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: February 23, 2024 to February 25, 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 – Part 1

For ALL practitioners, students and Teachers!
Discovering the healing potential of a yin practice is becoming more popular.
 
This 25-hour training is designed for both yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners to delve deep into the practice and theory of Yin Yoga, and explore anatomy, sequencing, safety in postures, introduction to meridian theory, and mindfulness.
 
This training will benefit teachers, practitioners and students alike. It can be used as a therapeutic treatment or as a personal practice. You don’t need to have the desire to teach, only the openness to fully immerse yourself in yoga.
 
More and more practitioners are exploring Yin Yoga. This is a natural reaction to what has become an extremely yang health culture. Yin yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures for three to five minutes at a time. A yin practice emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. It prepares the body and mind for longer meditation practices. By drawing the student’s awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones, a deep level of relaxed focus is achieved.
 

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Date / Time: March 1, 2024 to March 3, 2024
Friday: 6:30 pm ET – 8:30 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET each day
Instructor: Gabrielle
Exploring Yoga Props: Deepening Alignment and Self-Understanding

For ALL yoga students and Teachers!

Come and explore the effective use of basic yoga props like blocks, blankets, bolsters, the wall, the yoga chair, and yoga belts/ straps. Deepen your self-understanding through basic alignment techniques and the support of props.  

In this course you will understand how props can support the unfolding and opening of the physical and subtle body. We will look at the layers of the body and understand how props can awaken the natural intelligence of the body. 

Whether you want to become more confident in your current practice by integrating new techniques and refining your understanding of asana, or you’re curious how you can integrate props into a dynamic flow, this workshop has something for everyone!  

We all have different shapes, flexibility, ability and energy levels. Props assist in the extension of our awareness and create opportunities to increase inner vitality!  

Props are essentially guides for self-learning. Come play with props!

 

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Date / Time: March 22, 2024 to March 24, 2024
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 ET
Saturday: 9 am ET – 4 pm ET
Sunday: 10 am ET – 2 pm ET
Instructor: Barrie
Skillful Sequencing: Designing Smart, Safe, and Creative Classes for All

For yoga Teachers of ALL disciplines!

Learn how to create safe and effective sequences for mixed-level group classes! 

Embark on this transformative journey and become a skilled and compassionate yoga teacher who creates sequences that resonate with students of all levels of practice.

This comprehensive course offers you the opportunity to master the art of crafting safe and effective sequences tailored for mixed-level group classes. Whether you’re an experienced yoga teacher or embarking on your teaching journey, this training is designed to empower you with the knowledge and skills needed to guide your students toward holistic well-being through thoughtfully structured practices.

In this training, you’ll apply an alignment-based approach to intelligent and creative class that is grounded in applied anatomy and sound biomechanical principles. By applying this methodology, you will learn to guide your students through poses with a keen focus on correct alignment, facilitating enhanced benefits and a reduced risk of injury. These principles will empower you to offer guidance that not only enriches the physical practice but also nurtures a deeper connection between the mind, body, and breath.

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Date / Time: April 5, 2024 to April 7, 2024
Friday:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET each day
Instructor: Anne
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training – Foundation
For ALL practitioners, students and Teachers!

Our body needs rest.

Join Anne Wanda Tessier, an experienced restorative yoga teacher and trainer for this 30-hour foundational Restorative Yoga Teacher Training and learn about the benefits of rest on the body, mind, and nervous system

Everyone experiences various levels of stress in our daily lives, from having too much on our to-do lists, navigating through big life changes and challenging situations, or experiencing stressful environmental and physical conditions. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed, tired, depleted, or even burnt out. We need to rest.

Restorative yoga is a style of yoga which uses props to support the body in various poses to help the body relax and to facilitate health and overall wellbeing. This practice is useful to soothe the nervous system, help reduce anxiety and stress, and bring the body back to a state of calm where the body functions properly. It is an opportunity to find balance in our busy lives

Through direct experience, practice teaching and feedback, you leave this training 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: April 26, 2024 to April 28, 2024
Friday:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 4 pm ET each day
Instructor: Mike
Yoga for Seniors & Healthy Aging Training
For ALL practitioners, students and Teachers!
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: May 3, 2024 to May 5, 2024
Friday:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 4 pm ET each day
Instructor: Catherine Collobert, PhD.
Classical Yoga Philosophy
For ALL practitioners, students and Teachers!
The practice of yoga dates back at least 1,000 years and continues to this day to be an experiential path to spiritual enlightenment.
 
Understanding the history and evolution of this practice can shed more light on its current iteration and allow us to explore its various aspects in more depth, as yoga was meant to be much more than exercise.
 
This training will explore central themes in some of the most significant historical texts on yoga and yoga practice such as the Rig Veda, the Upanishads, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in order to gain a better understanding of yoga’s beginnings and cultural roots.
 
We will examine in more detail the larger context of yoga practice beyond asana and pranayama, as well as the origins of the physical practice of yoga postures and its evolution as the central focus in the West’s adoption of yoga.
 
This training is designed for yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, and all those wanting to learn more about the origins of yoga, its historical and cultural context, and philosophical underpinnings.
 

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Date / Time: May 31, 2024 to June 2, 2024
Friday:  6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 4 pm ET each day
Instructor: Mike
Chair Yoga Training
For ALL practitioners, students and Teachers!
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.
 
This program will offer you the tools to help you and/or your students build strength, awareness and confidence as well as to increase well-being both physically and mentally. Learn how to work with this ever growing group who can get so much benefit from the practice of yoga with the assistance of a chair!
 

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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 – Part 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 Foundations 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 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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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 2024 to April 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: January 2025 to June 2025
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: January 24-29, 2024
Instructors: Devinder Kaur and Dev Suroop Kaur
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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