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Pranayama & Yoga Meditation CPD Course. Studio

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Pranayama & Yoga Meditation CPD Course. Studio

15 October 2022 - 15 January 2023

Full price: £480

Course intention

Our Pranayama & Meditation CPD course is designed for the dedicated yoga practitioners and teachers, sincerely interested in the higher limbs of yoga and willing to commit to the daily practice on this self-exploration journey of yoga.

We will introduce, guide and mentor you through the theory, philosophy and precise technique of the classical yogic kriya (cleansing), pranayama (energy & breathwork) and meditation (pratyahara, dharana, dhyana). We’ll help you establish a profound and insightful daily practice, supporting your personal yoga journey as well as your teaching.

Though the yoga journey is a personal one, we see vividly, how through the uplifting energy of the community and joint, deep learning, we are more and more able to transform into more compassionate human beings, with open hearts, ready to support, help and love one another. We admire our students and we are confident that if you join us, you will enjoy the process, intellectually, physically, spiritually. We also promise, we’ll laugh quite a bit together 😅!

This course is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals as an advanced CPD programme for yoga teachers.

Course summary & syllabus

Pranayama & meditation are ancient enlightening and empowering yogic practices, helping us to reconnect with our true, inner self and to find balance within regardless of the external circumstances. In this programme we’ll ensure that you not only learn the techniques, but also understand the origins, the intentions, and the philosophy behind. The course is taught by Irina Pashkevich Bourdier, who is a direct student of Gregor Maehle, one of the world’s renown educator on the higher limbs of yoga.

In this 4-months course you will discover the following aspects of pranayama & meditation:

  • Background, purposes, philosophy and definitions of pranayama and yoga meditation.
  • Time of the practice and a safe progression.
  • Counterindications, benefits, and obstacles.
  • Efficient integration of the practices into daily life.
  • Learning to guide your students in kriya, pranayampa & meditation.
  • Mudra: essence, philosophy and technique.
  • Bandhas: role in pranayama and meditation and technique.
  • Mantra: sacred vibration and few classical mantras.
  • Chakras: comprehensive psycho-energetic analyses of the chakras and practices.
  • Pancha kosha or Five-sheath concept of the Taytirya Upanishad and role of it in our yogic sadhana.
  • Ashrama and integration of this ancient concept into your life
  • Dharma, Svadharma: life’s divine purpose and practices to embody svadharma.
  • Gunas: theory and practices towards spiritual involution.
  • Prana and vayus: concepts, their functioning within our subtle body & practices.
  • Kumbhaka: definitions, purpose, types, inspiration, and technique.
  • Sacred objects in the practice of the higher limbs of yoga.

Some of the techniques explored

All the techniques will be explained in-depth: philosophically, physiologically and psychologically.


  • Kapalabhati.
  • All stages of Nauli.
  • Jala Neti.
  • Trataka.


  • Stage wave breathing.
  • Complete yogic breathing.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Vasishta’s Nadi Shuddhi.
  • Nadi Shoddhana.
  • Surya & Chankra Bhedana.
  • Chandra Bhedana.
  • Sitali and Sitkari.


  • Chakra Kundalini meditation as a principal yogic meditation.
  • Aurobindo’s.
  • HamSah.
  • Spheres of light.
  • Krishna’s.
  • Svadharma.

Course students

Any dedicated yogi, teacher, trainee or practitioner, interested to find and establish a profound and insightful system of pranayama and meditation sadhana.

Prerequisite: open heart and mind and commitment for 4-7 days a week practice (short at first 😉).

Course teacher

Irina Pashkevich Bourdier, the founder of Iriness is a Senior Yoga Teacher as well as Teachers’ Trainer Pro and Yoga coach  with Yoga Alliance Professionals. Irina has been a steadfast dedicated yoga practitioner for over 20 years and a teacher since 2008.

She is a student of Gregor Maehle and her teachings reflect Gregor’s to the best of her ability. Irina is passionate about yogic education in a precise, authentic but modern scientifically-inclined way.

While she takes yoga practice very seriously, she is known for being humorous and light-hearted, so we hope you’ll enjoy, have fun and laugh too! Please visit the About page for more information about Irina.

Duration & timeline

  • Four weekends, one weekend a month from October 2022 to January 2023.
  • Each weekend day from 10:30am to 4:30pm.
  • Upcoming weekend dates:
    • October 15th – 16th.
    • November 19th – 20th.
    • December 17th -18th.
    • January 14th-15th.

Weekends’ set up

  • The course will take place at our studio in Horsham, West Sussex from 10:30am to 4:30pm during one weekend of a month.
  • Each morning will be started with setting the intentions, personal and group ones, and a gentle preparatory asana practice.
  • First day will be dedicated to the theory of kriya and pranayama and the following day to the meditation.
  • Both days will be full with practices of both pranayama and meditation, so we’ll build up more and more elaborate sadhana as the time goes by.

Course hours & mentoring

The course offers total of 72 hours of continuous professional education: 52 contact & 20 non-contact. This includes:

  • 40 contact hours during the four weekends of the course: at Iriness Yoga Horsham.
  • 8 contact hours of the weekly pranayama & meditation class, live online each Friday morning.
  • 20 non-contact hours of self-studies, assessment completion and sadhana.
  • 4 contact hours of live online mentoring sessions upon completion of the course, from February to May (once a month).

Materials & assessment

  • You’ll be provided with the materials, summarising all the themes and practices of the course, as a base for your personal notes.
  • Irina’s teachings are inspired by her teacher, Gregor Maehle. His books are invaluable in understanding the philosophy and practices of pranayama & meditation, so we strongly recommend purchasing them for the course: “Pranayama, the breath of yoga” and “Yoga Meditation”.
  • We’ll provide you with a Workbook with questions for the open-book assessment. It will give you  an opportunity to revise the materials covered and receive our certification upon completion (within 12 months).

Course price & terms

  • Your full investment for 72 hours course – £480.
  • The course pass is non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Payment in two instalments: 50% deposit and remaining 50% two weeks prior course’s start, i.e. by the 1st of October 2022.

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Upon paying full tuition, please follow our system’s guidance to register for each individual session  (the payment will NOT auto-register you to the sessions). We use the Momoyoga App booking system, which you can download to your phone and easily sign up to or deregister from a given session of the course.

Refunds: deposit will be refunded (with the deduction of 5% admin charge),  if requested 30 days prior to course start date. No other refunds can be offered, since we offer both in-person and online tuition with recordings.

Testimonials from the previous courses

“Irina is remarkable. I’ve finally found a knowledgeable, experienced teacher who I thoroughly enjoy learning from. She is supportive, encouraging, friendly, and approachable. She takes the time to really help me understand, grow and evolve. It was a blessing for me to find Irina and her Pranayama & Meditation courses for yoga teachers.” – Catherine King, yoga teacher.

“I have attended more than one course held at Iriness with Irina Pashkevich: Ashtanga, Pranayama, Meditation, and cannot recommend her highly enough. Her passion for yoga and its sharing comes out in everything she does. Her knowledge is vast and her delivery presented immaculately with a flair of gratitude, lightness, understanding and compassion.” – Irma Kennedy, yoga teacher trainee.

‘If you are looking for an authentic yoga space, you should go to Iriness. Irina’s style of teaching is from her own enquiry over all limbs of yoga with great sense of humour and precise explanations, and she always gives us a signpost of our yoga journey. I recently completed her Pranayama & Meditation course, which was full of knowledge and exercises, which I looked forward to every week, and that is what a real yoga teacher can do – she gently wakes up the yearning heart for an adventure which each one of us carries deep within.’ – Hinako Hatcher, yoga teacher.

‘Irina’s Pranayama & Meditation Course is fantastic. I am so glad I signed up and am now doing part two. Her teaching is joyful and passionate, she connects deeply with her subject and is very generous with her advice, information and suggestions. Her teaching is accessible, thorough and fun! I am enjoying my course immensely and I am so glad that I found her. I am also looking to reconnect with Ashtanga and take her classes, so I cannot wait!’ – Francoise Murat, yoga teacher.

‘I feel very privileged to have been part of Irina’s Ashtanga CPD earlier this year. Irina so generously shares her extensive knowledge and creates a nurturing space to learn, share and develop as a teacher but also personally. No question goes unanswered. I feel my practice has an added depth and I teach with a new confidence. It more than met my expectations and I continue to integrate and absorb the information Irina shared throughout the course. Irina lives yoga and the joy it brings is evident and infectious. I enjoyed and benefited from the course so much that I’ve started Irina’s Pranayama and Meditation CPD course. I can’t wait to continue my yoga journey with Irina.; – Morag MacDonald, yoga teacher.

More testimonials here.

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