Yoga programs at PranaShanti are life-transforming and for everyone, whether you are interested in becoming a teacher or wanting to deepen your yoga practice and knowledge.
We design our programs to help accommodate your busy daily schedule. Our virtual and in-person formats allow for you to physically, mentally and spiritually dive into the teachings while respecting your commitments to work, family, schooling and personal life.
Online Courses & Trainings
Study with us from the comfort of your own home. 
Online Community
Join a global community of teachers and students in the exploration of yogic teachings. 
In-Person Courses & Trainings
Attend in-person courses and trainings at the PranaShanti Education Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

PranaShanti has been offering Yoga Teacher Training programs since 2008. We have offered over 40 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs in the Hatha and Kundalini Yoga traditions.

Our 200-hour programs provides a solid foundational background in yoga so that you can confidently teach holistic, all-levels classes in a clear and compassionate manner. You will deepen your experience of postures and meditation, expand your understanding of yogic and western anatomy, yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda, and you will refine your communication and listening skills all while being part of a supportive community that fosters inquiry, creativity and lifelong learning.

PranaShanti’s 300-hour programs gives one the opportunity for further personal transformation and a deepening of practice and knowledge.

We believe yoga is for everyone and teaching opportunities happen everywhere – on and off the mat. PranaShanti graduates take their yoga studies into all avenues of teaching whether on the mat in a yoga studio room, to the workplace, to school, or sharing one-on-one with a friend or family member.

Our Yoga School and Yoga Teacher Training programs are approved by Yoga Alliance and we are a certified educational institution by Employment and Social Development Canada and can therefore issue Tuition Tax Receipts for qualified programs.

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Information Sessions

Date / Time:

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2023 – 7:30 pm ET to 8:30 pm ET
  • Sunday, April 30, 2023 – 11 am ET to 12 pm ET
  • Monday, May 15, 2023 – 6 pm ET to 7 pm ET
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2023 – 7 pm ET to 8 pm ET

Instructor: Devinder and Shannon

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour
Online Information Session
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 and bring your questions! This will be an online session. In advance of the session, everyone signed up will be emailed the meeting link and access code.
 
Cost: Free
 
Date / Time: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Tuesday: 6:00 pm ET – 7:00 pm ET
Instructor: Stephanie
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 300 Hour
Online Information Session
PranaShanti Yoga Centre’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 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, that builds on your 200-Hour Level Training, 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.
 
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 Hatha Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training, please join us for the Information Session.
 
This will be an online session. In advance of the session, everyone signed up will be emailed the meeting link and access code.
 
Cost: Free
 

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Date / Time: TBA
Sunday: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder and Shannon
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour
Online Information Session
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 and bring your questions! This will be an online session. In advance of the session, everyone signed up will be emailed the meeting link and access code.
 
Cost: Free
 

Courses

Date / Time: February 24, 2023, to February 26, 2023
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET to 5 pm ET
Instructor: Anne
Restorative Yoga Training – 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 this relaxing yoga practice.

We will learn various new poses not covered in introductory restorative yoga trainings, explore the physiology of relaxation and the therapeutic benefits of this practice.

We will explore the effects of rest on the body, mind and nervous system and the importance of finding calm in our busy lives.

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Date / Time: February 27, 2023 to March 20, 2023
Mondays (4): 6 pm ET – 8:30 pm ET
Instructor: Dev Suroop
Mantra and the Yoga of Sound

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students! Everyone is welcome – no prior experience required and you certainly do not need a ‘good singing voice’ – if you can breathe and speak you can experience the power of sound and your own voice!

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.
 
This is an experiential training that includes lecture, group discussion and practice. This training is designed for yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, and all those curious about the power of sound for well-being and awakening.
 

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Date / Time: March 3, 2023, to March 5, 2023
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET to 5 pm ET
Instructor: Dr. Nadya Pohran
Embodied Emotions: Complementing Mental Meditation Practices with Embodied Practices

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students! 
A lot of people can think that emotions are things that happen in our brains. And, while it is true that the neural pathways in the brain are responsible for transmitting our emotions, emotions actually happen in, and to, our bodies. Research is showing that emotions have beginnings, middles, and ends. This means that our bodies can get “stuck” in cycles of emotions. It’s when we get “stuck” in these emotional cycles (rather than allowing/enabling the emotion to work its way through our body) that we experience things like immense anxiety, intense sadness, or burnout—among other challenging emotional states.
 
Thus, a first objective of this course is to equip you with an understanding of how emotions work in and through the body, by highlighting some of the most up-to-date research on this topic from philosophers, therapists, and wellbeing practitioners.
 
But there’s also another takeaway: because emotions are experienced in and by our bodies, this also means that we can use our bodies to navigate our emotional states. Indeed, advice like “sit still and calm your mind”, “focus on peace” is not always helpful when we are addressing intense emotional states. Rather, we can use our bodies to bring about a state of deep peace and contentment (what Hindu texts describe as “samatva” or equanimity.) In fact, a wide variety of cultural and philosophical traditions, over centuries, have developed systems for regulating and processing emotional experiences using the body. While these systems/philosophies are not exactly “immediate fixes” or ready-made solutions, they can offer immense peace and solace, and are a complement to more-still forms of meditation, for individuals who are seeking to quiet their mind and deepen their meditative practice.
 
With this in mind, the second objective of this course is to introduce you to a selection of these traditions which have developed bodily practices to address emotional states. One example of this is the Jin Shin Jyutsu, which is a Japanese art form where you hold your body in gentle, every-day postures to bring about an emotional release.
 

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Date / Time: March 24, 2023, to March 26, 2023
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am ET to 5 pm ET
Instructor: Michael
Yoga for Seniors & Healthy Aging

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students! 
In 2021, Canada’s Seniors officially out numbered children. With no signs of this trend lessening any time soon, learning to teach yoga to our Seniors safely and mindfully is becoming an increasingly important skill in the yoga teaching world. Understanding the common physical and mental issues and having the qualifications to teach yoga to this large segment of our population will provide yoga teachers and care givers with a unique and very rewarding way to serve our communities.
 
In the training we will address common physical issues that will need accommodation in class, for example: osteoporosis, arthritis, COPD or CAD. Learning to create skillful modifications for older students, some coming to yoga for the first time, will allow for teachers and care givers to offer the gifts of yoga with confidence. Adapting to the needs in the room will allow for a strong, challenging, but equally relaxed and meditative practice.
 

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Date / Time: March 28, 2023 & April 4, 2023
Tuesdays (2): 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder
Business of Yoga

For Yoga Teachers of ALL disciplines and Students interested in Teaching Yoga! 
Yoga is growing, evolving and becoming more widely available.  Yoga Teachers need to be of service to their communities but also need to navigate the challenges of these times ethically, responsibly and be able to ensure their own sustainability.
In this course, we will explore:
 
  • The key aspects to consider when developing a Yoga Teacher business plan and your approach to teaching
  • Tools for the effective day-to-day management of your Yoga Teaching business
  • Identifying and articulating your unique offerings as a Yoga Teacher
  • How to establish yourself as a professional in field of many Yoga Teachers
  • Determining the most practical paths to gain teaching experience and professional development
  • Tips and techniques for teaching online and in-person classes

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Date / Time: March 31, 2023, to April 2, 2023
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET to 5 pm ET
Instructor: Kathleen
Trauma-Informed Practice

Everyone has been touched by trauma in some way, and there is a vital need for trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness.

Holding space is a continual learning process, and an environment is not a “safe space” just because a facilitator says so. Although teachers and other wellness practitioners show up with positive intent, offerings may have an unexpected impact. Many folks do not feel welcome, face obstacles of all kinds, and are sometimes adversely affected by what happens in yoga and mindfulness classes.

Through discussion about the dynamics of power and privilege, participants will learn more about systems of oppression and pathways to collective liberation to offer yoga in a way that honours the tradition and celebrates the full spectrum of human diversity. By understanding the connections between social justice, trauma and yoga, we can take skillful action.

This course explores trauma in a comprehensive way to understand the impacts and healing potentials. A wide variety of best practices and protocols are shared to create spaces that are genuinely inclusive and supportive. These trauma-sensitive tools for self-regulation and resiliency can be applied to any style of practice.

Participants will develop a trauma-informed lens and come away with resources to integrate into their own lives and to support the well-being of others. This course is an experiential learning opportunity designed to build on current capacities and empower sustainable service.

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Date / Time: April 28, 2023, to April 30, 2023
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET to 5 pm ET
Instructor: Barrie
Teaching the Inner Posture: Designing Yoga Classes that Awaken the Heart
Take your teaching to the next level of impact and depth by learning how to create class themes that inspire students to find greater meaning in their yoga practice on – and beyond – the mat. Think of the most inspiring and memorable yoga teachers you know. Undoubtedly, they’re teachers who convey the essence of yoga through their teaching and inspire students to embrace yoga as more than just a physical practice. 
 
This is the power of teaching the inner posture of yoga, the approaches to practice that reflect the affirming and expansive vision of the yoga tradition. It’s the foundation of teaching that invites students to deepen their practice and experience yoga as a means to support their emotional and spiritual well-being as well as their physical health.
 
We’re thrilled to welcome back senior teacher and author Barrie Risman for this weekend training where she’ll teach you how to bring a deeper dimension to your classes and workshops by creating themes that are as uplifting and transformative as they are down-to-earth and relatable.
 
Barrie will share the tools and methods she’s developed over the past two decades that have helped thousands of practitioners around the world discover the depth – and delight – of yoga as a practice of sacred inner connection and more purposeful living.
 
We’ll dive into rich contemplative study practices and creative processes to call forth your authentic voice and your genuine, lived experience of yogic wisdom. Out of your own discoveries, you’ll learn how to effectively and naturally inspire students to find greater meaning and depth in their yoga practice, on and beyond the mat.
 

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Date / Time: May 27, 2023
Saturday: 11 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Michael
Introduction to Sanskrit: The Sacred Language of Yoga

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
The Sanskrit language has a power like no other. Each word creates a specific vibration in the mind which is the essence of that word. Using Sanskrit terms in your class will resonate directly with the students on a level that is beyond the physical senses. Incorporating Sanskrit into your classes can be as simple as adding the names of a few postures to exploring philosophy with several terms.
 
In this course you will gain familiarity with the Sanskrit language through study of common words, pronunciations and common mispronunciations. Learn how to use potentially unfamiliar words with grace and smoothness to help students gain further understanding of the practice. We will explore the alphabet, its design and how it is written in the roman alphabet. Like this it will be easier to create the proper pronunciation as you read words and texts in transliterated Sanskrit.
 
The course will explore how to incorporate Sanskrit words into the theme of your class. This allows students to learn more words and also concepts that can deepen their practice. For example, how to use ahimsa or viveka as a theme that can carry through a class. Sanskrit Mantras: Om and beyond. We will learn several mantras, their meanings, stories and how to incorporate them into a class.
 

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Date / Time: June 9, 2023 to June 11, 2023
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET to 4 pm ET
Instructor: Michael
Chair Yoga Training

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: September 15, 2023 to September 17, 2023
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Melissa
Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Training

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
Yoga can offer amazing benefits for pregnancy, labour and parenthood; however, there are things that teachers and practitioners need to know!
 
This interactive course is designed for anyone keen to learn more about Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, including yoga teachers, fitness instructors, doulas and other health professionals as well as parents to be.
 
This course will share practices for each stage of the journey from yoga support for conception to partner yoga for pregnancy and labour to yogic recommendations for postpartum recovery to parent/baby yoga poses for bonding. Resources will also be provided to comfort women in the event of pregnancy loss.
 

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Date / Time: September 29, 2023 to October 1, 2023
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Anna
Embodying Ethics & the Spiritual Dimension of Leadership

How can we develop embodiment practices that reflect the profound spiritual teachings and vows that are inseparable from the tradition of yoga?

This course will be a process of self-reflection, contemplation, embodiment, and inquiry into the living tradition of ethics on the spiritual path. Re-examining the yoga tradition and the ways that we can practically uphold ethical integrity. Teaching yoga is practice of awakening to the spiritual dimension of leadership in daily life. A process that requires courage and strength. 

As the teachings of yoga have always had as a foundation, a moral life, we will examine how this is meaningful, accessible, and true. How morality is expressed through body, speech, and mind. We will discuss what it means to be a yoga teacher? Why ethics matters and how we can continue to grow in our practice and understanding.

 
The course provides teachers with an understanding of the historical evolution of yoga and how that differs and aligns with the practices we see today. The course will also include an exploration of the Buddhist influence on the yoga tradition, and the teachings of ethics within Buddhism.
 

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Date / Time: October 13, 2023 to October 15, 2023
Friday: 6:30 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder
Yoga Nidra Training

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
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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Programs

Date / Time: June 22, 2023 to August 20, 2023
Instructors: PranaShanti Faculty
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour – Summer 2023
This Summer we are offering a very special training experience that draws on the caliber and depth of specialization of our most experienced Teachers!
 
Yoga programs at PranaShanti are life-transforming and for everyone, whether you are interested in becoming a teacher or wanting to deepen your yoga practice and knowledge.
 
Our Summer Program is designed to help accommodate your busy schedule. This format allows for you to really dive into the teachings: physically, mentally and spiritually while respecting your commitments to work, family, schooling and personal life.
 
Our program provides you with a solid foundational background in yoga that draws on the Hatha and Vinyasa yoga traditions, as well as modern knowledge of bio-mechanics and movement, so that you can confidently teach holistic, all-levels classes in a clear and compassionate manner.
 
You will deepen your experience of postures and meditation, expand your understanding of yogic and western anatomy, yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda, and you will refine your communication and listening skills all while being part of a supportive community that fosters inquiry, creativity and lifelong learning.
 
With a total of 200+ hours including 180 contact hours and 35 personal hours you will graduate as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). This format provides you with as much knowledge and hands-on practice teaching time as possible.
 
Date / Time: September 2023 to April 2024
Instructors: PranaShanti Faculty
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour – Fall 2023
Yoga programs at PranaShanti are life-transforming and for everyone, whether you are interested in becoming a teacher or wanting to deepen your yoga practice and knowledge.
 
Our Part-Time Fall Program is designed to help accommodate your busy schedule. This format allows for you to really dive into the teachings: physically, mentally and spiritually while respecting your commitments to work, family, schooling and personal life.
 
Our program provides you with a solid foundational background in yoga that draws on the Hatha and Vinyasa yoga traditions, as well as modern knowledge of bio-mechanics and movement, so that you can confidently teach holistic, all-levels classes in a clear and compassionate manner. You will deepen your experience of postures and meditation, expand your understanding of yogic and western anatomy, yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda, and you will refine your communication and listening skills all while being part of a supportive community that fosters inquiry, creativity and lifelong learning.
 
With a total of 200+ hours including 180 contact hours and 35 personal hours you will graduate as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). This format provides you with as much knowledge and hands-on practice teaching time as possible.
 

PranaShanti Yoga Centre’s 300 Hour Program is a comprehensive course of study that delves deeply into all aspects of Yoga to build 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.

We believe that 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. 

You are welcome to start taking 300 Hour Level courses and formally enroll in the program at any time throughout the year.

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Date / Time: January 2024 to June 2024
Instructors: PranaShanti Faculty
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation focuses on the movement of energy in the body. The style of practice used in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation allows for people of all ages and levels of mobility to have a powerful experience through the combination of simple rhythmic exercises, yoga postures, breathwork, and meditation techniques including sound and mantra.

Kundalini Yoga also has a direct impact on the major systems in the body, particularly the glandular and nervous systems. When these systems are activated and strengthened we can better manage the stresses of daily life, create greater peace of mind and improve our overall health and well-being.

During our time together you will become immersed in, and learn how to teach Kundalini Yoga and Meditation.  With this program you will be able to teach confidently whether online or in-person. Upon successful completion you be able to teach yoga to people in your community, your family, the workplace and anywhere in the world.

“A truly awesome experience! The teachers were supportive, encouraging and caring. I learned so much about yoga and myself! This program is a gift to your soul!” DP 

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Date / Time: October 2023
Instructors: PranaShanti Faculty
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 300 Hour – Authentic Relationships

Our entire life experience unfolds within the matrix of our relationships and is the key to all our success. When we live in authentic relationships we embrace our true identity and our infinite nature. From this place we can consciously connect to the divine in others and create an authentic relationship that serves and elevates both our self and others.

Integrate authentic relationships into your life and your teaching. Explore and understand how we form, sustain and honor relationships. Our success as Kundalini Yoga teachers and as conscious human beings depends on our capacity to be authentic and respond from our hearts; our primary objective is to examine our relationships and improve our effectiveness, authenticity and awareness within them.

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Our Teaching Assistant Program is an opportunity for yoga teachers who want to make a difference for the participants in the training.

As an assistant to the training you will deepen your teaching practice, advance your yoga knowledge and gain more confidence and experience in your presentation and teaching skills.

Many of our teaching assistants also join our sub teaching roster or teach classes on our regular class schedule, lead class series or offer workshops.

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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 your community, we have been offering exchange positions for our 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and 200-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Programs.

As of 2022, 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 these amazing opportunities.

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