You have prepared well for this last Level of your training. As the techniques refine, the guided sessions will prolong to some hours per day, so we will practice together in a clean and soothing environment. Pranayama Teacher Training Level III is for the ones who want to share the ancient teachings with others. To guide experience is needed, so we will get a taste of intense practice. Combined with silence and supporting cleaning (Kriya) and Yoga (Asanas) sessions we experience the power of uplifting Pranayama to activate the chakras and transform energy towards the divine. For the exam you will teach your own Pranayama session in the group. Together with Pranayama Training Level I + Level II + Level III You can acquire a 200 hour Pranayama Teacher Certificate.



The Pranayama Online Training (Ancient Breathwork Training) at the Yoga Science Academy  is structured in a way so you can choose how deep you want to dive into the sacred science of yogic breathing. In Pranayama Online Training Beginner (Level I), you will learn the most basic and powerful breathing exercises and techniques to establish a sound and healthy breathing pattern for stable health and   mental resilience. With this, you will be able to clean your Nadi system,  the energetic channels of our Pranic body. Releasing environmental toxins and removing mental blocks is as important as appliying the techniques  in the correct way. You improve your mental skills and increase the flow of Prana, the life force, and your vitality. After completing Level one of   Pranayama, you can go on with yourpersonal practice until you feel ready for the next step.



In Pranayama Online Training Advanced (Level II) we will learn more about specific applications, how to treat diseases through the breath and explore the effects of directed flow of Prana. You learn how to work with  our energy body shift Prana where it is needed or wanted. The mental  aspect will increase with the practice. The courses are designed for you to reap the benefits of your practice as a preparation for higher spiritual work as meditation or integrate the learned into your professional life. In both levels the scientific and spiritual background of all techniques are discussed and explained. You will now what you are doing and why (or why not) and can observe the effects on your daily life. In the last level we will meet in person as I will have to touch and observe you keenly to determine the level of exercises. Stronger techniques will be introduced after you having trained for longer period of time. An adaption in nutrition and behaviour are also preconditions to the advanced course. You ́ll learn how to assess groups and diagnose individuals through ayurvedic measures and interviews to understand which kind of techniques you should teach to whom.

This course offers a structured approach, allowing you to choose the depth of your exploration into the sacred science of yogic breathing. In Level 1, you will master fundamental and potent breathing exercises to establish a healthy breathing pattern for enhanced overall well-being and mental resilience. By cleansing your Nadi system, the energetic channels of the Pranic body, you can release environmental toxins and dissolve mental blocks. This leads to improved mental acuity, increased Prana flow, and heightened vitality.  Upon completing Level 1 of Pranayama, you can continue your personal practice until you feel prepared for the next phase. Level 2 delves into specific applications, including using the breath to address various ailments and exploring the directed flow of Prana. You will learn how to manipulate energy within your body, channeling Prana to areas that require attention or intention. Mental aspects will also be further developed through practice.
Image depicting the ancient practice of Pranayama and modern Breathwork techniques. Both emphasize conscious control of the breath to enhance physical and mental well-being, regulate life force energy, increase oxygen flow, and cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness


Take a deep breath, is what we say when we want somebody to relax and calm down. This simple advice holds a deep wisdom of the body-mind connection and that we can influence our mental state through physical approaches. From the first moment of our life, we start breathing, we start expressing our inner state and modulate ourphysiology through the breath. HOW we breathe influences and shapes our life through every experience and guides us through life until the very last moment when we breathe out for the last time. Indeed, the breath is the body mind bridge and every movement of the mind, every thought and emotion, are displayed in our breathing pattern. We breath in the chest and fast when are in trouble, the whole system is ready to react to outer stressors. When we relax and feel safe the breath slows down and deepens into the belly. All breathing patterns are well and important to face all situations that life can present to us.

Harness the Power of Breath: Unleash the Body-Mind Connection  . The body-mind connection runs deep, and we can influence our mental state through physical approaches. From the very beginning of our lives, our breath becomes a means of expression, modulating our physiology and reflecting our inner state. The way we breathe shapes our experiences and guides us throughout life, even until our final exhale. The breath serves as a bridge between the body and mind, showcasing every movement of our thoughts and emotions through our breathing patterns. In times of trouble, we tend to breathe rapidly in the chest, preparing the entire system to react to external stressors. Conversely, during moments of relaxation and safety, the breath slows down and deepens into the belly. Each breathing pattern is essential, enabling us to face any situation that life presents. Discover the transformative pote


Yet, we tend to build habits in our everyday living and the breath changes over the course of life without us noticing it much. Many people show a distorted and stressful breathing pattern without a dangerous situation at hand. Yet, the body has to react to this pacemaker and build the matching biochemistry in our body. Stressful breathing causes stressful biochemistry and the while autonomous nervous system is reacting. Without noticing many of us are in a current state of physiological stress which reflects on the mental state as well. With understanding the pathways of our body and the connection to our mind we can easily alter our inner and outer state via the body-mind bridge, via our breath.

Uncover the Impact of Breathing Habits on Your Well-being  In our daily lives, we unknowingly develop habits that alter our breathing patterns over time. Surprisingly, many individuals exhibit distorted and stressful breathing patterns even in the absence of danger. Yet, our bodies react to these patterns, creating a corresponding biochemistry within us. Stressful breathing triggers a cascade of stress-related biochemical responses in our bodies, impacting the autonomic nervous system. Often, we remain unaware that we are in a constant state of physiological stress, which consequently affects our mental well-being. By understanding the intricate pathways of our body and the profound connection to our mind, we possess the ability to effortlessly transform our internal and external states through the body-mind bridge: our breath.


Our bodily functions, as our breath, are expressions of the hidden

movements in our mind. Every thought has a certain vibration and causes a specific emotion in order to express itself in the material world. Yet, weare barely in control of the subconscious workings of our mind. Over our lifetime we cultivate stressful thoughts and forget how to breath naturally. We exhibit a harmful breathing pattern which gives our mind the external feedback of danger again. Like this we remain in a vigilant state, mind and body alike,  that block the higher cognitive functions. As the breath is the body mind bridge, all thoughts manifest in the breath and all breathing  affects the state of mind. With certain breathing we can calm our mind  and bring it to a state of calm awareness. We use the breath to ease the waves in our mind and become relaxed and focused. A sound breathing influences the physiology of our body, our immune functions, our  thinking patterns, our resilience, our hormone status and biorhythms.  Like this  we can think clearly and increase the healing and rejuvenating programs of our body. Yet, breath transports much more than just  oxygen to our body tissues. Breath is the carrier of PRANA, the life force which flows through every being, the power which keeps us

alive and is responsible for our vitality and health.

Unveiling the Mind-Body Connection: Transforming through Breath  Our bodily functions, including our breath, serve as reflections of the subtle movements within our minds. Each thought carries its unique vibration, giving rise to specific emotions and manifesting in the material world. However, the subconscious workings of our minds often elude our conscious control. Throughout our lives, we accumulate stressful thoughts, causing us to forget how to breathe naturally. This harmful breathing pattern reinforces the perception of danger to our minds, keeping us in a perpetual state of vigilance that hinders higher cognitive functions. The breath, acting as the bridge between the body and mind, reveals the manifestation of all thoughts and significantly impacts our mental state. By employing specific breathing techniques, we can calm the mind, fostering a state of serene awareness. Utilizing the breath...


In many traditions and research fields the topic of Prana is explained and investigated. Different names like Chi or Orgon are used to speak about the innate power of life, the power that flows inside and outside of us, filling every being with the spark of life itself. Prana flows in the so-called astral body, in the energy layer of ourselves. This is “where” the chakras are located and the Nadis, the energy channels, transport information and energy to all compartments of our system. When Prana does not flow, there is no life. How much Prana we hold inside and how much it flows determines our vitality and mental as physical health. Blocks can occur through trauma or toxins and hinder our energy from flowing. All sorts of symptoms can originate from that exhaustion and lacking and they can be addressed easily and effectively through only establishing a sound and healthy breathy pattern without distortions or harmful habits.

Unleashing the Power of Prana: Vitality and Healing Energy  Prana, known by various names like Chi or Orgon, holds immense significance in many traditions and research fields. It represents the inherent life force that permeates every living being, both within and around us, igniting the spark of life itself. Prana flows within the astral body, the energetic layer of our existence. It is in this realm that the chakras, the energy centers, reside, and the nadis, the energy channels, convey vital information and energy throughout our entire system. The presence and flow of Prana are synonymous with life itself. The quantity of Prana we possess and its free-flowing nature directly impact our vitality and overall mental and physical well-being. However, blocks can impede the flow of Prana, resulting from trauma or toxins, hindering our energy circulation. These obstructions manifest as various symptoms, causing exhaustion and depletion. Fortunately, by establishing a healthy and ....


Prana does not flow through breath alone. It flows together with our awareness and increases as we become more conscious and responsible towards our own energy levels. The spiritual benefits of Pranayama (Ancient Breathwork Trainings) are various and always bring about a higher consciousness, better self-understanding as well as mental and physical health when applied in the right way.

Unlocking the Spiritual Benefits of Pranayama: Elevate Your Consciousness and Well-being  Prana, the life force energy, is not solely influenced by the breath. It harmonizes with our awareness and expands as we cultivate conscious awareness and take responsibility for our own energy levels. Embracing the profound practice of Pranayama yields a multitude of spiritual benefits, leading to heightened consciousness, enhanced self-understanding, and improved mental and physical health when approached with care and precision.


In Pranayama you find many different techniques and breathing exercises. “Which one is the right for me?” is as an important question as asking for the right medication. You can use Pranayama (Ancient Breathwork) techniques to address certain mental or physical issues and have to take our own constitution and circumstances into account. Jumping on advanced techniques without understanding the purpose can cause unwished results and even harm people. So, as powerful as it is, Pranayama should be applied with caution and understanding.

Exploring Pranayama Techniques: Choosing the Right Practice for You  Pranayama encompasses a diverse array of techniques and breathing exercises. Just like selecting the appropriate medication, it is crucial to ask, "Which one is right for me?" Pranayama techniques can be utilized to target specific mental or physical concerns, taking into consideration our individual constitution and circumstances. It is important to exercise caution and understanding when approaching Pranayama, as jumping into advanced techniques without comprehension of their purpose can yield undesired outcomes and potential harm. While Pranayama holds immense power, it should be applied mindfully and with a comprehensive understanding of its practice.


In the Pranayama Online Training, we will take your personal background into account and focus on personalized practice for certain conditions and personal goals. In the beginning practice will be the same for all students at the Yoga Science Academy, as we will establish a baseline to work on and remove the common obstacles in the breath. Yet, your observations and experiences will show very fast what you should watch out for and emphasize. Later, in the Pranayama Online Training Level II, we will have personal assessments and determine the right practice for each one of you, so that you can gain the most of this course. That will include Ayurvedic Analysis, nutrition guidelines as well as the perfect dosage of techniques for each individual. Through this assessment you will deepen your understanding of the power of the yogic science of breath and how to apply with respect against every individual.

Personalized Pranayama Course: Tailored Practices for Your Unique Journey  Embark on a transformative journey with our Pranayama course, where your personal background takes center stage. Designed to address specific conditions and personal goals, this course emphasizes personalized practices to enhance your well-being. At the outset, we establish a common baseline practice, allowing us to identify and overcome common obstacles in breath control. However, as you progress, your individual observations and experiences will guide us in customizing your practice, ensuring optimal results.  In Level II of the course, we delve deeper into personal assessments, aiming to determine the perfect practice for each participant. Through Ayurvedic Analysis, we gain valuable insights into your unique constitution, enabling us to tailor the course to your specific needs. Additionally, we provide nutrition guidelines to support your Pranayama practice, optimizing your overall well-being.


We all are lifelong students and also teachers to others. Learning and understanding is endless. I encourage people to ask questions and share their experiences with the techniques. You will apply the learned every day and observe the reactions of body and mind. I recommend to take a journal and note down your daily observations. Slowly you can adapt your nutrition and daily habits and step by step move towards advanced techniques and a healthy lifestyle. Through your own practice and deepening observation skills you will  keep on learning step by step and get prepared for leading our own Pranayama group. So, I encourage you to take the opportunity to ask any questions, maybe you have a condition you want to approach or a friend could need some advice. We
are all different in detail and the same in the core. From others’ conditions and reactions, we can learn much about ourselves. In this course we create a safe space where no one has to be shy to share. There are no judgements, only open learning.

As lifelong students and teachers, our journey of learning and understanding is infinite. I highly encourage you to ask questions and share your experiences with the techniques. Applying what you learn on a daily basis and observing the responses of your body and mind is key. I recommend keeping a journal to record your daily observations. Gradually, you can make adjustments to your nutrition and daily habits, taking small steps towards advanced techniques and cultivating a healthy lifestyle.  Through your dedicated practice and enhanced observation skills, you will continue to learn and eventually be ready to lead your own Pranayama group. This course provides a safe space where everyone can freely ask questions and share their insights. There is no judgment, only a collective commitment to open learning and growth.  Take this opportunity to explore any specific conditions you wish to address or provide guidance to others in need. We are all unique individuals with our own journeys


  • Lack of concentration

  • Headaches

  • Migraine

  • Nervousness

  • Emotional outbursts

  • Mental disorders

  • Panic attacks

  • Addiction

  • Apathy

  • Depressive mood

  • Lack of energy

  • Lack of confidence


Everyday ailments can disappear quickly through harmonising the body functions. A few examples that Pranayma can help you with

  • Cramps

  • Belly pain

  • Menstrual pain

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Digestive disorders

  • Circulatory disorder

  • Heart problems

  • Lung problems

  • Autonomous nervous system

  • Low immune function

  • Allergies

  • Sleeping disorders

Join our inclusive Pranayama Course designed for individuals of all backgrounds seeking to deepen or initiate their journey into breathwork. No prior knowledge is required, making it accessible to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Immerse yourself in an experience-based practice that fosters a profound understanding and integration of the mind-breath connection, leading to overall well-being.  Whether your aim is to address physical or mental symptoms, embark on a detoxification journey, or explore the spiritual dimensions within yourself, this course provides a solid foundation for holistic health and energy work. Embrace the transformative power of Pranayama as it integrates seamlessly into various professional categories, including:  Physicians: Enhance your medical practice by incorporating breathwork techniques for optimal patient care. Doctors: Deepen your understanding of the mind-body connection and its impact on healing processes. Physiotherapists


Pranayama Course for All: Deepen Your Practice and Enhance Well-being  Join our inclusive Pranayama Course designed for individuals of all backgrounds seeking to deepen or initiate their journey into breathwork. No prior knowledge is required, making it accessible to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Immerse yourself in an experience-based practice that fosters a profound understanding and integration of the mind-breath connection, leading to overall well-being.  Whether your aim is to address physical or mental symptoms, embark on a detoxification journey, or explore the spiritual dimensions within yourself, this course provides a solid foundation for holistic health and energy work. Embrace the transformative power of Pranayama as it integrates seamlessly into various professional categories, including:  Physicians: Enhance your medical practice by incorporating breathwork techniques for optimal patient care. Doctors: Deepen your understanding of the mind-body connection


This Course is designed for EVERYBODY who wants to deepen or start their Pranayama practice. No previous knowledge is needed. It ́s an experience-based practice to understand and integrate the connection of mind and breath and attain overall well-being. So, whether you want to address physical or mental symptoms, detox or work with yourself
on a spiritual level,, this course builds a sound foundation for holistic health and energy work. Integrating Pranayama (Ancient Breathwork) is also beneficial and can be integrated in many professional categories such as

  • Physicians

  • Doctors

  • Physiotherapists

  • Psychologists

  • Nurses

  • Teachers

  • Energy workers

  • Healers

  • Yoga teachers

  • Martial Art teachers

  • Autogenous trainers

  • Hypnotherapists

  • Personal Coaches etc.


  • Firm grounding

  • Support to sit on (folded blanket, Yoga block, cushions...)

  • Yoga mat or blanket

  • Sandbag or a heavy book as a weight

  • Shawl or a blanket to cover yourself

  • A quiet room, no cell phones or other disturbances

  • Pad of paper to take notes

  • Neti pod for nasal douche

  • Non-fluoridated, non-iodised rock salt

  • Empty stomach

  • Dedication to apply the techniques

Pranayama Tools and Preparations for Optimal Practice  Prepare yourself for a fulfilling Pranayama practice with these essential tools and preparations. Create a serene and supportive environment for your breathwork journey:  Firm grounding: Ensure a stable and comfortable foundation for your practice, using a folded blanket, Yoga block, or cushions to support your posture.  Yoga mat or blanket: Provide a soft and comfortable surface to practice on, promoting stability and comfort during your Pranayama sessions.  Sandbag or a heavy book: Use a sandbag or a weighted book as a gentle pressure to deepen your relaxation and enhance the grounding effect.  Shawl or blanket: Keep yourself warm and cozy throughout your practice by covering yourself with a shawl or a blanket.  Quiet room: Find a peaceful space free from distractions, ensuring a calm and focused atmosphere for your Pranayama practice. Keep cell phones and other disturbances away.  Pad of paper


We will meet every weekend on Saturday for 3 hours. Every time a new technique will be introduced. The scientific and spiritual background will be explained and then applied. All sessions will be recorded and you will have access to your personal video library, so you can watch again or at another time. You can write your questions and observations into the comments and I will cover them in the next session or reply right away.
Every Wednesday we will meet in the morning to practice together. Also, these sessions are recorded and will be available for you.

Pranayama Weekend Sessions: Deep Dive into Techniques, Science, and Spirituality  Join us every weekend on Saturday for immersive Pranayama sessions that span 3 hours. Each session will introduce a new technique, providing a comprehensive understanding of its scientific and spiritual background. Delve into the transformative power of breathwork as theory seamlessly integrates with practical application.  Benefit from the convenience of recorded sessions. Gain access to the session videos for a month, allowing you to revisit the teachings, watch at your own pace, or catch up on missed sessions. Maximize your learning experience by jotting down questions and observations in the comments section. Rest assured, your inquiries will be addressed in the following session or through prompt replies.  Additionally, join us every Wednesday morning for guided practice sessions. Immerse yourself in a shared breathwork experience as we come together to deepen our understanding and refine....


Lecture and Practice


Guided Practice

21 full hours

3x 7 hours per weekend

Sa & Sun: 08.00 - 11.30 am CET

Sa & Sun: 10.00 - 11.30 am CET

378,- €

All Lectures and Guidances are recorded and available in your personal Video Library

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Everybody should have access to knowledge and learning. I keep the prices low and take personal circumstances into account. In case you meet any difficulties with the payment please contact me here and we will find a solution. In special cases you have the chance to do the payment in instalments. The price would remain the same.

Accessible Learning for All: Affordable Pricing and Flexible Payment Options  At, we believe that knowledge and learning should be accessible to everyone. That's why we have kept our prices low and consider personal circumstances when it comes to payment. We understand that financial difficulties may arise, and we are here to help. If you encounter any challenges with the payment process, please reach out to us at, and we will work together to find a solution.  In special cases, we offer the opportunity to make payments in installments, ensuring that the price remains the same. We want to ensure that financial constraints do not hinder your access to transformative learning experiences. Your commitment to growth and self-discovery is our top priority, and we are dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.  Join our inclusive community and embark on a journey of knowledge and personal development. Take advantage of our affordable pricing


You register for the course and send me your SKYPE name. I will add you to the group and you receive a call every time we meet for life practice.
After the session you have access to the video for one month to watch again or at your perfect time. Handouts will be posted into the group for download every class as well as a guided Pranayama (Ancient Breathwork) practice for everyday application.


Elli Ji has been guiding Pranayama courses for several years and has experience in teaching and diagnosing people. She applied the knowledge of many years of Yoga trainings, additional education and personal experience to help people around the world. She trained many people with various backgrounds and needs in different settings in Nepal, India and Europe. With a MSc in Human Biology, 500hrs YTTC and education in TCM, Hypnosis, Reiki and immersion into Yoga Nidra and Pranayama, she understands the physiological, neuronal and hormonal pathways, effects of yogic applications as well as the spiritual aspects of
holistic health. Specialized in both, western science and eastern spirituality, she will explain all neuronal and physiological effects of the yogic techniques in detail. The scientific understanding is combined with spiritual experience and insight from years of dedicated practice and teaching. Through practice and purposeful application of ancient spiritual techniques she got rid of various so-called chronic diseases and helped many others to find their way back to a balanced life and natural health. What allopathic western medicine and experts could not solve, the ancient knowledge of Yoga and holistic approaches towards health and life itself opened a new path where the modern findings of science could shine in a new light of meaning and opportunities. Elli Ji
understands to address multiple symptoms with simple measures and reactivate self-healing processes. Her goal is to increase awareness about the power of our breath and share the collected knowledge with others so that we can grasp our personal potential and live a life in holistic health and personal fulfilment. The students ́ background and purposes are taken into
account into her teaching, so that everyone can gain the most of the lectures and integrate the new knowledge into daily life.

Meet Elli Ji: Experienced Pranayama Guide with a Holistic Approach  Elli Ji is a highly skilled and experienced instructor who has been guiding Pranayama courses for several years. With a profound understanding of human biology, extensive Yoga training, and additional education in TCM, Hypnosis, Reiki, and Yoga Nidra, Elli Ji combines the best of western science and eastern spirituality to provide comprehensive guidance.  Having worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and needs across Nepal, India, and Europe, Elli Ji has honed her teaching and diagnostic skills. Her expertise extends beyond theoretical knowledge, as she has personally experienced the transformative power of Yoga and Pranayama in overcoming chronic ailments. Drawing on her MSc in Human Biology and a 500hrs YTTC certification, she elucidates the physiological, neuronal, and hormonal pathways that underlie the effects of yogic practices.


The roots of Pranayama, the practice of breath control in Yoga, are as old as humanity and spirituality. They are described in ancient scriptures which can be dated back at least 30000 years. These proofs of knowledge are merely a hint on the vast wisdom which Pranayama holds. The fourth limb of Ashtanga Yoga is described in various texts.


The first indications of breath control practices are found in the oldest Indian scriptures, the Vedas, specifically the Rigveda. So, breathing starts with the creation of the universe (Rigveda=Genesis). The hymns in these texts do not only rever the cosmic breath but also shine a light on the importance of harnessing the breath for spiritual advancement.


The next significant mentioning of Pranayama came with the Upanishads, written between 800 BCE and 500 BCE. These texts delve deeper into the metaphysical aspects of the breath. The Chandogya Upanishad, for instance, equates life and breath.  With Prana being the vital force and life-energy, the Taittiriya Upanishad acknowledges Prana as the fundamental basis of all life.


The Bhagavad Gita, the most famous part of the Mahabharata, is a foundational text for various forms of Yoga and a must read for. All Sadhakas. It underscores the relationship between breath, duty, action, and devotion. While not a manual on Pranayama, it subtly weaves in the importance of breath control in maintaining equanimity and focus.


The systematic study and documentation of Pranayama are known by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. They have been written around the 2nd century BCE. Patanjali, often hailed as the father of modern Yoga, enumerates Pranayama as the fourth of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. For Patanjali, Pranayama's primary purpose was to stabilize the fluctuations of the mind in preparation for deep meditation, which is the goal of all Yogic practices.


Between the 6th and 15th centuries, various texts like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita, and the Gheranda Samhita introduced a variety of Pranayama techniques, each with specific goals. Some were meant to cleanse the body, while others were believed to awaken dormant spiritual energies.


During the British Raj, many indigenous practices, including Yoga and Pranayama, suffered decline due to Western scepticism. However, by the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a resurgence in interest, led by luminaries like Swami Vivekananda and Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, took these practices to the West.


Today, Pranayama is practiced worldwide. B.K.S. Iyengar popularized applications of Pranayama, and nowadays the sacred practices are used as breathwork to enhance physical aspects. In sports and new age self-improvement endeavours the techniques are applied.

CAUTION:  Pranayama are spiritual techniques and have effects beyond body and mind. Learn how to control your Prana to avoid unwanted effects in our Pranayama Training Beginners.


The history of Pranayama is a testament to humanity's longstanding fascination with the power of breath. From the Vedic seers to the 21st-century urbanite seeking relaxation in a yoga studio, Pranayama remains a bridge to the subtle realms of mind, body, and spirit. As modern science begins to unravel the tangible health benefits of Pranayama, it becomes clear that this ancient practice will continue to hold relevance for future generations.



While there are numerous Pranayama practices, some are more commonly practiced and recognized than others. Here's a list of some key Pranayama techniques.

NOTE: Do not practice without detailed guidance to avoid unwanted effects. 


This involves inhaling through one nostril and exhaling through the other nostril. There are 3 different ways to apply that technique. Before you can practice Anuloma Viloma you have to develop sound diaphragmatic breathing - Makarasana.  Anuloma Viloma is known to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain and purify the Nadis (energy channels) Read more


This intense technique resembles the blowing of bellows in a forge. Involves rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation. It energizes the body and clarifies the mind. 

CAUTION: Bhastrika can cause panic attacks and physical discomfort. Only practice when your teacher advises you to do so. Nutrition and Kriyas have to be followed to practice Bhastrika Pranayama. Learn how to apply Yogic techniques in our Pranayama Training Beginners.


​A series of rapid, forceful exhalations followed by passive inhalations. This technique is one of the most common and powerful breathing exercises. It cleans the lungs and the Nadis very well, releasing subtle impurities such as emotional trauma, undigested memoires etc. The mental effects are strong. It should be practiced with caution and diligence. This technique cleanses the frontal region of the brain and strengthen abdominal muscles. Read more 

WATCH OUT: To practice Kapalabhati Pranayama the right way you have to be able to control all muscles of your lower abdomen and have developed a natural, deep and slow abdominal breathing. Avoid unwanted effects and learn to prepare well for Kapalabhati Pranayama. Learn how to apply Yogic techniques in our Pranayama Training Beginners.


Inhalation and exhalation are both done through the nose, with a slight constriction in the back of the throat, producing a sound similar to the ocean's waves. This technique enhances concentration and builds inner heat. Make sure to avoid involuntary Ujjayi and learn how to apply the Ocean´s breath in the right manner. Read more 



Involves exhaling while producing a humming sound like a bee. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and can improve concentration. Bhramari breathing is a sacred technique which should be approached with caution. There are different variants and different intensities of Bhramari. The ability to slay inner demons calls for sincerity and preparation to practice Bhramari Pranayama. To reap the full benefits of that sacred technique, be sure to prepare and develop deep and slow diaphragmatic breathing first. Learn how to observe your mind through the breath and control the flow of Prana before you approach Bhramai. Learn how to apply Yogic techniques in our Pranayama Training Beginners.

While the above list covers only few of the main Pranayama techniques, it's essential to approach these practices with proper instruction. All Pranayama techniques are very potent and effect body and mind alike. It even reaches deeper into epigenetics, energy fields and the subconscious mind. It is vital to ensure they're practiced safely and effectively. Always consult a knowledgeable instructor or guide when exploring these techniques. Make sure your teacher takes your personal state into account and prepares you well. Learn how to apply Yogic techniques in our Pranayama Training Beginners.



Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship and author of "Autobiography of a Yogi," Yogananda brought Kriya Yoga to the West. He described Kriya as an advanced technique of Pranayama. Yogananda often emphasized that Kriya Yoga offers a direct way to commune with God through controlling and mastering the life force.


One of the first Yogis to be studied by Western scientists, Swami Rama demonstrated the ability to control voluntary physiological functions. In his writings, he emphasized the benefits of Pranayama for controlling the mind and achieving higher states of consciousness.


Swami Rama´s disciple and successor brought further insights for western researchers into the sacred practice of Pranayama. His books are short and to the point.


A prominent proponent of the Yoga of Synthesis, Swami Sivananda believed in the integral approach to Yoga, harmonizing devotion, knowledge, and action. Regarding Pranayama, he wrote several books and emphasized its importance as a means to awaken the Kundalini and cleanse the Nadis (energy pathways).


Founder of Iyengar Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar emphasized the precision and alignment of Yoga postures. In his seminal book, "Light on Pranayama," he detailed various techniques, benefits, and intricacies of Pranayama. He wrote, "Pranayama is the bridge between the outer and inner - it leads the Sadhaka from conscious to the subconscious."


Founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Pattabhi Jois insisted on the synchronicity of breath with movement, or what he called "breath with sound." While his primary focus was on asanas, the rhythmic, Ujjayi breathing that is fundamental to Ashtanga can be seen as a form of Pranayama.

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