Yoga Teacher Training FAQs

Yoga Teacher Training FAQs

Our yoga journey is a very individual experience transpiring within a community practice, or at least that’s our perception. You may find in discussion with other yogis similarities to your internal practice, reactions and questions. This is certainly true when it comes to choosing a yoga teacher training! We may all have a very unique experience, but we often have the same curiosities and questions ahead of the training itself. To help you make the right decision for your yoga teacher training experience, here are some questions we frequently get asked and the best answer we can supply without knowing you and your context individually. Is my yoga practice advanced enough to do a yoga teacher training? Although we have had students with very little experience ahead of their training, it’s best to have a regular yoga practice ahead of your yoga teacher training. The more experience you have, the more information you have to apply to what you learn. When yogis...
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Work Exchange and Scholarship Program

Work Exchange and Scholarship Program

We recognise that Yoga Teacher Training is a life commitment and that it can also present financial challenges. Since 2008, through the generosity of donations and believing in the concept of serving one’s community, we have been offering Work Exchange and Scholarship positions for our 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and 200-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Programs. As of 2021, over 125 individuals have participated in this program. In the spirit of community and to support students becoming yoga teachers we welcome you to explore and share in these amazing opportunities. Work Exchange Program In exchange for working with the teacher trainers, this program offers the ability for a student to earn full certification at no monetary cost, (excluding the cost of textbooks, retreat accommodations, and food). Participation in this program requires full attendance on all weekends and the commitment of approximately 40 hours of seva or service hours. The work exchange program is available to students with an annual income of less than...
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Live Stream Yoga Education

Live Stream Yoga Education

Study with the PranaShanti Teachers at home! We believe that in learning, there is life. In self-discovery, there is growth and the shedding of practices and beliefs that no longer serve us. We want to offer everyone the opportunity to know themselves better through comprehensive programs that serve the personal journey and the professional one.  We want you to explore; whether it is yoga, your profession or your deepest self. In response to the COVID-19 situation and to meet the needs of our current student body, we have made the shift to offer Online Live Stream study as part of our training curriculum.  We believe that the addition of Online Live Stream trainings and courses in addition to our In-Person formats will allow us to better serve our current and future students’ needs. After many years of requests for Online study options, we have also come to understand and appreciate that it’s not always possible to commit to an In-Person course due...
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Make a Difference in the Lives of Children

Make a Difference in the Lives of Children

Make a Difference in Lives of Children! – The Awesome World of Kids Yoga. By Victoria Lynes After teaching my first couple of Yoga classes to kids almost a decade ago, and watching them close their eyes and practice calming breath work -  that was it - I was hooked! I knew there was a gap here that I wanted to fill. “Namaste Miss Victoria!” Bright, smiling eyes.  Tight knee and belly hugs from the kinders.  High 5's from the older kids. This is the reception I often receive when I arrive each week to teach at one of my public or private schools. I adore teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to children,whether they are classes for toddlers or young teens. Children need these tools now more than ever,especially in this world of hyper connectivity and “on-line, all the time” culture that they are being raised in.   Many people ask me how to get started with kids yoga. There are many different approaches. But if there...
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10 Great Reasons to do Teacher Training at PranaShanti!

10 Great Reasons to do Teacher Training at PranaShanti!

10 GREAT reasons to do your Teacher Training at PranaShanti! 10. 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. 9. 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. 8. 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...
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10 Great Reasons to do 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at PranaShanti

10 Great Reasons to do 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at PranaShanti

10 GREAT Reasons to do your 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at PranaShanti 1.  Yoga Alliance PranaShanti Yoga Centre is a Registered Yoga School.  We are registered with Yoga Alliance for 200 and 300 Hour Programs. Upon completion, you are eligible to register as RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. 2. Past Courses Count Previous courses you have taken at PranaShanti Yoga Centre may count towards your 300 Hour certification. Check in with us because you may be well on your way to completion! 3. Our Faculty We have an experienced teaching team of local and international faculty including Max Strom, Anodea Judith, Bryan Kest, Bo Forbes, Barrie Risman, and more... 4. Choose Your Path The program is modular with a wide variety of course options to explore. A well-designed schedule means that you can customize your learning path based on your needs and interests. 5. Time is On Your Side We know that learning is a process and acknowledge that life can have ups and downs so we allow...
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300 Hour Hatha Yoga  Teacher Training – Registration is Open!

300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training – Registration is Open!

300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program Registration is NOW 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. Join us for our FREE Information Sessions Bring your questions, learn more and meet our Program Co-ordinator, Kathleen Burr, Our next dates are: Sunday, January 6, 2019 – 2 pm to 3 pm Monday, January 14, 2019 – 6 pm to 7 pm Sign Up HERE! PranaShanti Yoga Centre is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) and Registered Yoga Teachers are...
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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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300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Announcing Our Program Launch – January 2018 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. Join us for our FREE Information Sessions Bring your questions, learn more and meet our Program Co-ordinator, Kathleen Burr, Our next dates are: Monday, January 15, 2018 – 6 pm to 7 pm Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 2 pm to 3 pm Sign Up HERE! PranaShanti Yoga Centre is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) and Registered Yoga...
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Use of Props in Yin vs. Restorative Childs Pose

Use of Props in Yin vs. Restorative Childs Pose

Props can be used in yoga to help the body stretch, strengthen, balance, relax or improve body alignment.  They can help students experience the pose more profoundly and safely.  Students often ask me what is the difference between yin and restorative poses. In yin, we hold poses for a shorter amount of time (5-10 minutes) compared to restorative poses which can be held from 5-20 minutes.  In yin poses, we are looking for a stretch in the joints and ligaments (connective tissues), while still relaxing the muscles in the body.  However,  in restorative poses we are looking for a more gentle opening of the body rather than a deep stretch in the connective tissues or muscles.  In restorative poses, we also want to support the body in a way that the muscles in the body completely relax, and feel fully supported by the use of props.  When the body is fully supported, we can let go. ​ ​ In restorative poses, we are looking to calm...
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