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Pranayama Practicum: Intensive Training in the Myths, Metaphors, Maps and Wraps of Katonah Yoga

You are a yoga teacher and practitioner.
You want to go deeper in your own practice and what you can offer others. What do you do?

In the most exhilarating moments of life, your breath is there. In the deepest grief, there too you will find the omnipresent melody of materiality, your precious breath. Vacillating between practices that stimulate and soothe, pranayama allows you to come home, to be alone with yourself. Katonah pranayama techniques are gateways to the dual tasks of learning to both soothe and stimulate oneself.

Training and teaching pranayama is different from an asana practice. Furthermore, there are differences in how you teach breath work and Katonah theory to a general class or with a private student. Learn Katonah techniques to precisely read and bolster your students. Deepen your understanding of Katonah Yoga’s potent embodied maps for reorganizing oneself in time and space through the vehicle of the breath. Gain competency in articulating your practice. We will cover a basic structure for sequencing and organizing a session to best serve the needs of different types of students. With hands-on experience you will gain confidence through applied knowledge.

Dages has been teaching for sixteen years and has had time to try to help, make mistakes, learn skills, and refine her techniques. She is known for her intense and imaginative pranayama teaching, which she applies to group and private classes. Private yoga sessions constitute the great majority of her teaching, and she has worked with an eclectic swath of New Yorkers during her career, from hedge fund managers to homemakers to hockey players.

Beginning in 2002, her studies have earned her accreditations in both the Bihar and Kundalini lineages. Her syncratic teaching style has been profoundly impacted by immersion in studies with her mentor Nevine Michaan, founder of Katonah Yoga. Recent collaborations include a series of workshops with Elena Brower, and retreats and teacher trainings with veteran Katonah teacher Abbie Galvin, Sacred Fig founder Anton Brandt, and SKY TING co-founder Chloe Kernaghan in Bali, Dominican Republic, Greece, Panama, Morocco, Switzerland, and Vancouver.


  • An Atlas of Internal Cartographies; how do Nevine’s central maps of Katonah Yoga (such as magic square, body as a house, wraps for rapture) interface with other systems such as the Chakras, the Tree of Life, the tantric Five Element Body? We will dive into a rich exploration of these maps across times and cultures, gleaning insights from the teachings of kabbalists, and yogis, scholars and saddhus.

  • Dozens of breath techniques to stimulate and soothe, to activate and integrate ranging from the obvious to the invisible. Master techniques that give you concentrated radiance and voluminous structure.

  • Personal breath practices for self-care

  • Practical body readings/diagnostics of students

  • Hand placements and adjustments to help the elder, injured, sensitive student catch their breath and find space

  • Teaching pranayama and esoteric anatomy: how to articulate Katonah Yoga theory to students

  • Breakdown of frequently used breath techniques along with their modifications

This training will be small and personal, enabling each participant to get the information that will best support them in empowering others. Specific questions can be emailed to Dages in advance, or feel free to bring in your real life examples for mentoring.


One hour practice with Nevine:
One hour practice with Dages:

As this training will cover Katonah Yoga material, taking some Katonah Yoga classes is suggested. Study with any of the teachers at Katonah Yoga in Bedford hills, or look for Katonah informed classes at SkyTing or The Studio. It is also helpful, although not necessary, to have some familiarity with the Magic Square.