Change your Breath, Change your Mind.
& turn that inner dial from negative to positive
Awaken to your Full Potential
with Vicki Shields
Breath work is the simplest way of reducing anxiety, to balance hormones, boost your immunity and maximise energy levels. it's also the simplest way to connect with the inner space of our body and begin to cultivate meditative awareness.
Modern science today supports what the ancient Yogis knew thousands of years ago. They pondered many questions and found solutions, to being more centred, focused and happy:
How can we change a mind that is prone to discontent, constantly fluctuating from the stories of the past and anxious about the future? The solution lies in the management of your breath, because mind and breath are interconnected. 

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Breath Work + Pranayama

(breath of life workshop) 


With Vicki Shields (SYT) COURSE DIRECTOR

Change your Breath, Change your Mind.
Awaken to your Full Potential with Vicki Shields.
Combine the wisdom from a living Tradition taught directly to Vicki Shields by Yogic Master Sri OP Tiwariji as well as the most up to date scientific research.​ Choose to do one single weekend or combine 3 together for our 40hrs Certification .


These weekend workshops are perfect for practitioners and  teachers wanting to deepen their knowledge and experience the power of their breath as a way to relax body and mind, as well as using the breath as an essential tool for meditation.

  • Discover simple breath work techniques that can progress onto the deeply therapeutic and awakening practice of Pranayama, simply called the ‘Breath of Life’ because it animates the life force flowing through the energetic pathways of your body. 
  • Pranayama is the extension, suspension & untying of this life-force. When it is liberated it can awaken deep states of consciousness which we experience as stillness and an alert presence. The awakening of this subtle force when directed inwards can lead us towards the potential and true greatness of our being, beyond the limited conditioned self. This is the state of 'Yoga'  described in Patanjali's sutras. A deep meditative state of 'being' not doing.


Combine 3 consecutive weekends to attain 40 hrs of Further Training
Certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals

Studio 17 Edgerton Road South Stockport SK45BR

5 mins walk from Heaton Chapel Train Station

40 //60 //100 HRS £75 - £250

2021 DATES

_ MAY 1st & 2nd

_JULY 31st & 1st AUG 

_OCT 23RD & 24TH




100hrs Teacher Training


Also available: 100 hrs training Pranayama + The Subtle Body which includes a 4 day residential retreat


Space limited to 12 students booking of both days will take priority.

The effective management of your breath helps develop emotional strength and balance in our very stressful world. How we breathe also impacts on the function of every cell in our body and so our health and wellbeing. 

What can I expect from the weekends?



10:00 - 2.30 pm

We begin each morning with setting a positive intention for the mind, and then we wake up the body and release tension built up in the diaphragm, abdomen and jaw, using  the preparatory exercises (Kriyas) to help liberate the breath and the life force energy.


  • In depth study of the importance of deep breathing, management of the breath and how it affects the nervous system.

  • Introduction of simple pranayama practice (or advancing practice for experienced students).



The science of the breath and philosophy of the 8 limbs of Yoga. We will also cover differing topics listed under the syllabus content below.


We end the day with a long Yoga Nidra.



10:00- 2.30PM 

Building on the understanding of Day One with lots of repetition to help grasp mudras such as Mula and Uddiana bandha essential to the practice of pranayama .

Advancing practice for existing students and regular pulse readings.



Asana practice and understanding which Asana helps restore the nervous system and help the Pranic movement of energy through the spinal column. Mantra recitation working with the Subtle Pranic energies to further deepen the meditative experience of the weekend. Raja Yoga.


Ending with a Yoga Nidra, yoga sleep to experience the stillness of body and mind.





You will learn how working with the breath is an important foundation of any practice. Pranayama can be a both a tool for health and also in mastering the mind. It is correct and effective breathing that aids yoga asana, reduces stress and much more. With step by step instruction you will develop a self practice. You will learn the importance of preparatory exercises together with 6 of the classic techniques.

Upon completion, you will understand the nature of the:

  • Inhale, Exhale, and Retention

  • Difference between simple breathing and Pranayama

  • Therapeutic & spiritual value of each Pranayama

  • Preps and Kriyas

  • The importance and anatomy of the pelvic floor

  • Science of the breath and its affect on the nervous system

  • Bandhas Mudras and Mantras

  • Correct performance of each Pranayama

  • How to guide someone in basic breathing

  • The 8 limbs of Patanjali Yoga

  • Hatha Yoga -The process of Sun and Moon

  • Kundalini, What is it how do we access it?


With step by step instruction you will be guided through a self practice and will therefore be encouraged to teach Pranayama from your own experience.

You will be required to develop a self practice journal, additional reading and will be mentored through practice, attendance of 3 weekends is required with additional home practice and reading.


You will receive a comprehensive manual full of the science, philosophy and detailed instructions of how to practice and instruct others in Simple Breath work and the practices of Pranayama outlined in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, directly translated by Sri OP Tiwariji one of the few living Masters of Pranayama in the world today.

Full cost £250 


This Pranayama Further Training is across 3 weekends and is a rolling programme so you begin at any month and complete the 3 separate weekends as a progressive journey over three consecutive weekends in a total of 9 months to gain the Yoga Alliance Professionals Further Training Certification and CPD hours towards your 500 hours.


You will be registered with YAP on the date you commence and graduate after completing all three weekends in succession, this is non-transferable and non-refundable ( once commenced) .

We are now offering Further Training

100hrs Pranayama + The Subtle Body a 4 day residential which can be built into our 500hrs Teacher Training Programme. See below for details.

(click this link for details)