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.
Happy New Year!
We wish you a 2020 free of obstacles and full of prosperity, good fortune, peace, and harmony!
Our first piece of news for the new year is one we've been waiting for for a very long time! We are grateful to have a handful of free parking spots designated just for PYC practitioners in the parking lot two doors to the north of us on Weber Street. Spots are first come, first serve, and of course, street parking is still available around the studio, as always.
Discount Pricing Now Available Online
Thanks to your generous donations from the past quarter through the Sunday 8am donation class, we donated $500 to Inside/Out Youth Services! In 2019, we raised a total of $2,500, benefitting The Moore Family, Peaceful Warriors, Paw It Forward, and Inside/Out Youth Services. Thank you so very much from the bottom of our hearts!
From January through March, we'll be supporting DayBreak - An Adult Day Program through our Sunday 8am donation class.
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Yoga Sūtra 1.27
Tasya vācakaḥ praṇavaḥ.
The word expressive of Iśvara (the Divine) is the mystic sound OM.
Did you know that the name of our Yoga studio means Oṁ? I view Oṁ as one of the most important concepts in the Yogic tradition for all that it stands for and encompasses. The word praṇava means “humming” and is comprised of the prefix pra-, meaning “ever,” and nava, meaning “new.” So, praṇava means ever new and refers to the “ever expanding pulsation of the universe,” to use the wise and lovely words of my teacher Manoramā.
Oṁ or Auṁ is comprised of four parts: the Sanskrit letters A, U, and M, and turiya, meaning “the fourth” - the silence that follows. The three letters represent many things, such as beginning, middle, and end; birth, life, and death; past, present, and future; creation, preservation, and transformation (often referred to as destruction); etc.
Those of you who have been to any of my classes have likely heard my own version of the meaning of Oṁ. When I was going through my own 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, I thought that describing Oṁ as “the sound of the Universe” or “the vibration of the Universe” was lovely, but I had to sit with that for a while before really understanding intellectually what that meant. Breaking things down to a very basic level, everything in the universe is made up of atoms and molecules that are constantly moving and bouncing off of each other, creating the vibration or humming that we know as Oṁ. Oṁ is the vibration that connects each of us to everything and everyone else! We are always taught in Yoga that everything is One, but for me, this concept really brings that idea home. We are Oṁ and Oṁ is the Divine. Wow! Take a second to let that sink in.
Jumping back to the Yoga Sūtra referenced above, Patañjali goes on to say in chapter one, verses 28 and 29, that to repeat the sound of Oṁ while reflecting upon its meaning is a tool by which we can realize and understand the true Self. This month in your meditation practice, I encourage you to focus on the sound of Oṁ, whether it’s repeating the syllable to yourself silently or aloud, or possibly focusing on the inner sound of Oṁ - nādam. For some, nādam is a sound that can always be heard (I remember lying in bed at night and contemplating this ever-present sound at a ripe old age of six) and for others, newer to this practice, it can be helpful to close the ears and listen for an oceanic or buzzing sound. And don’t worry if you don’t hear it right away! As with everything else in Yoga, it’s a practice, right?
We hope you’ll enjoy exploring and learning about the sacred sound of Oṁ with us through the month of January and we’d love to hear your thoughts and insights, as well!
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“Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel. Moreover, it is all that is within our perception and all that is beyond our perception. It is the core of our very existence. If you think of Om only as a sound, a technique or a symbol of the Divine, you will miss it altogether. Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.”
~ Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation