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  • PranaShanti Community Kirtan
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    PranaShanti Community Kirtan

    Friday, October 20th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    PranaShanti Community Kirtan

    Kirtan- an ancient participatory music experience- offers another method of practicing yoga that brings one in contact with the divine within. This yoga of the heart, or yoga of devotion, can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet, to stillness.

    One of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world, the kirtan call-and-response chanting genre comes to us from India. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the kirtan calls upon sacred energies which serve to quiet the mind, remove obstacles, and bring us back to the center of our being.

    Bring your family, kids, friends, parents, and your favorite percussion instruments to play. Herbal tea served. Bring some snacks to share.

    Join the chanting fun!

    Cost: Minimum donation of $10.00 in support of World Spinal Care (http://worldspinecare.com)

    World Spine Care improves lives and well being through sustainable, evidence based care, education, and prevention for people with spinal conditions in under served areas around the world.

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  • Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training
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    Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

    Friday, October 20th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training

     This program is life-transforming and is for everyone. Whether you are interested in becoming a teacher or wanting to deepen your yoga practice and knowledge.

    October 2017 to May 2018

    The Aquarian Teacher Training Level 1: Foundation® is the first level of a three tiered KRI Certified Teacher Training Program of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Upon the completion of this transformative course you will become a Certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and qualify to apply as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYS®) at the 200hr-level by Yoga Alliance.

    Throughout this 220+ hour, 8 month program, you will be part of a supportive, yogic community who will share this deep experience into the teachings with you. Taking the time to meet over nine weekends with manageable hours allows you to integrate the teachings gracefully into your daily life while respecting your personal, family and work obligations.

    You will be supported by a team of dedicated KRI Trainers who are members of the KRI Aquarian Academy and are available to you locally between weekends for the duration of the program and beyond. In this program life-long relationships and deep bonds of trust will form that fulfill the longing of the soul for fellowship and spiritual community. Mid-way through the program is a 3 day, 2 night retreat at a nearby Retreat Centre - the perfect way to acknowledge your commitment, dedication and newly acquired knowledge by being surrounded by fellowship and community.

    Foundations introduces the student to the principles and practices of the self-sensory human, and explores how Kundalini Yoga and yogic lifestyle can harmonise and uplift the human experience and awaken your true potential. There are six principle components in the Level One program:
    1. Kriya and Meditation: The foundation of Kundalini Yoga  - The theory and practice of Kundalini Yoga kriyas (yoga sets), asanas, and mudras. Explore the nature of the mind and its training through Kundalini Yoga meditations, mantras and pranayam (breathing techniques).
       
    2. Humanology and Philosophy: The Lifestyle of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher - The history and tradition of Kundalini Yoga, as well as the underlying philosophy behind all yogic practices. The technologies of Kundalini Yoga as they apply to healing and humanology (the science of daily living), including diet, nutrition, and relationships.
       
    3. Anatomy and Physiology: Essentials of Yogic and Functional Anatomy  - Traditional Western Anatomy, its purpose and function, including the respiratory, nervous, immune, musculoskeletal, circulatory, endocrine, and digestive systems and their relation to the practice and teaching of yoga. Also Yogic anatomy and the energy systems of the body including the chakras, nadis, pranas and vayus, and the the yogic bodies.
       
    4. Consciousness of a Teacher: Virtues and Values of Living in the Golden Chain - The skills and techniques to become an effective instructor, including practical strategies for teaching beginners, ethical guidelines, curriculum development, and the transformational role of the teacher in developing a successful yoga practice.
       
    5. The Master's Touch: Cultivating a Connection to the Master - Connect with Yogi Bhajan through DVD classes and study.
       
    6. The Practicum: Teaching from Day One - Practical experience instructing a yoga class under the supervision of a KRI Yoga Teacher Trainer, receiving written evaluation and student feedback.

    Believing that your learning is enriched and deepened by studying and learning from a variety of experienced trainers, PranaShanti brings in world renowned trainers from around the world. Our Teaching Team will lead you on your transformational journey of self mastery using the science and technology of Kundalini Yoga. All of our Teachers are KRI certified Teacher Trainers and always available to you.

    Your Training Team is:

    • Devinder Kaur ~ Ottawa - Lead Trainer, Owner and Director of PranaShanti
    • Guru Raj Kaur ~ Vancouver - Lead Trainer, co-foundering Director of Yoga West
    • Dr. Mahan Rishi Singh ~ Pennsylvania - Lead Trainer, Chiropractor, co-founder of Khalsa Healing Arts
    • Dev Suroop Kaur ~ New Mexico - Lead Trainer and Recording Artist
    • PranaShanti Teacher Faculty.

    Dates:

    • October 20-21-22, 2017;
    • November 17-18-19, 2017;
    • December 15-16-17, 2017;
    • January 19-20-21, 2018 – Retreat Weekend;
    • February 16-17-18, 2018;
    • March 9-10-11, 2018;
    • April 27-28-29, 2018;
    • May 2018 – White Tantric Yoga (Toronto) - date TBA;
    • May 25-26-27, 2018.

    Hours:

    • Fridays 6:00PM - 9:00PM;
    • Saturdays 9:00AM - 6:00PM;
    • Sundays 9:00AM - 6:00PM.
    Cost:
    • Pay in full before August 31st, 2017: $2,700.00 + HST; or
    • Pay in full on or after August 31st, 2017: $2,995.00 + HST; or
    • Payment Plan: Deposit of $500 + HST to reserve your space plus 8 monthly payments of $337.50 + HST. All payments to be complete before the course concludes.

    The following is included in the course:

    • Course fees for all instruction (220 hours over 8 months);
    • All required KRI approved textbooks and manuals;
    • A retreat weekend (3 days and 2 nights), includes meals and accommodations;
    • 20 Class Yoga Package at PranaShanti;
    • A one-year Membership to IKYTA - the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers' Association (value $130);
    • During training students receive 10% off purchases at PranaShanti for such items as CD's, books, yoga manuals, yoga clothing, yoga mats and sheepskins.

    Secure your space with a $500 deposit.

    10% discount for full-time students, seniors and military.

    Refunds (minus a $300 Administration Fee) are available up to 5 days before the starting date. No refunds on or after the course begins.

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  • Workshop - Reiki Yoga
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    Workshop - Reiki Yoga

    Saturday, October 21st, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Workshop - Reiki Yoga

    Join Pam for a refreshing and relaxing
    Yang Yin yoga class incorporating the ancient healing principles of Reiki.
     
    We will move through a short all-levels hatha yoga flow, followed by a series of chakra balancing long-held yin postures.

    Pam believes that we all have the innate power to increase our own internal vibration and with intention, we can bring in universal positive energy to elevate our individual health and happiness.
     
    By incorporating the laying of your own hands on your body, you will open the chakras or energy centres along the spine from the root to the crown, dissolving energy blocks and promoting a natural balance between mind, body, and spirit.
     
    Each individual will receive Reiki from Pam during the course of the workshop.  Please bring layers, water, and a journal, if you wish.
     
    Cost: $40.00 per person.

    Maximum number of participants is 16 students.

    " I really enjoyed Reiki Yoga. I can't believe how powerful it was, I was feeling and seeing so much. It was amazing how I really felt I was clearing blockages, especially at the end. I also cried a lot when we were clearing the throat, I know I have a lot of issues there and they have been there for a long time. I was feeling really happy at the end when I was watching colours move like clouds over and over again. You are a great person and instructor and I'm really looking forward to another session with you soon!” - Anna, Ottawa

    “It was a beautiful experience! Guiding us with your soft voice into the channels of healing energy and helping the chakras open as we moved from the root to the crown…I felt really relaxed …you created a sacred space and radiated healing power and positive energy… thank you!" – Basia, Kanata

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  • Workshop - Prenatal Yoga - 5 Week Series
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    Workshop - Prenatal Yoga - 5 Week Series

    Saturday, October 21st, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Workshop - Prenatal Yoga - 5 Week Series

    Practicing Prenatal Yoga can be a powerful tool to prepare for labor and motherhood!

    Research suggests that Prenatal Yoga has many benefits for pregnant women, such as:
    • Improved sleep
    • Reduced stress and anxiety
    • Increased strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
    • Decreased lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath

    In these sessions we will use meditation and practice yoga postures to strengthen and relax your changing body. We will explore different breath and focus techniques that are supportive for birthing and learn how to modify postures before and after baby arrives. Each session ends with a well-deserved relaxation, and is appropriate for new and experienced Yoga students.

    This is an opportunity to connect with your body, baby and other pregnant women. As well as, to prepare for the challenges of being a new parent.

    Cost: $30.00 per session or $115.00 for all 5 sessions.  Space is limited to ensure individual and personalized attention.

    ***Our Gift to YOU!***For those signing up for the 5 week series, to continue your practice, you will also receive 3 complimentary class passes (added to your account on the first day of the series) to attend our Parent & Baby classes when your little Yogi arrives OR any of our Drop-In classes - a $54.00 value! 

    Sign up early class size is 12 participants!  Please dress in comfortable clothes that you can move in easily. Bring a yoga mat or you can rent one from the Front Desk for $2.00 per session. All other props provided.

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  • Workshop - Energetic Cleanse with Tibetan Singing Bowls
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    Workshop - Energetic Cleanse with Tibetan Singing Bowls

    Sunday, October 22nd, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Workshop - Energetic Cleanse with Tibetan Singing Bowls
    Explore the healing power of vibrational sound with Tibetan Singing Bowls
     
    Sound healing is an effective and proven modality that uses vibrational sound to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace, well being and better health.
     
    During our 2 hour workshop you will experience  Restorative and Yin Yoga to soothe the nervous system and stimulate the connective tissues through body nourishing postures using bolsters, blankets and eye pillows.
     
    Additionally, throughout the session you will be individually cleansed at a cellular and auric level with the healing notes of Tibetan Singing Bowls as they are played around you and near you. 
     
    Workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 participants to ensure full and dedicated individual attention.
     
    Cost: $60.00 per person in advance, $65.00 per person day of.
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  • Workshop - Prenatal Yoga - 4 Week Series
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    Workshop - Prenatal Yoga - 4 Week Series

    Monday, October 23rd, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Workshop - Prenatal Yoga - 4 Week Series

    Practicing Prenatal Yoga can be a powerful tool to prepare for labor and motherhood!

    Research suggests that Prenatal Yoga has many benefits for pregnant women, such as:

    • Improved sleep
    • Reduced stress and anxiety
    • Increased strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
    • Decreased lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath

    In these sessions we will use meditation and practice yoga postures to strengthen and relax your changing body. We will explore different breath and focus techniques that are supportive for birthing and learn how to modify postures before and after baby arrives. Each session ends with a well-deserved relaxation, and is appropriate for new and experienced Yoga students.

    This is an opportunity to connect with your body, baby and other pregnant women. As well as, to prepare for the challenges of being a new parent.

    Dates: Classes are held on:

    Mondays: October 2, 16, 23, and 30. 

    There is no class on Monday, October 9 due to Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Cost: $30.00 per session or $90.00 for all 4 sessions.

    Space is limited to ensure individual and personalized attention.

    ***Our gift to YOU!***For those signing up for the 4 classes, to continue your practice, you will also receive 2 complimentary class passes (added to your account on the first day of the series) to attend our Parent & Baby classes when your little Yogi arrives OR any of our Drop-In classes - a $40.00 value!

    Sign up early class size is 12 participants! Please dress in comfortable clothes that you can move in easily. Bring a yoga mat or you can rent one from the Front Desk for $2.00 per session. All other props provided.

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  • Monthly Drop-In for MBSR & MSC Graduates
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    Monthly Drop-In for MBSR & MSC Graduates

    Monday, October 23rd, 5:45pm - 7:15pm
    Monthly Drop-In for MBSR & MSC Graduates
     
    This 90 minute monthly drop-in session is for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and/or Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) program graduates who wish to maintain continuity of practice or for those who wish to reconnect with and refresh their practice.
     
    CostPranaShanti Drop-In fee of $20.00 per person, per session.

    Note: As this is a practice session and not an instructional session, prior Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program or Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) program experience is required to attend the session.
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  • Workshop - Yin + Gong
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    Workshop - Yin + Gong

    Tuesday, October 24th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Workshop - Yin + Gong

    Connect. Breathe. Open.

    Yin yoga is based on the Taoist principles of yin and yang - the opposite and complimentary concept with origins in nature. Yin is stable, balancing and cooling, while yang is moving, changing and heating. In the body, yin is represented by the stiffer connective tissues (ligaments, tendons and fascia) and yang by the more flexible muscles and blood.

    Yin yoga is practiced passively with longer held poses (3-5 minutes) mainly focused on the lower body. This gives you an opportunity to open your body and turn inwards. In this all-levels practice, live gong music will allow you to release tension and soothe your nervous system. The vibrational nature of the gong is a re-aligning and dynamic experience.

    This fusion of yoga and sound will bring you into greater connection with your body and breath and bring more ease into your life.

    Cost: $30.00 per person.

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  • LoveYourBrain - Fundamentals Series
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    LoveYourBrain - Fundamentals Series

    Wednesday, October 25th to Wednesday, November 29th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    LoveYourBrain - Fundamentals Series
    LOVEYOURBRAIN FUNdamentals
    6-Week Series
     
    This is a community based program for individuals affected by TBI and their support people designed to enhance well being through gentle yoga, meditation, and small group discussion.
     
    This series is NOW FULL - Please visit www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga to register for an upcoming series.
     
    About LOVEYOURBRAIN and the Yoga Program:
     
    LoveYourBrain 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.
     
     
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  • Workshop - Replenish Your Energy
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    Workshop - Replenish Your Energy

    Thursday, October 26th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Workshop - Replenish Your Energy

    Restorative Yoga with Acupuncture
    With Anne Wanda Tessier (E-RYT) and
    Dr. Julie Thorpe, ND

    Relieve stress and bring energy back into your body with a combination of Restorative Yoga and Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a time honored modality used to balance the flow of energy in the body.

    Anne will guide participants through a series of yin and restorative poses. In two of these poses, Dr. Thorpe will provide acupuncture to magnify the positive mind-body effects of the yoga practice.

    The acupuncture points will focus on opening the channels of energy on the lung and large intestine meridian. This meridian is associated with the Fall season, and with the energetic state of release; of letting go to make room for the next life experience. These points are safe for pregnant clients and for those new to acupuncture.

    Cost: $55.00 per person. SAVE! Register before October 10, 2017 and save $10.00.

    Space is limited to a maximum of 20 people.

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  • Chair Yoga Training
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    Chair Yoga Training

    Friday, October 27th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Chair Yoga Training

    SOLD OUT! 
    A waiting list is available!

    For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!

    Chair Yoga adapts traditional yoga poses so that they can be done with a chair for support, making yoga more accessible for all people. Our society is aging and there are many people unable to practice a standard yoga class. Chair yoga also provides a gentle but effective practice for those with mobility or disability issues.

    The chair takes the place of the yoga mat, and poses are seated or supported by the chair. You get a warm-up, stretching and strengthening, whether you're coming off a sports injury, challenged by the physical limits of aging, or have been sitting for too many hours at your desk.

    Program Outline:

    This program will offer you the tools to help you and/or your students build strength, awareness and confidence as well as to increase well-being both physically and mentally. Learn how to work with this ever growing group who can get so much benefit from the practice of yoga with the assistance of a chair!

    This program is Yoga Alliance recognized and consists of 15 hours of contact teaching. Topics covered include:

    • Teaching a 30-60 min chair yoga class
    • Teaching to a group living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
    • Teaching a group with Multiple Sclerosis and other causes of limited mobility
    • Teaching chair yoga for office workers
    • Working with other common issues that make a chair necessary
    • How to set up the class and how to teach from a chair
    • Practicum – Students will have the opportunity to practice teaching
    • Anatomy of aging
    • Mental aspects of aging
    • Yoga Philosophy and aging
    • Meditation and Mantras
    • Storytelling and other ways to share the yogic philosophy
    • How to find work as a chair yoga instructor
    • Volunteer opportunities

    Yoga Trainer:

    Michael Hutkins is a 500hr trained teacher in the Sivananda lineage. He has been teaching yoga for 15 years and Chair Yoga for the past 6, making yoga accessible and fun for people of all ages and abilities. He is always amazed at how open seniors are to every aspect of yoga, from the physical to meditation, philosophy and even chanting.

    Dates & Times:

    • Friday, October 27, 2017 – 6:30 pm to 9 pm (Chair Yoga Class experience)
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
    • Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Cost & Registration:

    $295.00 per person. SAVE $50.00 by registering on or before August 31, 2017 for $245.00 per person.

    Fee includes the training, manual and certificate.

    Refunds (minus a $150 Administration Fee) are available up to 5 days before the start of the course. No refunds after the course commences.

    Students must have a minimum of one year of experience practicing yoga regularly. Prior certification to teach yoga is not a prerequisite for this course.

    For 200 hour certified Yoga Teachers the credits for this training can be applied towards a 500 hour certification and is eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance.

    Feedback:

    Hi Mike, thank you again for the wonderful workshop on Saturday. I so appreciated all of the energy, training, insights, handouts you prepared. It was quite obvious the amount of energy, experience and presence you brought to the workshop and I learned so much and feel so refreshed to return to my chair teaching.

    In deep gratitude,
    Sandy Jones, Certified Yoga Instructor

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  • Workshop - Flying Dragon Sequence
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    Workshop - Flying Dragon Sequence

    Friday, October 27th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Workshop - Flying Dragon Sequence

    Come join this fun and imaginative workshop and walk away with a sequence developed to remove blockages to the prana flow and awaken your inner dragon, inspired by the teachings of Paul Grilley!

    In this workshop we will:

    1. Run through each element of the flying dragon sequence and their benefits; and
    2. Put it all together for a stimulating vinyasa for the latter half of the workshop.

    This workshop will stimulate your imagination; awaken the fire within you, intensify flexibility of your mind, and arouse the energies of your being.

    You will be given the sequence (a vinyasa) to take home with you.

    Cost: $40.00 per person.

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  • Children's Yoga Class - A Halloween Adventure!
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    Children's Yoga Class - A Halloween Adventure!

    Saturday, October 28th, 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Children's Yoga Class - A Halloween Adventure!

    Join Victoria this fall for 4 different, creative and fun-filled yoga classes!

    With an equal balance of play and rest, kids will learn how to slow down, breathe, and feel joyful!

    They will gain a better awareness of their bodies through yoga poses which focus on balance, strength and acceptance.

    Children will be invited to participate in yoga games, yoga songs, and yoga stories!


    These classes are offered on Saturdays once per month.
    Write them into your calendars! Ages 4-9 years old.

    Come dressed up in costume for this fun class!
     
    With an element of mystery and excitement, we will spark the imagination as we go on a ghostly Halloween adventure…
     
    A “spooky” craft included. Boo!
     
    Cost: $12.00 per child or sign up for all 4 classes for $42.00 per child. Parents are welcome to drop children off or stay and join the class.
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  • Hatha Yoga Teacher Training - Part-Time - FREE Info. Session
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    Hatha Yoga Teacher Training - Part-Time - FREE Info. Session

    Sunday, October 29th, 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Hatha Yoga Teacher Training - Part-Time - FREE Info. Session

    Interested in deepening your yoga practice on and off the mat?
    Interested in taking your experience to the next level by becoming a Yoga Teacher?

    PranaShanti Yoga Centre offers internationally recognized Yoga Teacher Training programs in Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga.

    We are an approved 200-hour and 300-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS) through Yoga Alliance.

    To find out more about our upcoming Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, please join us for the Open House.

    Meet the Teaching Team Lead, experience a yoga class and learn about our program. Bring your questions!

    Cost: Free

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  • Workshop - Prenatal Yoga - 4 Week Series
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    Workshop - Prenatal Yoga - 4 Week Series

    Monday, October 30th, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Workshop - Prenatal Yoga - 4 Week Series

    Practicing Prenatal Yoga can be a powerful tool to prepare for labor and motherhood!

    Research suggests that Prenatal Yoga has many benefits for pregnant women, such as:

    • Improved sleep
    • Reduced stress and anxiety
    • Increased strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
    • Decreased lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath

    In these sessions we will use meditation and practice yoga postures to strengthen and relax your changing body. We will explore different breath and focus techniques that are supportive for birthing and learn how to modify postures before and after baby arrives. Each session ends with a well-deserved relaxation, and is appropriate for new and experienced Yoga students.

    This is an opportunity to connect with your body, baby and other pregnant women. As well as, to prepare for the challenges of being a new parent.

    Dates: Classes are held on:

    Mondays: October 2, 16, 23, and 30. 

    There is no class on Monday, October 9 due to Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Cost: $30.00 per session or $90.00 for all 4 sessions.

    Space is limited to ensure individual and personalized attention.

    ***Our gift to YOU!***For those signing up for the 4 classes, to continue your practice, you will also receive 2 complimentary class passes (added to your account on the first day of the series) to attend our Parent & Baby classes when your little Yogi arrives OR any of our Drop-In classes - a $40.00 value!

    Sign up early class size is 12 participants! Please dress in comfortable clothes that you can move in easily. Bring a yoga mat or you can rent one from the Front Desk for $2.00 per session. All other props provided.

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