Welcome to Pranava!

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.

Namaste.

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Please Vote for PYC in the Indy's 2019 Best of Colorado Springs!

It's that time of year again... time to nominate your favorite outstanding local businesses in the Indy's 2019 Best Of Colorado Springs. We at PYC would be so grateful for your support! Submit your nominations here.
 
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Current Donation Class Focus 

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Thanks to your generous contributions over the last quarter, we were able to donate $500 to Peaceful Warriors to support Yoga for children regardless of a family's income!
 
From July through September, all funds raised through our Sunday 8am Vinyasa Beginner/Intermediate donation class will go to
Paw It Forward.
 
"Paw It Forward helps save and re-establish relationships between pet parents and their companion animals."
 
"Our Mission is to support pet parents and their companion animals to build a lasting relationship based on a positive foundation. Our goal is that all pet parents and rescue organizations have access to affordable, quality, modern science-based training and behavior modification."
 
"Our organization assists with financial aid to make training and behavior modification accessible to qualified pet parents. We provide education about training and behavior modification to the public and rescue community. Paw It Forward strives to be the building block in establishing or repairing the pet/human relationship."
 
 

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Teacher Training

While it's certainly still summer, we're busy planning for next year's Yoga Teacher Trainings. We'd love to have you join us for one of our information sessions to find out more about this transformative program!

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Check out the 200-Hour Teacher Training page and the 300-Hour Teacher Training page for more information.

Congrats to our recent 200-Hour Teacher Graduates!

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Welcome to our current 200-Hour Teacher Trainees!
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Focus of the Month

Saṁskāra
संस्कार
(Mental Impression)
 
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Artwork by Mark Mayers
 
Article written & topic chosen by Samantha H.

Have you ever reacted to a circumstance in a way that made you feel icky afterwards? In a moment of stress, have you snapped at your family or loved one? Have you said something you may not have meant, or acted in a way you regret? I imagine, if you are anything like me, you have definitely experienced one or all the above, maybe even more than once? Maybe even all the time? The good news is, we can change these reactions with a bit of knowledge and self reflection. 

From the moment we are born (and even in some opinions, from our past lives) our experiences have shaped our outlook on life. As we grow and attach emotions to these experiences, they give us the impression of ownership making these experiences "ours". We begin to create patterns of reactivity because of these impressions which limit our ability to be in the present moment. Ways of acting that have benefited us in the past become our reactions. They are our go-to responses to external stimuli. 

In yoga, we call these past experiences saṁskāras from the Sanskrīt roots, "sam" meaning same and "kāra" meaning action.These are mental impressions that are left after every experience, thought or action we have. They also are the impressions that give us our idea of individuality. But in yoga, the more we sit in our silent nature, the more we begin to realize that we don't have to act from this reactive state of mind. We learn to sit with what is really happening before we respond so that our response can come from a place of intention and truth and  we are less likely to experience the negatives that may come from our habitual reactions. This awareness gives us permission to let go of things we don't have to take personally, because we can see others living out of their own saṃskrāras as well. It also holds us accountable for the times we are reactive and not acting from our most evolved self. 

It's almost as if our practice empowers us to continuously challenge ourselves to grow. And just like trees can't grow if they are stuck in the earth, we can't move forward in life if we are stuck in the past.
 
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"You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be."
 
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Pranava Yoga Center
802 North Weber Street
Colorado Springs, CO  80903
(719) 444-8463
info@pranavayogacenter.com
"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."
~ Buddha

First Week is Free!

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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!

Check out our Schedule page to plan your visit or check out our Pricing page to choose a plan.

Teacher Feature

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Robin H., PYC Substitute
 
1. Since you graduated from your 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017, you and several of your peers have kept a sort of book club going. What's your favorite book, article, or podcast that you've studied together?
The podcast "Food Psych" by Christy Harrison opened my eyes up to a whole other way to reflect on today's wellness industry. With the boom in popularity of yoga and the health industry in the U.S., we have to consider that not everyone has our best interests at heart. We have to lovingly look out for one another, especially when it comes to diet culture and how we feel and talk about our bodies. We have to expand our own definition of health, especially when the wellness industry sometimes wants us to buy into their narrow definition of what "health" *looks* like. #healthateverysize #antidietculture #intuitiveeating #fatphobia
 
2. You have a gorgeous singing voice! What style or type of music is your specialty when it comes to singing?
I grew up singing in a professional choir in DC and did years (decade and a half?) of voice lessons in the classical "bel canto" style. I've sung a lot of opera, classical art songs, and some musical theater, and majored in music at CC. Debussy's 3-song cycle called "Chansons de Bilitis" and anything by Fauré are some long-time French favorites. 
 
3. What's your favorite thing about summertime in Colorado?
I'm not much of a skier, so summertime is when I love to explore Colorado mountain towns. I fell in love with Palisade, Colorado this summer on a camping trip by the Colorado River. The vineyards were out of this world!
 
4. As a surrogacy case manager, I'm guessing your job can be intense. How does your Yoga practice help you find a sense of calm?
Coordinating surrogacy journeys and traveling to interview potential surrogates can be overwhelming, but also so rewarding. I travel a lot, so my monkey mind can take over with anxious thoughts. It can feel like I'm always forgetting something, but I've learned (and am always learning!) to use mantra and breathing to help ground myself: "There's nothing I could forget that would be irreplaceable... there's nothing I could forget that would be irreplaceable..."
 
5. I recently traveled to Taos and you recommended I check out the Love Apple, an outstanding restaurant known for local, organic, sustainable fare. Knowing that you're a foodie/wine enthusiast and that you travel a lot for work, what's another recent restaurant find that's worth sharing with others?
My boyfriend and I just celebrated our 2-year anniversary and went to The Populist in Denver, near the Rhino district. It's a farm-to-table restaurant with an incredible wine list and ivy patio! If you can ever visit Merkin Vineyard Osteria in Cottonwood, Arizona, their veggies are all sourced from their local greenhouses and their housemade pastas are to die for. Lastly, Yellow Mountain Tea House in OCC has a huge tea selection and always reminds me to relax and slow down! Life is not a race!

 
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