Our Philosophy

Our intention at PranaShanti is to create an oasis in the city of Ottawa for the practice of yoga in a diversity of methods. This is a space where all are welcome: here you will heal and strengthen your body, calm your mind, and rejuvenate your spirit.

Our teachers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the highest quality of teaching. They have devoted their lives and careers to sharing the benefits of Yoga and Meditation, and embody PranaShanti’s own spirit of continuous education.

We provide a soothing space where you can explore many approaches to the same outcome: creating ease in your life. We encourage you to be curious, relax, and take your time so you can leave feeling renewed.

We invite you to experience the PranaShanti difference.

Be well,
Devinder Kaur, Director

Our Centre

PranaShanti is a yoga centre that facilitates daily drop-in classes, frequent workshops and events, a health and wellness staff, and foundational as well as ongoing yoga teacher education. Our visitors range from those who make time for weekly stress management to career yogis seeking additional education.

Our dedicated, full-time coordination staff are on the front desk to facilitate the centre experience, and we offer a variety of class packages to suit your schedule. The centre has four rooms for yoga and meditation classes, as well as washroom and shower facilities, so we are able to offer many classes, events, and workshops simultaneously.

Our centre offers several kinds of yoga in our daily drop-in classes, as different students require different styles of practice. For those who can accommodate multiple classes in a week, this allows students to reap the benefits of various styles in one space.

PranaShanti Trainings

Yoga is rapidly growing and there is a high demand for yoga teachers globally. PranaShanti Yoga Centre offers quality, internationally recognized Yoga Teacher Training programs in Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. We are an approved 200-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS) through Yoga Alliance. Our Teacher Training Programs are approved by Yoga Alliance and our Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program is certified by the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI).

PranaShanti Yoga Centre is an approved Certified Private Educational Institution by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Our Yoga Teacher Training programs were reviewed by HRSDC and determined to be part-time educational programs;  students are therefore eligible to receive an official tuition fee receipt (T2202A), which allows students to qualify for Tuition and Education Tax Credits on their personal income tax for the tuition paid for these programs.

Small class sizes and a high caliber of teaching will make your YTT a transformative experience personally, and provide you the knowledge and confidence to teach students safely and effectively. You will deepen and refine your personal practice while still being able to maintain your commitments to your work and family. Not just for aspiring teachers, our YTT programs are also for students who want a more comprehensive understanding of yoga as a physical and mindfulness practice and lifestyle.

Advanced Studies

Workshops and events are available to students and teachers alike to provide an educational setting for information and techniques that require more time than a drop-in class allows. We highly recommend participating in a variety of workshops so you can incorporate this knowledge into your regular practice and experience the tremendous knowledge resident and visiting teachers have to share.

PranaShanti has quickly gained a reputation within the city and beyond as a hub of yoga teacher education. Our visiting teachers include some of the world’s most sought after yoga educators, including Todd Norian, Ana Forrest, Dev Suroop Kaur, and Joe Barnett. Many yoga teachers find it challenging to pursue an advanced practice without great investment in tuition and travel costs. We continue our dedication to providing advanced studies for yogis in Eastern Ontario with a phenomenal lineup of yoga trainings in 2014.

PranaShanti Community Involvement

PranaShanti embodies the next evolution in sustainable business. Our mission is mindful living on and off the yoga mat, and we host a variety of special events and fundraisers to raise money and awareness around issues close to our hearts, as well as donating gifts of yoga or yoga props for silent auctions at local fundraising events.

Each month we offer a yoga class and Kirtan with 100% of the proceeds donated by the teacher and PranaShanti to a local, charitable organization on monthly rotation.

To support students becoming yoga teachers, PranaShanti offers a Work Exchange and Scholarship Program for our Yoga Teacher Training Programs to accommodate two students per program. This enables students who may not have been able to afford the program to learn valuable teaching skills and further their personal development.

Additionally, we provide an Energy Exchange program for those who experience financial barriers to a yoga practice. In this program, yoga students contribute their time and energy through cleaning, postering, flyer delivery, and helping at reception during larger events, in exchange for yoga classes.

Boutique

Our boutique is specially curated with products to elevate and support your practice, sourced from ethical, sustainable, and local suppliers where possible.

We have a wide selection of yoga music CDs, yoga DVDs, manuals and books, journals, candles, incense, herbal teas, healthy snacks, yoga mats, cushions, zafus, body care products, jewelry and more. We also carry a selection of cotton, hemp, and bamboo yoga clothing from local and international designers.

Browse in person or on our PranaShanti Online Store. Worldwide shipping and gift wrapping service available for sending special gifts to friends and loved ones.

Yoga Studio Rooms

At PranaShanti we take your health, comfort, and the environment to heart with a clean and beautiful space. Designed by Architect Robert Martin and Associates, and a team of interior designers who have designed some of the area’s most beautiful interiors – including Le Nordik Spa in Chelsea, Quebec – the centre incorporates the latest in yoga centre and spa décor with quality, environmentally friendly material, fixtures, and finishes.

Each yoga room is individually climate controlled with its own heat and cooling source, ventilation, and filtration systems. The Body Room is maintained at a temperature of 105°F and provides even humid heat from state-of-art infrared ceiling panels for a clean, quiet hot yoga practice space. The Spirit, Soul and Mind Rooms are regular temperature studios.

The flooring used in PranaShanti is a combination of all natural cork, bamboo, marmoleum, ceramic, and vinyl with each room’s flooring specifically selected to its requirements.

There are no mirrors or mirrored walls in our yoga studio rooms. We believe that yoga is an internal journey, and mirrors create comparison instead of self-reflection. Our teachers are skilled in providing adjustments through clear instruction and hands-on enhancements when required or requested.

Change Rooms

Our change rooms have individual lockers of varying sizes for storing and locking your clothes and valuables. If you forgot your lock we will happily loan you one at Reception.

The showers are large and roomy with privacy drapes in the changing portion of the shower and complimentary organic shower gel is provided in each shower. Energy efficient hairdryers are available in the change rooms.

Wellness Services

Our Wellness Services consist of a variety of holistic treatments and therapies to support your yoga and meditation practice. We have a private appointment Infrared Sauna and shower room for deep cleansing and detoxification, and our tranquil Consultation Room for private appointments. See Wellness at PranaShanti for more details on our services.

Environmental Sustainability

In the change rooms, all showers have water filtration and the toilets and urinal are low water consumption units.

We offer pure UV filtered drinking water from an energy efficient self-serve water system to fill your reusable container. This reduces the number of single-use water bottles in the trash and emissions from bulk water delivery.

We use natural cleaning products that are hypo-allergenic and biodegradable for all of the PranaShanti’s cleaning including the rental mats. Our compostable paper towels and drinking cups are made from post-consumer recycled paper.

“A home that heals your body, calms the mind, and strengthens the spirit.”