"One of the best communities in Colorado Springs! Pranava Yoga Center the space, the instructors, and the people that practice there are all amazing, warm, and a vital part of my week. There is lots of variety in terms of yoga styles, variety of people, and the best welcome you’ll ever get—whether you’re just starting out or have been practicing for decades. My week is made infinitely better, lighter, more joyful by these people. Am grateful beyond expression to have this studio and the people in it, in my life. Thank you, thank you!!!!"
"The 200 hour Teacher Training program at Pranava was one of the richest and most transformative experiences I have ever had. This perfectly designed program, set upon the backdrop of Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga, enriched my spiritual practice and my asana practice. The various instructors, from different yogic traditions, were extremely skilled and high-caliber. They not only shared compelling techniques for teaching asanas, but for living to your highest self. The repetition of practicing and teaching a variety of vinyasas, helped me immensely in developing my confidence as a teacher. I am excited to have left this program assured and poised as a yoga instructor."
"Understanding one's body and mind is the most important aspect of life. Whether it be understanding the physical limitations, mental processes, or spiritual blockages, keeping the mind steady and the body aligned with breath like we do at Pranava is essential for wellbeing. I did not know about the family I would get to know or the benefits of the yogic practices when I first started. Through only a couple months of doing yoga in this wonderful studio I began to grow much happier and incredibly healthier. After each class I feel enlightened and empty of tensions that may have plagued me before the asanas. I am beyond grateful for the yogic practices and the improvements that they have made in my life. Soon I hope to become a teacher myself and spread the joy and serenity yoga brings to me to anyone who may want to learn how it may help them. This practice has shown me the kindness and light in the world, I like many other yogis see the potential for peace if everyone was to participate in yogic practices. I hope one day I can spread that peace and kindness to every being on the earth. Thank you all for being part of such a wonderful practice and cause, it is a beautiful thing to see the light in humanity."
"Pranava Yoga Center has become a very special place for me over the years, and one of the integral elements in me working to maintain balance in life. Beyond the physical practice that drew me to yoga initially, Pranava incorporates the other limbs of yoga, creating a holistic and enriching experience. One of things I value most deeply about Pranava is the true sense of community that has been cultivated and maintained. No matter what I have going on in my life, I know that when I walk through the doors at Pranava I will find peace and inspiration and warmth. This space and community truly has offered me an open and affirming opportunity to explore my practice and myself in a safe and secure way. This is a gift I’ve not found in many other human-made environments. The instructors, community, and atmosphere at Pranava Yoga Center has been instrumental in helping me to advance my yoga practice (and not just the asanas) and find the peace and stillness I need in working towards maintaining balance in life. Pranava has also been my refuge in working through grad school; no matter how stressed or busy I am, when I take time to practice at Pranava leave feeling better and more enriched 100% of the time!"
"It sounds cliche, but the instant I walked into Pranava I knew this was the place for me. The atmosphere is incredibly friendly and supportive, emphasizing an attitude of playfulness without losing any of the reverence for yoga as a deeply powerful practice. Every teacher brings a unique approach to class, but there is not one teacher whose class I haven't enjoyed. The first free week is particularly nice for figuring out if a certain class or teacher is best for you. At Pranava, beginners and experts alike can feel comfortable practicing to their own level. Pranava somehow creates an amazing combination of intimacy and far-reaching expertise from a variety of backgrounds. It truly feels like joining a family when you come to Pranava."
"Pranava Yoga Center feels like a home away from home. The community here is welcoming, light-hearted, and passionate about yoga. I initially started coming to yoga for the physical practice, but have found so much more while practicing at Pranava, where the focus includes all eight limbs of yoga. The instructors are inspiring, knowledgable, and committed to the growth of their students. With many classes on the schedule, that vary in style and level, there's something for everyone. In addition, incredible workshops are offered (from nutrition, to advancing your inversion practice, to delving into yogic texts). Words can't express how grateful I am to be a part of this community. My life is enriched by what I take away from my time on the mat at Pranava."
"Whether you are a beginner or seasoned yogi, Pranava Yoga Center is an amazing place to start or grow your practice. I joined the studio after moving to Colorado Springs and was made to feel comfortable, welcome, and found it incredibly easy to make new friends. The instructors are knowledgeable, empathetic, and are skilled at making a class accessible, yet challenging to a wide range of students. At Pranava, the atmosphere is both sincere and playful, with teachers and students cheering each other on both when they advance in a pose and when they fall (sometimes happening at the same time)!!! This creates a physically and emotionally safe environment to experiment and grow through challenges. Pranava is an amazing studio and I am deeply fortunate to have found such a wonderful (and fun) place to practice."
"I had been practicing yoga for a long time (decades) and, as it happens, found myself at a plateau when I came to Pranava where I found the depth of instruction in all 8 limbs of yoga which I was seeking. I have been especially impressed with the genuine connection with instructors and fellow yogis that has developed in the last few years where I feel a true sense of community with people who are as welcoming to newbies as they are to regulars. This climate is a direct result of Hethyr’s genuine concern for everyone getting out of their practice what they need. I can’t tell you how (unfortunately) rare that is. I often describe this studio as a place where people take their yoga seriously, but not themselves."
"I’m not really sure where to begin with explaining my story, but I am not going to bore you with my reasons for drinking. My doctors may disagree with me (what’da they know anyway?!), but I don’t believe those are important. What IS important to me is how I overcame an EXTREME drinking problem and the tools that have helped me regain not only my legs, but my life, and well, a lot more of my brain than ANYONE thought possible. The outlook was bad… very bad.
I don’t remember much before being hospitalized, and I don’t even know where I lost my thoughts to begin with. I just remember being in a hospital and having no clue what was going on… for a long time. Every day was like reliving the last. Waking up, crying out of complete confusion, and not trusting anyone. You wouldn’t either. Trust me (hehe!). Once I was finally able to grasp the situation, I knew I had to work my butt off to get out of there! I went through classes to help relearn what in my mind I knew should be like riding a bike… which I still have yet to conquer. Standing, walking, making a bed (my brain and I still argue about this one), cooking… the list goes on. But I did relearn them and finally got to go home!
Even after I got home, regular daily tasks were a struggle and my body was so tired all the time. I just wanted to sleep and that really caused problems at home. I knew my body was still recovering and needed more than normal, but that was hard for everyone to understand. After hearing what a difficult time I was having adjusting, Hethyr (my sister and owner of Pranava Yoga Center) called my mom and told her she wanted me to come out to Colorado and “help” out at her yoga studio. I had NEVER done yoga before, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intimidated. My anxiety was through the roof! But, I reluctantly agreed. I did after all want to see her place, her studio, and just her life in general. I missed a lot in my drinking days and I needed to change that too with another chance at life. And so I went!
I was really nervous the first time I went, but I didn’t even have a chance to deal with that emotion as I was greeted with a wave of people who were already waiting with open arms! What a shock! I know Hethyr was having a hard time being so far away and shared some of my story with her friends and family (because that’s what they really are) at Pranava. What I didn’t know was that they genuinely wanted to help with my recovery. How inviting! How on Earth could I say no to that? Even my super powers couldn’t resist. Cryponite’s got nothing on Pranava!
At first, I only wanted to take Hethyr’s classes. Years of drinking had stolen my outgoing personality and made me quite the introvert. Anyone that knows me knows these are not my given characteristics. I was bubbly and talkative growing up; usually getting in trouble for being too outspoken and ornery! Unfortunately, that all changed with alcoholism. But my big sis was not having it! You try telling her no. At first I got really upset because I figured she had no idea what an internal struggle getting out of my comfort zone was. Little did I know, she wasn’t trying to upset me, she was only trying to bring out the old Krystl that SHE knew was still in there. So, I gave in… but NOT because I’m a wuss! Because I love her and I love the ME I knew was still there inside. Then she told me I was taking a private lesson with Tonya. I freaked! But I went along. It was seriously wonderful! I had a whole hour to myself with an amazing teacher who didn’t care that I couldn’t do it all! She just wanted to help like everyone else at Pranava! I learned a lot, not just about yoga, but about the strong internal person that yoga was helping bring back.
From then on, I didn’t care what class I was going to. I knew I had overcome a serious struggle that I had been dealing with for years. Anyone that deals with anxiety of that level knows how difficult daily activities can be. What a freeeeeeeeeeing feeling! And that’s not my brain spelling that wrong, it’s my feelings… which I also got back. No more numbing those, and ain’t that a beast! However, yoga also gave me the ability to control those. Breathe…finally!
I truly gained such a different life and perspective that I am so grateful to have back. I have learned so much about the yoga community and what a blessing (I feel like a weight is lifting just writing about this) it is for all walks of life. There are so many different people that can be “healed” in so many ways. I’m blessed to be a part of it now, and had it not started at Pranava, I don’t know that I would’ve stuck with it. For that, I am eternally grateful."