We believe that in learning, there is life. In self-discovery, there is growth and in shedding of practices and beliefs that no longer serve us. We aim to offer everyone the opportunity to know themselves better through comprehensive programs that serve the personal journey and the professional one.  
We invite you to join us for courses and trainings that are open to practitioners of all levels of experience.

Upcoming COURSES

Date / Time: February 26, 2021
Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Pam
Star Reiki Level 1 Training

Drawing from the infinite supply of universal healing energy, with intention, Pam believes we all have the power to increase our vibration as well as that of others. Many of us feel our senses in extraordinary ways and have no idea what to call it. You may hear an inner voice, feel the energy in a room, or maybe you are intrigued and open to more!

Star Reiki encompasses the traditional USUI Reiki lineage, and over and above, is inclusive to all forms of connecting and harnessing the powers of Oneness. Vibrating with Oneness/Source is grounding and strengthens intuition, allowing us to make better decisions in our daily lives.

Included in this training, you will receive a Star Reiki Level 1 Attunement incorporating a series of chakra opening and balancing yin yoga poses, and a manual to continue your practice. A sense of deep healing and/or release may be experienced.
 
Date / Time: March 5-7, 2021
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm each day
Instructor: Anne
Restorative Yoga – Foundation

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
 
Restorative yoga is a style of yoga that makes use of props to fully support the body so that it can naturally relax and let go.
 
Join Anne Wanda Tessier, an experienced restorative yoga teacher and trainer, for this 30 Hour foundational Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.
 
In this training, you will learn a variety of restorative poses based on her trainings with Judith Hanson Lasater as well as variations for each pose. We will explore how to use props to fully support the body as well as learn how to sequence a class based on individual health conditions as well as group classes. We will explore various ways to elicit the relaxation response with breathing exercises and guided meditations and learn gentle exercises to include in a restorative yoga practice.
 
Learn the benefits of restorative yoga on the body, mind and soul, and its effect on the organs and the nervous system. Through direct experience, practice teaching, and feedback, you leave with the ability to confidently teach a restorative class and learn how you can incorporate restorative yoga in your personal practice.
 

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Date / Time: March 26-28, 2021
Friday 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 5 pm each day
Instructor: Kathleen
Yoga for Everyone and Trauma Informed Practice

Holding space is a continual learning process.
 
This course will explore themes of inclusion and safety to build skillfulness among teachers.
 
Although teachers show up with positive intent, something may be amiss in the process. Many folks do not feel welcome and/or face obstacles to participate, and people can be adversely affected by what happens in yoga classes.
 
Through discussion about the dynamics of power and privilege, participants will learn more about systems of oppression, and pathways to personal and collective liberation to offer yoga in a way that honours the tradition and respects the full spectrum of human diversity. Everyone has been touched by trauma in some way, and t here is an urgent need for trauma – sensitive yoga. Creating a container with protocols for safe practice can support students in using yoga as part of their healing process.
 
This course will explore the language of invitation and inquiry to encourage choice and autonomy in yoga practice. An atmosphere of allowing where options are offered  throughout a class instead of relying on blanket  statements (such as,“listen to your body”) at the beginning of class can empower students to adapt according to their unique needs.
 

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Date / Time: April 30, 2021
Wednesday: 9 am – 6 pm
Instructor: Pam
Star Reiki Level 2 Training

Healing Others & Distance Healing

Heighten YOUR Power!

Drawing from the infinite supply of universal healing energy, with intention, Pam believes we all have the power to increase our vibration as well as that of others. Star Reiki encompasses the traditional USUI Reiki lineage, and is inclusive to all forms of connecting and harnessing the power of Oneness.

The Star Reiki Level 2 Training includes an overview of the traditional Reiki symbols and explores Intention, to more powerfully heal yourself and others and allow you to connect remotely, transcending space and time.

You will receive a unique Star Reiki Level 2 Attunement, incorporating relaxing yoga. A sense of deep healing and/or release may be experienced.

At the end of the training, you will be a certified Reiki Level 2 Practitioner with the ability to use your hands to heal others in person and via distance healing.

 

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Date / Time: April 30, 2021 – May 2, 2021
Friday: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm each day
Instructor: Devinder Kaur
Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a type of meditation based on the ancient yogic anatomy of the Koshas, the 5 subtle bodies. Sometimes described as a long savasana, it is actually a combination of deep body relaxation and mental awareness.
 
Yoga Nidra is a quiet journey inward to stillness that transforms and releases old habits, fatigue, worry, and stress. Yoga Nidra is a technique for physical rejuvenation, mental relaxation, spiritual growth, and overall wellness.
 
This training is for those who would like to offer students the opportunity to experience a systematic method of conscious relaxation. Yoga Nidra has been found to be effective in treating many of the physical symptoms of stress, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It is also helpful in the treatment of PTSD and addictions.
 

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Date / Time: June 4-6, 2021
Friday: 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Anjaneya (Michael)

Chair Yoga

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
 
Chair Yoga adapts traditional yoga poses so that they can be done with a chair for support, making yoga more accessible for all people.
 
Our society is aging and there are many people unable to practice a standard yoga class. Chair yoga also provides a gentle but effective practice for those with mobility or disability issues.
 
The chair takes the place of the yoga mat, and poses are seated or supported by the chair. You get a warm-up, stretching and strengthening, whether you’re coming off a sports injury, challenged by the physical limits of aging, or have been sitting for too many hours at your desk.
 

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Date / Time: June 18-20, 2021
Friday: 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 am – 6:30 pm each day
Instructor: Kathleen
Yoga of the Subtle Body

Throughout the ages, diverse and widespread groups acknowledged that subtle energy orchestrates all of life. We are all unique vibratory beings, and awareness of energy can enable us to navigate life with greater ease.
 
Just as health is a reflection of unity, illness is a reflect ion of separation. From a yogic perspective, illness begins at a subtle level and ultimately manifests at the physical level.
 
This course provides an overview of the Koshas (energetic sheaths) as a framework to understand the various levels of being that comprise the individual. Balance and integration of the Koshas as a whole cultivates wellness while imbalance within the Koshas and a lack of integration results in dis-ease.
 
More specifically, the training explores the systems that play a specific role in balancing overall flows of energy for an individual. The subtle body is composed of three systems: the Nadis (energy channels), the Prana Vayus (energy currents), and the Chakras (energy centres). This module focuses on all aspects of energetic anatomy, with particular attention to the Chakras.
 

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Date / Time: 3 weekends beginning September 17, 2021
Friday: 6:30 pm ET – 8:30 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 6 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder, Dev Suroop and Madhur-Nain

The 21 Stages of Meditation

This online course is for anyone who wants to enhance the joy of their meditation experience. Meditators, students and teachers of all levels of experience and from all traditions are invited!

The 21 Stages of Meditation is a Journey to the Self along the meditative path to realization. Meditation is both a skill and an experience. It has stages, just as a flower grows from seed to sprout to leaves to bloom.

The Stages of Meditation’ are grouped into three ‘journeys’. They are: Experience & Crystallize the Self, Express and Distill the Self and Transcend and Sublimate the Self. Each journey lasts one weekend. Each weekend takes you through seven stages of deep meditation. Each stage systematically confronts your mind’s patterns and limitations, awakens a part of you and develops new skills to clear your way towards realization.

This course is for anyone who wants to enhance the joy of their meditation experience. Meditators from all traditions are invited! You’ll clear your mind, sharpen your consciousness and strengthen your nervous system. So, mark your calendar and be sure to join us!

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Date / Time: September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25, 2021
Mondays: 6 pm – 9 pm
Instructor: Bruce
Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics

Advanced Anatomy for Yoga Teachers is designed to build on core knowledge in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics learned in an introductory course (200-hour foundational yoga teacher training, for example). This interactive course is designed to provide a more detailed understanding of specific areas and structures of the body, in the contexts of asana and breath practice. Participants will explore and study specific body parts and anatomic principles to develop and engage in knowledgeable, safe and sensible personal and teaching practices.

Particular attention will be given to the Lower Extremity (foot and knee), the Hip and Pelvis, the Spine and Thorax, and the Shoulder. The final session will examine injury in the context of yoga, based on knowledge and principles from the earlier sessions. Although Anatomy may be understood through focus and reduction on specific systems and structures, an integrative and holistic contextual understanding will also be encouraged.

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Date / Time: September 24-26, 2021
Friday: 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm each day
Instructor: Dev Suroop Kaur
Mantra and the Yoga of Sound

Study the nature and power of sound and mantra, drawing from yoga philosophy, wisdom traditions and science. Explore sound practices from the vedic, tantric, bhakti and nada yoga traditions, to shift and awaken consciousness.
 
Understand the connection between sound, silence and meditation. The training will cover breath practices and vocal techniques to support the mind-body-connection.
 
Learn how to begin and/or deepen your own sound and mantra practice. Learn how to teach and integrate sound and mantra practice into yoga classes, workshops and in one-on-one sessions. Practice the pronunciation of mantras from different traditions. There will be opportunities to practice chanting and leading chanting.
 
Date / Time: October 1-3, 2021
Friday: 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 am – 6 pm
Instructor: Sonia
Principles of Ayurveda

Learn the core concepts of Ayurveda, the oldest known tradition of healing on the planet, to enhance well-being and energy for the mind, body and soul.
 
Discover your own natural rhythms through simple seasonal diet and lifestyle choices while learning how to bring the teachings of the ancient science of Ayurveda to your daily life. Explore how Yoga’s sister science leaves you feeling more connected to yourself and others through physical, psychological, and spiritual thriving.
 
Learn about the five great elements and the twenty qualitative attributes in order to approach the foods you eat and the activities you do in ways that bring balance to your life; the fundamental theory of Vata Pitta Kapha Doshas; Prana Tejas Ojas, the subtle forms of the Doshas; and Dinacharya, routines for health and well-being.
 

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Date / Time: October 15-17, 2021
Friday: 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 am – 6 pm each day
Instructor: Carole-Ann
Adaptive Yoga

The Adaptive Yoga Training is for yoga teachers and students who would like to be able to create a practice that is accessible no matter body type, age or ability.

We often hear people say that they are not flexible enough for yoga and that they would not fit in at a yoga studio. We have come to a time where we need to create space for the concept that every body can do yoga and that there is a yoga for everyone.

How can we adapt poses for each person that comes to our yoga class? How can we create a community to support the practice of yoga for all?

As we wrap up the training, we will have several tools in our yoga bag to support the following statement “Yoga is for everybody and there is a yoga for everyone”.

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Date / Time: November 19-21, 2021
Friday: 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm each day
Instructor: Anne
Restorative Yoga – Advanced
Explore Restorative Yoga beyond the basics!
 
This advanced restorative yoga training is for experienced restorative yoga teachers and students who would like to expand their knowledge of the therapeutic benefits of this practice as well as explore various new poses not covered in introductory restorative yoga trainings. Those who practice restorative yoga understand the importance of this yoga practice on the body, mind, the health of the organs, the spine and the nervous system.
 
In this 20-hour training, we will explore more deeply the benefits of this practice on the organs of the body, the spine and how this practice can assist with anxiety, fear and depression as well as other health conditions. We will also gain more knowledge on the physiology of relaxation and the importance of finding calm in our busy lives.
  

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Date / Time: December 3-5, 2021
Friday and Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Devinder Kaur
Meditation

“Meditation: Because some answers can only be found on the Inner net.” – Shira Tamir
 
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. While its highest and original purpose is to help us awaken our inner, spiritual nature, the benefits to body and mind are well established by medical research.
 
Practiced on a daily basis, meditation produces profound results on all levels of your being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It connects you with your own inner powers of vitality, clarity, and peace.
 
Join, PranaShanti Yoga Centre Director, Devinder Kaur, for an introductory course to learn more about the powerful affects of meditation and how to teach simple and effective meditation techniques to others.
 

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