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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Latest Studio News

New Class in May! 

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Bhakti Flow with Kris J. each 3rd Sunday of the month, 10-11:15am
 
* Please note that Tuesday evening meditation has been cancelled.
 
For our complete weekly schedule, click here.
 

New Quarter, New Donation Focus

Thanks so much to everyone who donated or in some way helped to raise funds for the Moore Family last quarter! Thanks to your generosity, we were able to donate $1100!

For the next quarter, we'll be focusing our attention on raising funds for the local non-profit Peaceful Warriors.
 
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Peaceful Warriors brings "the benefits of mindfulness, meditation and yoga to children regardless of their families' ability to pay. We partner with yoga studios and other community organizations and businesses to fund scholarships for after-school yoga programs, in-school yoga classes, obtain props and materials for students and bring quality professional development programs to Title I schools. Our belief is that as yoga and mindfulness for kids and educators becomes more popular in schools across the country, less-privileged populations should not miss out on these opportunities."

Reap the benefits of your yoga practice while contributing to another great cause!

https://omtastic-yoga.com/peaceful-warriors/

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.

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Teacher Training

We are currently accepting applications for our next 200-Hour Teacher Training program beginning in June! Contact us by phone, email, or in person for your application. Check out the 200-Hour Teacher Training page and the 300-Hour Teacher Training page for more information.

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Congrats to our newest 200-Hour Teacher Graduates!
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We're so very proud of this talented crew and we're excited to see how they'll share this precious gift of Yoga with the world!

Teacher Feature

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Christine M.
PYC Sub
 
1) What is your current favorite music genre and/or who is your favorite band or solo artist?
I enjoy all forms of electronica lounge and chill-out music, especially beats from India, the Middle East and Asia. One artist I'm totally digging right now is Bahramji & Mashti, especially their song Cameldriver.
 
2) Two part question: What's the greatest thing about teaching SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) Yoga (as the owner of Dragonfly Paddle Yoga) and what can someone who's never tried it expect?
The greatest part about teaching SUP Yoga is being on the water, under the sun and enjoying epic views of the Front Range. I love how empowering the experience is for students as they discover all that they are capable of, which may sometimes differ greatly from what they thought before class.  SUP Yoga teaches students to quite literally go with the flow and to be adaptable. Those who are trying SUP Yoga for the first time can look forward to being guided every breath of the way on world class SUP boards, and to have fun.
 
3) What is your current favorite quote?
My favorite quote right now is by Wayne Dyer:
"Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life."
Sometimes we live with the impression that we don't really have control over what we do, over what happens to us, over our happiness and our unhappiness. By spending our lives from a place of victimhood or scarcity, we forget who we really are, we forget that we do have a choice and that we do have the ability to shift our lives in the direction of our highest purpose. Do what you love, follow your bliss, listen to your heart and intuition, and know that by doing so, success will have no choice but to follow.
 
4) You recently led a Yoga retreat to Costa Rica. What was your very favorite part of or thing about the retreat?
Being immersed in the immense diversity and glorious beauty of nature that abounds in Costa Rica, while practicing yoga twice a day and eating fresh organic foods, created a feeling of transcendent vibrational energy that opened us up to a greater consciousness. That elevated awareness brought us home to our hearts and helped us get clear on the shifts we needed to make in order to live from a place of alignment with our purpose, passions and path.
The coolest thing was the community that was created among all the participants. Everyone came together from a place of openness, loving kindness and authenticity. We shared this experience together and made lifelong friendships.
 
5) From where do you draw inspiration when you're planning a Yoga class?
When planning a yoga class I draw inspiration from my students. I think about where they are in their practice, in their bodies and in their lives and what they would like to receive from the practice. I strive to relate to each student in class as I guide them on a journey of breath, mindfulness and movement and how this relates to our lives off the mat. I endeavor to guide my students in the direction they want to learn. I teach with the aim of finding the overlap between what I find interesting about what they're doing and what they find interesting about what they're doing.
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

Focus of the Month

Bhakti
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(Devotion)
 
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Article written and topic chosen by Dee K.
 
In today's day and age, when we find something that brings us the utmost selfless joy, we hold onto it and dedicate our lives to fulfilling this overwhelming sense of happiness. Bhakti, or devotional love and adoration, encompasses this sensation. From the root word bhaj, which means "to share," bhakti is sharing love towards the Divine. The Divine may manifest in the form of a deity, guru, your inner Truth, or the understanding that our combined energy in this space is Divinity. While our focus in the West is primarily āsana-based practices, the implementation of Bhakti Yoga is moved off of the mat and transformed into a lifestyle for the devotee.
Traditionally, there are nine principles of Bhakti Yoga, and while these practices are typically all practiced in unison with each other, the devotee has the opportunity to explore each mode to discover which calls to him or her. While many forms of Yoga focus of the devotee's loss of ego and identity through absorption within the Divine, Bhakti Yoga honors the individuality of each practitioner, and focuses on his or her love for the Divine, who is expressed as a being of the highest spiritual attainment.
 
Śravaṇa is listening to or reading God's līlās and stories in the presence of a wise teacher and companions on the same sacred path. In modern day, this can be studying ancient texts that provide spiritual guidance to the practitioner such as the Vedas, The Bhagavad Gītā, the Rāmāyaṇa, among many others.
 
Kīrtana, the most well-known bhakti practice, is chanting or singing the praises of the Divine. Ram Dass says: "When you are in love with God, the very sound of the Name brings great joy." These songs share the stories of the Divine and allow the devotees to open their hearts and free themselves from worldly inhibitions and cares. With the freedom to sing and dance with our love for the Divine, it purifies the mind by releasing tensions and emotions.
 
Smaraṇa or bhāṇḍāram is keeping the Divine at the forefront of one's mind at all times. During all actions throughout the day, they are practiced as though the Divine's presence is continuously there. This can be supported by continuous japa, or meditative repetition, of the name of the form of your Divinity. Japa meditations with mālā beads are frequently used to expand this awareness, and eventually the devotee will continue their awareness of the Divine even while sleeping.
 
Pādasevana, or Karma Yoga, is the practice of selfless service to others in the name of the Divine. This may be helping your local community by cleaning a park, or this may be making strides to support the growth of the world as a whole. Every action, no matter how big or small, that will support creating a world closer to our highest Truth matters. Service of the world is service of the Divine.
 
Arcana is the worship of the Divine through external and personified visualizations and offerings. Since we live in a visual world, having tapestries or statues with your perception of the Divine is most common. This can also be an internal practice, envisioning the Divine while in meditation.
 
Vandanā is prayer and prostration to curb self-absorption and self-centeredness. This is practiced by lying face down with the eight limbs of the body touching the earth in aṣṭāṅga namaskāra. This position removes the devotee's attachment to ego and allows for submission, as though humbling themselves at the Divine's feet.
 
Dāsya is assuming the role of being a servant to the Divine. All actions of the devotee are completed as an act of love toward the Divine. While similar to pādasevana, this practice is acting towards the Divine itself, not the community on behalf of the Divine. This can be serving within a sacred space honoring the Divine.
 
Sakhya-bhāva or sakhyam is cultivating a friendship or friendliness between your individual self and the Divine. This is creating a companionship with the Divine, as though it is a family member or dear friend. There is comfort and security within friendship and recognizing that the Divinity is within each of us and should not be seen as a supreme being in the sense that the devotee is worthless in comparison.
 
Ātmā-nivedana is complete and utter self-surrender to the Divine, in mind, body, and soul. When attaining this realization, the devotee has nothing but continuous God- consciousness. 
 
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"Without bhakti, the spiritual path can be dry and tedious. By adding water to flour we are able to knead it into dough. Just so with spiritual practices - yogic techniques are like flour, and bhakti is the water which makes them palatable."
 
~ Swami Sankalpananda Saraswati

 
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