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  • Yoga Wisdom Talks
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    Yoga Wisdom Talks

    Thursday, December 1st, 5:45pm - 7:00pm
    Yoga Wisdom Talks
    Online and/or In-Person Class Series
     
    Join us for informative talks to discuss topics such as yoga’s power to transform through movement, philosophy, the meaning of common “yoga words,” and more.
     
    We aim for yoga's philosophy to be more accessible. So you can now explore the questions you’ve always wanted to ask - or haven’t thought of - with our Yoga Wisdom Talks.

    Upcoming Yoga Wisdom Talks:

    Thursday, November 10, 2022
    5:45 pm - 7 pm
    From Birth to Death
     
    Exploration of the four life stages and the four great values in life. Identify each stage in life, how to be living it and how to balance the great values for healthy living based on your personal goals.

    Thursday, November 17, 2022
    5:45 pm - 7 pm
    Consciousness and The Self - Who am I?
     
    What is my level of consciousness or awareness? These are easy questions to ask, yet very hard to answer. A yogi has reached the goal when they are Self-Realized. Living in the highest state of consciousness, fully aware of the true self. Able to Answer the questions "Who am I?" Let's explore these concepts through the lens of the conscious, subconscious and super-conscious, as well as the vedantic idea of the Self.

    Thursday, November 24, 2022
    5:45 pm - 7 pm
    Maya, The Veil of Illusion
     
    How is it that two people can participate in the same event yet have completely separate experiences? Our habits, emotions, patterns all filter our experiences and bring about a veil of illusion called Maya. Understanding Maya and how to see through it brings clarity and peace to daily life.
     
    Thursday, December 1, 2022
    5:45 pm - 7 pm
    From Karma to Dharma
     
    "Dharma is duty. It is transforming your karma into an unselfish duty." Swami Sita. Let us explore where we are in life, accept being here and how, through our actions, we can use it as an opportunity for spiritual growth.

    Cost: $40.00 per person or sign up for all four (4) Yoga Wisdom Talks for $130.00 per person.

    Location: Mind Room: PranaShanti Yoga Centre, 950 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, Ontario.
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  • Meditation Training
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    Meditation Training

    Friday, December 2nd to Sunday, December 4th, 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Meditation Training
     
    Online and/or In-Person Course

    “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.
     
    Overview:
     
    In this training, you will learn how to integrate meditation into your lifestyle and learn how to teach simple and effective meditation techniques to beginner students with clarity and ease.
     
    During our weekend together, we will:
     
    • Explore the science, philosophy and practicality of different meditation techniques
    • Gain a solid understanding of different meditation and how these practices can assist different populations
    • Learn how to practically present these teachings to your existing student base, work place or general public
     
    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.
     
    Outline:

    During the course you will learn:
     
    Introduction to Meditation
     
    • If happiness is within, where do I find it?
    • Why people have a difficult time meditating and how to make it easy
    • The concerns that may arise in meditation practice and how to overcome them
     
    The Science of Meditation 

    • What are the stress reaction and the relaxation response?
    • The most recent research on the benefits of meditation
     
    The Philosophy of Meditation
     
    • History of Meditation
    • How to answer your students’ challenging questions
    • Lesson plans for a meditation workshop and class series
     
    Types of Meditation Practices

    • The most common styles of meditation
    • How to guide breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation
    • Mudra, mantra and sound meditation techniques
     
    The Business of Meditation
     
    • Where to conduct your classes
    • How to create advertising that will bring results
    • How to attract a steady flow of students
     
    Dates and Timings:
     
    Friday, December 2, 2022 to Sunday, December 4, 2022
     
    • Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
    • Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
    • Sunday: 11:30 am to 5 pm
     
    Breaks will be provided.

    Certification:
     
    The training prepares and certifies you to teach a 2-hour introductory meditation workshop and lead beginner individual or group meditation classes.
     
    Cost and Registration:

    SAVE $45.00 by registering on or before September 30, 2022 for $450.00 per person. $495.00 per person thereafter.
     
    Fee includes the training, manual and certificate.

    Note: This course is open to the general public. 6 months to 1 year of regular yoga practice is recommended for participation.

    If you live away from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and would like printed training materials to be sent to you, please ensure you sign up at least 10 days before the course start date in order for us to ship the materials to you. Otherwise e-documents will be provided, where possible.

    For 200 hour certified Yoga Teachers the course provides CEUs with Yoga Alliance.

    This course is also part of our Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.
     
    300 Hour Program - Core Module - 20 Hours

    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 is 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.
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  • Children's Yoga and Mindfulness Class | In-Person
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    Children's Yoga and Mindfulness Class | In-Person

    Saturday, December 3rd, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Children's Yoga and Mindfulness Class | In-Person
    In-Person Class for Children
     
    This class is an opportunity to learn & practice various mindfulness techniques, yoga postures and breathing exercises that will aid in developing their sensory awareness, focus and concentration, as well as help cultivate compassion and peace for themselves and all sentient beings.
     
    Each class will combine movement, breath and mindfulness with a mindfulness focused theme such as; Listening, Breathing, Heartfulness and Awareness.
     
    Cost: $20.00 per child.
     
    For children ages 7 to 12 years.
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  • Healing Gong & Meditation Experience | In-Person
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    Healing Gong & Meditation Experience | In-Person

    Sunday, December 4th, 2:00pm - 3:15pm
    Healing Gong & Meditation Experience | In-Person
    In-Person Class

    "If you just allow your body and mind to rest, the healing will come by itself”. Thich Nhat Hanh
     
    Join Sharon Pitawanakwat for an afternoon of deep relaxation and healing as you immerse yourself into the sound vibration of the Gong.
     
    The Gong is sometimes referred to as the instrument of healing. The incredible sound vibration of the Gong supports a deeper ability to relax, balances the nervous and glandular systems of the body, opens the Chakras to revitalize energy pathways, soothes emotional and physical pain, can even support an overall emotional transformation AND it just feels wonderful.
     
    In this world of rapid change, incredible stress and uncertainty, isolation and disconnection from our true self; taking time to rejuvenate and heal yourself in mind, body and soul is crucial.
     
    During our 75-minute practice, participants will engage in a warm up sequence of Kundalini inspired pranayama and physical movement, rest and rejuvenate to the sound current of the Gong and practice a healing meditation known as the Siri Gayatri Mantra - Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung.
     
    Cost: PranaShanti Drop-In, Class Package or Membership.  All levels and abilities welcome.
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  • Full Moon Meditation for Clearing & Balance
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    Full Moon Meditation for Clearing & Balance

    Wednesday, December 7th, 6:30am - 7:30am
    Full Moon Meditation for Clearing & Balance
     
    Online or In-Person Class

    The full moon is a special time, especially for those who are following a yogic path, because it is an optimum time for clearing and balancing our mind and our energy.

    The moon is deeply and intimately connected with our mind and our thoughts. Meditation can help to cleanse feelings of agitation, and can even provide us with a great opportunity to let go of the mental or emotional baggage that has been weighing us down.

    Meditating at the full moon also help us to unleash our creativity, whether we are focused on specific creative projects or we need new ways of thinking about the problems and issues we are facing. This practice can help us to release old, stuck, energy that no longer serves us.

    During the class, we will clear our mind and balance our body’s chakras (energy centers) through a variety of Kundalini Yoga practices including breath work (pranayam), meditation, and a yoga nidra savasana (relaxation).

    Cost: PranaShanti Drop-In Fee, Class Package or Membership. 
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  • Gong Meditation - Sound Immersion
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    Gong Meditation - Sound Immersion

    Saturday, December 10th, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Gong Meditation - Sound Immersion
     
    In-Person Class

    Using sound as a form of healing dates back to ancient cultures. Records of using gongs have surfaced from as early as ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times.
     
    A Gong Meditation, is a form of sound healing designed to offer:

    • relaxation;
    • emotional release;
    • pain relief.

    Participants lie down and get comfortable on their yoga mat in a yoga relaxation pose (savasana). As the teacher plays the gong or gongs, a disc-shaped percussion instrument, using a mallet, participants are invited to relax and to passively soak up the benefits of the sound and vibrations.
     
    Cost: PranaShanti Drop-In Fee, Class Package or Membership.  
     
    This class is limited to a maximum of 18 participants and is held in our warmly heated studio, the Body Room, with the lighting dimmed for a restful and restoring experience.
     
    Yoga blocks, blankets and bolsters are available in the studio room. Please bring with you the additional props you require to rest comfortably for the 60 minute session. Dress comfortably.
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  • Winter Comfort Day Retreat | In-Person
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    Winter Comfort Day Retreat | In-Person

    Saturday, December 10th, 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Winter Comfort  Day Retreat | In-Person
    In-Person Day Retreat

    Escape the cold, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with this 1 day urban Restorative Retreat!
     
    Melt away the holiday stress and nourish your body, mind and spirit. Feel nurtured in a warm and supportive atmosphere, while creating the opportunity to connect with others. During this one-day retreat we will practice gentle and restorative yoga with hot-stones and guided meditations.
     
    This is a perfect opportunity to take time out for yourself, while still providing the time for other commitments during the weekend. By taking care of ourselves, we can take better care of others.
     
    Our retreat day is suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners, including those who are new to the practice.
     
    Our Urban Day Winter Retreat includes:
    • Welcome talk and introductions
    • Gentle yoga and meditation practice
    • A nourishing and healing light catered lunch
    • Restorative Yoga with Hot Stones
    • A goodie bag of treats to take home with a hand-made gift for you from Anne
    • A Free Yoga Class (Online or In-Person) at PranaShanti Yoga Centre
    • Closing Meditation

    Cost: Early Bird Savings! Register by November 10 and save $20.00 for $135.00 per person, $155.00 per person thereafter.

    Maximum 18 participants.

    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 is 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.
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  • Yin + Aromatherapy | In-Person
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    Yin + Aromatherapy | In-Person

    Thursday, December 15th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Yin + Aromatherapy | In-Person
    In-Person Workshop

    Join Cat for a 2-hour evening treat of Yin Yoga and Aromatherapy!
     
    Yin Yoga is a grounding practice consisting of slow, held, reclined or seated postures that target the connective tissue of the body. Yin Yoga increases circulation in the joints, improves flexibility and range of motion.
     
    Through the posture holds (3-5 minutes) our muscles are able to relax and loosen their grip. The connective tissue, joints and internal organs are nourished in a way that is similar to an acupressure massage or acupuncture session. Yin Yoga is a calming practice for the body and mind and allows us to move more inward to prepare for meditation.
     
    Aromatherapy and breath work will be incorporated into our evening to further support our meditative and sensory experience. Four main essential oils will be highlighted and explained. We will explore the effects of how these amazing gifts of nature can melt away stress and sooth the body and mind.
     
    This workshop is a gift for tight muscles and an over stimulated mind!
     
    Come relax, stretch, feel the flow of Chi moving through you. Also, learn how to incorporate the benefits of Aromatherapy into your life and your yoga practice.
     
    Complimentary gift of aromatherapy included for the first 10 students who sign up!
     
    Cost: $40.00 per person in advance / $50.00 per person day of
     
    Included: Herbal tea will be served during the evening.
     
    Location: PranaShanti Education Centre, 45 Eccles Street (Chinatown), Ottawa, Ontario.

    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 is 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.
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  • Yin & Gong Meditation | In-Person
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    Yin & Gong Meditation | In-Person

    Saturday, December 17th, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Yin & Gong Meditation | In-Person
    In-Person Class

    At the intersection of Yin Yoga and Gong Meditation is a sweet spot where mind and body are totally relaxed and totally aligned. The Yin Yoga practice lengthens and opens the physical body, massaging deep connective tissue in a most relaxing way.
     
    The gong’s warm vibrations envelop your entire being in wave after wave of preternatural sound that will affect you at the cellular level. Chances are you’ll feel pretty good after this practice.
     
    Come share this experience, every third Saturday at 3:00 pm.
     
    Cost: PranaShanti Drop-In Fee, Class Package or Membership.  

    This class is held in our warmly heated studio, the Body Room, with the lighting dimmed for a restful and restoring experience.
     
    Yoga blocks, blankets and bolsters are available in the studio room. Please bring with you the additional props you require to rest comfortably for the 60 minute session. Dress comfortably.
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  • Winter Solstice: Bring Light to Darkness
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    Winter Solstice: Bring Light to Darkness

    Sunday, December 18th, 9:30am - 10:45am
    Winter Solstice: Bring Light to Darkness

    Online or In-Person Class
     
    The winter solstice, the longest night of the year, is a reflective time of year where we prepare to move into the light, not only physically but with our intentions as well.
     
    What better way to clear your energy and clarify your intentions than to open your body and strengthen your nervous system with Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and then expand and relax your being with a deeply restoring savasana!
     
    Take a moment during this busy holiday season to nurture yourself and celebrate this turning point with us!

    Cost: PranaShanti Drop-In Fee, Class Package or Membership. 
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  • 200-Hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training FREE Info. Session
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    200-Hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training FREE Info. Session

    Sunday, December 18th, 11:30am - 12:30pm
    200-Hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training FREE Info. Session

    Online Session

    FREE INFORMATION SESSION
     
    This program is life-transforming and is for everyone. Whether you are interested in becoming a teacher or wanting to deepen your yoga practice and knowledge.
     
    To find out more about our upcoming Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, please join Devinder Kaur for our FREE Information Session.  Learn about our program and ask questions.
     
    PranaShanti Yoga Centre offers internationally recognized Yoga Teacher Training programs in Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. We are an approved 200-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS) through Yoga Alliance.
     
    Cost: Free
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  • Winter Solstice Ritual of Light
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    Winter Solstice Ritual of Light

    Tuesday, December 20th, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
    Winter Solstice Ritual of Light

    Online or In-Person
     
    The winter solstice, the longest night of the year, is a reflective time of year where we prepare to move into the light, not only physically but with our intentions as well.
     
    Join Sonia for a special ritual class on the longest night of the year. Most cultures honour the transition from darkness to light with a celebration.
     
    This class will include mantra meditation and yoga to celebrate Winter solstice.

    Cost: PranaShanti Drop-In Fee or membership.
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  • Winter Solstice Ceremony: Cacao, Yoga & Community | In-Person
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    Winter Solstice Ceremony: Cacao, Yoga & Community | In-Person

    Wednesday, December 21st, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Winter Solstice Ceremony: Cacao, Yoga & Community | In-Person
    In-Person Workshop with Kim Valentine and Chantal Houde

    Join us on the winter solstice for a heart-opening journey that includes a cacao ceremony, intention-setting, and yogic practices (pranayama breathwork, gentle movement and yoga nidra).
     
    Ceremonial-grade cacao can create greater attunement to your heart and to others’ hearts, and support your healing, connect you more deeply to your intuition, and spark creativity.
     
    With the support of this ancient plant medicine and traditional tools of yoga, we’ll come together to align with the vibration of love and nurture the emergence of a more heart-based way of living within ourselves and in the world around us.
     
    Join our circle to:

    • Enjoy a cup of cacao together and learn about its benefits
    • Reflect and journal on the importance of connection
    • Plant seeds of intention that will be nourished by the return of the sun in the coming weeks
    • Allow vibrational breathwork and chanting to bring your body, mind, and spirit into greater harmony
    • Release tension and bring more awareness to your heart in a gentle asana practice
    • Integrate the ceremony with a candlelit yoga nidra practice (guided meditation)
    • Experience deep release of physical, mental and emotional stress to leave feeling grounded and loving
     
    Please bring:

    • A journal and pen
    • Your favourite mug
    • Comfortable, warm clothing options such as socks, sweater, scarf
     
    Cost: $55.00 per person.
     
    Location: PranaShanti Education Centre, 45 Eccles Street, Ottawa, ON, (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 is 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.
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  • New Year's Eve Peace Meditation | Online
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    New Year's Eve Peace Meditation | Online

    Saturday, December 31st, 4:30pm - 5:00pm
    New Year's Eve Peace Meditation | Online
    Online Community Class
     
    Set your intention for joy and peace during 2023!
     
    With the completion of another year, let's come together in community for connection, inspiration and to set our collective intentions for peace, hope, and healing for the coming year!
     
    This meditation practice begins with directing loving-kindness toward oneself, and then expanding to all beings. By meditating together, we will create more well-being for ourselves and for all those in our shared world.
     
    May we be happy. May we be healthy. May we feel safe. May our hearts feel at ease.
     
    Cost: FREE - everyone welcome!

    Recording of the meditation available for 7 days.
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  • New Year's Eve Celebration 2022!
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    New Year's Eve Celebration 2022!

    Saturday, December 31st, 9:30am - 2:30pm
    New Year's Eve Celebration 2022!
    Celebrate the close of 2022 the Yogi Way!
     
    As 2022 draws to a close, we've created a new tradition at PranaShanti as a way to move together into the new year in the best way possible. 
     
    These classes allow you to reflect on your past year, set your intentions and find your inner calm before the new year.

    • 9:30 am - Yoga + Mobility - 75 minutes - Kim
    • 10:00 am - Hip Opening Flow (Hot) - 75 minutes - Laurie
    • 12:00 pm - Power (Hot) - 60 minutes - Phil
    • 12:30 pm - Yang + Yin - 60 minutes - Brian
    • 1:30 pm - Kundalini Yoga + Gong - 60 minutes - Sharon

    Surrender the burdens, celebrate the strengths and let's focus on all that has sustained us so we can move into 2023 with joy, confidence and ease!
     
    Cost: PranaShanti Class Package, Membership or Drop-in Fee. 

    The classes are for all levels - everyone welcome!

    Sign up on the Class Schedule!
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