Pranakriya 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

evolation yoga atlanta is Proud to Host the Pranakriya School of Yogic Healing Arts 200-Hour Teacher Training!

Pranakriya Yoga is one of the most solidly grounded, transformational and logically structured yoga teacher trainings in the country. The program trains practitioners who have a love for yoga born out of practice and experience, and the 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. Pranakriya 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.

The Pranakriya 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.

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. Pranakriya 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.

Students should have:

  • 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.


$2900 plus $150 materials fee 4 months out February 6, 2018
$3100 plus $150 materials fee by March 6, 2018
$3200 plus $150 materials fee after March 6, 2018
$50 non-refundable deposit to be submitted with the student’s application (if the student is not accepted into the program).

Fridays: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (60-90 minute lunch break)

#1 April 6-8, 2018
#2 April 26-28, 2018
#3 May 18-20 2018
#4 June 15-17, 2018
#5 July 6-8 2018
#6 July 27-29, 2018
#7 August 10-12, 2018
#8 August 31-September 2, 2018
#9 September 28-30, 2018
Make-Up Weekend: October 19-21, 2018

Please download the application here & email to Vladimir Tchakarov

Jacci Gruninger MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, RPYT – A Santa Fe based yoga teacher, educator and human being, Jacci feels she has been on a journey of awareness and awakening her whole life.  She reflects that she was practicing “yoga” before she ever practiced yoga.  This way of being alive and present for every experience is what calls to her most deeply and infuses her teaching.  She uses the practice of yoga to see how her habits restrict, distract and cause suffering.  Using the skill of witnessing, which she learned from her teachers Yoganand Michael Carroll and Sudhir Jonathan Foust, she is now better able to see her habits and open to her life finding more freedom and joy.  As a teacher, Jacci invites her students to go inside and feel rather than focusing on what the pose looks like.  She uses the techniques of inquiry, witnessing and allowing to encourage students to be present with their life in the moment.  Jacci has over 1500 hours of training in a wide variety of yoga disciplines in addition to receiving her Masters of Health Science from The George Washington University.  She completed her 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga in addition to completing a second 500-hour certification in yoga therapy.   She is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT) as well as a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist.  Jacci is the Executive Director of the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts as well as Director of their 200-hour, Basic Prenatal, Restorative Yoga, and Gentle Yoga Teacher Trainings.

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.
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