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  • Cultivating Happiness Day Retreat
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    Cultivating Happiness Day Retreat

    Saturday, April 20th, 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Cultivating Happiness Day Retreat

    Join us for a One Day Cultivating Happiness Retreat with Anne Wanda Tessier at PranaShanti Yoga Center.
     
    During this one-day retreat we will practice gentle yoga, guided meditations and breath work, and participate in a workshop to help us cultivate happiness. We will also enjoy a nourishing and healing light lunch.
     
    The retreat day is suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners, including those who are new to the practice.
     
    The One Day retreat includes:

    • Welcome talk and introductions
    • Yoga practice to cultivate happiness.
    • We will end off the practice with a few blissful restorative poses with the use of Hot Stones.
    • A nourishing and healing light lunch
    • A happiness workshop to reflect on what brings us joy, and how to cultivate happiness
    • A goodie bag of soothing spa treats
    • A one –hour infrared sauna session that can be used within one year at PranaShanti Yoga Center
    • 3 yoga classes at PranaShanti Yoga Center
    • Closing Meditation
     
    Cost:Early Bird Savings! Register by April 1 and save $20.00 for $125.00 per person, $145.00 per person thereafter.
     
    Maximum 16 participants.
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  • Children's Yoga Class - Easter Yoga
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    Children's Yoga Class - Easter Yoga

    Saturday, April 20th, 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Children's Yoga Class - Easter Yoga

    Join Victoria for 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!

    Offered on Saturdays once per month. Write them into your calendars!

    In this special Easter class will wake like a bear after a long winters nap, hop like a rabbit, fly like a bird, blossom like a flower and celebrate the changes within us!

    Cost: $18.00 per child. Registration and payment in advanced is required.

    Ages 4-9 years old.

    NOTE: Parents are encouraged to drop children off. If a child requires assistance, 1 parent per child ONLY please.
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  • Workshop - Your Hips Don’t Lie!
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    Workshop - Your Hips Don’t Lie!

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Workshop - Your Hips Don’t Lie!

    But what are your hips telling you…?

    Do they need more stability or are your hips hoping for more mobility?

    Is tightness in your hips causing lower back pain?
     
    We’ll explore these questions and more in this two hour Yoga Tune Up® workshop. Explorations will include: integrated anatomy, YTU Therapy Ball techniques, and mobility exercises.
     
    Learn how to safely increase range of motion without losing stability in your pelvis. Interested? Register today and let’s roll!

    Cost: $30.00 per person.
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  • YOGA 201: A Foundational Series
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    YOGA 201: A Foundational Series

    Thursday, April 25th to Thursday, May 23rd, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    YOGA 201: A Foundational Series

    A 5-week series consisting of five 90-minute classes. Ideal for those that have completed our Yoga 101 series or for anyone with a basic understanding of yoga and looking to refresh the fundamentals of their yoga practice or gain a more solid foundation.
     
    These classes are designed to further the exploration of  yoga postures, breath-work and meditation.

    Week 1: Forward bends and hip openers
    Week 2: Headstand and variations
    Week 3: Back bends
    Week 4: Breath-work (Pranayam)
    Week 5: Meditation
     
    This series provides:
     
    • Experiential learning with an opportunity for individual attention.
    • The opportunity to ask questions about yoga postures and learn about the importance of breathing.
    • An exploration of different postures so you can further experience the benefits of a yoga practice.
    • An exploration of alignment and modifications to prevent injuries.

    Cost: $30.00 per session or $115.00 for all 5 sessions. Space is limited to ensure individual and personalized attention. 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 any of our Drop-In classes - a $54.00 value!

    Sign up early! Class size is 12 participants in order to ensure individual attention and time for questions each week.

    Notes: Dress in comfortable clothes that you can move in easily. If you do not have a yoga mat, you can rent one at the Reception Desk for $2.00 per session.
     
    Although there are many props at PranaShanti, if you have some favorite ones at home, please bring them with you. This may include a yoga mat, blocks, a yoga strap, a bolster and a hand towel.
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  • YOGA 101: A Beginner Series
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    YOGA 101: A Beginner Series

    Thursday, April 25th to Thursday, May 23rd, 5:45pm - 7:15pm
    YOGA 101: A Beginner Series

     
    A 5-week series consisting of five 90-minute classes. Ideal for beginners and perfect for anyone looking to refresh the fundamentals of their yoga practice. Beginning with basics, these classes are designed to build a strong foundation and introduce the basics of yoga postures, alignment and language.

    Week 1: Yogic breathing, important exercises and the appropriate approach to yoga. We will learn the importance of proper breathing and how to work with both physical and mental stress.

    Week 2: Sun Salutations.  We will learn the foundational poses that comprise a basic Sun Salutation. A great way to start each day!

    Week 3: Understanding basic postures and their benefits
    We will learn how to safely transition in and out of poses and what the benefits are.

    Week 4: Deepening the postures and your understanding
    We will experience holding poses for longer timings and the physical and other benefits of deep stretching poses

    Week 5: Review - We will review and re-visit many of the postures and practices we covered in the 4 previous weeks and have one last group practice together.
     
    This series provides:
    • Experiential learning with an opportunity for individual attention.
    • The opportunity to ask questions about yoga postures and learn about the importance of breathing.
    • An introduction to postures so you can experience the benefits of a yoga practice.
    • An introduction to alignment to prevent injuries.

    Cost: $30.00 per session or $115.00 for all 5 sessions. Space is limited to ensure individual and personalized attention.
     
    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 date of the first session in the series) to attend any of our Drop-In classes - a $60.00 value!

    Sign up early! Class size is 12 participants in order to ensure individual attention and time for questions each week.

    Notes: Dress in comfortable clothes that you can move in easily.  If you do not have a yoga mat, you can rent one at the Reception Desk for $2.00 per session.  Although there are many props at PranaShanti, if you have some favorite ones at home, please bring them with you. This may include a yoga mat, blocks, a yoga strap, a bolster and a hand towel.
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  • Crystal Journey in Concert
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    Crystal Journey in Concert

    Friday, April 26th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Crystal Journey in Concert

    Featuring Paiste Gongs, Quartz Singing Bowls, Persian and Indian Santoor
     
    What You Can Expect From Crystal Journey:
     
    The show will take place in two 40 to 50 minute sets. David's usual set up includes 6 Quartz Crystal Bowls, 8-10 Paiste Planet Gongs & 2 Santoor's. Nothing is amplified, pre-recorded or rehearsed. Each set and performance is sonically pure and unique.
     
    We invite you to take a seat or lay down as close to the instruments as possible to get the greatest effect. Remember to bring a yoga mat, blanket and/or pillow as we will have floor space to lay down. Chairs for regular seating are also available.

    Where possible we encourage you to share rides and car pool. It not only saves gas but helps to reduce our carbon foot print on the earth and traffic.

    About The Instruments:
     
    Paiste Gongs: Planet Gongs are tuned to the natural harmonic series based on the orbital properties of the Earth, Moon, Sun, and Planets. All of these gongs resonate in harmony with the celestial bodies and communicate a distinct aspect of the Music of the Spheres, which was first documented by Pythagoras in the 6th Century BC. Each planet gong contributes a vital pitch to the total harmonic resonance of our solar system.

    Crystal Bowls: The bowls are made of 99.992% crushed quartz crystal that is heated to 4000 degrees in a centrifugal mold. The thickness of the bowl determines the note, digitally tuned to C D E F G A and B corresponding to the charkas, our energy centers; root (C), sacral (D), solar plexus (E), heart (F), throat (G), third eye (A), and crown (B). The diameter of the bowl determines the pitch, ranging from 6 inches to 22 inches. The archetype of the instrument may be seen in a harp, carried horizontally and struck with two sticks, found in iconographical documents of the ancient Babylonian (1600-911 BCE) and neo-Assyrian (911-612 BCE) eras.

    Persian Santoor: Persian Santoor consists of a trapeziform case made of walnut wood, approximately 90 cm wide at the broad end, 36 cm wide at the narrow end and 6 cm deep. The strings are fixed to hitch-pins along the left-hand side and wound round metal wrest-pins on the right by means of which they are tuned with a tuning-key (Tuning Wrench). Each quadruple set of strings rests on a movable bridge of hardwood (kharak). The bridges are placed so that the strings are divided into three sections, giving the fundamental note and two higher octaves. There are nine (or sometimes 10, 11 and 12) quadruple strings an either side so that, with 18 groups of strings, 27 different notes can be played. The bass strings are of brass or copper and the trebles of steel. Persian Santoor is played by striking the strings with two light hammers (mezrab) held in three fingers of each hand. The ends of the sticks are usually covered with cloth to soften their impact on the strings.

    Cost: $25.00 per person.
     
    David's CDs and other merchandise will be available at the show. To learn more about David's extraordinary sound concerts please visit his website: http://crystaljourney.ca/
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  • Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Training
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    Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Training

    Friday, April 26th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Training
     
    Yoga can offer amazing benefits for pregnancy, labour and parenthood; however, there are things that teachers and practitioners need to know!

    This interactive course is designed for anyone keen to learn more about Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, including yoga teachers, fitness instructors, doulas and other health professionals as well as parents to be.

    This course will share practices for each stage of the journey from yoga support for conception to partner yoga for pregnancy and labour to yogic recommendations for postpartum recovery to parent/baby yoga poses for bonding. Resources will also be provided to comfort women in the event of pregnancy loss.

    Topics covered:

    • Anatomy and physiology specifically related to Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga. Benefits of Yoga for fertility, pregnancy, labour, postpartum, and parenthood.
    • Teaching Yoga classes for this population and adapting any class to meet the needs of prenatal and postnatal women (best practices, things to avoid, modifications, and contraindications).
    • Breathwork, postures, meditation, and chanting for pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.
    • Common conditions related to posture, core and pelvic floor issues. Teacher ethics, scope of practice, business considerations, and marketing services in the community.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Ability to confidently and safely teach yoga classes designed for pregnant and postnatal women.
    • Capacity to tailor any style of class or practice for pregnant and postnatal women.
    • Understand and address prenatal and postnatal conditions, including practices that can help and things to avoid.

    Re-requisite Reading:
    Recommended but not required: Book: Prepare to Push by Kim Vopni

    Assignment:
    In class mini practicum and written lesson plan for both stages.
     
    Dates and Timings:
    Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28, 2019.
    • Friday 6 pm to 9 pm.
    • Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am to 6 pm each day.

    Cost: $325.00 per person.
     
    Note: This course is open to the general public. 6 months to 1 year of regular yoga practice is recommended for participation.
     
    Please consult the course outline and complete the required readings listed (if any) before the start of the course: http://pranashanti.com/services/300-hour-teacher-training-schedule/
     
    300 Hour Program - Elective Module - 20 Hours
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  • Workshop - Yoga for Sleep
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    Workshop - Yoga for Sleep

    Monday, April 29th to Monday, June 3rd, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
    Workshop - Yoga for Sleep

    Do you have trouble falling asleep or wake up through the night?
    Does chronic pain or anxiety keep you up?
     
    Join Chantal for a 6-week Therapeutic Yoga series to help you gain more restful and nourishing sleep.
     
    You will learn techniques including gentle releasing movements, pranayama practices, yoga nidra, and more that you can take home (and to bed!) with you to help guide the mind and body to sleep.
     
    You'll complete an intake with Chantal so she can help you personalize the experience, and she will provide lots of one-on-one attention to each student.

    Dates: Monday, April 29 to Monday, June 3, 2019 - 6 weekly sessions.

    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
     
    Cost:  $165.00 per person for the 6-week series. Maximum of 16 students to ensure quality individual attention.
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