Yoga for Arthritis by Tracy Corneau

Yoga for Arthritis by Tracy Corneau

Yoga For Arthritis (YFA) You have likely heard the phrase: “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga”.  However, yoga also improves strength, balance, range of motion, and can lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression by contributing to better heart health and sleep. Yoga can be especially helpful for those living with a chronic illness. Background According to the Arthritis Society, 1 in 5 or 6 million Canadians are living with arthritis and as many as 25,000 children seek healthcare for arthritis.  Women are more likely than men to have arthritis.  It is Canada’s most common chronic disease for which there is currently no cure and by 2040, it is estimated that 50% more people will have arthritis. Leading Types of Arthritis The two leading forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  Osteoarthritis is traditionally viewed as wear and tear on the weight bearing joints such as the hips, spine and knees as well as in the hands, feet, ankles or neck. ...
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Annual Unlimited Holiday Special! Make a commitment to YOURSELF!

Annual Unlimited Holiday Special! Make a commitment to YOURSELF!

Make a commitment to yourself!  This package is truly UNLIMITED! With the PranaShanti Annual Unlimited Package Holiday Special you will enjoy: No limit to the number of classes you practice Choose from over 65+ weekly drop in classes (online and in-person) 10% off special events, workshops and trainings 10% off boutique purchases 5 drop-in guest yoga passes 1 60-minute therapeutic massage This special is available from NOW to January 31, 2023, with the holiday special price of $1,495.00 (HST included) which includes all the goodies listed above for 365 days! A $200.00 savings just on the package price with more savings all year long! Buy Online ...
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Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing the skin is a comparatively new trend, though its roots lie in ancient times. It’s common in Ayurvedic medicine and is an ancient Kriya yoga practice but many cultures, including the ancient Greeks and Japanese, have used skin brushing to cleanse the skin. It’s done at day spas but you can do it yourself too! It’s called “dry” brushing because you aren’t scrubbing up while you bathe or shower; instead, a firm, bristled brush is swept across the skin, from toe to head. Both the skin and brush are completely dry. Dry brushing has gained traction for a reason. The benefits include: Detoxifying the skin - Dry brushing unclogs pores in the exfoliation process. It also helps detoxify your skin by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage. By unclogging pores, it’s easier for the body to sweat and eliminate toxins in your system.Stimulating the nervous system - Dry brushing can stimulate the nervous system. It can also leave you feeling invigorated like a massage often does.Giving...
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Yoga for Good Sleep

Yoga for Good Sleep

By Devinder Kaur, Owner and Director of PranaShanti Yoga Centre    Sleep is the time for the body and mind to rest, reset, detoxify, and rejuvenate. However, sometimes life interferes with our internal biological rhythms, which can result in too little sleep or not very good sleep. A balanced sleep cycle is important for our health and well-being on a number of levels. Good sleep improves our brain performance, mood, and health. Not getting enough quality sleep regularly raises the risk of many diseases and disorders and can affect our ability to concentrate, to think clearly and process memories. Yoga is a gentle and restorative way to help wind down at the end of the day. These three yoga poses relieve tension and stress to help prepare for sleep. The more that you practice the poses, the more they can help in a good night’s sleep.  Practice these poses before bedtime and stay in them about 3 to 5 minutes each. 1. Wide-Knee Child’s Pose...
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Fall: Vata Season

Fall: Vata Season

Ayurveda considers a seasonal routine an important cornerstone of health year-round. Balancing the nature of your local climate with lifestyle choices that offset the potential for seasonally-induced imbalances is one of the simplest ways that you can protect your well-being. But keep in mind that the seasons vary widely from one place to another, as do the qualities that they engender. Vata season is whatever time of year most embodies the attributes that characterize vata dosha: dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile, and clear (or empty). Autumn is the classic vata season. However, depending on where you live, the dry and expansive qualities of vata may be the principal components of your environment in other seasons too—showing as early as summer, and if autumn is followed by a very drying, cold, isolating, or windy winter. Beginning to observe your environment from this qualitative perspective empowers you to respond to both daily and seasonal changes in your local climate. The truth is that many of...
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Celebrating 14 years!

Celebrating 14 years!

Greetings! This week we are very excited to be celebrating our 14-year anniversary! It is certainly a reason to celebrate as it has been through the incredible support of you, our community, our amazing staff, teachers, wellness team and volunteers, and lots of hard work and positivity that we are here - so please join us in celebration! There are 3 great ways that are available starting right now! It is our way of saying THANK YOU! 20% OFF on 10, 20 and Annual Unlimited Class packages until end of day Monday, October 10! SHOP ONLINE!20% OFF on boutique purchases until end of day Monday, October 10! SHOP ONLINE!On Saturday, October 8, all Online and In-Person Classes are FREE all day! Sign up early! For Online purchases use CODE: Gratitude14Years With gratitude, Devinder Kaur ...
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Summer: Pitta Season

Summer: Pitta Season

The most striking characteristics of summer—the heat, the long days of bright sun, the sharp intensity, and the transformative nature of the season—are directly in line with pitta dosha, which is why summer is considered a pitta season. And, despite the fact that some climates are exceptionally humid this time of year, the cumulative effect of intense heat is to dry things out, so summer is also considered dry. On a more subtle level, summer is a time of expansion and mobility—traits more characteristic of vata dosha. While there is plenty to celebrate about summer’s unique personality, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. A summer seasonal routine is aimed at fostering diet and lifestyle habits that will help prevent the over-accumulation of summer qualities and allow you to enjoy the unique gifts that summertime has to offer. General Recommendations for Pitta Season Your primary focus through the summer months will be to keep pitta balanced by staying cool, mellowing intensity with relaxation,...
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Summertime Fun Savings in BACK!

Summertime Fun Savings in BACK!

Our annual Summertime Fun Savings is back! We're always so impressed how dedicated our yogis are through the Ottawa winter, that when it comes to summer, we want to help you maintain the benefits of a regular yoga practice for health and vibrancy through the warm months. That's why between NOW and August 31st, 2022, when you purchase a 10 or 20 class package, you'll receive some FREE yoga in the month of August. The class packages do not expire and the bonus classes are valid for use between August 1 to August 31st, 2022. Our Class Packages and the FREE August classes can be used for In-Person and Online Classes. When you purchase... A 10 class package = 5 free August classes. A 20 class package = 10 free August classes. You can purchase online or at the Centre, and your classes will be added to your account. It's a tremendous thing to get extra support in maintaining your practice! Yoga's a little like regular...
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Yoga in Our Park

Yoga in Our Park

Take IN-PERSON Yoga Classes OUTDOORS with your favourite PranaShanti Teachers!   Bring your yoga mat or beach towel and get ready to practice yoga outdoors in the summertime! All classes are OPEN to ALL levels, abilities and ages. Everyone is welcome.   Classes are offered 4 days per week - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.   Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and bottle of water with you. Days and Times:   Saturdays: 9 am to 10 amSundays: 10 am to 11 amTuesdays: 6 pm to 7 pmThursdays: 6 pm to 7 pm Location:   Our Park at 950 Gladstone Avenue! Our NEW Centre has a lovely grass and garden area to the left of our building. Bike racks available at the front and rear of building.   Cost: PranaShanti Drop-In Fee Class Package or Membership. Sign Up on the Class Schedule. Pre-registration required and space is limited to 24 participants.   Class Cancellation Policy: Due to limited spots for In-Person attendance,...
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Celebrate Summer 30-Day Challenge

Celebrate Summer 30-Day Challenge

Let's Celebrate Summer! Let's Celebrate the Gift of Practice! Let's Celebrate Community Connection! We start on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, after the holiday weekend! Join the 30-Day Challenge for community connection, upliftment and good health! Create a positive and healthy habit with daily mindful movement. Join the challenge and give yourself the gift and experience of daily practice and see where it can take you! Use your Annual or Monthly Membership, Class Package or do Drop-Ins.   How to join:   1. Make sure you have an Annual or Monthly Membership, Class Package or Drop-Ins on your PranaShanti account.    2. Sign up for class! Go to the Class Schedule and sign up for your choice of class each day. You can book in advance.   3. Your progress is entirely self-managed but we’ll be tracking the classes you attend! If you miss a day, not to worry. Catch up by doubling up on another day. You can do this up...
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