To work as a breathing and pranayama instructor, a deep and wide understanding of the field of breathing is required. This advanced course offers tools to develop that knowledge and skills.

MasterYourBreath Academy: Pranayama & Breathwork TT

Breathing is the foundation for every process in the body and for transformation on all levels. The way we breathe deeply affects our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences. And through improving our breathing habits, we can learn to create a stable yet fluid spine, a stable core, and optimize our metabolism, hormones, strength, mobility, endurance, and condition.

The field of breathing has been growing steadily over the past years in its relevance across the fields of yoga, meditation, coaching, business, fitness, and health. Yet, it is still in the early stages with a constantly increasing demand for skilled teachers and coaches who know how to apply optimal principles of breathing to individually support people from all walks of life. 

To work as a breathing and pranayama instructor, a deep and wide understanding of the field of breathing is required, based on personal practice and knowledge. 

In the MasterYourBreath Academy you will develop this understanding through:

  • your own practical experience of practicing the principles, protocols, and techniques of breathwork

  • learning and applying the skills to assess other’s breathing patterns and to instruct them to improve them, 

  • and acquiring knowledge in the study of pranayama, modern approaches to breathwork, anatomy & physiology of breathing, related Western research, and breathing therapy.

The MasterYourBreath Academy includes 80 hours of contact hours and you learn everything you need to work as a Pranayama and Breathwork instructor or to include it in your existing practice as a yoga teacher, health or fitness coach, or as another tool to upgrade your offerings.

We believe in breathing as a tool for transformation and healing, and want to ignite the highest level of confidence and excitement to share the MasterYourBreath principles, techniques, and protocols. Therefore, you will also learn tools and techniques to create and promote your offerings so you are encouraged to share your learnings from this course with the world. 

In this way we create an even bigger impact and - as a community of MasterYourBreath teachers - reach even more people to use the power of their breathing to transform their health and well-being.

The entire program led by Tom Richter is offered ONLINE through 6 modules, in English.




Tom Richter

glavni predavač | | Ashtanga Mysore Program Director | E-YT500

My name is Tom and I am a dedicated long-time practitioner and teacher of movement, breathwork and meditation through a holistic approach of mainly yoga techniques. I share ideas and tools to help you understand the importance of your breathing habits and guide you to improve them so that you can be more present and connected with yourself and experience and actively create more joy, clarity and harmony in all parts of your life.

My expertise comes from:

  • 17+ years of dedicated daily practice and teaching of Yoga, breath work and meditation
  • Long-term Study with Master Pranayama Teachers in the tradition of the Kaivalyadhama Institute
  • Curious personal research of the western science on breathing and its practical implementations as well as
  • Immerging myself into experiencing various practical approaches to use the breath to unfold the many layers of our being

While all the techniques I practice and teach emphasize the healing and transformative power of our breath, they also have taught me that the most powerful tools are always simple - but become highly effective when practiced regularly over a long period of time, with sincerity, joy and curious attention to detail.
I look forward to sharing these teachings with you!


Course of Study

Our approach to this course is very practical. We believe that adapting skills happens best through consistent building up of knowledge and its practical application. Therefore we will have regular weekly sessions, as well as deep-dive sessions with group work. There is always a possibility to ask questions and get personalized guidance within the group sessions.

From October 2023 to January 2024 (approximately 4 months):

  • Saturdays 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM - Guided Breathing Session

  • Wednesdays 7:00 PM Q&A & Guided Breathing Session

  • Sundays 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - course content

  • December 9-10, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM - course content weekend

  • January 27-28, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM - course content weekend



Module 1: Your Transformation (30 hrs)

During this first module of the MasterYourBreath Course, you apply the principles to yourself, improve your breathing patterns in daily life and develop a steady breathwork/pranayama practice. You can repeat this part of the course within a year or as often as they are offered. It includes guided breathing sessions and Q&A twice a week plus special workshops.

  • Through this Module of the Master Your Breath Program you improve and learn about your own breathing. This will root all the knowledge and skills covered in this training in your own experience.

  • Experience the effects and protocols, and understand the main principles of breathing firsthand.

  • Improve your breathing patterns in daily life

  • Develop your personal Breathing Practice or grow it further

  • Improve your presence, mental, emotional, and physical health

  • Plenty of bonus techniques to support mental, emotional, and physical health and actively create an abundant environment in your life


Module 2: Understand how breathing affects everything
Physiology, Mechanics & Anatomy of Breathing (10 hrs)

  • Anatomy and physiology of the breathing system

  • Nervous system, Vagus Nerve

  • Gases of Breathing

  • Breathing and pH-Regulation

  • Effects of Hyper / Hypoventilation

  • Practice: How to analyze someone’s breathing, hands-on and verbal adjustments, personalized instructions for different breathing types


Module 3: Connect to the tradition of classical Pranayama (10 hrs)

  • History of Pranayama

  • Kriyas and Pranayama Techniques for different purposes, benefits, contra-indications

  • The importance of Seat & count

  • Deep Technical understanding of the three  phases of Pranayama (Puraka – Kumbhaka – Rechaka)

  • Pranayama’s interplay with Chakras, Nadis, Vayus, and Panchakosha

  • Pranayama from the perspective of Ayurveda 

  • Practice: How to introduce Pranayama-techniques, Dosha-based Pranayama-practice, Intro to Pulse diagnosis, individualizing your student’s pranayama practice


Module 4: Modern Systems of Breathwork (10 hrs)

  • Understanding various systems of modern breathwork and how to apply them

  • Applications of breathwork for Fitness, Coaching, Meditation, Therapy 

  • Similarities and differences between breathwork and pranayama

  • Practice: Applying various forms of breathwork with the deep understanding of the core principles of well-known techniques, when to apply them and when they are contraindicated


Module 5: The Healing Breath - Breathing Therapy (10 hrs)

  • Introduction to Breathing Therapy

  • How to approach clients with health challenges and create confidence in the process for yourself and for them 

  • Application and relevance of breathing for various symptoms, including practice protocols to use


Module 6: How to create the biggest impact as a Breathing Instructor & Coach (10hrs)

  • How to create your biggest impact by offering breathwork and pranayama

  • How to structure your Your Funnel to create the biggest transformation for your students and clients

  • Offering and selling  your services with confidence and joy (yes, it’s possible)

  • Proven strategies




This program is open to all.
For all yoga teachers: the accrediting hours counting towards TT300 program only upon completion of TT200 program.


Practical exam:

  • Guiding a short breathing session
  • Submit protocols of 2 breath-coachings

Oral exam:

  • discussion on breath / pranayama

Upon completion of the entire course (80 hrs GaiaYoga TT 300 accredited) the practitioner will get 'Certificate of 80 hrs of advanced breathing & pranayama practices'



Full course (80 hrs):    1.950€  
GaiaYoga TT300 students:   1.550€  

Option to pay in installments (please contact us to agree on your individual payment schedule).

GaiaYoga Terms & Conditions

For full payments: cancellations made more than 60 days before training start date will not incur cancellation charges and will receive a full refund (except for the bank transitions charge). Cancellations after that date will incur 50% cancellation fee. One week prior to the course no refund will be possible.

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