Become a Certified
YOGABODY® Breathing Coach
Help Clients Sleep Better, Improve Digestion,
Boost Energy & Relieve Stress
Early Discount Ends in…
Home Study Training – Live w/ Coaching
Yoga Alliance 15hr (YACEP) Certificate
TO: Passionate Yoga Students
I’m recruiting future coaches to help clients overcome some of the most common health challenges today using the power of their own breath. As a certified Breathing Coach, you’ll make a huge impact on your clients’ lives and earn a great living. Here are some reasons why it’s a great time to become a coach:
Amazing Facts About Breathing
You can go for weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without breathing. Breathing has such an immediate impact on your mind and body that even the act of inhaling vs. exhaling affects your nervous system differently. It’s common to train in diet, exercise and even hydration, but almost no one trains their breath. This is a huge missed opportunity for health-seekers.
Did you know…
- Breathing can change your blood PH (acid/alkaline) in minutes. No food, exercise or medication acts as quickly.1
- You can often determine your dominant nervous system state simply by placing your finger underneath your nostrils and exhaling.
- Reduced rate breathing can stimulate a rest and digest, parasympathetic nervous system state to help with sleep, stress, and anxiety.
- Rapid, pulsed breathing stimulates a sympathetic nervous system response to increase energy, prepare for exercise, or boost the body’s natural defenses.
- Diaphragmatic breathing massages the Vagus Nerve and reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress.2
- Severe respiratory conditions like asthma can be successfully managed by increasing CO2 levels in the blood.3
- Breathing can help reduce the fear of public speaking, improve digestion, reduce insomnia, lower stress, anxiety, and overwhelm.
The Coaching Opportunity
For certified teachers, there are three main teaching opportunities right now. Many coaches focus on work with private clients, creating individualized, solution-oriented sessions. They help people with stress management, sleep disorders, anxiety, or digestive problems. Private clients offer you a flexible schedule, great pay, and the opportunity to make a huge impact.
Next, you’ll have the opportunity to lead group classes in local yoga studios. These added-value classes give dedicated yoga students a deeper understanding of their breathing and enhance their personal practices. Lastly, workshop-style breathing sessions can be very effective in a variety of settings, but corporate clients and fitness centers are the key markets.
Top teaching opportunities:
I started yoga in my early 20s, and I wanted to learn everything. Breathing came up in every class, so I asked all my teachers for more information. Here’s what I wanted to know: Why is breathing important? You say we should breathe deeply, but how deeply? You say breathe slowly, but how slowly? And why not breathe fast? I realized quickly that the yoga community pays lip service to breathing but doesn’t teach or understand it well at all.
I’ve practiced with some of the most esteemed teachers including some modern masters, and I was disappointed to discover that most had only a superficial understanding of breathing. Frustrated, I turned my research to the mainstream medical community and the world of extreme sports, and finally, I found answers.
Medical doctor, Patricia Gerbarg, has dedicated her career to breathing and her work and our conversations and writing were hugely influential. I worked closely with a senior Buteyko Breathing coach who taught me about the vital role of CO2. I also interviewed a number of record-setting free divers and daredevils like Wim Hof, who push breathing to the limits (not something I advocate). I came to learn that there is no mystery to breathing at all. The science of breath has been well-researched for over 100 years, but very few people had applied the actual science to the practices of yoga students. This seems crazy, but it’s true.
After nine months of research, here’s what I learned:
Discovery #1. Breathing Exercises Are All About CO2 (not blood oxygen)
Breathing exercises are mostly about the manipulation of carbon dioxide in the blood, not oxygen. CO2 is not a toxin to be avoided. It’s hugely valuable, and most people over-breathe, not under-breathe, and we need to learn how to conserve CO2.
Discovery #2. Slow Breathing Increases Cellular Oxygen
Logically, you’d think that if you breathe fast, you’ll get more oxygen, right? Not true. In fact, if you breath really fast for a few minutes, you’ll get dizzy and might even pass out. Slow breathing increases blood CO2 levels that allow for greater absorption of oxygen.
Discovery #3. Breathing Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated (at all!)
One of my first yoga teachers taught me 15 different breathing exercises with funky Sanskrit names. As I went further, I learned dozens more. It was so overwhelming. Here’s what I know now: every single breathing exercise is simply affecting your nervous system in one of three ways: parasympathetic, sympathetic, or balancing response. All that complexity and terminology doesn’t add any value to the practices. Simple exercises work just as well and can be learned in minutes with no hard-to-pronounce Sanskrit names or complicated hand positions.
VIDEO: My TEDx talk on breathing
I was so excited by this new knowledge and so frustrated with the misinformation being passed around in the yoga community that I put together a TEDx Talk. So far, the response has been amazing, and it’s being watched by 10-20K people per day. As it turns out, many people were confused with all this “breathe deeply” advice too.
What You’ll Learn
The Science of Breathing
- Anatomy & physiology of breathing
- Autonomic nervous system response
- The Bohr Effect
- Nasal Cycle Theory
- Ultradian Rhythms & Breathing
- The science behind popular styles including: Yoga Pranayama, Buteyko, Wim Hof, Box Style & Holotropic Breathing
Breath Testing / Client Assess
- Control pause
- Exhale counting test
- Nasal dominance test
6 Foundational Exercises
- Water Breathing (x2)
- Whiskey Breathing (x2)
- Coffee Breathing (x2)
- Boundaries and limitations of work
- Setting and managing expectations
- Complementing (not replacing) other medical and non-medical health interventions
- Referring out when appropriate
The Business of Coaching
- No-cost client acquisition
- Pricing and packaging
- Session planning
- Client management
- Online payment
- Social media made simple
- Online scheduling
- Online vs. offline sessions
- 12 Core Lessons (video)
- 12 Breathing Practices (3 x 5min practices throughout the day)
- 2 Final Quizzes (online multiple choice)
- 1 Final Exam (video recordings of yourself teaching)*
*You’ll later use these videos with your clients, so they are exam materials but also your personal business materials too
Trainer Access Throughout the Course:
- Direct email access
- Telegram group access
- Live Q&A session access – All questions answered
- 1-on-1 assessment and scoring of assignments with feedback
What if I’m Not a Teacher Yet?
No problem. The vast majority of trainees in this program have no background in yoga or group fitness training. The course will lead you step-by-step through everything you need to know to start working professionally. You can teach in gyms and yoga studios, and even set up your own business after this course.
Requirements & Prerequisites:
- Non-smokers only
- Some yoga experience is helpful, but not required
- Any phone or computer (to access lessons)
- Telegram App
- Positivity and support for your fellow trainees
Breathing vs. Meditation?
Meditation books, smartphone apps, and seminars are selling like crazy right now, but very few people actually practice because just the idea of 20 minutes in silence is enough to scare off even the most self-disciplined student.
And this is where breathwork comes in.
In traditional yoga, breathing has always been taught as a stepping-stone to meditation, and scientifically, the benefits are identical. Just like with meditation, you relieve stress, reduce your heart and respiratory rate, lengthen your telomeres, and potentially extend life.
No one talks about the downsides of meditation, but for new students, it can create anxiety, nervousness, frustration, and obsessive rumination. And the biggest problem? Most students don’t follow through, they quit! You’ve probably experienced this yourself.
Breathing is different. It’s fun and easy to practice. The counting gives you a mental focus, and the practices are short and potent. Instead of dodging your daily breathing, students look forward to it.
With breathing practice, it puts you into a meditative state automatically. Think of breathing as an active form of meditation with all the same benefits. As a career yoga teacher, I can assure you that clients want results, not meditation awards, so the more I teach breathing, the happier my clients are with the results.
About The Certification
This course is certified with Yoga Alliance as a Continuing Education Course (CE), with American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the International Coach Federation as a Continuing Coach Education Course (CCE). After successfully completing the course, you’ll be qualified to coach students privately, in yoga studios and fitness centers, CrossFit Boxes, and corporate settings anywhere in the world.
NOTE: We do not sell certifications. All credentials are merit-based and well-deserved. We take pride in the caliber of our graduates and we’ll hold you to a high standard.
Health Disclaimer: Breathing coaches are not trained to treat, diagnose or cure any illness or disease. In all cases, your clients should work in conjunction with a qualified medical professional, and under no circumstances should you recommend clients change or discontinue prescribed medication or treatment protocols.
Meet Your Trainer
Master Trainer & Director (E-RYT, YACEP)
Lucas Rockwood is an internationally renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, author, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur.
Lucas’ corporate training clients include Facebook and Noom. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (deceased), Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka (deceased).
Lucas left the USA in 2003 and traveled and taught extensively before making Barcelona, Spain, his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theater, publishing, and as a plant-based chef and nutritional coach. He’s the father of three international kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practicing in 2002.
Lucas is the founder and managing director of YOGABODY®, YB Teachers College®, The Lucas Rockwood Show (podcast), and author of Yoga Business Mastery: Earn a Great Living Doing What You Love.
17 – 28 April 2023 | Limited Space
15-hour Yoga Alliance Certificate
YOGABODY Breath Coach Training Certification is one-of-a-kind and offers an opportunity for you to learn to use breathing as a health and healing tool, transform lives, and earn a great living. The YOGABODY Teachers College® is a leader in professional yoga education, and this program is designed to give you all the personal experience, academic knowledge, and business skills required to work professionally.
Lifetime Access to eLearning Training & Business Resources
Live, Real-time Video Classes & Help From Your Trainer
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education
Normal Price: $
Special Price: Just $395
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[Approximately: 320 GBP or 365€**] **all tuition charged
in USD conversion rates are only estimates.
FREE! Bonus Materials ($522 value)
Get access to dozens of professional resources so you can hit the ground running upon graduation. Our school is owned and operated by YOGABODY, a large international yoga brand with ever-growing business support you can take advantage of so you can focus on the fun stuff—teaching!
Our Core Values
- DO WHAT YOU LOVE : and you’ll never work another day in your life.
- BUILD IT, OWN IT : create a career on your own terms.
- STUDENT FOR LIFE : never stop learning, never stop growing.
- SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY : share the powerful practices of yoga with as many people as possible.
- PRACTICE IS EVERYTHING : your personal practice is your greatest teaching asset.
“I thoroughly enjoyed this course.”
I found it super informative, easy to follow along and really enjoyed Lucas’ methods of teaching. It was clear and approachable. I look forward to employing the skills I learned with clients at my wellness studio.
– Amelia Bradley
“The course was everything I expected and way more.”
Lucas is such an amazing teacher: his down-to-earth approach, yet cheerfulness every single day made me so excited for every new class. Two 30-40min classes a day were available any time that suited you. Huge bonus: very practical tools to get your business started in no time. Best purchase of the year!
“Breathing is a wonderful tool, easy to use and with quick results.”
I feel very confident now to teach and coach people having done this training. It’s a very practical, down-to-earth and ready to go kinda training, and that is rare in online training.
“I completed the Breath Coach training and it was great!”
The flexibility of joining the live sessions and having the ability to watch the recorded sessions was extremely beneficial! Lucas does an amazing job teaching virtually and providing a space to ask questions and and practice with your fellow students.
“Definitely a practice I’ll keep under my belt.”
Knowing I am one to feel anxiety on a daily basis, these breathing techniques really assists me to be in the now. From the time of the training, this has greatly helped control my anxiety levels as well as calm me down when it’s time to sleep.
– Lorrie Dee Escobar
“The Breath Coach Training was very practical, scientific and easy to learn.”
It gives you all the tools you need for managing stress in daily life and to teach these techniques to others. I highly recommend it.
“Exceptional program. Incredible execution. Exceeding expectations.”
Invaluable information for understanding, applying and teaching breathing techniques with confidence (in personal practice, yoga classes and beyond). I believe this program is a must if you teach yoga. Thank you YOGABODY.
– Andrea Hadek
“Plenty of practical explanations and details to become a certificated coach.”
Great video contents for both Yoga Breathing Coach Training and Science of Stretching, how to manage a session and your own business as well.
“The resources are exceptional.”
I loved that I was able to take the whole class on my phone. No computer is needed. So accessible and easy to incorporate into a busy life. I really appreciate the Facebook group and Telegram app.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
If you complete the course and for whatever reason don’t feel like you received the education you expected, we’ll refund your tuition fee in full. We’ve been educating professional teachers since 2006 and take this responsibility very seriously. We regularly hire from our own graduating classes, so our curriculum must be at market leading standards. We’ll turn your passion into a profession.
Early Discount Ends in…
Yoga Alliance 15hr (YACEP) Certificate
- The Bohr Effect: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohr_effect
- Vagus Nerve & diaphragmatic breathing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6189422/
- Buteyko Breathing & asthma: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14752538
- Meditation & Longevity: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057175/
- Animated yoga Breathing Exercise GIFs
*Earnings Disclaimer: earning potential shared on this page is for reference only. Actual earnings may vary according to location, geography, and dozens of other factors.