Next 200 hrs Yoga TTC - Starting November 04, 2017

Goa, India


Pranayama Teacher Training in Goa, India

Yoga Alliance certified courses in a Pranayama. Learn how to teach deep and beautiful classes with confidence which are fun and endlessly interesting. Breathwork has finally started to emerge into its rightful place as a core practice of Yoga. If you are already a yoga teacher this course gives a broad experience of the different types of breathing practices and weaves them together into highly effective patterns. Safe for total beginners and depth for experienced Yogis.


The breath connects to mind and body with our Autonomic Nervous System. The new science validates the ancient wisdom.


A systematic approach to teaching Pranayama gives you a basic template to make classes and create your own.

Practical Curriculum

The foundation covers the basics of finding the natural breath, slowing the breath rate, achieving the balanced breath and lengthening the retention and much more.

About Noah

Over 20 years practice with the Pranayama and loving teaching since 2003 its a favourite subject. Noah offers a unique opportunity to go deep.

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RYT 200 Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training Course

This teacher training program is internationally accredited and recognised as valid qualification for Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Registration. Successful completion of the course requires 90% attendance, completion of all written assignments and the attempt to teach a 90 minute class.

The combination of 180 contact hours together with co-ordinated home study and practice (prerequisite reading, report, Asana and Pranayama practice) make this course exceed greatly the minimum requirements.

Completion of RYT 200 will make you eligible for Yoga RYT 500 training.

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Asana and Breathe

During this Training we will be using a complementary Asana practice to help with our ability to breathe and also to establish the positions in which breathing happens.

One of the focal points in the practice of Yoga Asana is to free up the tissues for breathing. The spine needs to accommodate and support the changes in shape of the chest and abdomen. The chest itself can be loosened up. The neck and shoulders can restrict breathing and in the ideal body even the pelvis responds to breath. Joints, fascia and muscles can mobilise to allow movement and expansion.

The muscles of respiration can be discovered with great specificity using particular asana. Once found the breath connects with voluntary muscle contraction to awaken the breathing body.

Tension from the sympathetic nervous system arises as tension in specific muscles in predictable and individually unique patterns. Learning to release these pattern goes hand in hand with using the body to relax the mind.

Diaphragmatic breathing and reverse diaphragmatic breathing create a whole new sensory experience during asana. Revealing patterns of tension and uncoordinated  movement. Re-establishing synchronicity between the respiratory and postural muscles profoundly reeducates the somatic mind.

Applying many intelligent breathing strategies during asana gives ease and comfort in the specific positions. These techniques differ depending on the type of pose, one size does not fit all.

Breathing Exercises

Preparation for the more challenging and nuanced Pranayama practice requires a skill set of exercises focussed on individual phases of breathing. These exercises improve breathing generally and have massive health benefits.

Lengthening and strengthening the muscles of inhalation and the exhalation with active exercises targets the specific breathing muscles. Using different positions to find the muscles and activate or relax them while breathing.

Discovering the rhythm of fluid motion. A common theme in respiration is the pattern used to breath. Abdominal breathing is the ideal pattern which gives the best effect on the autonomic state. Chest breathing feels natural to some but can be an imbalance when the intercostal muscles overwork causing unhealthy changes to stress levels. 

Deepening the vital capacity of the lungs is a stand alone practice which literally expand the amount of air the lungs can hold. We can stretch not just the muscles and tendons and internal fascia but also the pleura which is the membrane  surrounding the lungs with deep inhalation techniques.

Toning the chakras by using the subtle sensation of breath combined with muscle contraction. Using perception and precision to access the richly innervated regions on the nose, mouth, throat and the many diaphragms of pelvis, abdomen and chest.

Avoiding Hyperventilation is key to getting the most out of your breath expansion practice without suffering the bad effects like irritability, sourness and unstable energy levels.

Basic Pranayama

After years of teaching and experimenting its clearly noticeable that practicing breathing technique without counting gives the best results for beginners.

Intuitive breathing allows greater subtlety to sensation and adaptation to internal state. With a less controlled approach there is more connection with the emotional texture of inner state.

The natural breathe is the yogic expression of free breathing. It takes us to a grounded safe place and also shows us if resistance appears from mental, emotional or physical tension. To find the natural rhythm and depth we relax body, attention and the breath itself. As most seasoned meditators have found this occurs spontaneously on good days and not at all on challenging days. The technique uses a contrast between focused attention on a special set of exercises to give a felt sense of relaxation afterwards. Establishing the natural breath is a vital feedback to the altered breaths which follow.

Deep and long breathing stimulates us in the right kind of way if done skilfully. Here we start to use voluntary movements of the respiratory muscles to move the body. It is very important to have relaxation in all other muscles and we will use both Savasana and seated postures for these practices. Now the breath approaches a maximal filling and emptying of the lungs.

Holding the breath is what defines Pranayama in the classical sense. Done right we shift to a high parasympathetic mode of deepest physiological relaxation. Finding the perfect length and timing of cycles of breathing to enter into a relaxed practice forms the base from which to extend into challenge. 

Optimal Pranayama

This practical class is aimed at taking you to your deepest appropriate level of personal practice.  For devoted students these classes offer a lifetime of achievable goals to achieve the benefit of profound yoga.

Pranayama creates many different types of breathing practices by altering the speed, depth and timing. There are rapid breathing and slow breathing exercises. Deep or minimal breathing. Then there are long holds or mild holds.

With a coherent appreciation of the effects pranayama has on mood and energy levels and an appreciation of the basic practice its safe to approach peak performance.

Lengthening the time of a single breath cycle and lengthening the duration of the number of cycles without aggression is accomplished not with ambition so much as experiential wisdom. Because of the changes in autonomic state pranayama becomes a balancing act between progress and stability.

Using the classical measures of Sama Vritti and Vishama Vritti or equal length and differing length we can work into inhalation, exhalation and retentions individually and then in a composite way.

Having a diverse and balanced practice incorporating all three modes gives a smooth workability to finding the best results in Pranayama.

Teaching Pranayama

The core focus of this Teacher Training is how to teach pranayama to anyone. There is a big story that Pranayama requires students to have a physical and emotional stability tested by ability in asana. While I totally agree I also want to be able to share these wonderful practices with anyone and everyone who is capable of breathing. The healing potential of good breathing is so important we will find ways under, around and over this rigid idea.

The ability to create beautiful and profound  healing pranayama classes is all about putting quality over quantity. The simplicity of using easily achievable exercises nuanced with rich detail and natural logic makes it really quite easy.

Ill be sharing with you my wealth of experience as a pranayama teacher in bite sized pieces. Easily digestible and simple to reproduce. 

Teaching Methodology is a forté  of mine and the overall course design has a big focus on your development as a teacher. Each afternoon we will be practicing how to teach starting with small mini sequences.  Beginning with contact and using props to understand the needs of different individuals. Gradually weaving the different modules together into mini-classes.

Verbal skills to intone the right ambience and the dialogue of hypnotic clarity ensures students feel supported and connected. Knowing how to give a balance of open space and guided connection  plays with time to take away pressure yet avoid distraction.

Class designing like so many things in life pranayama classes have a beginning a middle and an end. Use my formulas to always achieve a balance class which warmly receives, gently stimulates and leaves one with a refreshed calm self tuned in and turned on.

Respiratory Anatomy

Aside from giving us the so important facts on how the body works in breathing these classes will expand and problem solve many aspects of how to breathe in Asana.

Breathing is greatly altered with poor posture of the spine and head and shoulders. These postural changes in turn are found in the pelvis and hips. One of the goals of Asana is to provide support for optimal breathing.

These classes will examine the skeletal structure with emphasis on the Thoracic or rib cage to appreciate global alignment.

We will cover all muscles involved in breathing and which specific parts of the chest and abdomen are involved to see clearly how asana can touch these tissues.

The innervation of the upper and lower respiratory areas gives fascinating insight into how the Vagus nerve regulates autonomic function and connects with heart rate.

Learn how the lungs really work and avoid popular misconceptions which are often used in Yoga classes.

This section gives a factual base for the experiential exercises we will use in all aspects of pranayama practice during the course. It also helps to understand individual physical differences and how practice can be modified to support growth or facilitate transformation.

Respiratory Physiology

First let me say I love teaching science especially when it validates ancient wisdom. I also love a good controversy and pointing out common misconceptions. Ive been teaching Anatomy and Kinesiology for many years and Physiology is now my favourite field. Don’t worry if you are new to all this just sit back enjoy the show everything gets applied to actual practices to integrate the knowledge.

Our most primal energetic requirement os Oxygen its our most fundamental need. We can exist without food, water or sleep for days at a time but just 6 minutes is as long as most people can last without breathing.

Breathing has such vital importance it connects multiple systems in the body from the cardiovascular to the nervous and endocrine. Altering blood gas mixtures of O2 and CO2 with breathing causes changes in mood and energy levels. The worst type of breathing hyperventilation is increasingly common and epidemic. Keeping the body in a constant state of stress with health problems in almost all systems of the body

Respiration is intimately involved in the pH balance of blood and dynamically relates to diet. The consequence of maximising oxygenation with minimal breathing is a stress free state of optimum health. To understand this we look at the Bohr and Haldane effects which explain why breathing changes with diet and exercise.

Here we look in great detail at Heart Rate Variability and the direct connection from breathe to stress management. The autonomic nervous system is key to a wholistic approach to breathwork. Encompassing Heart and mind our autonomic systems provide the essential link from breath to how our body operates.

Taking in key regions in the brain which initiate unhealthy changes to breathing we see instantaneous changes in breathing in relation to the focus and content of our mind. Mental Health discussed from the very recent discovery of the Default mode and task positive network.

Old School Pranayama

A historical view of energy in the texts of Yoga with a discussion of Chakras and Nadis and similar concepts to demystify the understanding of pranayama. The representation of states of consciousness in recent Yoga philosophy is rooted in Tantric concepts of the energy field. These ancient experiences of mind and matrix give a beautiful vista to see the flow of information that transcends individuality.

This framework takes in the concept of Kundalini energy together with the three main Nadis Sushumna, Ida and Pingala

This course would be far from complete without taking in the classic pranayama techniques like mudra, bandha, kriya and more. We will use these core practices to enhance the breathwork

Neo Pranayama

Breathing practices are found in so many different fields like religious practice, martial arts, music, psychotherapy and shamanism.

Neopranayama presents a model that contains all types of breathing. The theory and philosophy classes during this course gives us a roadmap to fully understand Pranayama.

Using all the available wisdom we find a new and endlessly creative potential to reinvent pranayama along different functional lines. For every autonomic state there is a breathe adaptation which amazingly can be inverted to modulate our emotional state and metabolism.

In a nutshell then there is balance which is the healthiest and most preferred state. It’s when we feel both calm and energised. The breath that suits this state has a resonant frequency that speaks to the hearts beating rhythm. This is the optimal breath, much slower than the average, which we would like to instil by practice and take into our regular active life.

There is excitement when energy mobilises and we feel more alive. Breathing is faster and deeper responding to sympathetic stimulation. Ideally we can embrace high energy states and quickly adapt back to balance. When our system is permanently stimulated though this is the state of chronic stress.

Then there is deepest relaxation which takes us to altered states. Moving through emotions triggered by stress and enabling the shift from the default mode of the mind to effortless spontaneous awareness. Here is where the bodies systems are reprogrammed to use minimal energy nerves of a ninja.

Neo pranayama encompassed the whole range giving resilience to stress and rapid adaptation back to homeostasis. At the other end we develop superpowers of rejuvenation, recalibration and fortification. Most of the time we experience comfort and centering the physiological ideal of efficiency and ergonomics.

Knowing the terrain we find ourselves either where we want to be or with direction and mobility to change. Pranayama works at deeper levels than intention and Neo Pranayama connects the shift into unbalanced states with a return to balance. It provides deep tolerance to stress and increases awareness of internal states.

Price Packages

We offer a range of options depending on your needs. Please choose the price package from the menu on the Application Form. A higher priority will be given to students who take packages which include Rooms. Places on this course are limited to 24 students.

  • Flat Rate

  • USD $1290

    • Course Fee only
  • Early Bird

  • USD $1550

    • Course Fee
    • Shared Room
    • All Meals
  • Standard

  • USD $1950

    • Course Fee
    • Shared Room
    • All Meals
  • Full

  • USD $2950

    • Course Fee
    • Private Room
    • All Meals
    • Airport Transfer

Noah Mckenna

Noah Mckenna yoga teacher Training India
I was born on January 04, 1972. My Birth Number is 4 and Im drawn to creating stable foundations. Im also a Capricorn and have an innate altruism sensing the needs of situations drive my choices of benevolent necessity.

In 2003 around the time of the second gulf war I decided to leave the west and find my way in Asia. Ive spent many years studying and practicing Yoga living mostly in India. Sparceness and simplicity have been longtime teachers, making my way as a Yoga Teacher and Therapist.

My two daughters have taught me the most about finding balance and keeping things real and connected. I love teaching, its been a wonderful surprise.


Yoga Alliance RYS 200 & 300 levels

This teacher training program is internationally accredited and recognised as valid qualification for Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Registration. Successful completion of the course requires 90% attendance, completion of all written assignments and the attempt to teach a 90 minute class.

The combination of 180 contact hours together with co-ordinated home study and practice (prerequisite reading, report, Asana and Pranayama practice) make this course exceed greatly the minimum requirements.

Completion of RYT 200 will make you eligible for our Yoga RYT 500 training.


E-RYT500 Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher          YA SCHOOL RYS 200          Yoga Alliance RYS 300 Logo Registered Yoga Teacher Training Provider

RYT 200 Daily Timetable

The course will run for four weeks. Full time 6 days a week with one day holiday every week. During the interval between classes there will be time for meals and homework.

06:00-6:55 Pranayama and Meditation Practice (Noah ERYT500)

7:00-8:55 Asana Practice (Noah ERYT500)

9:00 Breakfast

10:00-10:55 Yoga Anatomy (Noah ERYT500)

11:00-11:55 Guest Teachers: Vocal or Contact

12:00-12:30 Yoga Philosophy (Noah ERYT500)

12:30 Lunch

15:00-17:00 Teaching Practical (Noah ERYT500)

19:00 Dinner

Please read carefully and communicate if in doubt.

Teacher training courses are demanding dynamic events requiring a lot of sacrifice and devotion to produce an amazing experience. In turn we expect clarity and commitment from everyone.

Places on the course are limited to 24 students. When we approve your application you'll receive a USD$500 Deposit Payment Link.

Payment of Deposit will confirm your booking this is non-refundable but we will give a place on any course in future.

Please make your full payment for your chosen price package 30 days before the start date to confirm your place on RYT 200 Course.

Cancellation Policy (before 30 days from course start date): We give either 50% refund or a place on a future course (there may be extra charges).

Cancellation Policy (After 30 days from course start date): No refunds will be given, but you can attend a future course (there may be extra charges).

Certification requires attendance of 90% of contact hours and successful completion of all assignments written and practical.

Will I be able to teach yoga classes if I complete this course?

Absolutely Yes. Each day of the course includes  teaching practice.Starting on Day one the ending with everyone assigned to deliver a 90 minute class.

We believe teaching is a gift which some acquire through talent but can also be learnt. Practice of yoga alone does not give everyone the ability to communicate a yoga class. Teaching beginners level is more challenging and necessary than teaching advanced level.

A noncompetitive supportive environment is central to creating a safe place for personal development. Ive taken much satisfaction seeing students achieve the incredible. This system works.

Most Teacher Training courses Ive seen fail to bring students to a competent teaching level, thats was part of my motivation to create a  TTC.

What if I have injuries, can I attend this course?

Yes. Noah has a wealth of experience with therapy and is a qualified Chiropractor, Acupuncturist and Body worker also he holds IAYT certification as a Yoga Therapist.

We are all dealing with personal limitations and the ral experience of students helps the whole group to understand important elements required to deliver safe Yoga classes.

Your ability to complete the course will be dependant on your condition and as this training is very demanding physically its important that you describe clearly your situation in the application form.

If I am not a native English Speaker can I attend?

Yes you can. Noah has taught on 6 continents and with many students having only limited English ability. Also we have held dual language courses in Spanish. Because Noah teaches all the core subjects its like a free English lesson. Its possible to deliver your assignment class in your own language if that feels more comfortable.

How is this TTC course different from others?

The level of sophistication and communication is unparalleled by similar courses in India. The quality of the information and processes is top level.

Having an ERYT-500 level teacher deliver all core subjects ensures a high level of consistency and a multi-layered experience.

Many TTC courses employ a range of teachers who may not have any real communication with each other. So the classes do not exactly integrate with each other.

Frequently the philosophy and anatomy teachers are not yoga teachers and cannot filter their classes into valid need to know terms.

Its very common for cheap TTC courses in India to use volunteer teachers with little experience.

What kind of Visa and Travel plans should I make?

You will need a valid passport and an Indian Visa. Make sure to apply for your visa well in advance. Now it is possible for many nationals to obtain an e-Visa be careful to check your dates the e-Visa has a term of 2 months. Please come on a tourist visa (3 or 6 month) or an e-Visa and make no mention of Yoga study. This is because there exists a separate category of Yoga Visa or Study Visa for long term stay. For the purpose of a one month TTC please use only a tourist Visa! We cannot help you to get a long term Visa.

Graduates can become Assistants

The mentorship program gives graduates from the RYT 200 program the opportunity to work as assistants. Our courses are packed with more content and experience than most students could possibly integrate.

Assistants can help during regular classes with adjustments and observation, giving special attention to students where needed. They also provide a positive example for beginners during teaching methodology and could give emotional support and feedback.

There will be meetings and written assignments for personal development and the opportunity to deepen your confidence by presenting to the group.


The Mandala Yoga Resort: Mandrem Beach, Goa

Situated in a quiet natural reserve just 200 metres to Asvem Beach and 45 Min from Airport. The centre has Three Yoga practice places. The rooms are unique and very comfortable.

There is a wonderful vegetarian restaurant and healthy delicious Juice Bar with all kinds of concoctions and smoothies. For special dietary needs please contact Mandala directly to inform and enquire.

The staff are wonderful people and Mandala deserves its excellent reputation. This place has been created with a lot of love.

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Happy Graduates

Kerli Yoga Teacher

Thank you for your deep wisdom, critical approach, dedication to teach, transparency, integrity and wonderful humour. The last 3 are superhard to combine but somehow you do it. You empowered me to discover real grace in my asana practice, thought mechanisms and emotional processes. I also found it extremely inspiring how you showed us your vulnerability and shared your own learning process - it builds trust and brings a meaningful lesson about the unfolding that we are all in. You know the saying “when the student is ready the teacher will appear”... So, thank you for appearing! And one very last thing - you also have a talent of neutralizing things.

Kerli Numoja

Yoga Teacher Trainee
Jai Yoga Teacher

Noah McKenna taught me how to teach yoga. His Sukhshanti approach to asana & pranayama allowed me to engage more significantly with both my personal practice and while teaching others.  When i reflect on what i actually teach i can honestly say that much of the content and style is from Noah's teacher training. He is a serious and dedicated practitioner who is very focused on his students and their growth as both yogis and yoga teachers. I have encountered quite a few different teachers of yoga after moving to India in 1997 and can highly recommend Noah for yoga therapy, yoga sessions and teacher training.

Jeremy Jai Oltmann

Yoga Teacher and Tour Guide @ Varanasi Walks
Ivana Topalovic Yoga Teacher

Oh, what a wonderful thing it is to be able to talk about dear Noah and share how grateful I am for that one month experience! His TTC gave me clear picture of what it means to be REAL and FREE inside of anything that you can call yoga. Everything that I learned during the course made this journey of life calmer and more beautiful. Noah is a good friend that will see you, then let you be, and on top of that, he will show you the mastery of taking people to here and now through asanas, pranayama and meditation.

Ivana Topalovic

Yoga Teacher
Seema Seeraj Yoga Teacher

Noah is a kind, patient, extremely knowledgeable yoga teacher who has obviously made it a priority to offer the best yoga information, routine, and energy he can to his students. He is a gentle person which adds to the pleasantness of having learned from him. He is sensitive to individual motivations and capacities while still setting a high standard for learning as a whole. He really cares for the individual and for the deeper reasons of inner journeys that bring us to the mat, and he offers us his tools to help ourselves and others most generously. Noah McKenna is a sweet combination of humble and confident. He knows his stuff and at the same time remains down to earth. His honesty with his students is also very helpful for self-improvement and his encouragement is priceless. He knows how to both appreciate and correct in a very positive way... I walked away with his particular asana routine engrained in my body's memory for a very, very long time to come... and have taught many eager students along the way...! Thank you for your time, energy and wonderful teachings Noah... God bless…

Seema Rahmani

High School Teacher