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  • Forrest Yoga 101
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    Forrest Yoga 101

    Wednesday, September 9th, 5:45pm - 7:15pm
    Forrest Yoga 101
    Join PranaShanti Teachers, Angela Regnier and Monika Jacobik for this fun, light-hearted introduction to Forrest Yoga.

    During this class we will do a short introductory Forrest Inspired Yoga practice which includes pranayama and yoga postures. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion.

    Topics covered include:
    • Benefits of practicing Forrest Yoga;
    • What makes Forrest Yoga different from other yoga styles;
    • Why this is a practice for everyone;
    • Overview of basic postures (asanas), breath techniques (pranayam);
    • Questions and Answers.
    Leave with a good level of understanding of how to proceed with your Forrest Yoga practice. Dress in comfortable clothing and bring your sense of humour.

    Cost: $40.00 per person and includes a yoga mat rental for the workshop, a PranaShanti gift, and 2 free class passes (expires 30 days from date of workshop).

    Included in the 2 free classes are 2 additional yoga mat rentals and a Forrest Yoga handout for you to take home.

    Complimentary herbal tea and healthy snacks served at the end of the workshop.  Please note this workshop is available one time only per student.

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  • How to Play the Gong
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    How to Play the Gong

    Sunday, September 13th, 11:30am - 2:30pm
    How to Play the Gong

    Learn the basics of how to play the gong.

    Explore the benefits of the sound and vibration produced by this ancient instrument. During the workshop you will learn how to incorporate the Gong's healing sound and vibration into your yoga practice and classes as well as how to play the gong for relaxation, meditation, healing and therapeutic uses.

    The workshop is suitable for all yoga teachers, yoga students, healers and therapists. An information package containing all the information you need to get started in playing the Gong is provided for you to take home.

    The workshop is led by Devinder Kaur, KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer and Gong Player of the Gong Meditation CD "Echo: Meditations for Peace of Heart and Mind", Devinder Kaur.

    This class is limited to 12 participants so please sign up early!

    Cost: $75.00 per person.

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  • New Moon Intention Setting
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    New Moon Intention Setting

    Sunday, September 13th, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    New Moon Intention Setting
    The New Moon is day one of the moon cycle and is a time to plant new seeds for growth and prosperity. During the New Moon, our glands are at a low ebb, as is our energy.

    Meditating at the time of the new moon intensifies our intentions and makes it an ideal time to focus on positivity, to charge up the mind and body to turn our intentions into reality.

    Join Devinder for this uplifting class as we gather together to make a powerful claim to overcome our challenges while manifesting our intentions. Our class includes an overview of the astrology of the New Moon, breath work (pranayam), a short yoga set (kriya), a prosperity meditation and a deep relaxation with two Gongs played at the same time.

    Cost: PranaShanti Class Card or Drop-in Fee.
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  • Breath and Sound Experience
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    Breath and Sound Experience

    Sunday, September 13th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Breath and Sound Experience
    With Chad Berscheid & Kathleen Burr

    Join us for a circle weaving together two potent forms of vibrational medicine: breath and sound.

    Your breath is a reflection of your mind-set in any given moment. Your breathing patterns also reflect the cellular memories you carry from a lifetime of experiences.

    Conscious connected breathing or “Breathwork” is a re-patterning process: you breathe continuously through your mouth with no pauses between the inhale & exhale. This super-oxygenation cleanses your cellular structure to aid in physical & emotional release.

    Your voice is a powerful instrument for sound healing. Using simple self-created tones enables your body-mind system to remember its natural state of balance & ease. A range of sonic tools also work to amplify your fundamental harmony.

    Take a journey to activate your energy with sound & deepen your connection with the breath! The potential for transformation is vast.

    Cost: $50.00 per person.

    Maximum Group: 20 participants

    For more information about your workshop guides please visit:

    http://chadberscheid.wix.com/breathwork

    http://www.collectivelight.ca/

     

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  • Master Class: Ashaya Yoga Therapeutics
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    Master Class: Ashaya Yoga Therapeutics

    Thursday, September 17th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Master Class: Ashaya Yoga Therapeutics
    Every cell in the body is pre-programmed for healing and joy. Unfortunately, due to unconscious patterns of movement and self-limiting beliefs, we’re not able to fully access this power.
     
    During this seminar, you discover your body’s optimal design for radiant health. Through the application of the precise, elegant alignment essentials of Ashaya Yoga™, you learn how to heal and prevent common aches and pains.
     
    We’ll work with specific dysfunctions of the hips, pelvis, and lower back, including: sciatica, bulging discs, piriformis syndrome, and tight a psoas muscle. You will leave this workshop with tools, exercises, and the knowledge to free yourself of hip and lower back pain.

    Date and Time: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7 pm to 9 pm

    Cost: $40.00 per person. Open to all levels of Teachers and Students.

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  • Master Class Weekend: Healing Power of Yoga
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    Master Class Weekend: Healing Power of Yoga

    Thursday, September 17th to Sunday, September 20th, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
    Master Class Weekend: Healing Power of Yoga
    Align body, mind, and heart with the infinite source of wellness in this Ashaya Yoga™ therapy training intensive that explores the miracle of healing. Todd Norian teaches that every cell in the body is programmed for healing and joy. Unconscious movement patterns and self-limiting beliefs may keep you from fully accessing this power. Through life-affirming tantric philosophy and the precise alignment techniques of Ashaya Yoga™, you learn how to transform pain and limitation into freedom and joy.

    During this training, you gain greater knowledge of specific alignment techniques that address, heal, and prevent common aches and pains, including:

    • Ankle and knee pain
    • Hamstring tears
    • Piriformis syndrome
    • Sciatica
    • Lower back and SI joint dysfunction
    • Shoulder and neck strain
    • Rotator cuff injury
    • Tennis elbow
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Each day of the intensive includes guided asana instruction and training in Ashaya Yoga™, tantric philosophy, therapeutic exercises, demonstrations, skillful observation, hands-on techniques, and basic anatomy.

    Dates: Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20, 2015

    Times: Thursday: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm & 7 pm to 9 pm
    Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm & 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm each day 
    Sunday: 9 am to 1 pm & 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

    Cost: $595.00 per person.

    Props to bring with you:

    Although we have many props at PranaShanti for you to use, if you have props at home please bring them with you to ensure there is an adequate supply for everyone. All props can be kept at PranaShanti each evening so there is no need to carry them back and forth each day. The Spirit Room is dedicated to this event for the weekend.

    • 1 yoga mat
    • 2 blocks
    • 2 straps with clasps
    • 2 thick blankets
    • 1-2 bolsters
    • 1 bath towel

    Notes:

    • This program is eligible for CE credits with Yoga Alliance for 28 hours.

    • This program counts toward Todd’s Ashaya Yoga™ Advanced 300-Hour Teacher Training. Visit www.ashayayoga.com for more information.

    • Recommended reading Blandine Calais-Germain, Anatomy of Movement (Eastland Press).

    • Tuition includes a manual.

    This weekend is open for all Yoga Teachers and students of any style of Yoga with at least 6 months yoga practice experience.

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  • Children's Yoga Class - Superhero Yoga
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    Children's Yoga Class - Superhero Yoga

    Saturday, September 19th, 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Children's Yoga Class - Superhero Yoga
    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.

    Ignite the hero within!
     
    This class will be action-packed! We will strengthen our bodies and explore our own superhero powers through fun yoga games and activities. Maybe we will even learn how to fly!

    Costumes are encouraged – come dressed up as your favourite superhero.
     
    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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  • Kundalini Meditation Meet Up
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    Kundalini Meditation Meet Up

    Sunday, September 20th, 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Kundalini Meditation Meet Up

    Bring Prosperity Home with Jupiter Kriya!

    PranaShanti hosts quarterly Meditation Meet Ups for all KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teachers, Teachers in Training and experienced students. This is a time to come together, to catch up with old friends and practice a meditation that helps to develop our caliber and projection.

    In this Meditation Meet Up we will practice the Meditation: Jupiter Kriya for 62 minutes.

    If you do this once a week for 62 minutes at a regular time, that’s all you need. Within you there is a capacity to bring prosperity home. This kriya, called Jupiter Kriya, brings prosperity home. It is powerful enough to clear out the garbage in your subconscious mind. Your own electromagnetic psyche shall be tuned in with the Universal electromagnetic field. This shall give you special energy and competence. There is hardly any possibility that you will have a problem. This meditation can be done for 31 minutes, out of kindness, but the requirement is to do it for 62 minutes.” -Yogi Bhajan
     
    62 minutes of meditation – changes the grey matter in the brain. The subconscious “shadow mind” and the outer projection are integrated.
     
    Cost: A donation to the KRI Library of Teachings is gratefully accepted.
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  • I'm Here for the Savasana!
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    I'm Here for the Savasana!

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    I'm Here for the Savasana!

    In today's fast-past lifestyle more and more people are finding it difficult to be still.
     
    Join Anne for a two hour workshop dedicated entirely to the pose Savasana, otherwise know as corpse pose.
     
    Learn about the benefits of this posture as well as the effects it has on the body, mind, organs and nervous system. We will explore various options for savasana including modifications with the use of props to fully support the body as well as options without the use of props.
     
    Delve into the art to being still and discover how you can take this challenging pose and make it one of your most blissful ones! 
     
    Cost:  $35.00 per person. Option to bring an eye pillow.
     
    More About Anne
    Anne has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years and obtained her RYT200 in Bali, Indonesia in 2013. She has obtained her Relax and Renew Training certification with Judith Hanson Lasater in 2014 and has assisted Judith in recent trainings. Anne has taught regular Hatha, yin and restorative classes for the past two years.
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  • Partner Yoga
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    Partner Yoga

    Friday, September 25th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Partner Yoga

    Partner Yoga is a great way to meet new people, a fun idea for a date, reconnecting with your spouse, or simply having fun with a friend!

    What’s better than one downward dog? Why, two of course! Yoga literally means “union”, and what better way to celebrate that than with a partner. No experience required – just your sense of adventure and humour!

    Cost: $20.00 per person or $35.00 per couple.

     
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  • Yoga Fundamentals I - Sun Salutations
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    Yoga Fundamentals I - Sun Salutations

    Friday, September 25th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Yoga Fundamentals I - Sun Salutations
     
    Yoga Fundamentals is a yoga posture workshop series that focuses on a functional aspect of the practice of Hatha Yoga. 

    It provides yoga practitioners with an opportunity to build a strong foundation upon which to advance their practice.

    In Yoga Fundamentals I we will review the 15 individual poses that comprise the basic Sun Salutation sequence.

    Curriculum – 15 poses:
    • Easy pose – Sukhasana
    • Child’s Pose – Balasana
    • Cat-Cow – Majariasana
    • Hero Pose – Virasana

    Postures of Sun Salutation A – Surya Namaskar A:

    • Mountain Pose – Tadasana
    • Upward Salute – Urdhva Hastasana
    • Standing Forward Bend or Forward Fold – Uttanasana
    • Half Standing Forward Bend – Ardha Uttanasana
    • Plank Pose – Palankasana
    • Knee, Chest, Chin pose – Ashtangasana
    • Cobra Pose – Bhujangasana
    • Crocodile Pose – Makarasana
    • Four limbs staff pose – Chaturanga Dandasana
    • Upward Facing Dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
    • Downward Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana

    Cost: $40.00 per person.

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  • Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Open House
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    Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Open House

    Saturday, September 26th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Open House


    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 Lead Trainer, learn about our program and bring your questions!

    Cost: Free

     

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  • Women's Health Workshop - Yoga for Menopause
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    Women's Health Workshop - Yoga for Menopause

    Saturday, September 26th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Women's Health Workshop - Yoga for Menopause

    For all women looking to ease the transition of all phases of menopause
    through the practice of yoga, this workshop is for you!

    A woman’s body goes through enormous changes during menopause. Critical issues which affect a woman’s quality of life during the time of menopause are often overlooked or not addressed until they become chronic.

    This 2 hour workshop offers a unique and personal experience for women of all ages and stages of menopause, as well as those new to yoga. We will learn more about the transformative yoga tools of asana, pranayam, meditation, visualization and self-reflection to minimize some of the difficult aspects of menopause, like insomnia, hot flashes, agitation, fatigue, anxiety, mood swings and weight gain.

    We will practice and experience a sequence for peri‐menopause and menopause which will benefit a woman’s overall health, improve her quality of life, manage existing signs and symptoms related to menopause, and prevent chronic issues.

    Cost: $40.00 per person and includes an information package of references and suggested yoga postures for you to take home.
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  • Fall Equinox Celebration 108 Sun Salutations
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    Fall Equinox Celebration 108 Sun Salutations

    Saturday, September 26th, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    Fall Equinox Celebration 108 Sun Salutations

    Why 108?

    The number 108 is an auspicious number in many traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and yoga.

    Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture view 108 as the number representing the Wholeness of Existence. 1 stands for Higher Truth, 0 stands for Emptiness or Completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for Infinity or Eternity.

    To celebrate the Fall Equinox, we'll be practicing a highly meditative and vigorous mala (108) sun salutations. Sometimes called the "5k of Yoga", like any personal goal achievement, you take it at your own place. Salutations are practiced in rounds of 10, then marked by a meditation.

    Practice will begin with an overview of best practices for salutations and how to provide self-care based on Ayurvedic principles.

    Cost: Drop-in Fee or use your PranaShanti Class Card.

    Enjoy tea and snacks after class.

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  • Backbending with Ease, Stability, and Freedom - Part I
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    Backbending with Ease, Stability, and Freedom - Part I

    Saturday, September 26th, 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Backbending with Ease, Stability, and Freedom - Part I
    Have you ever wanted to move deeper into heart-opening postures with more confidence and ease?

    We spend a lot of our lives forward – hunching over a computer or smart phone, sitting to eat, cycling…It’s no wonder that backbending can seem daunting and unnatural or even frightening.

    This workshop series will help you approach heart-opening postures in a way that is nourishing and feels good for you.

    Backbends have many therapeutic qualities, they can:

    • Boost energy levels and relieve muscle tension
    • Uplift your mood
    • Stimulate your central nervous system
    • Boost immunity
    • Improve posture by strengthening the back and opening the chest
    • Realign, strengthen and increase mobility in the spine
    • Open hips
    • Strengthen and stretch the legs
    • Improve breathing by opening your lungs and diaphragm
    • Increase blood flow

    This is your opportunity to progressively build towards deeper and more liberating and comfortable backbends.

    Each workshop begins with an intelligent and strategically planned sequence to warm up the body and target areas that tend to limit backbending, such as the quadriceps, hips, back and shoulders.

    The warm-up will be followed by a breakdown of selected backbending postures. Proper alignment and breathing techniques will be offered along with variations, props and assists to encourage minimal discomfort and maximum exploration in a safe and effective way for students of all levels and body types.

    Each class will close with calming breathing techniques and deep relaxation.

    Part I:  We will explore the fundamental backbending postures, including methods to strengthen the back and open the shoulders and hips to move into heart openers with more ease.

    • Bhujangasana (Cobra)
    • Shalabasana (Locust)
    • Sethus Bandha (Bridge)
    • Dhanurasana (Bow)
    • Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel)
    Cost:  Sign up for the full 3-part series for $75.00 per person or attend individual parts for $35.00 per person.
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  • YOGA 101: A Beginner Series
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    YOGA 101: A Beginner Series

    Sunday, September 27th to Sunday, October 25th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    YOGA 101: A Beginner Series

    This 4-week series consists of four 2-hour classes, ideal for beginners and suitable 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 ABCs of yoga postures and healthy alignment principles.

    Date and Times:
    Sundays, 1:00 to 3:00 PM - September 27, October 4, October 18 and October 25.
    (Note: There is no class on Sunday, October 11 due to Thanksgiving Weekend.)

    Week 1: SUN SALUTATIONS
    You will learn the individual poses that comprise this basic sequence together with postures to start your day on the right foot.

    Week 2: THE SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF THE SPINE
    Building on week one, you will be introduced to key poses of HATHA yoga.

    Week 3: HEALTHY TRANSITIONS
    Building on weeks 1 and 2, you will learn to safely transition in and out of poses, introducing you to the VINYASA flow.

    Week 4: THE POWER OF PASSIVE STRETCHES
    To complete your journey, you will experience the power of RESTORATIVE yoga poses.

    This course provides:

    • An EXPERIENTIAL learning environment with an opportunity for individual attention.
    • The opportunity to ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS and to understand the underpinnings of yoga postures.
    • An introduction to YOGA POSTURES that allows you to reap the maximum benefits from your yoga practice.
    • An introduction to ALIGNMENT PRINCIPLES to prevent injuries and figure out what works best for you, including the use of props.
    • A deeper awareness of the importance of smooth and relaxed BREATHING.

    You will learn:

    • How to access a profound method of relaxation.
    • How to develop flexibility, strength and stamina.
    • How to prevent injuries.

    Cost: $40.00 per session or $120.00 for all 4 sessions. Space is limited to ensure individual attention and personalized adjustments.

    To continue the learning process, participants in this Yoga 101 series also receive a free 3-class pass at PranaShanti Yoga Centre, a value of $54.00

    Props: Although there are many props at PranaShanti, if you have some favorite ones at home, please bring them with you. This could include a yoga mat, blocks, a yoga strap, a bolster and a hand towel.

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  • Healing Circle
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    Healing Circle

    Sunday, September 27th, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
    Healing Circle
    A Healing Circle brings a group of people together in a sacred space for the purpose of using the power of the group as a healing intention.
     
    A Healing Circle is a safe space where participants set an intention to send love, light and healing to anyone or any situation in need or work on their own healing process. This is an opportunity for everyone to create community, connect and benefit from the collective energy of the group gathering. Each Healing Circle includes breathing exercises and gentle warm-ups to generate the flow of energy, a healing meditation accompanied by chanting and concludes with the sacred sound experience of the gong. Participants are invited to take turns in resting or relaxing inside the circle to receive the healing blessings of the group.
    Everyone is welcome regardless of age, language, culture or religion. No experience in Kundalini Yoga or Meditation is necessary.

    Cost: PranaShanti Class Card or Drop-In Fee.
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  • Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Open House
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    Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Open House

    Monday, September 28th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Open House

    FREE INFORMATION SESSION

    The Aquarian Teacher International Teacher Certification Program in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Level 1.

    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.

    To find out more about our upcoming Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, please join Lead Trainer Devinder Kaur for our Open House. Learn about our program and ask questions.

    PranaShanti Yoga Centre offers 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 Hatha and Kundalini Teacher Training Programs are approved by Yoga Alliance and our Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program is also approved by the Kundalini Yoga Research Institute (KRI).

    Cost: Free

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  • Full Moon Healing Meditation
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    Full Moon Healing Meditation

    Tuesday, September 29th, 5:45pm - 7:15pm
    Full Moon Healing Meditation

    On the full moon, the sun’s radiance is strongest and is reflected both from the earth and from the moon to the earth.The full moon is the time of month where there is the greatest connection between sun and moon.

    The moon relates to the spine left energy channel, ida (yin, contraction, introversion, receptive, inner feminine). The sun relates to spine right energy channel, pingala (yang, expansive, extroversion, projective, inner masculine).

    The sun and moon together in equal parts relates to the spine's central energy channel, sushmana. When we practice at this time we can direct the prana through the sushumna and create a movement of energy for balance and self-healing.

    Join Devinder for this nurturing class which includes an overview of the astrology of the Full Moon, breath work (pranayam), a short yoga set (kriya), a healing meditation and a deep relaxation with the soothing vibration of the Gong.

    Cost: PranaShanti Class Card or Drop-in Fee.

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  • Ajeet Kaur - Chant Workshop + Concert
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    Ajeet Kaur - Chant Workshop + Concert

    Wednesday, September 30th, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Ajeet Kaur - Chant Workshop + Concert

    PranaShanti Yoga Centre is delighted to host an evening of sacred chanting with Ajeet Kaur (vocals and harmonium) and her talented band of musicians.

    Our evening begins with a sacred sound workshop from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Following a 30 minute intermission we will begin the concert at 7:30 pm.

    Workshop: $35.00 per person
    Concert: $25.00 per person
    Full Evening: $50.00 per person
    Children: under 12 $5.00 per child

    Tickets available for each event separately or SAVE when purchasing together.

    Join us in this blissful evening!

    About Ajeet Kaur:
    Ajeet Kaur is a Spirit Voyage recording artist, yogi, and teacher. Growing up in a musical and spiritual home, Kundalini Yoga has always been central in her life. Ajeet’s love of music as a form of healing and connection awoke at a young age, leading her to study traditional Indian and Irish music.

    Ajeet now tours the world both with her own band and with beloved chant artist Snatam Kaur. Her recordings, concerts, and workshops are an offering of her own devotion and her desire to share healing with everyone.

    Her first album, Sacred Waters, has reached many hearts, and her second album, At The Temple Door, featuring Todd Boston, Snatam Kaur, and Sukhmani Kaur Rayat was just released in June 2014. Ajeet has also been featured on Snatam Kaur and Gurunam Singh's albums.

    Watch and listen to Ajeet Kaur at:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqov3DLLN0g

    Learn more about Ajeet Kaur's music at: http://ajeetkaurmusic.com/

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