On-Demand Pranayama Level 1 Course – With Gregor Maehle

Price in Australian Dollars: AU$349
At the time of writing in foreign currency, this was US$216, €198, £175
Students who have previously completed our in-person teacher trainings can register at a 50% discount. Please email us for a discount code.


Course Details

Online Course

Pranayama Level 1 Course

Total Hours
~14 Hours
~16 Lesson Course

-Course Overview

This is our foundational pranayama course, consisting of 16 lessons with each lesson approximately 45- 60 minutes long. This course is now available On-Demand and each lesson can be watched at whatever time is convenient for you and can be rewatched indefinitely as long as you need it. We recommend to work with this material for approximately one year unless you progress very fast. All other pranayama courses are built on this course and participation in our Level 2 and 3 courses is dependent on either completing this online course or one of our in person trainings/ pranayama events.


  • Capacity to sit comfortably in a meditation posture
  • An empty stomach, i.e. practice before food and not after food

What you don’t need

  • An intermediate or advanced asana practice


  • Untreated high blood pressure, uterus inflammation, glaucoma, heart disease, pneumonia, bronchitis, hernia, dizziness
  • Pregnancy
Course Syllabus
1. Kapalabhati
  • Contraindications
  • Lack of proper Kapalabhati one of the main reasons for your pranayama not to succeed
  • Technique: 3 aspects keeping chest lifted, contract lower transverse only, 4:1 ratio
  • What you can do wrong
2. General Guidelines for pranayama
  • When and where to practise pranayama
  • How many rounds in how many sittings how often per week?
  • Proceed cautiously and prudently
  • Attitude of devotion and mental focus
  • Rest or not rest
  • Kapalabhati continued
3. Asanas
  • Who qualifies for pranayama
  • Four meditation asanas
  • Kapalabhati continued
4. Liberate your breathing pattern through breath waves
  • Reclining two-staged breath waves
  • Reclining three-staged breath waves
  • Upright two-staged breath waves
  • Upright three-staged breath waves
  • Kapalabhati continued, followed by three-stage double-up wave
5. Ujjayi: Complete yogic breathing cycle
  • Importance of complete breathing
  • Complete yogic breathing cycle
  • Why little Ujjayi for Ashtangis
  • Kapalabhati followed by three-stage double-up wave with Ujjayi and complete breathing cycle
6. Supports of pranayama
  • Mitahara
  • Bandhas
  • Kriyas (Neti)
  • Bhavana
  • Kapalabhati possible mistakes
7. Nadi Shuddhi
  • Why purification of the nadis?
  • Vasishta’s Nadi Shuddhi in Samhita as pre-pranayama
  • In the beginning don’t worry about count or kumbhaka
  • Continue Kapalabhati (3 rounds) + Nadi Shuddhi with complete cycle and breath wave
8. Mantra
  • Importance of matra and metronome
  • Mentally pronounce OM with each click of metronome
9. Visualization
  • Integration of moon and sun in their respective locations as being the lunar and solar batteries
  • Kapalabhati w. Nadi Shuddhi, breath wave, metronome and mantra OM
10. Water and Fire mantras VAM and RAM
  • As chargers for lunar and solar batteries with respective pranas
  • Kapalabhati w. Nadi Shuddhi, breath wave, metronome and mantras VAM and RAM
11. Digital counting 1 : 1 ratio
  • With metronome counting on digits
  • Your individual count, don’t follow leader, only Mysore style
  • Kapalabhati w. Nadi Shuddhi, breath wave, metronome and mantra VAM and RAM and digital couting
12. Shambhavi Mudra
  • Integrate
  • Lengthen your breath
13. Jihva Bandha
  • Integrate
  • Lengthen your breath
  • How long 1 :1 ratio and contraindication
14. Divine Image
  • Integrate image of sacred and highest aspirations
  • Lengthen your breath
15. 1 : 2 ratio
  • When and how to switch
  • contraindications
  • integrate
  • how long before kumbhakas
16. Chandra and Surya Bhedana
  • When and when not to use, contraindications
  • Integrate, how often per week and mix with Nadi Shuddhi
  • Svara and Nadi balance
  • Health through svara
  • Which activity during which nostril?
  • How to alter svara
Technology Notes
  • Please set your playback resolution to 540 or lower during the live session. Do not keep it on the “auto” playback, which can be inconsistent. To change the resolution, hover over the player bar, click on the settings cog, and select 540 or 240. If in doubt whether your connection is fast enough initially select 240.
  • If the video does not start, try refreshing your browser or restarting your device.
  • Please check your audio output before class starts. This can be done via the sound settings in your system preferences.
  • Vimeo, our video platform works best with Google Chrome
Event Information


Upon Purchase:
You will receive a purchase receipt and shortly after an email titled “Important information for the event…”. This email will include all information regarding access to the live event. All video footage copyright 8 Limbs Ashtanga Yoga 2020.


July 14, 2024
12:55 pm


Gregor is a life-long yogi and has over 40 years of experience of yoga study and practice!



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