100 Hour Prāṇāyāma Practitioner Training
On-Demand Individual Mentorship
This 16-week online training with Grant Ifflander is designed to give you, the practitioner, everything you need to greatly enhance your life energies by deeply understanding and furthermore experiencing the power of prāṇāyāma (yogic breathwork practices).
Note: depending on timing, you may choose to do an 8-week, 50 hour program and re-enroll at a later date to complete the remaining 8 weeks.
This container is designed for people who really want to dive into the power of the Breath.
After thousands of hours of daily practice, teaching, research and refinement, we are bringing you a comprehensive course meant to translate the ancient science of Yoga into a modern context to support serious aspirants on their journey of deepening into life.
Just 15 minutes a day will radically transform how you experience your reality. Are you ready?
A pathway to self-mastery.
What you will Master...
Understanding what your life-force is and does, and how to direct it consciously and creatively towards the life of your dreams
You will learn the yogic secrets that can help us re-process and heal from old wounds, and how to free yourself from looping stories & limiting beliefs
You will learn the subtleties and nuances of yogic breathwork (pranayama) so that you can apply them expertly and efficiently in your own life to produce maximum results and plug yourself into the cosmic recharge socket
Regulating the nervous system
You will become a master at regulating your nervous system and learn four key breathing techniques to help you develop both ecstatic sensitivty and profound inner stillness
Adequate pranayama training is often missing from many Westernized Yoga programs. In some cases, physical posture (asana/ vinyasa) training has even become exalted as a superior form of exercise than other health-oriented activities. Over-emphasizing the body and physical reality has led some people to under-estimate the value and immense return-on-investment of cultivating the mind and nervous system through correct breathing. Due to this overemphasis of physicality, breath-focused training regimens (pranayama) may have fallen behind in their importance. A large part of this discrepancy is due to the fact that there are not many people who are focused on both the application AND refinement of pranayama. To restore the balance of importance between body, breath, and mind cultivation disciplines, the Pranayama Practitioner Training emerged. This PPT is a result of noticing the discrepancy and seeking to support people in their study, research, practice and refinement solely of their breathing practices. The content and teaching in this training is an emergence from direct experience and application of centuries-old Hatha Yoga breathing methods and thousands of hours of study and refinement. This course has been development specifically to train practitioners how, why and what to do in order to maintain a steady yogic breathwork practice, and how to integrate that into their lives for better health, well-being, and physiological optimization.
Breathing exercises have been employed over millennia for health, well being and spiritual enlightenment. The yogic systems, and especially the Hatha Yoga system, have systemized and refined the various techniques that are possible and give us a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of breathing, as well as the subtle processes beneath respiration.
Come dive into this breath-focused training.
Who's this for?
the Pranayama Practitioner Training is for you if...
You are interested in exploring breathwork on deeper and more nuanced levels
You want to understand the tradition from which breathwork (pranayama) emerges
You took a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course and were unsatisfied with the depth of pranayama training that was covered
You have been a practitioner for years but are ready to dive in further
You understand the power of the breath but want to learn more about what, why, and how
You are a space-holder and want to deepen your embodiment + sharpen your abilities & competencies as a facilitator
You are ready to develop a daily practice of Breath Hygiene to greatly enhance your life-energies
This is not just an online container. It is an initiation to regain control over your life-force.
Four workshop modules diving deep into theoretical + technical aspects of pranayama
A complete and comprehensive learning around the four key breathing practices meant to supercharge your life-energies and regain mastery over your life-force
Immersive and experiential learning to discover the hidden secrets in the sacred science of Yoga
Free copy of the e-book "How to use Breathwork to..."
Access to a container of practitioners determined to do "the work"
24/7 access to Grant via WhatsApp text with course related questions
Special discounts on retreats/ workshops/ events led by Grant, Keepers of the Earth or Bridge the Gap Yoga
Live practice & coaching sessions every week
Weekly training sessions (1x1 with Grant; occasionally group sessions are offered)
Daily assignments and accountability to ensure proficiency
Bonus videos and pre-recorded content
Audio files of guided pranayama sessions
Lifetime access to video recordings
Complete discourse and technical exposition every month
Four Breathing Techniques...
Maximum Life Enhancement.
Introduction to Yoga and it's relationship to Breathwork
Understanding the "goal"
the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali
Understanding difference between "breathwork" and pranayama
Intro to key yogic concepts: sadhana, kriya, karma, samskara, kumbhaka & how/why these are important and what to do with them
Initiation to first breathwork technique Double Breathing Kriya
One month of practice, integration & embodiment
12 minute daily commitment to Breath Hygiene
Exposition on prana & ecstatic conductivity: "understanding the life-force"
Relationship between mind and prana
the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Intro to key yogic concepts: chakras, bandha, mudra & how/why these are important and what to do with them
Initiation to second breathwork technique Kapalbhati Kriya
One month of practice, integration & embodiment
15 minute daily commitment to Breath Hygiene
Exposition on kundalini: "understanding evolutionary energy"
Understanding the mechanism of ego (ahamkara)
Intro to key yogic concepts: sadhana, kriya, karma, samskara, kumbhaka and how/why these are important and what to do with them
Initiation to third breathwork technique Bhastrika Kriya
One month of practice, integration & embodiment
18 minute daily commitment to Breath Hygiene
Exposition on yogic meditation and inner stillness
Review: the "goal"; the relationship between mind and prana; our yogic framework
Putting it all into practice: "Closing the Loop" and sealing your container
Initiation to fourth breathwork technique Sama Vrtti Kriya
One month of practice, integration & embodiment
21 minute daily commitment to Breath Hygiene
A burning desire to learn, grow, overcome the limiting beliefs of the mind, and regain mastery over one's life-force
What people are saying...
I met Grant online a few years ago and since then have attended several of his courses on yoga. We worked in depth with pranayama and Kriya breathwork . It's been a little over a year of daily practice and I can say that it has been moving a lot of energy. The daily practice has helped me identify a lot of karmic mechanisms, or loops of energy that have kept me "stuck". Some moments have been wonderful, others difficult, but I kept practicing daily and stuck to it. Grant helped me remember my connection, my faith in god and prayer. He is a great teacher and for me not being a "yogi" his approach is fresh and straightforward. I warmly recommend courses with Grant, you will learn a lot about what real sadhana is, what yoga is, and also about yourself.
Jan Lais, Switzerland
Barbara, Women's Empowerment Coach & Bhakti Yogi
As I end facilitating a retreat, I can only thank Grant so much for the few months of sharing and expansion so far. Grant's sharings and full power Prana have imbibed my being and have greatly supported the women part of the retreat this weekend - I am in full gratitude and thank you so much.
Alastair, IT Solutions Expert
The level of practical knowledge that Grant's courses impart is incredible, direct learning of key fundamentals that can be applied to deepen and improve your practices the same day!
Shared with an easy-going, caring wisdom that only comes from a deep respect and curiosity of the very material Grant is himself working with, these courses are so easy, so light and yet so profound in their nature that I have no hesitation in recommending Grant's courses to anyone looking to make progress with both their daily practice and with themselves.
Joanna, Digital Nomad
No matter how I experienced Grant, whether thru his online courses or music, he shares deeply rooted wisdom that lands right in my heart. I love his casual and responsive approach while diving deep and delivering teachings that expand my life. I’ve learned a lot and added mantras to my daily practices, now with more awareness, freeing my voice in the process, which has been my intention for the year. Grant, thank you for being such a great teacher and brother who inspires me greatly!
About your instructor
meet Grant Ifflander....
a practitioner of the ancient arts, Grant found yoga in his efforts to heal from injuries (both physical and spiritual). After a series of incredible synchronicities, Grant met his Hatha Yoga teacher in India in 2016, who introduced him to the advanced internal practices of Kriya. Over the years Grant has dedicated his life to a full-time effort of studying, researching, and applying the methods of spiritual transformation that his teacher and others introduced him to. Doing this work has led him through a complete personal and spiritual transformation, which has included moving to Costa Rica, finding his dream home and partner, and living life on his own terms. He believes radical joy, self-responsibility, and true fulfillment are available for anyone willing to do "the work". It is with great pleasure that he shares what he has leartned with others.
The mind is the king of the senses but the breath is the king of the mind
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika
What sort of energetic commitment can I expect ? What if I don't show up for every session?
Our only wish is for you to get the most out of each session, and the course as a whole. This entire program was created because we were unsatisfied with the quality and depth of the breathwork offerings that are currently available. As with everything in life, your level of commitment will determine what you get out of it. If you want this to be another box checked on your list of achievements, I would recommend finding different means. Consistent breathwork practices can be extremely humbling, but are simultaneously one of the most rewarding things we can do for ourselves.
You can expect a daily personal commitment (sādhanā) of between 12 and 21 minutes to practicing the breathwork techniques as delivered in the once-a-month workshop (satsang)
For the occasional live group classes, you may choose to show up and be with the group in this container. It is helpful.
What do all these words (Sādhanā, Satsang, Sangha) mean?
Sādhanā (sah-duh-nah) is a Sanskrit word which defines the process of evolutionary effort. It literally means "the way of attainment", and is usually used to explain the set of practices one undergoes to "achieve what one has set out to achieve". To do your sādhanā is to do that which you know brings you closer to your goal(s). For example, if you want to become a more loving, more fearless, or more embodied you must take deliberate and intentional steps on the path towards those goals. Those steps constitute one's personal sādhanā and are traditionally comprised of psycho-spiritual practices or methods which harmonize and direct one's life-energies towards the chosen objective. Sādhanā - "the way of attainment"
Sangha is another Sanskrit word made famous by the Buddha, who claimed that one of the keys to enlightenment and Self-realization was the sangha. So, what is it? Sangha literally means "company" or "association", and is described as the community of inspiring people whom you surround yourself with. In my experience, there is insurmountable value to being surrounded by people with whom you can share practices, insights, and the journey of awakening with. One of my goals is to strengthen the community of dedicated practitioners and people who want to keep the fire of wisdom alive, and this course is part of that. Sangha - "inspiring company"
Satsang (Sanskrit) means "gathering together for the truth" or "being with the truth." It is often used to describe a time that is dedicated to discussing the teachings. "The teachings" refer to technical and philosophical details which support the aspirant on their path and are often referenced back to source texts that have been studied and assimilated. It is not just a delivery of information -- it is a transmission for those who are ready to receive the spark of energy being transmitted, as it shortens the timeline for the seeker. Satsang - "being with the truth"
The three pillars of our yoga school: sādhanā, sangha and satsang. We must have practices & methods which support us in our journey of awakening, we must choose quality & inspiring friends, and we must endeavor to gather, listen to and share wisdom amongst each other
I'm new to breathwork and yoga, will I still benefit from this mentorship?
Whether you're a complete beginner or someone who has been practicing breathwork for years, this course is meant to transmit to you a full set of tools and the accompanying teachings which can take you from being completely turned off by life to being completely turned on, tuned in, and zooped up with fresh shakti (energy).
We do this through a gradual step-by-step process which is meant to give you deeper and deeper access to the subtle body (also known as the pranic body), to enhance your sensitivity to energy, and to help you feel and thereby know what you are doing and why
Our approach also requires direct participation in the practices, which leads to experiential wisdom and thereby embodiment.
While the practices themselves seem simple, the slow and steady consistency of the course container and the additional technical nuances provide a steady & intelligent awakening to the life-force. It is this life-force which we cultivate in pranayama, and this cultivation requires effort, focus and patience. The training of the life-force allows one to regain control over their senses and thereby direct the mind towards higher purposes.
I am already trained as a breathwork coach, facilitator, 1000 hour yoga teacher, space-holder extraordinaire, shaman, quantum physicist, etc... why should I take this course?
Chances are if you've landed here, and are reading this, you are still looking for something. It just is what it is. I'm on the search with you - and I'm real about it. Maybe I will always be looking for the next "thing" that can support me on my path. Maybe that's just how it is. But I can honestly say that the more sincerely I walk through life, and the more openly and fearlessly I engage with the things that show up for me - without holding back, without waiting for the next opportunity, without a thousand questions - the more I am supported in my quest for fulfillment. The more I say YES to life, the more I discover things that truly do support me on my path. My path is to become a more loving and lovable human; a more wise and compassionate human; a more generous and gentle human; a more alive and vibrant human. My "work", then, is anything that is in the way of this.
I'm not here to compare or compete. I'm not here to convince or sell. I'm here to share what I've so far learned in the most honest and open way, and I know that there are people out there - regardless of their background or accreditation - that will resonate with my message.
Those are my people and I am thankful for all of them.