The Body Remembers: Resolving trauma through yoga

It is more common than we think that people with a significant degree of trauma will turn to yoga for healing and even more common for trauma survivors to turn to strong and disciplined physical practices. Unfortunately, most yoga teachers and most students aren’t fully aware of how to support themselves and others in the process of unravelling the complexity of the trauma in a safe way. Students walk in and out of yoga classes everyday without sharing their feedback with teachers. So, sometimes, as teachers, we simply don’t notice or know that a student may have just walked out of class feeling exposed, raw, vulnerable, and confused about how a practice that has a potential for healing has just surfaced the very adverse emotional state that he or she has spent so much time suppressing and masking. Or sometimes, the immediate feeling after a class is a lifted energy. The adverse emotional state may surface a few hours later,...
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Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale

Save the HST on Friday, November 28, 2014! To support your yoga practice in this season of lights, we're offering you the opportunity to bring some more light to your winter this Friday. For one day only, we are offering a 13% discount or SAVE THE HST on 5, 10, 20, 50, Family, 1 Month Unlimited, 3 Month Unlimited and Annual Unlimited Class Packages. Buy Online with the code FRIDAY2014 or in person at the Centre. Note:  Drop-In and Monthly Auto-renew packages are not included....
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Annual Unlimited Holiday Savings begins December 1st!

Annual Unlimited Holiday Savings begins December 1st!

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 in a day, week, month or the year! 10% off special events, workshops and trainings 10% off all boutique purchases and Infrared Sauna sessions 5 Complimentary yoga class passes to bring friends & family to class with you A PranaShanti tote bag and water bottle This special is available from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015, with the holiday special price of $1,275.00 (HST included) which includes all the goodies listed above for 365 days! A $300 savings just on the package price with more savings all year long! Sign Up!...
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Winter Solstice Celebration of Light

Winter Solstice Celebration of Light

Date and Time: Sunday, December 21, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Details Midwinter's day has been an important time for celebration throughout the ages. On this shortest day of the year, the sun is at its lowest and weakest, a pivot point from which the light will grow stronger and brighter. This is the turning point of the year. To celebrate this sacred time we will walk an incredible light-filled Labyrinth that is being created for us in the Spirit Room! The labyrinth is a metaphor for what is sacred in our lives. When we walk the path inward, we carry our burdens with us. When we meditate or pray in the center, we ask for grace, forgiveness, and understanding. When we walk the path outward, we are lighter, more joyful and ready yet again to take on life's challenges. Barbara Brown of Canadian Labyrinth Ventures will be creating our Labyrinth and live music by Canadian Singer Leah Longo and her band, will enhance our sacred...
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Nirinjan Kaur – Live in Ottawa

Nirinjan Kaur – Live in Ottawa

Nirinjan Kaur - Live in Ottawa - Workshop + Concert PranaShanti Yoga Centre is delighted to host an evening of Kundalini Yoga and sacred chanting with Nirinjan Kaur (vocals and harmonium) and Matthew Schoening (electric cello) accompaniment and opening set. Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm Event Details Our evening begins with a sacred sound and yoga/meditation workshop from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Following a 30 minute intermission we will begin the concert at 7:30 pm. Ticket Options: Tickets available for each event separately or SAVE when purchasing together. Workshop: $25.00 per person in advance, $30.00 per person day of Concert: $25.00 per person in advance, $30.00 per person day of Entire Evening: $40.00 per person in advance, $50.00 per person day of Children: under 12 $5.00 per child Join us in this blissful evening! About Nirinjan Kaur: Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa grew up with sacred music and Naad Yoga as a natural part of her life. This has been developed in study with classical Indian Master Ustaad Narinder Singh Sandhu...
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Mirabai Ceiba Sacred Chant Concert – Songs of Love & Longing

Mirabai Ceiba Sacred Chant Concert – Songs of Love & Longing

A gentle yet expansive spirit pervades all the music of Mirabai Ceiba. The delicate sounds of harp, piano, and guitar blend with lovingly intertwined voices amid lush celestial soundscapes. Their concerts are group celebrations for peace—joyous and loving occasions that embody the duo's profound belief in music as a universal language uniting all the world's peoples, cultures and traditions. Join Mirabai Ceiba for an intimate evening of heart opening chanting, conscious breath practice, meditations and spiritual songs to embody the Song of our Lives. About Mirabai Ceiba: Mirabai Ceiba is a duo consisting of guitarist/singer Markus Sieber and singer/harpist/pianist Angelika Baumbach. They come from different parts of the world. Markus is East German. Angelika was born in Tucson, Arizona, and grew up in a small village near Mexico City, the daughter of a Mexican mother and German father. Together, Angelika and Markus have forged engaging new style of world devotional music blending Gurmukhi mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition with original songs in English and...
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Take the 40 Day Challenge starting October 1st!

Take the 40 Day Challenge starting October 1st!

Boost your immune system with the PranaShanti 40 Day Yoga Challenge! The Challenge runs from Wednesday, October 1st to Sunday, November 9th, 2014. The PranaShanti 40 Day Challenge is a commitment to attend yoga classes for 40 consecutive days. Yogic science confirms that it takes 40 days to fully develop a new life-promoting habit or to drop a current destructive habit. The PranaShanti 40 Day Challenge is a great way to strengthen the body, unburden the mind, and begin a daily commitment to yourself. In 40 days, you can create a whole new way of being. Start with any class on Wednesday, October 1st! There will be 3 optional team gatherings! 1. Wednesday, October 1st, 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM ~ Kick Off Class and Open House Join us for our Kick Off class, Yin Yoga with Gitanjali. We’ll follow the class with healthy snacks. This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow participants so that you can encourage each other along the way....
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Going Beyond the Doorway: Yoga’s Abundant Offerings – Tanya Riley

“There is just enough suffering to get you in the door,” writes Michael Stone in The Inner Tradition of Yoga, “so that is our starting point.” I love this viewpoint - it highlights the simple fact that some discomfort, be it mild or intense, is often what first propels to yoga. For some, it may be physical suffering, such as a sore back, tight shoulders or hips, and for others it could be discomfort on a mental level, such as anxiety, worry, or restlessness. You might have been drawn to yoga because of a major life shift, including changing relationships or illness. Whatever the reason may be, most of us come into the arms of yoga seeking some relief, and for the most part, yoga meets us exactly where we are at and then graciously offers us more. I first came to yoga because I was finding my new job as a Montessori preschool teacher quite stressful. Days of trying to...
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Running from Rishikesh: A Western Kundalini Yogi in India’s Yoga Capital – by Victoria Lynes

Running from Rishikesh: A Western Kundalini Yogi in India’s Yoga Capital – by Victoria Lynes

This time last year, my sons (then 9 and 12) and I were making our final preparations for a 5 month journey around the world, one month of that time to be spent in India. I wrote a weekly blog while we were away, but since returning, even though my mind will often take me back to India’s sights and smells, I have not written about her at all. I am not sure why. Those 29 days are still seeping into my consciousness, and with all things India, I often find it difficult to describe my experience. Certain images will show up unexpectedly, scenes as contrasting as the country itself. Pictures of a quiet camel ride into the Thar Desert will be overtaken with memories of being practically swarmed upon as we boarded a local train in an incredibly hot and dry Rajasthan. Then come images of grand palaces and glittering ornamentation, followed by scenes of mutilated children begging in...
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Cultivating Patience with Yoga – by Elissar Hanna

“Adopt the pace of nature...her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Have you ever encountered a situation in your life where you wanted things to move just a little bit faster? Where you’re thinking, “could someone please extract me from this moment and take me to the future? It’s really painful right here... please?”   I’ve definitely experienced that pain at times in my life. But interestingly enough, my yoga practice is one place where I don’t feel that pressure. Somehow, as a kindness from the Universe, the practice thus far, has been a chance for me to just be in the moment and take care of the places in my body/soul where healing is needed. My yoga practice is a place where I have no vested interest except to be sincere, to be present with the Divine and to listen attentively to my body and breath. I believe it is this lack of attachment to outcome that opens the door...
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