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  • Anniversary Sale!

    Thank you for your dedication!

    We appreciate you and all that you bring to the Prana community. Thank you for being a part of Prana’s rebirth in our first year at our new location. We love our new home and we love that you are with us.

    We’re celebrating eleven years in business in the west end with a year pass sale!

    Buy 11 months of yoga, get the 12th month FREE!  $1089 + gst.  *sale ends March 30

     

     

     

  • Restorative Yoga Intensive Training

    With Andrea Peloso
    Dates:
    Thursday, March 2 – Sunday, March 5, 2017
    Thursday: 8:30am-4:30pm
    Friday-Sunday: 9am-5pm

    This 32 hour Restorative Training is a rich exploration to inform the personal practice and teaching skills of each student.  Students will learn the joys of restorative yoga through first-hand experience of the postures, and will also learn hands on experience in how to teach students of all levels.  Also, students will learn the Ayurvedic, physiological, emotional, and biomechanical elements of each pose.

    An extensive repertoire of postures will be passed on to students with the detail necessary to bring depth and life changing benefits to students.  How to set up the postures in detail, as well as modify for a class with less props will be explored.  This will be a supportive environment that supports the growth and healing of each student.  Experience is the best teacher. Learn more about Andrea’s Restorative Training.

    Andrea has been teaching yoga since 2002. Her teaching has brought her across Canada, as well as the US and Japan. She has over 1500 hours of training and 560 hours of study with Judith Lasater whom she assists with trainings across North America. She teaches at the Yoga Conference in Toronto. You can learn more about Andrea from her website.

    “Andrea Peloso is a dedicated teacher who I trust to offer excellent instruction.  She cares deeply for yoga students and the practice of yoga.”
                    
    -Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, yoga teacher since 1971, and author of 8 books.

    This training fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for Continuing Education. It is also an elective for the Prana 300 hour training.

    Cost:
    $685 + GST (Earlybird Price of $649+GST until January 31, 2017)

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  • Community Meditation Class

    with Jane Marshall
    Fridays 7:30-8:15 pm by donation

    Calm your mind in a serene setting with expert guidance. Learn new ways to focus your mind and drop in to your heart, while relaxing & reconnecting to your body.

    The class is by donation, all proceeds go to The Compassion Project in Nepal, an organization that Jane is actively involved in from her visits to Nepal.

     

  • Yoga BellyDance Fusion

     with Saskia
       
    Get flexible & fit with a yoga inspired warm up followed by dynamic belly dance drills and sensational sequencing. This class is a fusion of modern and classical styles of belly dance, including Arabic and Tribal infused with elements of Hip hop and jazz. Each session will build a fully choreographed piece with a performance opportunity in late Spring. Be prepared to sweat, smile and shake it with class! All levels. Hip scarf optional, no yoga mat needed.

    10 WEEK SESSIONS $179 +gst (Gold & Prime Members receive 50% off!):
     
    Session 1: Feb. 5 – April 9 / Sundays 5:15-6:45            
    Session 2: April 23 – June 25 / Sundays 5:15-6:45 

    Saskia is a visual arts consultant by day, who also happens to be a fusion belly dance performer by night. She is known for her fierce-some double sword performances, out of the box Modern Fusion choreography as well as her Luna Improvisational Tribal Style dance format. Saskia is the artistic director of Luna Dance Fusion, a beautiful brilliant dance troupe, and the producer of the annual Vaudevillian themed GlitterBall events. She has been teaching some of the most mind and body bending, creative Tribal Fusion dance classes in Edmonton since 2005 and always strives to infuse classes with humour, supportive environment and a saucy edge.

     
     
     
     
  • managing anxiety

    jeanettewith Jeanette Ward
    Friday March 17, 6:00-8:00pm
    and Saturday March 25, 1:30-3:30pm 
    $79 +gst

    Anxiety is a major concern for a large percentage of the population. Individuals of all ages can be affected in varying degrees. Leading a very stressed and hectic lifestyle is common in today’s society. It very often leads to anxiety and panic attacks. In this workshop we will explore various yoga postures, breathing and meditation techniques which are extremely helpful in reducing and perhaps even eliminating anxiety and panic attacks.

    Jeanette Ward, 500RYT
    Jeanette’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching yoga is a delight to be a part of.  She began to experience the numerous positive benefits of practicing yoga in 1996 and started teaching in 2002.  With a background in Group Fitness (since 1988), Jeanette has discovered that bringing unity and balance to the mind, body and spirit, is just as important as keeping the physical body in shape. During her extended yoga teacher training in India (2009), Jeanette’s knowledge and understanding of yoga was deepened and enriched by her teacher, Yogi Vishvketu.  She considers it one of the most transformational experiences of her life, and is most grateful for the profound healing that she received. Other teachers that Jeanette feels most fortunate to have studied with are:  Donna Farhi, TKV Desikachar, Mark Whitwell, Rodney Yee and Shiva Rea. Jeanette’s awareness of the energetic aspect of the human body has been enhanced through the practice of yoga.  She has taken numerous courses in energetic anatomy, is a Reiki Practitioner and has experienced first hand, the power of hands on healing.  Jeanette is thrilled to be sharing the many gifts of yoga and energy healings on a full-time basis.

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  • Yin Yoga Training Intensive

    With Carly Forest

    IMG_0125June 2 -4, 2017
    Friday 5:30-9:30
    Saturday & Sunday 10:30-5
     

    Discovering the healing potential of a yin practice is becoming more common. This 15 hour training is designed for both yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners to delve deep into the practice and theory of Yin Yoga, exploring anatomy, meridian theory, sequencing, safety in postures, and mindfulness.

    Program of Study:
    • Form, method of instruction, benefits and cautions of Yin postures
    • Learning to sequence for both teaching a yin class or as a home practice
    • Anatomy and the physical/mental benefits of Yin Yoga
    • Learn about energetic meridians and how they apply to Yin Yoga
    • Mindfullness theory – learning to sit with the mind in the intensity of Yin Yoga

    This training fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for Continuing Education. It is also an elective for the Prana 300 hour training.

    Carly Forest has taught in and around Victoria BC for over a decade. She began her meditation training in 2002 and has sat numerous retreats since then, in both the Theravadin and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. She has studied Yin Yoga in depth with both Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers and has completed an 18 month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock. She is an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher, after completing her training with the Insight Yoga Institute in California. Carly is a volunteer counsellor through the Esquimalt Neighborhood House and is currently undergoing training in medical qi gong. She offers deep gratitude and respect to her primary teachers Sarah Powers and Jennifer Welwood.

    Carly’s style provides her students with a range of mindfulness-based philosophy woven through the asana practice. She teaches workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings locally and abroad.

    A Yin Yoga training intensive manual developed by Carly is included in the cost of the course.

    Required Reading: Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers (not included with registration cost)

    Tuition and Registration


    Tuition:
    $350+GST (Earlybird until March 15, 2017), $375+GST after March 15, 2017

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  • Ayurveda Intensive Training

    ayurvedaGet Immersed in Ayurveda

    with Ian Hayward

    June 16 – June 18, 2017
    Friday: 5:30-9:30pm
    Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm
    Sunday 8:30am-4pm

    Come to this weekend intensive and gain a solid grounding in Ayurvedic principles and their practical application to support your good health and balance.  This 20 hour intensive will provide you with all the information and insights you need to guide yourself and others in essential Ayurvedic wisdom.  You will also receive detailed handouts.

    You will learn how to :

    • Identify each Dosha on the physical, mental and emotional levels; find out what causes imbalance and how to restore harmony.
    • Swim with the flow of life by discovering the influence of the major life cycles as classified in Ayurveda upon your life span, your daily experience and the seasonal transitions.
    • Improve your digestion with the Ayurvedic approach to food for each Dosha. You will also learn the qualities and functions of the six tastes and the benefits of food combining.
    • Recognize the process of disease as identified by Ayurveda and how to reverse the process.
    • Cleanse your system in ways that are Dosha appropriate.
    • Feel young, fresh and vibrant by consuming Rasayanas – Superfoods, herbs and spices that are just right for your Dosha.

    Cost: $400+GST

    Ian Hayward is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner with many years experience.  In addition to his Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis practice, Ian is a passionate presenter, published author and educator who was widely publicized in the UK as he gained popularity with celebrities and members of the British royal family.  His workshops are designed to inform, inspire and empower you to gain deep and profound insights.

    Note: This intensive counts towards elective hours for the 300 hour teacher training.

    Registration coming soon! If you would like to reserve your spot,
    please call 780-761-2226

     

  • Thai Massage 101

    copy-of-navigating-the-waters-of-grief-and-lossNovember 2- 5, 2017
    with Shai Plonski

    The gift of compassionate touch is empowering, incredible, and available to everyone ready to discover it. No prior massage experience necessary.

    Thai Massage is an ancient and timeless therapeutic approach which combines yoga with an extensive range of touch techniques using your whole body to help give. It is amazingly effective in promoting deep relaxation, easing all manner of aches & pains, improving circulation, boosting the immune system, and balancing the body energetically, thus facilitating mind-body integration. TM incorporates an integrative form of yoga for the practitioner as well as the recipient, enhancing one’s sense of alignment, vitality and health.

    This workshop will show you how to tap into your own innate abilities to give a sensational massage. In this 4-day course, you will learn a complete 90-minute massage, focusing on:

    • Safe and effective massage for shoulders, head, back, hands, legs, abdomen, and feet;
    • The secrets of developing outstanding and intuitive touch as it applies to Thai Massage;
    • Assisted yoga postures;
    • Loving touch; and
    • How to get started on a successful career giving Thai Massage

    Perfect for people without any bodywork experience, this training is also invaluable as continuing education for yoga teachers and massage practitioners. Yoga teachers will be able to bring immediate enhancements into how they teach and provide adjustments in their yoga classes.

    The gift of compassionate touch is empowering, incredible, and available to everyone ready to discover it.

    This is the first class in our Professional Training Program. Complete two classes and a series of practice massages in order to qualify for Primary Certification. Still Light Centre is accredited with NCBTMB

     Required reading:

    • Thai Massage: Unlocking the Secrets of Universal Touch by Shai Plonski (available at Prana Yoga Studio!)

    For more details please visit www.stillightcentre.com 

    About Shai:

    Over the past fifteen years Shai has taught Thai Massage at some of the largest yoga centers in the world including the Kripalu Center and Omega Institute. He has authored or co-authored 14 manuals and books on the practice of Thai Massage, trained over 2500 practitioners and 100 teachers in this healing art. As the founder of the Still Light Centre he brings a passionate and calm approach to his teaching that can bring out the Thai master in anyone. He believes that compassionate touch is our birthright.

     

     

     

  • Advanced Yoga Philosophy Intensive

    Deep into Philosophy – March 10-12, 2017
    with Mallorie Buoy, Prem Robin Campbell, Denise Currie, Isabelle Stahl & April Cantafio

    Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8am-5pm each day

    Yoga philosophy brings ancient wisdom to life for direct application in our modern world. These timeless truths help us reflect on what’s most meaningful within, discerning the real from the unreal in our thinking, and reconnecting us with inner authenticity. These reflections bridge yoga on the mat with yogic living, uprooting unconscious beliefs and making space for newness to thrive in all aspects of practice.

    What you can expect from this module:

    • Gain insight into your Samskaras (patterning)
    • Explore the Ojas, Kriyas, and the Vedas
    • Explore the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita & Upanishads
    • Learn advanced options, modifications and adjustments for techniques such as: Inclined Plane, Pigeon and Cow Face Pose & more

    This training fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for Continuing Education. It is also a core module for the Prana 300 hour Yoga Teacher TrainingThis module is open to all teachers, and can also be audited by committed students.
    Cost: $375+GST 

     

     

     

  • Advanced Alignment, Postures & Sequencing

    Advanced Methodology, Alignment & Postures –  May 12-14, 2017
    with Mallorie Buoy, Prem Robin Campbell and more!

    Friday & Saturday 8am-5pm
    Sunday 8am-1pm

    This training fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for Continuing Education. It is also a core module for the Prana 300 hour Yoga Teacher TrainingThis module is open to all teachers, and can also be audited by committed students.
    Cost: $375+GST 

    What you can expect from this module:

    • Learn about Hatha Raja – a form of yoga developed by Yogi Vishvketu using honeybee breath during postures
    • Explore postures such as bird of paradise, locust, handstand, scorpion and more
    • Learn how to sequence classes to build to a peak pose
    • Learn how to sequence for different doshas
    • Learn about power disparity and ethics within yoga

     

     

     

  • Homeschool Yoga

    with Michelle Stady
    Wednesdays 1:30-3 pm beginning March 1st

    Each week your child will cultivate a strong, flexible and healthy mind, body and spirit connection through yoga and meditation. Kids will learn how to calm and relax their nervous system through simple and effective methods of meditation, breathwork and yoga postures. They’ll explore in a fun and dynamic environment how meditation affects the brain, the benefits of self-care through yoga and meditation, and calming response tools for stress and anxiety. This class will help children increase concentration, attention and focus while providing an opportunity to develop connections with other homeschoolers.

    Learning together in a warm and welcoming environment while exploring the joys of yoga both individually and in connection allows each child to develop self confidence and self worth while nurturing a strong body and mind connection… all while having fun!!

    ACTIVITIES & LEARNING OUTCOMES
    ♥ mantra meditation and stress management skills
    ♥ pranyama techniques, calming response tools & mindfulness
    ♥ fun and interactive yoga sequences and postures
    ♥ healthy habits through self-care with meditation, yoga & mindfulness
    ♥ introduction to Ayurveda, the 5 elements and how they affect us and our environment
    ♥ the stress response and how it behaves in the brain
    ♥ how the digestive system is connected to our mind, emotions
    ♥ how to discover and nurture your inner superhero
    ♥ how to make your own soothing, immune boosting seren-i-tea
    ♥ essential oils for clarity and relaxation
    ♥ mindful crafts and activities

    Parents will receive handouts after each class to help review and discuss topics covered.

    8-weeks pre-registered: March 1-April 26 Ages 8 and up (no class March 29th)
    $119 +GST   Siblings receive 10% family discount. To receive this discount, register both children before proceeding to checkout. Use code “sibling10” at checkout.

     

     

     

     

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