Wed 7 Nov | For students and teachers

Learn to Practice and Teach Pranayama

With Doug Keller

Connecting to the Power of the Breath in Yoga

Breathing seems simple—you breathe in and you breathe out.

But over the years most of us have developed patterns in our breathing without being aware of it. Big and small events in our lives, have left their mark in our breath as we use artificial strategies to deal with them. This leaves many of us with limited, or even unhealthy breathing patterns.

Yogic breathing is an essential practice of hatha yoga that not only brings relaxation, clarity, focus and renewed energy; it is the doorway from asana (the practice of yoga postures) into meditation. But because of these patterns and blocks, pranayama can seem difficult and even inaccessible.

Any training in pranayama has to teach not only the fundamental techniques accessibly, but also support practitioners in recognizing and working gracefully through these blocks.

In this full day pranayama training you will learn simple, straightforward and clear pranayama techniques as described in Doug’s book “Refining the Breath. “

  • Anatomy of healthy breathing and why diaphragmatic breathing is a lot more than just ‘belly breathing.’ We’ll explore simple introductory Pranayama practices that induce natural, healthy breathing.
  • We’ll outline the most common disordered patterns that limit or undermine healthy breathing, and how to observe these in yourself and students. This includes the ways in which the diaphragm can get ‘stuck,’ both physically and in connection with stress and emotion.
  • We’ll explore something of the history of the development of pranayama, and how the practice shifted from an ascetic approach to a clearer connection to meditative states and emotional and physical well-being. In this context, we’ll be able to explore more safely the practices that are often treated as ‘advanced.’
  • Why ‘control of breath’ is a misleading translation of the word ‘pranayama’ and why effort and control will never lead to the desired shift in breathing patterns
  • There will be an asana component that goes beyond ordinary ‘chest openers.’ The asana practice component (which will be in brief, small doses, given the main focus on pranayama) will aim more deeply at opening the pathways — mental and emotional, as well as physical — for the breath.
Date & Time Wednesday 7 November | 09.00-16.30
Location St Janshovenstraat 1 | Utrecht
Price €115 | Yoga Moves Infinity Members €99


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All events with Doug Keller at Yoga Moves

Wed 7 Nov 09.00-16.30
Learn to Practice & Teach Pranayama
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Thu 8 – Fr 9 Nov 09.00-16.30
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Fri 9 Nov 18.30-21.00
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About the teacher

Doug Keller

Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for a decade, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on ‘Yoga As Therapy.’ He is also, in addition to his traveling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy. This program is state-approved and accredited for granting a Master’s degree in this field, and is fully accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. See


Yoga Moves is a big fan of Doug and his work: esp his wonderful books and manuals he has written. (We carry this in our shop). We use a lot of his work in our trainings.


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