2020 Pranakriya 200-Hour

Yoga Teacher Training


Why pranakriya

Pranakriya Yoga is one of the most solidly grounded, transformational and logically structured yoga teacher trainings in the country. Our program trains practitioners who have a love for yoga born out of practice and experience. Our goal is to skillfully encourage personal reflection regarding physical, mental and emotional aspects inherent in each pose, pranayama and meditation, helping students recognize that what is discovered on the mat can be used in everyday living. Our Directors are compassionate and reassuring, asking teachers in training to play with the edges of their comfort zone so they can feel fully alive. Once they discover this aliveness, they in turn can share it with others.

Our program is steeped in the Tantric Hatha Yoga Philosophy but also created from adult learning models. We thread together asana, anatomy, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, relaxation, observation and hands-on assisting as well as reading and working with groups and individuals.


I’m not going to tell you this program is easy; however, if you set the right intention for yourself and your practice, you will not only have a memorable experience, but you will be prepared to teach in the real world.”
— Yoganand Michael Carroll

Program Teachings -- Meditative Posture Class, Gentle Yoga Class, Workout Class


Meditative Posture Class

This class is led with a balance of stretching and strengthening and is intended to have an internal focus. All pranayamas may be used and warmups and kriyas are followed by postures. Postures may be held with long holding time and a focus on deep breathing and introspection. This class is most appropriate for students who have learned the basic postures and are comfortable doing them with their eyes closed.


Gentle Yoga Class

The focus of this class is stress release and gentle stretching. The class consists of simple breathing exercises with warmups, kriyas and simple postures. This class is appropriate for students new to yoga as well as elderly folks and those with injuries.


Workout Class

This class is predominantly athletic and is usually a Vinyasa flow (Suryanamaskar). It begins with pranayama and quickly moves to asanas. Postures are held for 3-7 breaths and there is little or no rest time between the asanas. Postures are sequenced so that postures are the warmups and preparation for the postures to follow. This practice is for someone with at least one year of yoga experience.

Student Requirements

The training is taught in nine intensive weekends and class size is limited to 20 students. This format supports students’ having time to integrate the material, complete homework and prepare for assigned practice-teach sessions.

In the first half of the program, students will learn effective methodologies for teaching postures, pranayamas and centerings. Students will also learn about the history and philosophy of the Tantra Hatha Yoga tradition.

In the second half of the program, students will learn to design and lead three kinds of classes: a vinyasa workout class, a meditative posture class, and a gentle stretch class. Our graduates have a deep understanding of the teachings of yoga and will be prepared to teach in a variety of settings including yoga studios and gyms.

You must meet the following requirements to take our program:

  • At least one year of yoga practice (at least six months of classes with a certified instructor).

  • The ability to demonstrate an experiential understanding of yoga practice and its benefits.

The  Pranakriya Basic 200-hour YTT is registered with Yoga Alliance and meets or exceeds all its requirements for 200-hour teacher training programs.

Meet Your Teacher


Vladimir Tchakarov [E-RYT 500]

Pranakriya Teacher

Vladimir Tchakarov (E-RYT 500) Born and raised in Bulgaria, Vladimir was introduced to yoga as a child by his mother who was a practitioner. Growing up, he studied martial arts and began teaching classes in his father’s dojo at age 12. In adolescence he was introduced to chi gong, meditation and eastern philosophy by his father who practiced daily.  A few years after Vladimir emigrated to the United States, his father was diagnosed with cancer and passed away six months later. Seeking healing and following his father’s final wish to grow spiritually, Vladimir began practicing yoga at a nearby studio. There he met his teachers William Hufschmidt and Yoganand Michael Carroll.

Soon Vladimir was practicing yoga and meditating daily for up to 8 hours. Over the last 10 years he has completed his 500-hour certification with Pranakriya and has continued his daily practice without fail, enjoying the profound insight and vitality generated by it. His teaching style emphasizes a slower paced practice with longer held postures, internal focus on breath, sensations and emotions, and a deep understanding of yoga philosophy. Currently Vladimir teaches yoga full time in Atlanta, GA, and around the country as a Pranakriya director.

YTT Recommended Readings

Anatomy and Yoga:  A Guide for Teachers and Students, Ellen Saltonstall,  ( Abhyasa Press, 2016)

Recommended Books  (Bolded are Highly Recommended) 

Kripalu Yoga A Guide to Practice on and Off the Mat, Richard Faulds (Shambhala Publications, 2005)

From the Heart of the Lotus, the Teaching Stories of Swami Kripalu, John Mundahl, (Monkfish Books, 2008)*

Pilgrim of Love:  The Life and Teachings of Swami Kripalu, Atma Jo Ann Levitt

(Monkfish Book, 2004)*

The Sayings of Swami Kripalu, Richard Faulds (Peaceable Kingdom Books, 2004)*

Into the Heart of the Yoga One Woman’s Journey, Danna Faulds, (Peaceable Kingdom Books, 2011) 

Yoga and The Quest for the True Self, Stephen Cope (Bantam Books, 1999)

Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff, Human Kinetics Press

Meta Anatomy, Kristin Leal, 2014

The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga,, Ray Long (Bandha Yoga Publications)

The Joy of Yoga, Jennifer Schwamm Willis (Marlowe & Company, 2002)