Writing to Write by Jessie Carson

Writing to Write by Jessie Carson

Have you ever wanted to start (or re-start) a writing practice and just can’t seem to make it happen? Maybe you think you don’t have the time or you don’t think it’s productive or that there is no benefit unless you publish. Those roadblocks along with many other myths are just some of the excuses we tell ourselves to keep us from creating and reaping the benefits that come from a creative practice. Writing for no other purpose but ‘to write’ can be a helpful thing to do during times of uncertainty. It is a simple practice where writing for as short a time as three minutes can be beneficial after one session. While there are no guarantees, writing often helps people make sense of things going on in their lives. Writing can also help with processing and coping. No matter what ‘purpose’ we have for writing, many people know that writing can be settling and comforting. Franz Kafka, a writer of...
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30-Day Challenge for Community Connection

30-Day Challenge for Community Connection

Now more than ever we need our practice and community connection! On Tuesday, October 13th, join the 30-Day Challenge for community connection, peace of mind and good health! Create a positive and healthy habit with daily mindful movement. Join the challenge and give yourself the gift and experience of daily practice and see where it can take you! Use your Annual or Monthly Membership, Class Package or do Drop Ins.   How to join: 1. Make sure you have an Annual or Monthly Membership, Class Package or Drop Ins on your PranaShanti account. If you have a Monthly Membership already that has been on pause due to COVID, activate it by contacting us at 613-761-YOGA or emailing info@pranashanti.com.   2. Sign up for class! Go to the Class Schedule and sign up for your choice of class each day. You can book up to 7 days in advance.   3. Your progress is entirely self-managed but we’ll be tracking the classes you attend!...
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Yoga in the Park – Social Distancing

Yoga in the Park – Social Distancing

Take IN PERSON Yoga Classes with your favourite PranaShanti Teachers! Bring your yoga mat or beach towel and get ready to practice yoga outdoors in the summertime! Rain or shine, we’ll be there! All classes are OPEN to ALL levels, abilities and ages! Everyone is welcome.  Classes are offered 3 times per week - Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and bottle of water with you. Social distancing guidelines will be respected. Days and Times: Tuesdays: 6 pm to 7 pm at Fairmont Park Saturdays: 9 am to 10 pm at Fairmont Park Sundays: 10 am to 11 am at Hintonburg Park Park Locations: Fairmont Park is located at: 265 Fairmont Ave., Ottawa Hintonburg Park is located at: 49 Fairmont Ave., Ottawa Cost: PranaShanti Drop-In Fee, Class Package or Membership. No refunds or credits available. Sign Up HERE! Note: Pre-registration required and space is limited to 20 participants per City of Ottawa guidelines. New Class Cancellation Policy: As we are offering limited spots for...
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PranaShanti at Home

PranaShanti at Home

Community connection has and will always be an important part of PranaShanti Yoga Centre's vision and mission.  With the government mandated temporary closure of PranaShanti Yoga Centre on March 17, we quickly pivoted and on March 19 launched FREE Online Classes as our way to be of service to the community when so many faced uncertainty from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have now offered 1 month of FREE Online Yoga that has reached hundreds of people around the world everyday.  We’ve had participants from as far as Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, Roatan, Bali, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, all across Canada and the US!  We've received daily email and social media posts on how the yoga classes are a vital support to so many in this challenge time.  While the classes over this past month have been free of charge, we have continued to pay the teachers.  We are deeply grateful for the support that so many have...
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*NEW* FREE Live Online Classes

*NEW* FREE Live Online Classes

UPDATE (22 April 2020):  Thank you to everyone that joined us for the FREE Live Online Classes!  We are grateful to have been able to offer FREE Live Online classes for 5 weeks as a community service.  We continue to build our library of FREE classes at FREE Online Classes or join us for more Live Stream Classes by signing up through our Class Schedule. ***************** *NEW* FREE Live Online Classes - We've been missing you! But we are here for you and we've set up some online and real time Yoga Classes that are FREE for everyone to join! View the Class Schedule and then Sign Up Online with your PranaShanti account so we know you're coming to Class! After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to access the class. For those in Teacher Training, these classes count towards your practice requirement! We want to hear from you! What classes and times you would like to see? We will...
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New Year’s Day Celebration 2020

New Year’s Day Celebration 2020

New Year's Day - Celebrate the start of 2020 the Yogi Way! Begin the year with Yoga at PranaShanti Yoga Centre! The beginning of the new year is traditionally a time of contemplating change, it is also a time to clarify your intentions for the coming year. Come steep in the wisdom of your heart and nourish your most auspicious projections for 2020! Our annual tradition is to kick off the New Year with some of your favorite PranaShanti Yoga Teachers.  We will have 7 Yoga Classes happening on January 1st with start times of 11:30 am, 12 pm and 1:30 pm. Join the celebration with PranaShanti Teachers. Treats and joyful spirit included! 11:30 am to 12:45 pm: Hatha with Steffi Warm Yang + Yin with Stephane Kundalini with Devinder 12 pm to 1 pm: New Year's Day Meditation with Laurie 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm: New Year's Day Mala with Cat Sweat & Surrender Flow with Paula A Restorative New Year's Day with Anne Cost:...
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Annual Winter Solstice Celebration 2019

Annual Winter Solstice Celebration 2019

Our Annual Winter Solstice Celebration is Friday, December 20! Midwinter's day has been an important time for celebration throughout the ages. On this shortest day of the year, the sun is at its lowest and weakest, a pivot point from which the light will grow stronger and brighter. This is the turning point of the year. To celebrate this sacred time we will walk an incredible light-filled Labyrinth in the Spirit Room! The labyrinth is a metaphor for what is sacred in our lives. When we walk the path inward, we carry our burdens with us. When we meditate or pray in the center, we ask for grace and understanding. When we walk the path outward, we are lighter, more joyful and ready yet again to take on life's challenges. Live music by the local Ottawa duet Ataraxia, will enhance our sacred experience as we are guided along our walk with ambient soundscapes. Refreshments will be served afterwards including mulled spiced apple tea, delicious goodies...
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Summertime Fun SAVINGS! Enjoy FREE Yoga in August!

Summertime Fun SAVINGS! Enjoy FREE Yoga in August!

Our annual Summertime Fun Savings begins on July 1st! We're always so impressed how dedicated our yogis are through the Ottawa winter, that when it comes to summer, we want to help you maintain the benefits of a regular yoga practice for health and vibrancy through the warm months. That's why between July 1st to August 31st, 2019, when you purchase a 10 or 20 class package, you'll receive some FREE yoga in the month of August. The class packages do not expire and the bonus classes are valid for use between August 1 to August 31st, 2019. When you purchase... A 10 class package = 5 free August classes. A 20 class package = 10 free August classes. You can purchase online or at the Centre, and your classes will be added to your account. It's a tremendous thing to get extra support in maintaining your practice! Yoga's a little like regular tune ups and oil changes on your car: even if you do it really...
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Yoga in the Park 2019

Yoga in the Park 2019

Summertime Yoga in the Parkdale Market Park! Every Saturday morning in July and August come join us over at the Parkdale Market for Yoga in the Park. We begin on Saturday, July 6th! Take classes with your favourite PranaShanti Teachers! These classes are FREE and ALL ages and levels are welcome! Bring your yoga mat or beach towel and get ready to practice yoga outdoors in the summer sunshine! Rain or shine, we’ll be there! Time 9:45 am to 10:45 am Location Parkdale Park, Hintonburg - 223 Armstrong St., Ottawa, ON. From Parkdale Avenue, the park is located behind the Parkdale Market vendors.  There is street parking available. Schedule July 6: Devinder Kaur July 13:  Maria Figueroa July 20: Richard Hudspith July 27: Barbara Long August 3: Brian Simser August 10: Chantal Houde August 17: Phil Landel August 24: Jenna Switzer August 31: Bruce Minnes ...
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Community Yoga – Fridays at 7:30 pm

Community Yoga – Fridays at 7:30 pm

Every Friday evening enjoy a Yoga class that supports our Community. Each week different Teachers-in-Training from our 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program volunteer to guide an all levels Hatha Yoga Class. All of the teachers are already 200 hour trained Yoga Teachers and your participation helps them to further refine their teaching skills. Classes are suitable for all ages and abilities! Day: Fridays Time: 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm Cost: $5.00 + tax or use your PranaShanti Class Card. Community Yoga classes are a great way to connect with others, support a Teacher-in-Training and the ongoing PranaShanti Work Exchange and Scholarship programs. Sign Up...
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