Coming Back to Pranayama

An in-person seminar with Swami Vedantananda Saraswati

Pranayama does not mean controlling the life force. Pranayama does not mean controlling the breath. Pranayama means conveying the life force to every nook and corner of the body. It is actually a process which awakens the dormant prana, the sleeping vital energy in the physical body. It is part of a total system of reintegration, rebalancing and re-harmonising of body and mind, a system which purifies and strengthens, and thereby eliminates physical and mental tension and weakness.
– Swami Satyananda Saraswati

22– 23 June 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Well House Farm Yoga Space
Cote Hill Road
Fellisclifffe, Harrogate
£150.00 for the whole weekend
£85.00 for a single day

It is possible to enrol for one or the other of the two days individually; however, preference will be given to those booking for the whole weekend.

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About the programme 

In these uncertain times in the world, it is important to go back to basics in our yoga practice and remember how simple and effective these techniques are.

I have chosen to focus on Pranayama this year, as in the more than 50 years I have been teaching Yoga, the most frequent comments that students, who have been practising for many years, have made is “You taught me how to breathe”.

Our first breath into our bodies is when we are born, and our last breath out is when we leave this earthly coil. All the breaths we breathe in between are mostly unconscious and not always of the best quality.

We will address the importance and benefits of breathing consciously and correctly, starting with basic yogic breathing and moving on to other pranayamas, appropriate for the time of year, observing the powerful effect that systematic practice has on body, mind and prana.

This helps us appreciate the importance of this often overlooked aspect of sadhana (serious yoga practice) as a necessary preparation for undisturbed states of pratyahara, dharana and dhyana (sensory management, concentration and meditation).

About the teacher

Swami Vedantananda Saraswati discovered yoga in the early seventies through a lunchtime television programme and from that began attending classes run by the local adult education authorities. This led to studying with many teachers from all over the U.K and Europe and becoming a yoga teacher herself.

In London, in 1983, she met her Guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati. She says of that meeting “My life changed dramatically at that moment, I knew I had met a master”.

In 1985, on one of Swami Satyananda’s visits to Europe, she travelled to Greece to see him and was initiated into Poorna Sannyasa.

Since that turning point in her life she has taught yoga in many areas of society, specialising in teaching yoga to children, In-Service and Yoga Teacher Training.

She was given the title of Yoga Acharya in the early nineties.

She is a respected and much-loved yoga teacher whose humour shines through her love of living yoga.  Her teaching is recognised by its practical and down to earth approach.

Swami Vedantananda moved to Portugal in 2006 and with willing help from family, friends and karma yogis developed a retreat space for people to come on organised or personal retreats away from the world and all its busyness.


Swami Satyananda Saraswati is an internationally recognised and respected master. He was a disciple of Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh and gave his life to the upliftment of humankind. He was an inspiration and guiding light to thousands of spiritual aspirants around the world.


For more information about the course, please contact Swami Vedantananda directly at