Breath AS Medicine

25-Hour E-Learning Course Curriculum

Designed For: Physicians, Nurses, Dentists, Hygienists,

Psychotherapists, Physiotherapists, Sleep Medicine Practitioners, Personal Trainers, Physical Therapists, Fitness Professionals, Sports Coaches & Wellness Coaches


Our LIVE Trainings offer CME through George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences.  We also partner with Wellcoaches School of Coaching for our LIVE training to offer Wellcoaches 12, ACSM 12, ICHWC 12, NCHEC 12

























Therapeutic Yoga Breathing is a highly effective tool for both the prevention of illness as well as therapy for managing and/or reversing existing chronic illness. This training is specifically designed for professionals and practitioners who want to learn the art & science of yoga breathing as a self-care, patient care and patient education practice in prevention, lifestyle medicine, behavior change and supplement to conventional care.


Pranayama is the science of learning to control the breath for various physiologic, biochemical, biomechanical and psychological outcomes overlooked in current health, fitness and wellbeing programs. As the research affirms, the therapeutic benefits of Yoga Breathing (or Pranayama) reveal itself through the positive effects on our Central/Autonomic/Enteric Nervous Systems, Immune, Digestive, Cardiovascular, Brain & Neuroendocrine systems. Through evidence-based concepts & research, our training seeks to foster collaboration among healthcare professionals in mind/body medicine by implementing "breath as medicine" to reduce stress, build resilience and improve patient health outcomes.


“If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to 

learn how to breathe correctly.” ~Dr. Andrew Weil


Goals & Objectives:


  1. Enhance the professional knowledge and skills of each participant on the role of proper respiration through yoga breathing within healthcare & disease management, prevention & lifestyle, stress reduction, dental & sleep medicine, fitness and exercise.

  2. Explain how yoga breathing techniques influence various systems and organs in the body including:

    1. Central, Autonomic, Peripheral & Enteric Nervous Systems

    2. The role of the Diaphragm Muscle with proper breathing

    3. Heart Rates & Respiration Rates (breathing patterns)

    4. Heart Rate Variability

    5. Digestive, Endocrine, Autoimmune & Brain function as it relates to breathing

    6. Vagus Nerve & Vagal Tone

    7. Perfect posture, core stabilization and mindful movement patterns

  3. Provide yoga breathing practices for self care, self regulation, patient care and patient education.

  4. Provide participants with the tools to incorporate mindful breathing into their area of expertise for optimal health and well-being.

Course Outline:

Teaching strategies include lecturing, discussing, analyzing current research, completing hands-on exercises and practice teaching sessions.

  • History and philosophy of Pranayama (the science of breath regulation)

  • Yoga Breathing Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry

  • Introduce Basic, Intermediate and Advanced yoga breathing techniques

    • 3-part Breath (Dirgha)

    • Ocean sounding breath (Ujjay)

    • Breath retentions (Kumbhaka)

    • Incremental Breathing

    • Fire Breathing (Agni Sara)

    • Power Breathing (Kapalabhati)

    • Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana

    • Alternate nostril breathing with retention (Anuloma Viloma)

  • Explain health benefits and contraindications

  • How, When, Why To Apply Breath As A Therapeutic Tool

    • For symptom & disease management

    • As a self-care tool for reducing stress & building resilience

    • Balancing Ultradian Rhythms with Yoga Nidra & Brain Breaks

    • Correct sleep, raising energy, improve levels of concentration/clarity/memory

    • Improving negative habitual patterns of thought and behavior

    • For nasal dominance in exercise


Learning Outcomes:


  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to incorporate yoga breath & breathing sequences within clinical areas of expertise

  • Incorporate daily self care routines to reduce stress and relieve burnout while building resilience

  • Provide patient education and self care routines to improve health outcomes and patient wellbeing

  • Demonstrate lifestyle patterns of behavior based in long-term health & wellness

  • Recognize the importance of balancing our autonomic nervous system for optimal health, sleep, fitness and wellbeing

Learning Format

  • Online

  • Includes videos & reading materials

Exam Details

Total Test Attempts: 3.  The passing score of this course is 80%.  

Continuing Education Credits

20 CE's  National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC) CEP #:  100133

2.5 CEC's American Council On Exercise (ACE) 

"Breathe, perceive, receive. It took me a while to get what Ed meant when we first met as speakers at the Aspen Institute AspenBrainLab, but now I do “get it”. We all need to be aware how depriving our body and our mind of its nourishment affects cognitive function, emotional intelligence and ultimately our health. Ed Harrold devotes himself to teaching you how to maximize your brain- and body’s- potential. -Hackie Reitman, M.D. Author of Aspertools and founder of

"Ed is masterful at blending the East & West philosophies into something tangible not only for healthcare providers but for patients.  My patients have felt so empowered to have a self-care tool they can easily integrate into their day.  And, the feedback I get on their improvements is fantastic!  It keeps them motivated to continue to improve their health." -Karen DiMarco, RN, BSN, iRNPA


2.5 CEC's ACE Fitness


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