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, June 12, 2024 / 6:30 pm ET – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder, Stephanie and Shannon
PranaShanti Training Open House!
You’re Invited to Our Open House!
 
With 15 years of experience in Yoga Teacher Training Education, PranaShanti is an accredited school offering 200-, 300- and 800-hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs along with continuing education and career-expanding courses and programs.
 
Our programs blend eastern, western, ancient and modern philosophy and practice. Our curriculum are as distinctive and comprehensive as our faculty that delivers our courses and programs.
 
We invite you to our Training Open House, a 2-hour experience that includes mindful movement, meditation, refreshments and social connection.
 
This is wonderful opportunity to visit the PranaShanti Education Centre, meet our Director, Training Co-ordinators and some of our faculty. Ask any questions about our upcoming and ongoing training programs, meet up with folks you know from past trainings and make some new friends!
 
Cost: FREE. Everyone is welcome but sign up so that we know you are attending!
 
Location: PranaShanti Education Centre, 45 Eccles Street, Ottawa, Ontario, (Chinatown). Our 2,500 square foot Education Centre offers a large open concept training area with high ceilings and an abundance of natural light and excellent ventilation. There is a kitchenette with fridge, microwave, kettle and dishware. We have a dining/boardroom with conference table and chairs, 2 gender neutral bathrooms, reading room, mini Boutique and our Administration Office.
 
Cost: Free
 

Courses

Date / Time: September 6, 2024 to September 8, 2024
Friday:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am ET – 5 pm ET each day
Instructor: Max Strom
Breathe to Heal Seminar
This 15-hour seminar is an opportunity for transformation. Step into a space that is designed for you to safely dive deep within yourself, to heal any wounds life has left you with and to tend to scars of struggles you’ve overcome.

Divided over 3 days you’ll be presented with a balanced program of lecture, writing, breathing and movement. The aim is for you to reconnect with yourself on a deep level, to reconcile with events in the past, to explore your direction in life and to learn techniques that will help you immediately to manage stress, anxiety and depression.

The added value to this in-person course is that besides the personal journey you’ll be on, experiencing this work as a group creates a supportive community. You are not alone.

For people from all levels of fitness and walks of life suffering from extreme stress. No previous experience necessary. The Breathe to Heal seminar is also extremely useful for medical practitioners, therapists, and yoga teachers who want to incorporate this work into their healing repertoire.

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Date / Time: September 14, 2024
Saturday: 10 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Sue
Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children
For Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, Yoga Teachers and Yoga Students!
“Teach your children meditation. It will help them learn to cope with life’s challenges in a peaceful and constructive way, fostering a more harmonious world for generations to come.” – Deepak Chopra
 
In today’s fast-paced world, our children are often overwhelmed by school pressures, constant connectivity, and busy schedules. This can take a toll on their mental well-being and sense of happiness.
 
But there’s hope! Research shows that introducing children to Yoga and Mindfulness can have a profound impact on their mental health and overall happiness.  These practices help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression while improving concentration, self-esteem, and empathy.
 

This course is designed to equip parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone working with children with the tools and techniques to bring Yoga and Mindfulness into children’s lives in a fun and engaging way!

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Date / Time: September 17 & September 24, 2024
Tuesdays (2):  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder
Business of Yoga Training
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 ensuring 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 classes

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Date / Time: September 27, 2024 to September 29, 2024
Friday:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 6 pm ET each day
Instructor: Laurie and Stephane
Yin Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas (postures) that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. The sequences of postures are meant to stimulate the channels of the subtle body known as meridians in Chinese medicine and as nadis in Hatha yoga.

Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fasciae, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, its goals are awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
 
Yin Yoga was founded in the late 1970s by martial arts expert and yoga teacher Paulie Zink Taoist yoga (Tao Yin) and has been gaining in popularity ever since.
  
Building on our Yin Yoga Teacher Training Foundational course, we will guide you to discover deeper facets of this quiet practice:
 
 
  • Understanding the Meridian System and Qi and how it relates to the practice of Yin Yoga;
  • Experiencing acupuncture to further appreciate the Meridian System and Qi;
  • Developing a meditative state through the practice of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness;
  • Exploring additional postures including contraindications, modifications and alternatives, the use of props and counter poses;
  • Sequencing for Yin Yoga classes for specific themes and needs.

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Date / Time: October 1 & October 8, 2024
Tuesdays (2):  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Instructor: Michael
Introduction to Sanskrit: The Sacred Language of Yoga

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: October 4, 2024 to October 6, 2024
Friday:  6:30 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 5 pm ET each day
Instructor: Devinder
Yoga Nidra Training

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.

During our weekend together, we will:

  • Explore the science, philosophy and practice of Yoga Nidra.
  • Gain a solid understanding of how this practice can assist different populations.
  • Learn how to practically present Yoga Nidra sessions in both group and individualized settings.

This introductory course is suitable for all Yoga students, Yoga Teachers, wellness instructors, mental health counselors, doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other health care professionals.

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Date / Time: October 22, 2024 to November 19, 2024
Tuesdays:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Instructor: Stephanie
Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
 
Familiarity with how our bodies are put together, how their different systems function, and the mechanics of how they move can deepen our understanding of how to practice yoga safely, effectively, and efficiently.
 
Learning anatomy, biomechanics and physiology can help us prevent injury, maintain a healthy, mobile body over our lifetime, and become more effective yoga teachers.
 

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Date / Time: October 25-27, 2024
Friday:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 5 pm ET each day
Instructor: Sonia
Principles and Practices of Ayurveda

Unlock the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and integrate it into your modern lifestyle for enhanced well-being and vitality!

Join Sonia for a comprehensive 20-hour course that will empower you with the knowledge and tools to harmonize your mind, body, and soul.

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or new to the practice, this course is designed to help you discover and bring the ancient principles and practices of Ayurveda into your daily life.

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Date / Time: November 1-3, 2024
Friday:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET each day
Instructor: Melissa
Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga

Yoga can offer amazing benefits for pregnancy, labour and parenthood. However, there are important things that yoga teachers and practitioners need to know!

This comprehensive training weekend is open to anyone interested in working with this population, including yoga teachers, fitness instructors, doulas and other health professionals, as well as parents-to-be. We will look at practices for each stage of the pre & post-natal journey, including fertility, pregnancy and labour, postpartum recovery, and pregnancy loss.

By taking this training, you are not only “teaching yoga”, you are helping people with their pregnancy and aiding in their recovery!

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Date / Time: November 14-17, 2024
Thursday: 3 pm ET  to Sunday 1 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder
PranaShanti Fall Yoga & Meditation Retreat

Connect with nature and unplug!

Absorb yourself in daily yoga practice and dive within through meditation, movement and healing sound vibrations. The weekend includes healthy meals, cozy accommodations, wood fired sauna, time in nature, yoga, meditation and evening symphonic sound immersions.

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Date / Time: November 15, 2024 – November 17, 2024
Friday:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Anne
Restorative Yoga Training – Level 2
Elevate your restorative yoga practice and expand your knowledge of restorative yoga with Anne Wanda Tessier (E-RYT 500) in this upcoming training for experienced restorative yoga teachers.

We will review popular restorative yoga poses and explore many new ones which require the use of new props, chairs and the wall. 

This training is a great addition to the Foundational Restorative Yoga Training as many new poses will be explored. Learn how to safely support all body shapes in poses such as inversions, backbends, hero pose and several variations of savasana.

You will also learn new themes that can be incorporated in your yoga classes, explore the therapeutic benefits of this practice and how this practice can help sooth emotions and balance dosa types. Expand and diversify your repertoire of restorative yoga poses and dive deeper in the physiology of relaxation and the importance of rest.

 
Date / Time: November 29, 2024 – December 1, 2024
Friday and Saturday:  9 am ET – 5 pm ET
Sunday: 9 am ET – 3 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder
Meditation Training

“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.
 

Programs

Date / Time: July 2024 to August 2024
Instructors: PranaShanti Faculty
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour – Summer 2024
In the past 15 years we have offered over 45+ 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainings!
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 20 2024 to April 13, 2025
Instructors: PranaShanti Faculty
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour – Fall 2024
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: October 17, 2025 to May 3, 2026
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: February 25, 2025, to March 2, 2025
Instructors: Devinder Kaur and Dev Suroop Kaur
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 300 Hour – Lifecycles and Lifestyles
This course reveals to you your cycles, habits, lifestyle and the challenges of maturity encountered on the way to building character. The transformative power of this training module lies in the combination of the yogic techniques with your own passion and interactions with each other.
 
Key Topics:
 
  • Discover your Purpose: Do you define it for yourself, or is it defined externally by Fate or Destiny?
  • Examine and map out the stages and cycles of life. Identify habits, attitudes and practices that help or hinder your life in the present, past and future.
  • Renew your self-concept by discovering your purpose and destiny for living an extraordinary life.
  • Learn to deeply understand our death. Confront the fear of death and learn to live weightlessly.
This 50 hour course is an in-depth transformational learning and teaching experience with a well-designed curriculum, manual, and support materials. Lifecycles & Lifestyles is one of the five modules required for Level 2 certification as a Kundalini Yoga Practitioner.
 

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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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