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.
Take advantage of our great Winter Specials through the month of December. If you're looking for thoughtful holiday gifts, we have you covered! We offer gift certificates, a Wellness Package (3 yoga classes, a Thai Yoga massage, organic juice, and essential oils), beautiful handmade art, yoga gear, doTERRA essential oils, and more!
Please take note of a few holiday class cancellations, and please be sure to always check the online schedule before coming to class.
Saturday, Dec 24 - 4pm Cancelled
Sunday, Dec 25 - ALL Classes Cancelled
Sunday, Jan 1 - 8am Cancelled
Also, this year marks the return of our New Year's Eve Mauna. Check out the focus of the month for more information on the topic of mauna, or silence, and check out the flyer on the Workshops and Events page for more information on the FREE NYE event!
Applications are available now for the next 200-Hour program beginning in January 2017. Check out the 200-Hour Teacher Training page for more information!
spots remaining for the Winter 2017 Teacher Training Program!
For much of my life, I was completely unaware that I was afraid of silence. I grew up in a large Italian family, where no such thing existed! And I've always tended to surround myself with large groups of people, with loud boisterous members (where I fit right in!). So when my teacher Manorama helped me become aware of my fear, my real work with silence began.
Many of us are, in some way, afraid of silence. We live in a society where there is almost constant noise. If there isn't loud background noise, we often turn on the TV or some music so that we can avoid being in silence...with ourselves or with others. Why? Maybe because when we are faced with silence, we are forced to face our own thoughts, feelings, and emotions - things we often try to avoid for one reason or another. Maybe they're uncomfortable, maybe they're downright unpleasant.
But guess what? They're just as much a part of us as the pleasant thoughts and feelings to which we tend to want to attach. By honoring all of them, we can witness them rather than attaching to them long term, and then we can let them go. When we're able to let go, we're able to experience true Yogic silence, which, as my guru's guru, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, said, "...is not just the absence of speaking...it is also the absence of thinking."
And, as another of my wise teachers, Mike Matsumura, says, "It's a PRACTICE!" Thank goodness! ;)
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Name: Hethyr P.
Teaches: Sun. 9:30am Vinyasa Int/Adv
Mon. 6:30am Morning Yoga
Tues. 9am Vinyasa Beg/Int
Wed. 5:30pm Vinyasa Open
1) If you could have dinner with any woman from history, who would it be and why?
Maya Angelou. She and her writings have inspired me for so much of my life. Give the poem "Phenomenal Woman" or "And Still I Rise" a read or a listen. They both give me the good kind of chills every time.
2) You're in a million-dollar dance-off competition. What song do you choose and why? Superstition by Stevie Wonder! Ha! I can't get enough funk!
3) What is one profound lesson you learned from your dad that impacts you every day?
My dad taught me so many lessons - many of which I didn't fully appreciate until after he passed away. I think one of the most important and most difficult lessons I learned (and am still learning) from him, and one on which I try to work every day, is to try to reduce and control my stress level. As amazing as my dad was in so many ways, he had a high level of stress much of the time (maybe it had to do with having four daughters?!), and was not always great at controlling it. I tend to take after him in nearly every sense of the word, so I'm making a lot of effort to learn to work with something that doesn't come naturally to me. Yoga has been an invaluable tool for me in this area (and so many others)!
4) You have a time machine and can practice yoga anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. Where, when, and who?
I'd go back and practice with my dad in his teenage years or early on in his adulthood. I think the amazing tools that I've learned through yoga would have been so beneficial for him if he'd had them earlier on in his life. I was thankful to be able to share some restorative poses and mindfulness and breathing exercises with him when he was going through cancer treatment, but I've always kind of wondered how different things might have been if he'd learned those things at a younger age.
5) Yoga means "union." With so many complicated and divisive issues in the world, how can yoga bring people together?
To quote Mother Teresa, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." We must remember! Through the practice of Yoga, we learn to accept and love ourselves (though this process is not always easy or pretty!), and in doing so, we begin to see the extent to which we are connected to the world around us and how the effects of our own actions are widespread. When we can see that we are all truly connected, we become more conscious in our thoughts, words, and actions, and our light shines bright as an example to others.