World Spine Care

WSC_LogoColourWorld Spine Care (WSC) is a multinational not-for-profit, charitable organization founded in 2008 by Scott Haldeman MD, PhD, DC, a leading figure in the assessment and treatment of spinal conditions.

It was launched to fill the profound gap in the evidence-based treatment of musculoskeletal and especially spinal conditions found in underserviced areas around the world.

PranaShanti Yoga Centre is a proud and dedicated supporter of WSC and offers multiple donation based events every year to raise funds for this organisation.

World Spine Care - PranaShanti Yoga Centre Ottawa

The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health

royal logoThe Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds to support the best possible patient care and leading edge research provided by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Brockville Mental Health Centre, and the uOttawa Institute of Mental Health Research.

The Foundation’s funds are used to purchase Hospital equipment for capital projects, to support research, and to contribute to the improvement of patient care, now and for the future.

PranaShanti Yoga Centre is a proud and dedicated supporter of the Foundation and participates in the annual Leaders Breakfast and also the Women for Mental Health Program.


University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Heart Wise Exercise Program

UOHIThe University of Ottawa Heart Institute has partnered with PranaShanti Yoga Centre to develop safe and appropriate exercise programs for people who have heart disease.

Exercising after a heart attack is one of the best ways to help you get back to health. In consultation with the Heart Wise Exercise Program a variety of Yoga classes at PranaShanti Yoga Centre have been identified as safe and suitable for people who are interested in or concerned about their heart health. These classes have been designated as meeting the conditions for safety and suitability for heart patients. PranaShanti Yoga Centre welcomes and encourages people with heart disease to exercise, provided they have approval from their doctor.

The HeartWise Exercise Program at PranaShanti:

  • Encourages regular, daily aerobic exercise
  • Encourages warm up, cool down and self-monitoring with all exercise sessions
  • Allows participants to exercise at a safe level, and has progressive options to increase intensity if appropriate
  • Accepts participants with a known history of cardiac disease – provided they have physician approval
  • Provides health screening for all participants
  • Has an emergency plan that is documented and known to all exercise leaders, including the requirement of current CPR certification, phone access to EMS and presence of an AED

The following Yoga Classes have been identified to the Heart Institute as “Heart Healthy” because they meet the requirements for providing a moderate level of exercise.

Heart Wise

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Therapeutic Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Somatic Yoga

View our Class Schedule.

About the Heart Wise Exercise Program


LYBF-logoLoveYourBrain is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury—from concussion to severe injury—through programs that build community. The LoveYourBrain Yoga Program supports people who have experienced a TBI and their caregivers to participate in community-based gentle yoga and meditation classes tailored to their needs. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to improve and restore their physical and emotional wellbeing through these practices. LoveYourBrain is the message that embodies our positive approach to brain injury prevention and recovery. Everything LYB does is about connecting, educating and empowering people to promote a brain healthy lifestyle. Learn more…

PranaShanti has chosen to form a long-term and ongoing partnership with LoveYourBrain because we believe in the mission and vision of this incredible organization and have the space, teachers and supportive community needed to host LYB friendly class and trainings. Our partnership allows us to expand our yoga offerings while also focusing our seva (service) efforts for maximum impact.

We are offering the 6-week FUNdamentals series.  After successful completion of the series for a period of 6 months from the end date of the series, participants can attend a LYB Friendly class for $5 per class***.  All other classes on the Class Schedule are at full price.  The weekly LYB Friendly class is:

  • Wednesdays – 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm – Hatha – Laurie

LYB Friendly Drop In Fee: This Drop in Fee is only available to those students that have successfully completed the 6-week LYB Fundamentals Series.  The offer to participate in the reduced class fee is valid for 6-month from the last date of the 6-week LYB Fundamentals series.  The $5 LYB Friendly Drop In fee is non-refundable and no credits are available if the $5 LYB Friendly Drop In fee is not used within the 6 month expiry period.  If you are unsure as to how many classes you may attend, we recommend buying one LYB Friendly Drop In fee at a time.

Please also note that the offer and use of the $5 LYB Friendly classes ends December 31, 2019.

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