Prāṇāyāma Unlocked

In this groundbreaking 9 hour workshop series, you will learn a powerful, systematic approach to prāṇāyāma, and how to use asana to explore and deepen your prāṇāyāma practice. You will also learn a variety of specific prāṇāyāma techniques as well as modifications to enhance and control these techniques to suit your own practice.

Gary Kraftsow yoga therapist portrait

“Breath-centered asana practice and pranayama are among the greatest gifts from the yoga tradition to help us maintain our physiological and metabolic health and well being, balance our emotions, and clarify our minds.”

Gary Kraftsow

Workshop Series Description

Prāṇāyma is considered one of the most powerful practices of yoga. Studies from Harvard, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and many others have shown amazing benefits ranging from hypertension, stress, depression, anxiety, and as well as connections to core cardiac and respiratory function

In this course, we will explore the ancient art and science of Prāṇāyma, understand its practical relevance for our own lives, and learn the fundamental methods of practice.

The course will include three 3-hour sessions; each session will include a presentation, time for discussion and Q&A, and a full practice.

Workshop One: Understanding Prāṇāyāma, October 7

  • Vedic 'Paradigms of Human Energy'
  • Prāṇāyma and Autonomic Nervous System

Understanding Inhalation & Exhalation

  • How and why to vary the 'directional flow' of the breath
  • Learn effective techniques for developing and refining Inhalation & Exhalation
  • Anuloma & Viloma Krama
  • Prāṇāyma and Autonomic Nervous System

Workshop Two: Understanding the art & science of ratio in Prāṇāyāma, October 14

  • How and why to modify the proportional relationship between the four parts of the breath: Inhalation, Retention after Inhalation, Exhalation
  • Suspension after Exhalation
  • bṛṁhaa (nourish, build), laghana (reduce, eliminate), & samna (balance)
  • Understanding the relationship between sana & prāṇāyma
  • How to use breath adaptation in sana to prepare for specific prāṇāyma

Workshop Three: Understanding the different techniques of prāṇāyāma, October 21

  • how to 'valve' the flow of breath
  • the 'energetics' of the different methods of practice
  • srya (heating) & candra (cooling

Workshop Series Format

Three 3-hour sessions; each session will include a presentation, time for discussion and Q&A, and a full practice.

Gary speaks on the workshops in more detail:


The workshops will be recorded and replay access offered to all students until 4 November.


You will receive a Yogacampus e-certificate of attendance which details 3 CPD hours per workshop, 9 hours for all workshops. The series is eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits and approved professional development for the continuing education of Certified Yoga Therapists via the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Meet the Teacher

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years. He began his study of yoga in India with T.K.V. Desikachar in 1974 and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France in 1988.

Gary graduated with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Colgate University in 1976 and received his Masters Degree in Psychology and Religion from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983. Around that time, he opened the Maui School of Yoga Therapy. In 1999, he founded the American Viniyoga Institute™, LLC. Since then, he has become a renowned speaker and teacher of the Viniyoga methodology at many conferences and schools nationally and internationally.

Gary has successfully developed the protocol for two National Institutes of Health studies: “Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain” and “Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety”, as well for the “Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace” clinical trial for Aetna Insurance Company.

He is the Director and Senior Teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI®), the author of two books published by Penguin: Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, and author of four educational DVD’s: Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips and Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders, Viniyoga Therapy for Depression, and Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety. He has also produced several online workshops: Pranayama Unlocked, Meditation Unlocked, Yoga Therapy for Depression, Yoga Therapy for Better Sleep, Yoga Therapy for Anxiety, and Āsana Unlocked.

Gary Kraftsow yoga therapist portrait