Pranava Yoga Center is built on a foundation of the ancient and traditional practices of Patanjali's eight-limbed path of yoga. At Pranava, there is a focus on cultivating deep awareness and connection in the body, mind, and spirit. While the instructors hold the traditions close and believe in living a yogic lifestyle, we can also be a little rebellious at times. We are fun and light-hearted, but also disciplined, professional, dedicated, passionate, compassionate, inspirational, and hardworking. We firmly believe that a higher state of well-being can be attained through a steady yoga practice. Pranava Yoga Center instructors are passionate about extending the teachings of yoga and are ourselves dedicated practitioners and students of yoga for life. We take our yoga practice off the mat and into our daily lives. We encourage students to see the world from another perspective. We have the ability to help students grow in their yoga practice, and we motivate students to find their own inspiration from within.
We've had so much fun with the BINGO challenge over the last few months that I'm sure we'll see this pop up again sometime in the future. For now, be sure to claim your prizes!
The Summer 2017 200-Hour Teacher Training Program is underway! Our next programs, both 200-Hour and 300-Hour, begin in January. Check out the 200-Hour Teacher Training page and the 300-Hour Teacher Training page for more information!
In this day and age, we see a new form of yoga or yoga-hybrid pop up nearly every single day. As someone wanting to begin a practice, it can be overwhelming to Google "yoga class" and find out that there are innumerable styles, studios, and teachers from which to choose. How in the world does one pick and what constitutes real yoga anyway?
The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means to yolk, to join, or to unite. It is the unification of body, mind, and spirit, or the unification of the individual ego self with Cosmic Consciousness, the True Self, the Divine. It is described in countless ancient and modern spiritual texts across varying religions and non-religious sects. It is also the path or system to reach that state of unity. Does that make it clear as mud?
The thing is, the path to or process of yoga is different for everyone because we are each unique, individual human beings with unique sets of circumstances. So it doesn't matter what style of yoga one chooses to practice: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hot, Yin, Restorative, etc. They're all realyoga and great in their own ways. Choose the style that resonates with you or explore and practice a variety of styles.
At Pranava, we practice the 8-limbed path of yoga as laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. This path includes five yama (how we interact with the world), five niyama (contracts with ourselves), asana (the physical practice and what many in the West think of as "yoga"), pranayama (breathwork), pratyahara (sense control), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (liberation).
Though the paths to get there may vary wildly, they all eventually join back to the Source and we return to the awareness that we are One. So "traditional" or "modern" Yoga? Whatever floats your boat. As long as it connects you back to your True Self, it's all good!
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"There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same."
~ Chinese Proverb
First time to Pranava?
Every new practitioner gets a week of
unlimited classes for FREE!
For seven consecutive days, experience as many different class styles and instructors as you would like. This offer is available to all new customers, both local and out-of-town. Show up at the studio when you are ready to start your free week!
We're excited to be adding to our PYC family of instructors!
Stay tuned to meet our new additions in the coming months!