"Each student must practice based upon his or her own capacities. Each progresses in a different way at different rhythms. And each step in the practice is the greatest of all adventures, the eternal quest to discover and fulfill ones destiny."

Krishnamacharya

Traditional Wisdom - Modern Life

Prana Yoga Center is a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that is fully equipped with yoga mats, yoga blankets, straps, bolsters, yoga chairs, and utilizes a wall rope system to facilitate learning.  We nurture your practice as you grow with classes for all levels and many styles. All classes are taught in a fun, safe, friendly atmosphere and our classes are 90 minutes long to provide a complete practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation.  You can expect personal attention from the moment you walk into our inviting lobby and on the yoga mat.

Our instructors infuse their classes with knowledge and  yogic wisdom that balances the physical and mental energies which in turn support flexibility and stability in your body and peace of mind yoga promises to deliver. The traditional wisdom of yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation are the primary tools we use to ignite the energy of transformational change in our students. We teach how to apply this knowledge to your daily modern life in a way that helps you create your own shift, freedom, and happiness.

Our classes, programs, and courses offer both gentle and challenging yoga styles. We have scheduled more than 35 drop-in classes each week – no registration required. To deepen your practice and support your more specific interests, we also offer master-teacher workshops and registration-based series classes. Our yoga schedule includes traditional and contemporary class styles such as Forrest, Hatha, Kundalini, Power, Restorative, Tantra, Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Sculpt.

Our Mission and Values

INTEGRITY

We aim to live with the highest level of honesty and integrity in dealing with customers, coworkers, family and community. We adhere to high standards of moral and ethical values in our personal and professional behavior. We are honest and earn trust by treating all with respect and will serve your highest good.

TRADITION

We are deeply rooted in the history and tradition of authentic yoga, and the ancient traditions that have shaped yoga and we embrace the advances of modern yoga styles and the latest scientific research on the practice. Our teachers are trained by modern masters who are steeped in traditional lineage, and modern applications of yoga as a physical, mental, and spiritual practice and a discipline that aims to transform body and mind.

PASSION

We are passionate about yoga and about delivering a superior experience to our students. We are committed to growth, and evolution both personally and professionally and are actively forging the future of yoga. We are here to serve and support you in your journey toward whole body health!

OUR LOGO

Part of our logo is the flower of life which is an ancient symbol rooted in geometry that is found in nature. We chose the flower of life since it represents the interconnectivity of all living things through the unbroken pattern of creation, the sacred pattern of the universe (both microcosm and macrocosm) and everything that the Creator makes. The key to this teaching is that we practice yoga not to escape, but we practice yoga to participate more whole-heartedly and lovingly in the intricate pattern and interconnectivity of life.

"You do not need to seek freedom in a different land, for it exists within your own body, heart, mind, and soul."

B.K.S. Iyengar

Our Instructors

Prana Yoga Instructors 2015
Prana Yoga Instructors 2015

Our Contribution

In Sanskrit Seva means selfless service and we are a portal for those to serve others. We offer several non-profit events throughout the year and we partner with many service organizations that enrich our local community. We love giving back!

 

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Anderson Animal Shelter The Himalayan Institute Lazarus House Living Well Cancer Resource Center Northern Illinois Food Bank The Veterans Yoga Project

 

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"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

Gandhi

Affiliations and Lineage

HI-logoAFFILIATIONS We are honored to be an affiliated yoga center of The Himalayan Institute. As part of a tradition that dates back thousands of years, the Himalayan Institute brings excellence, experience and faculty from over 40 years of teaching yoga teachers to Halifax. This gives us the confidence to deliver high quality programs and experiences that are both authentic and powerful. The mission of the Himalayan Institute is to offer knowledge, training, and the environment to realize one’s full potential and bring a qualitative transformation in ourselves and in the larger world of which we are integral part. A leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, the Himalayan Institute is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to serving humanity through educational, spiritual, and humanitarian programs. The Institute and its varied activities and programs exemplify the spiritual heritage of mankind that unites East and West, spirituality and science, and ancient wisdom and modern technology. Founded in 1971 by Swami Rama of the Himalayas, the Institute draws on its roots in the yoga tradition to offer programs in self-transformation, yoga, meditation, and holistic health at its headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Its services include global humanitarian projects, publishing books, a holistic health center (Total Health Center), and the internationally acclaimed, Yoga International website and educational platform. For more information visit www.himalayaninstitute.com.

HONORING LINEAGE We take to heart the ancient teachings and express gratitude to our teachers and these traditions. At Prana Yoga Center we celebrate the influences of a variety of yogic lineages and the many devoted masters and practitioners who have come before us. We are part of a living, breathing dynamic tradition in a modern world. We celebrate the traditions that inspire us and give us the opportunity pass on what we have so graciously been taught.

Patanjali

Patanjali lived between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D., and is often called the "father of yoga," who codified the knowledge of yoga into the Yoga Sutra or 195 concise aphorisms that are essentially an ethical blueprint for living a moral life and incorporating the science of yoga into your life. It includes the overall discipline and vision of yoga and is the greatest classical text of Indian philosophy.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is still the most authentic source text of classical yoga and yoga philosophy. The Yoga Sutra is considered the master text on the system of yoga, and yet you will not find a single posture or asana. It is a guide for living the right life and moral character. The essence of his instruction is Yama (Peacefulness, Truthfulness, Generosity, Conservation, Moderation), Niyama (Cleanliness, Contentment, Simplicity, Self-Study, Dedication), Asana (Postures), Pranayama (Breath), Pratyahara (Introspection), Dharana (Focus, Concentration), Dhyana (Meditation), and Samadhi (Union of Consciousness).

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Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

“You may have never have heard of him, but Tirumalai Krishnamacharya influenced or perhaps even invented your yoga. Whether you practice the dynamic series of Pattabhi Jois, the refined alignments of BKS Iyengar, the classical postures of Indra Devi, or the customized vinyasa [of Desikachar], your practice stems from one source: a five-foot, two-inch Brahmin born more than one hundred years ago in a small south Indian Village.”—Yoga Journal, May/June 2001

Krishnamacharya was a Brahmin Indian yoga teacher and Vedic scholar. Often referred to as “the father of modern yoga,” he is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the creation of hatha yoga and the re-igniting teachings of the Yoga Sutras. He was also a revolutionary innovator who developed and adapted yoga practices that delivered health, mental clarity and spiritual growth. He created yoga practices that are as powerful as they are practical and still relevant even today. His students include BKS Iyengar, Pattabi Jois and Indra Devi.

Source: The Centre for Yoga Studies

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B.K.S. Iyengar

B.K.S. Iyengar is a legend who practiced and taught yoga for more than 75 years. Iyengar is widely credited as one of the foremost yoga masters in the world and through his emphasis on the fine details of alignment in yoga asanas, he has helped millions deepen their experience and practice of hatha yoga.

He is one of the premier yogis responsible for introducing yoga to the West and remains unsurpassed in his practice and teaching. He has been credited for establishing and popularizing yoga firstly in India and then moreover around the world. The teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar are distinctive for its focus on alignment of each posture and the use of props to facilitate learning.

Source: Cedric Taylor and Mira Mehta

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Sri K Pattabhi Jois

Patanjali lived between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D., and is often called the "father of yoga," who codified the knowledge of yoga into the Yoga Sutra or 195 concise aphorisms that are essentially an ethical blueprint for living a moral life and incorporating the science of yoga into your life. It includes the overall discipline and vision of yoga and is the greatest classical text of Indian philosophy.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is still the most authentic source text of classical yoga and yoga philosophy. The Yoga Sutra is considered the master text on the system of yoga, and yet you will not find a single posture or asana. It is a guide for living the right life and moral character. The essence of his instruction is Yama (Peacefulness, Truthfulness, Generosity, Conservation, Moderation), Niyama (Cleanliness, Contentment, Simplicity, Self-Study, Dedication), Asana (Postures), Pranayama (Breath), Pratyahara (Introspection), Dharana (Focus, Concentration), Dhyana (Meditation), and Samadhi (Union of Consciousness).

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