“Our body mind container must be strong and stable.

Then, we can fill it with energy from our practice and carry that energy everywhere we go as a heightened state of aliveness.”


200-hour Pranakriya Yoga Teacher Training with William

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The Pranakriya 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training is one of the most solidly grounded, transformational and logically structured yoga teacher trainings in the country. Pranakriya Yoga serves practitioners who have a love for yoga born out of practice and experience, and who want to become a better teacher of yoga. 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 zones so they can feel fully alive. Once they discover this aliveness, they in turn can share it with others.

  • This program is steeped in the Tantric Hatha Yoga Philosophy but is 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.
  • The training is taught in nine, intensive weekends and class size is limited to 24 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 two years 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 the Yoga Alliance and meets or exceeds all its requirements for 200-hour teacher training programs.

During Pranakriya YTT I learned how to teach poses, not just perform them.

The Pranakriya methodology instilled in me the confidence to lead classes that range from gentle to vigorous through the numerous practice teaching opportunities. Yet as much as I gained knowledge of the postures, I also discovered so much more about myself as a yoga practitioner on and off the mat. I changed both physically and spiritually, and will always be grateful for the connection to the Pranakriya lineage.
-Stacey Shulman

I feel fortunate to have discovered the Pranakriya 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.

The program, rooted in tradition but applicable to modern Western practitioners, is well rounded, professional, and thorough.  Students significantly deepen their own practice while learning how to teach yoga, and the instructors are kind, wise, and accessible.  The training left me feeling well prepared to teach and eventually open my own studio.  It changed my life. You will gain lifelong friendships and personal growth beyond measure!
 -Kristen Mercado (Yoga Teacher and Owner of Solstice)

If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose this training.

Being able to practice teaching during the training was a wonderful way to begin to feel comfortable in the teacher role and it gave me the opportunity to observe different people and body types move through the postures.  We learned to teach three distinct types of classes, almost assuring that we would be prepared to lead several types of classes upon completion of the program.  Because of the thorough training, I was able to secure teaching jobs at local studios and put my skills to use immediately following graduation.  If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose this training.

– Stacee Johnson

I came to the Pranakriya 200 hour training with the intention of teaching yoga.

The Pranakriya teachers and community treated me with loving kindness and compassion. This community helped me to find parts of myself that I never knew existed – and an incredible light within myself that I had been unconsciously hiding for much of my life.
The training was extremely organized, and extremely thorough for potential teachers.  Not only did I leave feeling prepared to lead a class but I left feeling lighter in my soul. I continue to be grateful on a daily basis for the life I have as a yoga teacher – and grateful for my Pranakriya roots.
– Sarah Kleiner

It has been transformational in developing discipline, growth, and self-awareness.

Pranakriya training under William Hufschmidt deepened my practice, my strength and endurance, challenged my abilities, while expanding my body,mind, and spirit. The Pranakriya breath work has impacted not only my yoga practice, but also my work with clients energetically.  It has been transformational in developing discipline, growth, and self-awareness.
– Gayle Gross

It has definitely prepared me to work with specialized populations in a way that I didn’t see coming!

An awakening within, a renewed sense of belonging, a strong confidence to teach and a broad yet flexible training that I could apply anywhere and with various populations. What I know for sure is not all YTT’s are the same. I am glad that I studied with Pranakriya. As I’ve ventured out into the world to instruct those with sleep issues as well as military service members, veterans and their families, I know that I had one of the best yoga trainings around. It has definitely prepared me to work with specialized populations in a way that I didn’t see coming!

– Pamela Stokes Eggleston

The information in conjunction with the printed material was presented in an extremely professional manner. It was apparent that a great deal of time and effort went into preparing this program. William was knowledgeable and willing to help students, his dedication and expertise in the subject matter made the overall experience not only educational but also enjoyable. As a student and yoga teacher working towards receiving my YTT-500 hour certification, I cannot express enough about the benefit and privilege it is to study and practice Pranakriya Yoga. The knowledge, experience and dedication of the instructors is unsurpassed in my experience. I would highly recommend any of the the programs offered. Kimberly Giostra, NJ



I was surprised by how much the program cultivated personal growth. Was not expecting that to be such an active part of the training. Jen Prat – CT



The practice teaches are a wonderful prep for what teaching might be like after YTT. Rachel Dennert – CT



This program will prepare you to be a confident, assured yoga teacher in the real world. Mike Cardillo – CT



William is absolutely well-versed. He was able to answer any questions including off-the-wall questions. And weave various aspects to give a well-rounded answer. This is the best program, I know from other people taking other programs. I also feel all the information I received was well-rounded. I actually liked all the work in the Sadhana Journal. Marcela Forero – CT



The YTT rhought Pranakriya vastly exceeded my already high expectations. The program prepared me so well, professionally and personally, that I started teaching even before graduation. And the personal practices kickstarted me in the direction I needed to go. Betsy Marzahn-Ramos – CT



A fantastic training program you don’t want to miss. Leonne Bunn – CT



I don’t think there was a single question that William couldn’t answer for me or anyone else in the class. Stacee, William, Johanna and Monica were all amazing and helpful, open to questions, supportive, and high energy. The Pranakriya YTT program has changed me as a person. I’ve come to know myself inside and out. I‘ve learned about anatomy, yoga philosophy, sequencing and breathwork. I’m proud to be part of the Pranakriya lineage, and I can’t wait to teach it to others. Jennifer Smith-McVeigh – CT



William is knowledgeable and breaks things down to be easily absorbed. He has introduced me to a new person, myself. Denise Dunham – CT



I’m so glad I did my YTT with Pranakriya. I recommend this training highly and without reservation. Martine


Personal growth has never been so fun. I found my voice at some point in these 9 months and I connected to my personal power. I feel so full with my new skill of healing other’s through yoga. There is nothing like guiding another person through a deeper connection to themselves. I have this wellspring of joy within me now. Thank you very much. Katie Torres – CT

 Our Mission

The Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching the ancient and contemporary practices of yoga to enhance the lives of individuals.


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New Mexico • Pennsylvania
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P.O. Box 5892, Atlanta, GA 31107




Yoga with William Hufschmidt

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If we are somehow endowed with participation of some kind of divinity, then we are indeed special, and should treat each other with the respect and dignity this demands.

If, on the other hand, we are the accidental outcome of blind natural processes in a cosmos that is indifferent to us being here at all, then we are indeed special, and should treat each other with a tenderness and respect befitting such serendipitous surprises.

by Frank Casper
Lay Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia © 2008

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