Why do Yoga Teacher Training?

Sometimes I'm asked by students, "why should someone do Yoga Teacher Training?" Here are some ideas to consider: 1. Yoga is about angles and triangles: If you want to understand the how's and why's of doing yoga postures well and safely, a teacher training is a great way to learn. 2. Test your physical limits: No matter your physical ability, you’ll explore your physical capabilities and try things you never thought you could do before. How empowering! 3. Yoga is more than just postures: While postures are a key component to the study of yoga, there is so much more. There is the history and lineage of yoga, yogic philosophy, western and yogic anatomy, sound/mantra, yogic diet and lifestyle, to name just a few. 4. Look inside yourself: Regardless of which style of training you choose, there is something to be said for focusing on your practice for a period of time. Through this focused attention, you may find feelings and emotions bubble up...
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Winter Solstice Food Bank Fundraiser – Bringing Love and Light to our Community.

Winter Solstice Food Bank Fundraiser – Bringing Love and Light to our Community.

For the past five years, PranaShanti has celebrated the Winter Solstice with a special fundraising event to help those in need in our community. This year, the event takes place on Friday December 20 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm and all the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank. The Food Bank serves monthly 40,000 Ottawa residents, 40% of which are children, who are struggling with hunger. The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year and one that is honoured by many as a sacred and rich time. Often it is thought as the dying of one year and the promise of a new beginning. Since ancient times, to counteract the season’s reminder of mortality, communities have come together at Winter Solstice to celebrate, have fun, and call back the Sun by gathering around a fire or setting out candles. Along this theme, I have hired a professional cast of actors from Eddie May...
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Meet our Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Lead Trainer

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Interview with Laurie Howe Caroline Ishii recently had the opportunity to have a cup of tea and a conversation with PranaShanti Yoga Centre Teacher Laurie Howe. Laurie is the Lead Trainer for the centre’s 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training programs. Where were you born? I was born in Ottawa, Ontario. How did you start out in yoga? I was one of those reluctant yogis. I was dragged by a friend back in 1988. It was really different then. There were no yoga centres back then. It took me about three times until I fully came to yoga, it would start to work and then I got busy. How did you come to do your yoga teacher training? I wanted to do something different. I came to a crossroads in my life and I realized how much the yoga asana practice had changed my life and I wanted to be able to bring that to other people. So, I took a year off from...
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Our 5th Anniversary!

Our 5th Anniversary!

Sunday, October 6th, 2013, an auspicious day and a day to celebrate PranaShanti Yoga Centre's 5 year anniversary! Ottawa's Yogis and Yoginis celebrated in grand style with an opening meditation for gratitude by Devinder Kaur, Director, live music by Galitcha, a Children's Party with Jamie Reardon, beautiful henna tattoos as a take home reminder of the night, delicious appetizers and drinks by Chef Caroline Ishii, a flowing chocolate fountain and some high stepping Bollywood Dancing fun! A very special thank you to everyone who has made each year filled with joy. We look forward to many more celebrations with YOU! Be well, Devinder Kaur    ...
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Welcome to PranaShanti: The Home of Yoga in Ottawa!

Greetings, Namaste and Sat Naam, Welcome to the new PranaShanti Yoga Centre website.  I’m very excited to share it with you! We’ve been tirelessly working on this for some time now and we hope the results reflect this. The new website was designed to have a clear and uncluttered look which is easy to navigate. It focuses a lot more on content and experience to help you get to the information you need quickly and easily. We've also added blogs to the new website.  Our intention in adding blogs is simply to share and inspire. When we are inspired, we are full of life, and we can achieve our greatness.  Inspiration is what carries us forward and what picks us up when we fall. There will be many different blog contributors including some very special guest bloggers!  We all have something unique to share that can inspire another whether it is a story, an experience, insight, recipe or new found information.  The blogs will be...
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Visiting a Yoga Studio for the First Time

Visiting a Yoga Studio for the First Time

What to expect when you come to a yoga studio for the first time You have taken a courageous step in just coming to a yoga studio. I recall being quite intimated when I visited a yoga space for the first time. I want to set out what you can expect so that you can relax and enjoy the experience. I wished I had someone explain things when I first started practicing five years ago. My wife convinced me to try a men’s only yoga class. I had fallen off my horse and injured my ankle. I hobbling around in pain for a year. Perhaps yoga could help me. During my first class we did a pose called “Tree Pose”. It involves standing on one foot. I couldn’t keep my weight on my ankle for more than two seconds. Because of yoga, my ankle has steadily improved to the point now where I have no issues with it. This was my first evidence...
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Kundalini Yoga: The Basics

Kundalini Yoga: The Basics

"Kundalini Yoga teaches you the techniques and awareness to say healthy. You gain strong immune, glandular and nervous systems. This foundation gives you energy and lets you deal with the mental and spiritual facets of your life.’ —Yogi Bhajan Kundalini Yoga, also called the ‘Yoga of Awareness’, consists of simple yogic techniques that can be practiced by everyone. Positive effects can often be noticed right away. It keeps the body in shape and trains the mind to be strong and flexible in the face of stress and change. Oxygen capacity is increased along with blood flow to the glands, resulting in heightened awareness and vitality. Through breathing techniques and meditation, peace of mind can be obtained. In the Beginning As a beginning student, participate at a pace that suits your flexibility and endurance. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. It is best to have bare feet to help stimulate the approximately 72,000 nerve endings in your feet. "Tuning In" Each Kundalini Yoga class begins with "tuning in"...
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