Breath of Life: A Pranayama Immersion

Mitesh Raichada, CAP &
Nishita Shah, CAP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT


Breath of Life

A Pranayama Immersion

Mitesh Raichada, CAP

Nishita Shah, CAP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Join this immersive online course to dive deep into the 8 core pranayama (breath work) practices as taught and recommended by Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc to begin working with your breath on a daily basis to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Vasant Lad shares an experience with Pranayama

Prana is the life force that not only sustains our bodies, but the universe as a whole - and as we draw our breath, we draw in Prana, the subtle energy that is constantly flowing, creating order and connection between and amongst all living beings.

Both Ayurveda and yoga hold that sound health comes from clear channels within the body - and a healthy flow of prana allows for and helps to clear these channels. By having a daily pranayama practice, we are able to understand how and where prana is flowing in the body and where it’s not - developing a deeper connection to the subtler levels of our being.

You couldn’t be in better hands! Come and join Nishita Shah, CAP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT and Mitesh Raichada, CAP, who have both been practicing Vasant Lad's package of 8 pranayama techniques for 10 and 15 years respectively and are both core faculty at The Ayurvedic Institute. These coaches regularly use pranayama in consultation with their clients and students - as well advocating for the benefits these practices have brought to their own health and wellbeing!

By joining this on-demand course, you will get to experience the immediate benefits of working with prana. More than 60% of past students have experienced decreased stress, more energy, a greater sense of peace, and more equanimity throughout the day. After our online course you will have developed a routine around pranayama and will be able to utilize these 8 practices with confidence.


Topics we will cover in this course

Through our online portal we will guide you in learning these 8 different pranayama techniques with instructional videos from Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, himself. We will also provide you with daily challenges, guides for building regular practice, and opportunities to share your insights and learn in community.

The Pranayama techniques we will practice together:

  • Bhastrika
  • The Bellows Breath
  • Kapala Bhati
  • Anuloma Viloma
  • Agni Sar

And 3 more! …

By the end of this course you will be able to practice the fundamentals of Vasant Lad's 8 core pranayama practices - crafting a morning routine, allowing you to connect deeply with your true Self and PRANA!

Benefits we can realize with a dedicated Pranayama Practice:

Decreased stress

More energy

Healthier digestion

Stronger metabolic capacity

Healthier emotional regulation

Supports hormonal regulation

Better sleep—wake up feeling refreshed

Supports detoxification of the subtle body and channels

Take this immersion if…

You are curious about breath work, perhaps you’ve been exposed to a few practices and want to deepen your practical and physical knowledge of these techniques through an Ayurvedic lens while in community.

You are an Ayurvedic Practitioner or professional interested in the opportunity to learn these core pranayama techniques, as taught by internationally-renowned Vaidya Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, for use in your own practice for the benefit of your clients and community. 

You are a medical or healthcare professional and want to experience and understand how these breath work practices can be employed for the benefit of yourself and your patients or clients.

This course is designed to be beneficial to all levels of interest, from total beginner to those with an established pranayama practice who wish to learn these particular practices, as taught by Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc.

If you have had a recent surgery (i.e. work done internally) we recommend you wait to physically practice. But you are more than welcome to join the immersion to learn and be a part of the community.

Those with any health concerns are welcome to reach out to us at - - we’re happy to discuss any queries with you.

Take a moment - right now.
And take a big inhale - through your nose, if you can -
And just before you exhale, think
And then through your mouth, with an audible sigh,
Release your breath.

There we go. How do you feel? The breath is a powerful lever to shift our states of being - come discover what your breath can unlock in you!

Why is this course built around 21 days of practice?

21-days is how long it takes us to develop a new habit. To help with this we will be there with you - through live online Q&As, via the daily exercises, and in our dedicated online support group where you can ask questions, post videos or images, and get feedback. This is how we support you in making a positive change to your routine, another addition to your self-care each day.

Specialized techniques from globally celebrated Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad

The 8 pranayama practices taught in this immersive online course are those used by Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, founder and director of The Ayurvedic Institute - and usually only taught in this manner to his students in the ASP programs. In your learning portal you will receive 8 instructional videos - led by Vasant Lad - so that you can learn these techniques from the master himself!

Pranayama - harnessing your life force

Pranayama, is the ancient Ayurvedic and yogic practice of harnessing and focusing on the breath. Prana, in Sanskrit means "vital life force", and yama means to gain control of. In this energy system - the life force of prana lives in the breath, so our Pranayama practice is a means to direct healing within ourselves.

In Ayurveda we believe breath is life, that we are buoyed by the breath, one after the other. It’s our anchor to the present moment. When we learn to harness and work with our prana through the breath we empower ourselves with a reliable healing tool and calming, steadying practice.

Experienced teachers and personal coaches

Nishita has been practicing Vasant Lad’s 8 pranayama techniques for over 10 years and is lead Ayuryoga faculty at The Ayurvedic Institute - creating curriculum and leading the 200 and 300hr teacher training for the past 4 years.

Mitesh has been practicing these same pranayama techniques for over 15 years and is senior vice president and faculty member at The Ayurvedic Institute. Mitesh has a deep passion for breathwork and its impact on the human body - and has spent countless hours studying and practicing breathwork for his own wellness, as well as guiding clients through this transformative experience.

We’re With You Every Step of the Way

Get access to 8 Living Wisdom Coaching & Support sessions with your on-demand course!

Live support and engagement is an important factor in all of our experiences at AyurPrana. To keep you connected during our on-demand courses we will be giving you access to 8 complementary Living Wisdom Coaching & Support sessions.

During these live and online sessions, hosted by our team of trained Ayurvedic Practitioners, you can gain clarity by sharing your own questions and learning from the content shared by others!

The invites to these 8 sessions will be released into your AyurLearn portal as soon you purchase the course - these sessions are live and take place once a week. Can't make a live session? You can still pose your question and watch the recording for the answer!

Please note that these sessions will include participants from other on-demand courses too, allowing you insight into other aspects of the 7 Pillars of Wellness - you can learn more about our proprietary 7 Pillar wellness formula here 

These Living Wisdom Coaching & Support sessions offer additional coaching alongside our online community forum in your AyurLearn portal - where you can also post any questions or queries you have and get prompt support!

Breath of Life: A 21-Day Pranayama Immersion

Cost: $99

Meet The Teachers

AyurPrana Founder and Immerssion Guide

Mitesh Raichada, CAP

Mitesh’s passion for Ayurveda was first cultivated while studying to become a certified practitioner under Vasant Lad. An enthusiastic and unyielding seeker of knowledge, Mitesh studied Indian philosophy at the Tattvajnana Vidhyapeeth in India, Jyotish with Hart deFouw, holds a Reiki Level 1 certification, and has undertaken intensive clinical immersion programs with Vasant Lad in India.

These days, Mitesh is busy being the Executive Vice President of the Ayurvedic Institute, but before that, he co-founded a highly successful real estate and hospitality company. His zeal for building powerful leaders and creating mindful business cultures overflows into the classrooms he leads with compassion and insight.

When not studying, teaching, or practicing, you can find Mitesh playing his bass guitar or enjoying the limitless beauty of nature.

Nishita Shah, CAP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Before being called to Ayurveda, Nishita received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Alabama, and what fascinates her most is how her studies in human psychology overlap with the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to continue her healing education in the latter subject at the Ayurvedic Institute.

Under the tutelage of Vasant Lad, Nishita became both an Ayurvedic Practitioner and an enthusiastic Ayuryoga Instructor. Throughout her career, including during the time she spent in her own private practice prior to joining our team, Nishita’s work has been fueled by a devotion to healing through nutrition and yoga.

She continues to dive deep into yoga and has used it as a catalyst for healing for all of her clients. Currently, she serves as a lead instructor and trainer at The Ayurvedic Institute in their yoga department, serves as lead support for yoga for AyurPrana, and actively teaches Ayuryoga (as taught by Dr. Lad) at Asheville Yoga Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an AyurPrana Recorded Immersive Course?

Our study-on-demand courses deliver a virtual experience aimed at fostering transformation. We offer highly-produced recorded content from our esteemed and captivating speakers, practitioners, and teachers - that allows you to study at your own pace! We support your learning through dedicated online community forums and live Q&As where you can get quick responses to your questions. We make the content easily available for you, so you can keep learning whether you are in the comfort of your home, at your favorite coffee shop, or on the beach.

Can I ask the instructor questions?

Yes! We offer access to 8 weekly live Q&A sessions - where you can submit questions ahead of time and receive a considered response from our instructors and supporting Ayurvedic Practitioners. We also have a dedicated online community forum where you can ask additional questions related to the content of the course, learn from others, and get to know your immersion friends! You can also reach out to our Care Team at anytime if you need additional support -

What if I have no background in medicine or Ayurveda? Will I still be able to understand the content?

This course is designed to be beneficial to all levels of interest, from total beginner to those with an established pranayama practice who wish to learn these particular practices, as taught by Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc.

How will I view the session?

For live sessions, we will utilize the Zoom platform. You will receive clear instructions on how to join. All you need is good internet access; a laptop, tablet, or phone with video and audio capabilities; and a fresh and open mind!  

Recorded classes or the live replays will be accessed through the AyurLearn Portal. Instructions to access your AyurLearn Portal will be emailed to you shortly after purchase.

What if I can’t join the live Q&A Sessions? Can I watch them later?

Absolutely. Not only will you be invited to all the live Q&A sessions for 8 consecutive weeks after you enroll in the course but access to the recordings of these sessions too! If you submit your questions ahead of time we will ensure that the instructor / guiding Ayurvedic Practitioner answers your query in the live session so you can watch later and hear the response!

What if I am having technical problems?

You can reach us by emailing or give us a call at (505)204-7026. Our care team is online Monday through Friday from 9am - 5pm ET.

Do I need to have an existing practice of pranayama or yoga? 

No! This course is great for all levels...whether you have an existing practice or not, you will learn something new.

I just recently got diagnosed with COVID, can I still practice?

Pranayama is actually great for post-COVID recovery. We welcome you to the course to learn and then practice once you have fully recovered.

I am pregnant, can I practice?

We recommend you speak to your health care provider before joining this immersion.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

Programs with live content may be canceled up to 72 hours prior to the start date of the program. Pre-recorded programs are non-refundable. Please contact to submit a request for cancellation.

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