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Meditation and Pranayama Teacher Training

Friday 07 April, 2023 - Sunday 23 April, 2023

In-person 16-day residential at Anahata Yoga Retreat, Golden Bay, New Zealand, followed by an 8-week home study & practice period. A total of 150 hours covering theory, applications & learning to instruct classical meditation and pranayama techniques. All-inclusive of training sessions, a comprehensive manual, online content, food & accommodation.


A professional development course for yoga teachers, health and education professionals and those interested in guiding meditative techniques. Explore tools to support physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Classical meditation and pranayama techniques will be explored from practical, scientific, psychological and lifestyle perspectives. Learn teaching tools to effectively share a range of meditative practices for differing client needs, including therapeutic applications.

Delve into each stage of meditation including history, symbology and technique. Investigate the autonomic nervous system; mudras and bandhas; cultivating concentration; pratyahara and relevant yogic theory; mindfulness; seated meditation postures; principles of care; creative teaching; course and class planning; client support; and so much more!


Meditation techniques are presented as a progression from pratyahara (ability to withdraw from sensory input) to dharana (concentration practices) to support a depth of understanding on how to apply different types of meditation to different needs. The mind is gradually trained to connect into effortless internal focus. The meditative practices can be utilised to influence the autonomic nervous system, retraining the brain to release stress, anxiety, and past impressions, enhance creativity, and deepen spiritual awareness.


Classical Pranayama techniques such as Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Nadi Shodhana, Brahmari, Ujjayi have applications for physical, mental and energetic layers of experience. Applications for particular health needs include the ability to heat, cool, calm, balance the nervous system, mind, and vital energy layers.

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This Training is Designed for…

  • Yoga Practitioners who want to delve deeper in their personal practice and learn how to cultivate the practice of meditation.
  • Yoga Teachers who want to develop new skills and deepen their understanding of yogic concepts and lifestyle.
  • Health Professionals who are looking for effective tools to support clients.

Medical and health professionals, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and yoga teachers are
using these practices in a variety of settings including schools, offices, community
centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, prisons and nursing homes.

They may be effective in the management of:

  • Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia & Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addictions
  • High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Neurological conditions and motor impairments
  • Chronic fatigue and adrenal issues
  • Digestive Issues
  • Asthma and Diabetes

The Programme Includes

16 days onsite, shared accommodation (unless camping), all meals and the full programme, followed by an 8 week home study and practice period with course work including MP3 practice undertaken at home.

  • Daily meditation, pranayama, and asana practices
  • Understanding the techniques of meditation and pranayama from a practical and theoretical point of view
  • The science behind the techniques; relaxation response, the nervous system, the Vagus nerve, brain plasticity, the breathing organs and more
  • Immersion into the yoga lifestyle
  • Self-reflection tools
  • Teaching theory, including class and course planning, teaching to different needs, contra-indications, client support, teaching practicals, use of voice and much more.
  • Fire Ceremony (Havan) and Chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • The opportunity to develop your inner awareness, train the mind and bring balance to the nervous system
  • Mentored teaching practice
  • Audio files, PowerPoints, resources, videos and other inspiring content for your personal practice
  • Student manual
  • A certificate of completion at the end of the training from Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • 150 accredited hours with Yoga New Zealand
  • 150 continuing education credits can be sought from Yoga Australia, and Satyananda Yoga Teachers Association

Additional Information

This training is Module 2 of our 300-hour Relaxation and Meditation Teacher Training (Intermediate to Advanced)

Module 1: Yoga Nidra & Restorative Practices (150 hours)
Module 2:  Meditation and Pranayama (150 hours)

Students can take one or both of the modules, and are not required to have taken Module 1 to take Module 2. However, taking both modules in order is the best way to get the most out of the training, as Module 1 covers educational prerequisites that will be further expanded upon in Module 2. Book both modules at the same time, and receive a 10% discount. 

Yoga New Zealand Accreditation Information

Both modules are fully accredited with Yoga New Zealand. Please note that they are NOT general 200 hour Teacher Training courses, but rather continuing education courses. For students who already have their 200 RYT, taking one module will raise the student to the 350-hour education level and taking both modules will raise the student to the 500-hour level. If you have any questions about accreditation, please contact

Standard Price: NZD $3327.00

Camping Price: NZD $3167.00

Early-Bird Price (if full payment made by March 7th 2023): NZD $2994.30

Scholarship: 50% off. Please contact us if you wish to apply. 

For more information and to BOOK NOW please email us

Arrival: Friday 7th April 2023
Departure: Monday 24th April 2023 (the programme officially ends on the 23rd, however an extra night stay is included, for those who need to stay and catch the Golden Bay Coahlines bus on the 24th).
Pick Up: Friday 7th April 3:00pm at the Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will drop you off if travelling to Takaka from Nelson.
Drop Off: Monday 24th April 8:45am at the Golden Bay Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will pick you up if travelling from Takaka to Nelson.
There is a $15.00 charge per trip / $30.00 return for Anahata pick up or drop off.

To view scheduled flights from Wellington to Golden Bay, visit the Golden Bay Air website here.

  • Sauna and healing treatments are available. Please contact us to book an appointment in advance.
  • Camping: Tent hire is available for an additional cost of NZD $30. If interested in hiring a tent, please enquire with us at the time of booking as we have a limited amount available.
  • Private Sessions: Private yoga training, consultations and yogic cleansing practices with Swami Karma Karuna are offered online and in-person by appointment. Click here to find out more

To book now and to request any extras, please email us.


Swami Karma Karuna, lead trainer, is a senior teacher of Yoga NZ, Yoga Australia, IAYT Yoga Therapist, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and YACEP registered. She offers years of expertise delivered in a multi-faceted way using lectures, PowerPoints, practical experience, group exercises, personal reflection, teaching practice, readings, latest research, case studies and guided practices to take away.

Lakshmi has been teaching yoga internationally for 10 years and is a qualified teacher in the Satyananda tradition. She is dedicated to guiding others in the powerful practices of traditional yoga and is a Course Facilitator on the Yoga Nidra & Restorative Teacher Training at Anahata. Her passions are ritual, storytelling, and manta.

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