- yoga teacher training
Prana Yoga Studio 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training Program in Edmonton
Early bird Discount – Register before June 30th and receive $200 off!
*Intensive 200 hour training begins July 29*
Yogi Vishvketu and World Conscious Yoga Family have had a huge influence on Prana Yoga Studio’s owners and teachers, from inspiration, to philosophy, to vision. We are thrilled to be hosting and participating in this upcoming training, and we hope you can join us!
For those who would like to deepen their insights into the science of Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as pursue teaching certification, this is the perfect opportunity.
Program of Study:
- Form, method of instruction, benefits and cautions of 108 asanas (postures), 10 pranayamas (breathing techniques) and 2 kriyas (cleansing techniques)
- Learning to create various class-styles: Gentle, Intermediate and Power Hatha yoga
- Teaching methodology, including yoga for diverse ages and student groups, such as prenatal yoga and yoga for the elderly
- Anatomy and the physical/mental benefits of yoga
- Subtle yogic anatomy and the Chakras
- Introduction to Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet
- Ashtanga philosophy (the eight-fold path)
- Study and discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, aphorisms giving insight into profound yogic practices, as well as their life-transforming benefits
- Teaching practicum and feedback from the trainers
This training is recommended for those who would like to teach yoga, as well as for those who would like to add depth and dimension to their own practice while increasing experiential knowledge of this ancient lineage of learning.
Dates for 2013- Two Trainings
YTT Extended program Jan-May 2013
This program will be a unique blend of in-town and retreat-style yoga study. There will be 8 weekends held at Prana Yoga Studio in Edmonton. The final week will be an ashram-style retreat at the Sylvan Lake Bahai Center. It will be an intensive week of mantra, meditation, asana, pranayama and teaching practice leading up to graduation!
Prana Yoga Studio – Eight weekends
Principal Teachers: Leala Enfield (Pragya) and Isabelle Stahl
Additional Teachers: Yogi Vishvketu, Erik Hanzen, Denise Currie & Mallorie Buoy
One Month Summer Intensive 2013
FREE YTT Info Nights: June 5
7:30pm Akhanda Yoga Class
9:00pm Info Session and Q & A
July 29-Aug 16 at Prana Yoga Studio, Mon-Fri, 8 am – 5 pm
Aug. 19-25 Retreat (ending Sunday Aug. 25 11:00 am)
This program will be a unique blend of in-town and retreat-style yoga study. The first three weeks will be held at Prana Yoga Studio in Edmonton, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. The final week will be an ashram-style retreat at Sanctum Retreat Center in Caroline. It will be an intensive week of mantra, meditation, asana, pranayama and teaching practice leading up to graduation!
Principal Teachers: Isabelle (Sakshi) Stahl, Denise Currie & Mallorie Buoy
Additional Teachers: Yogi Vishvketu, Leala (Pragya) Enfield
Tuition and Registration
Retreat stay: $595 (please note, our retreat cost has gone up for 2013 courses)
Sub Total: $3095
Extended Training: Apply by Dec. 20 and receive $200 off (total with gst $3040)
Early bird Discount – Register before June 30th and receive $200 off!
- leala enfield (director)
Leala attended her first yoga class in New York City when she was nineteen. It was a gentle, meditative class that opened a tiny doorway into her heart, and catalyzed great changes in her life. Within a year, she had moved to the remote side of Maui where she met David Williams and began a three month intensive study of Ashtanga Yoga. She went on to develop a steady home practice. Living in community on Maui and traveling, she taught whoever wanted to learn, including the Secoya indigenous people in the Amazon tributaries of Ecuador.
Her exploration of yoga led naturally into an interest in meditation, and in 1994, she attended her first silent ten day Vipassana meditation retreat, which deeply rekindled her sense of connection to the source. She continued to travel, attending meditation courses and at times living and working at retreat centers, practicing yoga all the while.
In 1997 she met her husband at a meditation center, and a few months later they had the grace of meeting their spiritual teacher, John DeRuiter of the College of Integrated Philosophy in Edmonton (www.johnderuiter.com).
In 2000, Leala attended an Ashtanga Yoga teachers training course with renowned instructor David Swenson and in 2003 completed her level three training through Trinity Yoga. In 2006 Leala founded Prana Yoga Studio, and the following year she hosted and attended an additional 200 hour teacher training course with her beloved yoga teacher Yogi Vishvketu of Northern India, founder of World Conscious Yoga Family (www.akhandayoga.com), further exploring the diverse and traditional aspects of yoga, including pranayama (breathwork), chanting, mantra and yoga philosophy. Leala is now the Director of Training for the World Conscious Yoga Family Yoga Teacher Training program at Prana.
Leala’s passions include practicing yoga outdoors, hiking in the Rockies, ocean swimming and quality time with her husband and their two vivacious daughters.
The benefits of yoga are precious and far-reaching. The invitation is to be profoundly gentle inside while holding vibrant presence for boundriless, limitless growth and evolution.
- isabelle (sakshi) stahl
What can I possibly say about yoga?
Three words: Worthwhile. Transformative. Necessary.
Although I discovered asana practice in the mid-nineties, it was not until a few years ago that I dedicated myself to my practice. In the meantime I plunged heart (and head) first into an exploration of yogic philosophy – though non-dual teachings and satsangs as well as studying Kundalini Yoga and traditional Vedanta with some excellent teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Australia.
At age 40, through the kindness of life and Leala Enfield, I completed the 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training at Prana Yoga Studio. That month of intense sadhana catapulted me into total yet gentle change on all levels. I watched, from the sidelines, mystified, as my body, diet, lifestyle, priorities and relationships shifted. I used to roll my eyes when I would hear people quote Patabhi Jois saying “Practice yoga, all is coming!” Dude was right. That is how it works.
I completed my 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2011 through Yogi Vishvketu and the World Conscious Yoga Family. I am so grateful for Vishvaji’s guidance and example, humor, softness and integrity. If you get a chance to meet and practice with him – take it.
I also sing regularly at kiirtans and offer the Work of Byron Katie (inquiry-based stress reduction) through my company KindMind – www.kindmind.ca Come and join me on the mat! Let’s breathe, move, sit in silence, and transform side by side.
- yogi vishvketu (vishvaji)
Yogi Vishvketu has studied and practiced Hatha and Raja yoga and the Vedic healing arts in northern India since childhood. From the age of 8, he studied Vedic wisdom at Kanvashram in the foothills of the Himalayas. With its historic temple and Ayurvedic clinic, Kanvashram attracts many yogic saints and Ayurvedic masters and was an ideal place to absorb these ancient healing and consciousness-raising traditions.
Vishva went on to attain a Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Humanities with a specialization in yoga, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy. While at the University of Haridwar, he also pursued courses in Naturopathy, Reike, Pranic Healing, and Yoga Therapy. In 1992 and 1995, he won the All India Inter-University Yoga Championships. He moved to Ottawa in 2001, where he continues to dedicate himself to teaching the arts of yoga and Ayurveda. Internationally, he offers holistic yoga workshops including asana, pranayama, cleansing kriyas, Ayurveda and Vedic chanting. He also offers yoga teacher training programs, and retreats for dedicated practitioners in Canada and in the foothills of the Himalayas. The teacher training programs are recognized by the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. Vishvaji visits Prana Yoga Studio twice yearly for workshops, retreats and to teach our final week of yoga teacher training in Sylvan Lake.
- denise currie
From the age of 19 I have been involved with health, fitness and movement. For 22 years I taught group exercise at numerous places in Edmonton; it was during those years I went back to school to become a personal fitness trainer. For 12 years I enjoyed mentoring my clients on their journey to better health. I was asked by one of my clients to develop the Remedial Exercise program for her massage college; this was to lead me down another path. I worked for the school in this capacity for a few years, eventually took the two year massage program myself and have continued on with the school as an instructor for the last 5 years.
It was four years ago that I took my 1st “real” yoga class at Prana. Leala was teaching … and I was learning!! In yoga I felt all the threads coming together. I immediately realized yoga’s nourishing effect on my body tissues, my awareness of alignment and expansion, the freedom from my mind’s distractions and a deep sense of God’s presence. I feel that everything I have been learning and practicing up to now has been preparing me to teach yoga. As Fra Giovanni wrote in 1513 AD,” Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty … that you will find earth that cloaks heaven. Courage then to claim it, that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are all pilgrims together, wending our way through unknown country, home.” I will always be a student and a seeker most of all, but I humbly offer my guidance as we wend our way down this path together.
- mallorie buoy
I was first drawn to yoga in 2006 as a way to complement more fast-paced fitness activities, and to experience relaxation while attending university. I realized my unwavering passion for yoga asana and philosophy while sharing what I had been learning with friends and family. I have been incredibly blessed to have had my journey lead to Prana Yoga Studio, where the holistic practice of mantra, pranayama, meditation, and asana continually bring me closer to my true, blissful, and fearless Self.
In August, 2010, I completed my Akhanda Yoga 200 hour YTT, during which the beautiful teachings of Yogi Vishvketu shone light on so many aspects of my life. The teachings of yoga are continually integrated into my life, as I am guided to live fully and with an open heart. In 2012, I completed my Yin Yoga Teacher Training (60 hours) with Bernie Clark, as well as became certified in Kundalini yoga, restorative yoga and Yoga Lifestyle Counseling during my 500 YTT in Rishikesh, India. It is has been so exciting that through sharing this path with others, I am continually learning in the presence of compassion, uniqueness, and devotion.
During the past five years of my university education, during which I received my Bachelor of Arts (majoring in psychology; 2010), and my Bachelor of Education (2012), I have been working with diverse groups of children and youth. I have worked extensively with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, in the capacities of a specialized services aide, a classroom teacher, and a yoga teacher for groups and families. I have also been trained with the organization Om-4-Youth (60 hours), which enables me to facilitate yoga groups with marginalized children and youth. I am continually striving to connect my passions for education and yoga; thus, I have created Awaken Education, with the intention of teaching children yoga, and teaching teachers how to bring yoga into their classrooms. Through Awaken Education, I hope to share tools in which to alleviate subconscious emotional reactions, develop awareness of individual and collective wellbeing in the classroom, develop a deeper sense of purpose in each student, and foster healthy bodies, minds and spirits.