300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program Launch

300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program Launch

We're excited to be featured in the December 2017 issue of ON Yoga Magazine.  There's a great article about our upcoming 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program that we are launching in January 2018.  The program is set and registration is OPEN! PranaShanti Yoga Centre’s HYTT 300-Hour Program is a comprehensive course of study that delves deeply into all aspects of Yoga, thus, building on the knowledge and skills developed at the 200-Hour Level. This self-paced modular approach to advanced Yogic education allows you to customize a pathway based on your own unique needs. Believing in studying with a variety of highly trained teachers increases everyone’s knowledge and depth of experience, our dedicated and skilled faculty deliver a well-rounded curriculum that enables you to refine your expertise in particular areas of interest due to their areas of specialization. Read the ON YOGA article Learn more about the 300 Hour Program Meet the Teaching Team Program Schedule Program Registration...
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Yoga in the Park

Yoga in the 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 8th! Take classes with some of your favourite PranaShanti teachers and some of our recent Teacher Training graduates! 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! ...
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What Are the Benefits of Power Yoga?

What Are the Benefits of Power Yoga?

Let’s start by defining Power Yoga: Since I coined the term (but never trademarked it), I’m a good source for its definition, kind of. Well, since it’s not trademarked (even though Beryl Bender Birch tried, but since my use and others’ use was first, she couldn’t or wouldn’t), Power Yoga is just a cool name or a stupid name, depending on your opinion, but it is NOT a system. So, anyone can call their yoga Power Yoga and lead any type of class they would like. This is what Beryl did. She actually led traditional Ashtanga yoga classes, as she learned from her teacher Norman Allen, who seems to be the first Westerner to have studied with Ashtanga yoga creator K. Pattabhi Jois. Yet the name “Ashtanga” seemed too esoteric at the time, so she changed the name to Power Yoga. So, if you happened to practice Power Yoga with her, you would actually be doing Ashtanga yoga. So, there...
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Winter Solstice Celebration

Winter Solstice Celebration

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 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 that is being created for us 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, forgiveness, 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 musical group called Saturnfly and will enhance our sacred experience as we are guided along our walk with their ambient soundscapes and live...
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Annual Unlimited Holiday Special!

Annual Unlimited Holiday Special!

Make a commitment to yourself!  This package is truly UNLIMITED! With the PranaShanti Annual Unlimited Package Holiday Special you will enjoy: No limit to the number of classes you practice Choose from over 80+ weekly drop in classes 10% off special events, workshops and trainings 10% off all boutique purchases and Infrared Sauna sessions 10 complimentary yoga class passes to bring friends to class with you! Free yoga mat rentals This special is available from December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017, with the holiday special price of $1,275.00 (HST included) which includes all the goodies listed above for 365 days! A $300.00 savings just on the package price with more savings all year long! Sign Up!...
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40-Day Yoga Challenge 2016

40-Day Yoga Challenge 2016

With the tremendous benefits of yoga and meditation too numerous to name, these practices are definitively acts of self-love. In acknowledging that we are worthy of wellness, peacefulness and health, we are caring for ourselves when we show up on the mat. This season of the heart, February, is such a critical time for self-care – particularly in colder climates where willpower is depleted just by meeting the basic needs of work and daily routines. In Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, this is a very wet, dense season that corresponds to the Kapha dosha. To restore balance in body and mind, we should adopt practices that soothe and counter our personal constitutions. Some of us will need quiet practices in the warm room, and others need invigorating Kundalini and movement practices to keep us from slowing down into inertia. It is an excellent season to practice daily self-love with the 40-Day Yoga Challenge. The Challenge at PranaShanti begins in February for a variety...
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Max Strom: There’s No App for Happiness

Max Strom: There’s No App for Happiness

Start the new year by furthering your self-development and yoga education with Max Strom. If you love proven methods for living a happier, calmer life, and enjoy an accessible, intelligent yoga practice, this weekend is exactly what you need to start your year off right. On January 15-17, we’re hosting Max for a four part series of seminars that will explore a transformational breath practice and gentle yoga, self-healing through strong vinyasa practice, and lectures and writing workshops inspired by his book: There is No App for Happiness – How to Avoid a Near-Life Experience. Read on for praise for There is No App for Happiness, and learn more about Max’s weekend in Ottawa here. In There Is No App For Happiness Max focuses on the many methods we are employing daily to isolate ourselves further from each other, and compares the effects of these trends to a kind of mass autism. Note he is not a Luddite: he offers examples of the...
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10 Reasons to Do YTT at PranaShanti

10 Reasons to Do YTT at PranaShanti

10 Reasons to Do Yoga Teacher Training at PranaShanti  A Spacious Centre Our Centre has four practice Studios, which means that Teacher Training is always in the largest space reserved just for trainings. The consistency and preparation of a space makes training a comfortable experience! You’ll always have the kitchen available to you so you can bring your own food to prepare, and there’s no moving around to other spaces to accommodate classes.  We’re Well Equipped We’re really equipped because of the diversity of trainings and classes we host!  Whether you want to teach Hot Yoga or Restorative Yoga in the future, your Teacher Training will have many yoga props so you can be supported in your training and learn the full spectrum of how to support yoga students.  In A Great Neighbourhood Enjoy free parking evenings and weekends, so if you’re not locking your bike up outside, you don’t need to fuss with parking tickets. There are two vegan restaurants, two locally owned coffee shops,...
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Buddhism and Yoga

Considering the shared terms, histories, and desirable outcomes of Buddhism and Yoga, it’s not surprising that their similarities are clearer than their differences. They share many commonalities, particularly because of Yoga’s inextricable history with Hinduism from which it was born. “The Buddha”, born Siddhartha Gautama, was born a Hindu and considered an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu for a time. Like other great spiritual leaders of varying traditions, Hindus and Yogis acknowledge Buddha as a great teacher whose wisdom is worth consideration, even if it is not a part of their system. The Vedas a large body of texts from ancient India and are considered the oldest records of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Depending on who you’re asking, the Vedas are divided into four or five texts that are then subdivided, but Yoga can be traced back to the first of all of these texts: the Rig Veda, which speaks about yoking (yoga) our mind...
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PranaShanti is Turning 7 – Celebrate With Us!

PranaShanti is Turning 7 – Celebrate With Us!

This October 6th, PranaShanti celebrates our 7th anniversary at 52 Armstrong in Hintonburg! Over the better part of a decade, the neighbourhood has grown into a vibrant, diverse community where people love living and practicing yoga. As yogis, we look to the meaning of significant numbers (numerology) rather than waiting for a number ending in 5 or 0 to have a special celebration! Seven is a number that consistently shows up in cultures and religions as being particularly meaningful.  For example, there are seven heavenly virtues in Christianity, seven colours of the rainbow, and seven emblems of the Buddha. Seven has a special significance for our anniversary, since numbers correspond to the Chakra system of what yogis call “the subtle body”, or subtle energy system. The seventh chakra is the crown chakra, which represents enlightenment, bliss and spirituality. When Kundalini energy rises during our yoga practice (represented by a coiled snake at the base of the spine), it rises through all seven...
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