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

Modifications to July Schedule

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Restorative Yoga with Beth will be cancelled for July (7/7 and 7/21). It will return in August. As always, please be sure to check the class schedule before coming to class for the latest updates.
 
 

New Quarter, New 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

We are currently underway with our Summer 200-Hour Teacher Training program, and our next program begins in January. 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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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

 Stay tuned right here as we introduce new PYC teachers in the coming months!
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

Yoga Sutra I.2 
योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः ॥२॥
yogaś citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ
(Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.)
 
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Article written and topic chosen by Patrick B.
 
The Yoga Sutras, compiled by Śri Patañjali around the beginning of the common era, informs much western Yoga philosophy. The second sutra has been described as both the goal of Yoga and the means by which to attain the goal. One transliteration is, "The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga." Yikes! What the heck does that mean?!
 
Imagine you have never seen your face. You hold a mirror up to it, but the mirror is dirty and filled with grime. With no other information you may believe the distorted ugly reflection to accurately represent what your face looks like. Sutra I.2 is the instruction in how to clean the mirror in order that we can reveal the true image of our beautiful Self.
 
The meditation teacher Jack Kornfield describes our minds as puppy dogs. Puppies indiscriminately run around sniffing over here, getting into the trash there, and peeing everywhere. But we don't get angry with the puppy because we know the puppy is not yet trained. Patiently, with love, we redirect the puppy to go outside to pee, to chew on the toy we provide instead of our shoes, and to come when we call her name. Similarly, to no fault of its own, the untrained, helter-skelter mind can cause us trouble, especially when we misunderstand it to be who we are. 
 
In a most elemental sense, Sutra I.2, and in particular the concept of nirodhaḥ, entails redirecting and holding attention on one object or idea. But it is also more expansive and nuanced, and is further elucidated in following sutras, including the eight limbs of Yoga (which we discussed last month at Pranava). The practice of nirodhaḥ entails a multifaceted approach for mental mastery, where over time the pre-conditions are developed for actually transforming self-identity. It requires discipline, discrimination, and ongoing sustained effort. In practical terms, every time we redirect our attention from something harmful to something healthy, we are developing this mental mastery.
 
Progress is marked not by mind-bending events, but daily by moments in how we act and react. Perhaps we are more patient when we are cut off in traffic. When we feel hurt by someone close, instead of telling ourselves a story of how they're wrong, we do not react, and eventually are even be able to relate to our pain from a place of love and tenderness. A telltale sign of growth is we feel more peace and happiness. Sages and saints are born of such beginnings.
 
Each moment we practice we clean a little more grime from the mirror. Over time, slowly yet noticeably, we begin to reveal the truth of our reflection-that our Self is perfect. Such is the practice of Yoga.
 
This is barely scratching the surface of sutra I.2, let alone the rest of Patañjali's sutras, so don't take my word for it. Read, explore and practice yourself!
 
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"Quiet the mind and the soul will speak."
 
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

 
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