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  • Inner Vision Quest - Blindfolded Yoga
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    Inner Vision Quest - Blindfolded Yoga

    Thursday, May 28th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Inner Vision Quest - Blindfolded Yoga
    Turn your gaze inward as you take a journey on your mat without use of vision.
     
    Life is full of visual distractions, and the culture and technology of today can leave you well and truly overstimulated. The majority of information you receive is through your vision; You are constantly absorbing the information from the world around you – from billboards, TV, newspapers, cell phones, signs and symbols, to the expressions on the faces of others.
     
    Practicing yoga blindfolded is a time to slow down the asana practice, and tune deeper into the breath. The present moment becomes magnified. We will move mindfully and carefully through familiar poses – exploring the opportunity to feel more on the inside as the other senses become more in-tune and refined. Your mind must be more focused and present; if the mind wanders at all, or shifts to something outside of the body, you will sense the change.

    Practicing without the use of your vision allows you to connect to your deeper self, and to cultivate a renewed sense of self confidence. You will learn to trust yourself more fully, becoming more in tune with your intuition and the wisdom of your body.

    CostPranaShanti Class Card or Drop In Fee.

    "I just wanted to say how much I loved this evening’s hatha class. I’ve never done blindfolded yoga, and at first I was a little apprehensive. But in the end, I focused way more on how the poses felt rather than on how I thought they should look, so that made the whole sessions about me and my body… my ego kind of disappeared. It was a really nice experience, so thank you." ~ Anne

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  • Vinyasa, Zumba & Yin!
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    Vinyasa, Zumba & Yin!

    Friday, May 29th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Vinyasa, Zumba & Yin!

    Three incredible forms of movement blended into one great dynamic class.

    Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement. This is our warm up as we link the movement of hatha yoga postures with an inhale and exhale.

    Zumba really gets us moving as we combine Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system.

    Yin Yoga is our cool down and is designed to gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues that form our joints.

    Embrace Body, Mind, Spirit and Friends, as you share in this movement experience.

    Cost: Drop In Fee or use your PranaShanti Class Card.
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  • Crystal Journey in Concert
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    Crystal Journey in Concert

    Friday, May 29th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Crystal Journey in Concert

    Crystal Journey is an improvised sound journey with Paiste Planetary Gongs, Crystal Bowls, Santoor and Vibraphone. Enjoy two sets of incredible music that allows the listener to be fully immersed with their spirit.

    A few words from David:

    Based in Mount Hope, Ontario, I perform with Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, 15-20 of them. Each produces a pure note or tone, the purest there is. You have to hear them to believe it. I play them in combination with a Vibraphone, Santoor and 8-18 Paiste Planet, Symphonic and Sound Creation Gongs. Every gong features a strong fundamental note tuned to represent a natural harmonic series based on the orbital properties of the Sun, the Earth, the Moon and the other planets. It's like having a full orchestra.

    The intent of the performance is to create soothing, meditative and healing music. Each one of my performances is completely improvised, and unique. The music attracts a full range of listeners. My concerts are in two sets, each lasting an hour in length.

    My musical inspirations are, Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead, John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, and Frederick Chopin to name a few.

    Cost: $25.00 per person.

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  • Yoga for Athletes - 5 Week Series
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    Yoga for Athletes - 5 Week Series

    Saturday, May 30th to Saturday, June 27th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
    Yoga for Athletes - 5 Week Series

    This 5-week series is introduces athletes to Yoga as a cross-training tool to build strength, stamina, balance and flexibility.

    Each week we will learn a different 1-hour sequence that you can continue to practice on your own.  You will also gain the knowledge to know how to modify the sequence for your target areas.

    While the series is ideal for all athletes (including the casual weekend warriors), there will be specific postures identified for the benefit of bodybuilders, swimmers, runners, cyclists and golfers.

    No prior yoga experience is necessary.

    Cost: $145.00 per person for the 5 Week Series, $35.00 per person for Drop-in.

    About Your Teacher: Julia is CanFitPro certified (Canadian Fitness Professionals), RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 hrs – Yoga Alliance) and ZIN certified (Zumba Instructor Network). She is a fitness instructor with the City of Ottawa (Zumba, spin, and yoga) and frequently covers classes at PranaShanti. She is herself a runner, cyclist and swimmer and has volunteered as a swimming official for provincial competitions.

    Julia first turned to yoga for the athletic benefits but soon realized that there is way more to yoga than only a physical practice which can help all active people. She believes in a strong practice with modifications so everyone may also discover the mysteries of yoga for the mind, body, spirit and soul.

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  • The Moon Centers
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    The Moon Centers

    Sunday, May 31st, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    The Moon Centers
    Part of understanding ourselves as women lies in the recognition of our emotional tendencies. Examining our emotions as experienced in the Eleven Moon Centers can help us to understand these centers and know how to use them to become more contained, joyous, and effective women and leaders.
     
    The Moon Centers are 11 specific areas of the body through which energy moves in the course of one moon cycle. The activation of each moon center results in the manifestation of particular psychological and spiritual qualities and the energy in each woman travels in a unique pattern. The study of moon centers dates back to Vedic times.

    Do you ever feel like one day you are powerful, like you could do anything, and the next day you feel unsure of yourself? You are not losing your mind! Yogi Bhajan taught how to manage these changes through the ancient yogic teachings on the Eleven Moon Centers of the Woman.

    Understanding the effects of the moon centers can empower your relationship with your body, allow you to use all aspects of your mind and free you from hidden agendas that block you from experiencing fulfilling and loving relationships, maintaining healthy self-esteem, grace and yes, even having better sex!

    This information is transforming for all women and across all yoga styles and disciplines. Join Devinder for a fascinating afternoon of learning that includes lecture, yoga, meditation for healing, self understanding and the very important practice for all women - deep relaxation.

    Yogi tea and nourishing snacks will be served.

    Cost: $75.00 per person. Handouts included to take home.
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