• Meet our Fall 2014 Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship WINNERS!

    Meet our Fall 2014 Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship WINNERS!

     

    Every once in a while I do something that makes my accountant sweat (actually this happens far more than I care to acknowledge, but that’s beside the point …). I know he’s gonna look at me this time and be all judgy, but that’s his job and I value him for it. My job is, imho, way cooler: I give away SCHOLARSHIPS to awesome people. And this fall, in celebration of this being the final 200hr Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training that we’ll do fully in-person, I decided to give away one extra scholarship. Yup, you heard me: It’s HAPPY DANCES FOR EVERYONE.

    The fall Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training course “Foundations of Great Teaching” scholarship WINNERS are:

     

    Katelyn Flood, Selam Debs, AND Reba Campbell!! 

     

    Why am I doing this fiscally unwise thing that my accountant hates? Because I feel incredibly blessed to be able to spend time in a room through the year with the best group of people I can imagine and I want to express my gratitude in a way that matters to said people. You should know them too, so here they are, full-on amazeballs:

     

    Katelyn Flood

    Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training scholarship winner Katelyn Flood

    I’m inspired every time I step onto my mat, and I notice yoga’s lifestyle and philosophy has begun to affect my everyday life. I have a passion to inspire people the way I have been inspired by yoga.

    I cannot wait to help people through my Pranalife yoga Teacher Training, from assisting people with injuries and every day pain to lowering stress and becoming fit. 

    My main goal is to reduce all sorts of suffering for each person who studies with me. I’d like to show that yoga can benefit anyone willing to try it, and enlighten anyone who says “I could never do yoga.” It has improved all aspects of my life and I can’t wait to give others the tools to improve theirs.

     

     

    Selam Debs

    Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training scholarship winner Selam Debs

    My winding journey began when I set out to become a professional singer, a journey which took a sharp turn and a loss of identity when I became a single mother and became stuck in a stagnant job for eight years, but which encouraged me to take a new approach to the way I saw life: I now knew nothing was set in stone.

    Hungry for knowledge and deeper insight, I was drawn to yoga. It fostered an inclusive philosophy that encouraged change from the inside out. After reflection and endless hours on the mat, the transformative power of yoga brought me to the right people, insightful books, deeper connections, healthier food choices, greater knowledge, a sense of peace, and inner knowing.

    I realize now that every moment is an opportunity to fulfill our Highest Expression and change the trajectory of our lives in each breath. 

    This scholarship means more than just money saved; it is a gift I receive with deep gratitude and humbleness, and I will pay it forward tenfold.

     

    Reba Campbell

    Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training scholarship winner Reba Campbell

    My journey to finding myself started with dance. I never knew how disconnected I was from my body until I was asked to pay attention to how it wanted to move and was brave enough to allow it. This beginning led me to the practice of yoga, where my goal has always been to connect with my body, to move, love and honour myself instead of standing still in a place of dissatisfaction, fear and frustration. I still face challenges with this self love transformation and I find yoga’s beautiful philosophy and physicality has provided me with tools to grow stronger with each stumble. 

    I want to use my experiences to connect with others and offer them the tools I’ve found and am finding, to help their journey through this weird, awesome and sometimes very painful life. I desire to create a space where people can not only practice for physical and mental benefits, joys and successes, but also where even the negative can come up and they know that I will hold that space for them to release what they need, in the hopes that they can inspire themselves to begin their own journey to self love. 

     

     
    So. Much. Happy. Everybody now: GET UP AND DANCE DANCE DANCE!!
     

    Once you’re not dancing, also SHARE SHARE SHARE this amazing news using the Tweet/Like buttons below!!

  • Meet our Summer Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship WINNERS!!

    Meet our Summer Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship WINNERS!!

     

    Sometimes I love my job. Okay fine, I ALWAYS love this job, but I extra love it when I have the opportunity to hand out scholarships because being able to offer a little extra support the brave and amazing people taking Pranalife YTT feels better than meeting my long-standing pretend husband Ron Perlman. As good, at least. It’s definitely top ten in the feel-good category, let’s just put it that way.

    Anyhoo – on to the winners!! The summer Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training course “Living Yoga” scholarship WINNERS are:

    Charlene Hodson & Chelsea Winn!! 

    Here’s a snippet from their applications, in case you don’t yet know how amazeballs they are:

     

    Charlene Hodson

    Summer 2014 Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training scholarship winner Charlene Hodson

    In the beginning, yoga was mainly about the physical aspects of the postures; I enjoyed getting stronger and feeling more flexible. I then started to notice how much my anxiety was decreasing and I was able to stop thinking about the negativity going on around me. Within less than a year of practicing asana several times a week, I noticed a shift in the way I felt and how I felt toward other people. I was feeling more compassion toward others.

    Looking back, I could never have anticipated that practicing yoga could change my life the way it did. I want to share what I have learned with others, which is why I want to become a yoga teacher. 

    I love your style of teaching, Asia, and how you really get into what the postures are and why we do them. With your background in anatomy, it really is a great way to learn and also to incorporate that into my teaching style. I love knowing why we do the postures. I was so excited to be able to take the first course of the Yoga Teacher Training with you in May 2014 and now I am looking forward to learning more this summer!

     

     

    Chelsea Winn

    Summer 2014 Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training scholarship winner Chelsea Winn

    Over the last six months I’ve been in school full-time with two part-time jobs and an internship. None of these things has been fulfilling, and have instead left me feeling drained and confused about the trajectory my life is taking. 

    YTT is different. During the spring course I left the studio every Saturday feeling refreshed and inspired. Prior to taking Elements of the Yoga Practice, my personal yoga practice had stagnated. Opening myself up to Ashtanga revitalized my practice and revolutionized the way that I thought about yoga. 

    Over the last five years, I’ve worked extensively with youth and researched the effects of traumatic events on youth and their construction of identity. My yoga vision is to integrate my YTT into this passion; I hope to teach yoga to young people.

     

    Congrats, you two!!! I can’t wait to spend another 60hrs in training with you both and to be a part of your growth as you progress to becoming powerful and gifted Pranalife Yoga Certified Instructors. This makes me so damn happy. Honest, Top Ten All-Time Happy Moments.

    Hey, psst – If you’re reading this, SHARE SHARE SHARE this amazing news using the Tweet/Like buttons below!!

    Oh what the hell – let’s triple crown the fantastic in this moment:

    Linda Hamilton, Asia Nelson, Ron Perlman

     

     

     

    Damn straight this other thing that made me happy happened.

    #beautyandthebeastreunion

     

     

     

     

  • YTT, Scholarships, Workshops – oh my!

    YTT, Scholarships, Workshops – oh my!

    Hello, yogis.
    There’s something about summer that makes everything feel just a little bit better. Want to grab a drink? Okay, I’ll go warm up the car while I layer on jackets … oh, no, wait. I’ll meet you on a patio in my cute new sundress. Yes. Bet…

  • CONNECT to your big plans now

    CONNECT to your big plans now

    You’ve got an idea, a vision, a big pile of plans for how you want your life to be. You can feel that energy building in you, that desire growing and taking shape. Amazing – that’s the creative force driving you to live the life you’v…

  • The poetics of practice

    The poetics of practice

    Standing at the top of my yoga mat, turning my attention to my breath and spreading my weight evenly across the foundations of my feet. Getting to this point in a self-led practice like Ashtanga is half the battle. Now that I’m here, I feel my energy conspire to support right action.

    I inhale my arms overhead and the newness of today’s practice begins to meld with the thousands of previous moments when my body has made this movement. Fresh and familiar, my yoga practice comes alive again, over and over, like the seasons.

    Energy builds in the sun salutation series, my body warms to the postures and continues where we left off in teaching me what I still have to learn. Don’t push into forward folds. Listen. Open spaces in your body and move into them instead. That neverending depth of Downward Dog, so intricate and powerful, so changeable. That mystery of the hip movements in Warrior A, my body still not fully understanding. Still more to learn. Always. Like a child, always.

    The Standing Series allows me to return to simple movements. Don’t pull, Asia. Allow. Trust. Breathe. Let go of striving; create the space with your breath. Can you? “I love you, I love you, how can I support you?” These words from an everwise Pranalife YTT student wash over my back and through my mind. Relax your grip. Practice and all is coming.

    Sinking my body deeper to the ground for the Primary Series. Ever folding, ever forward, each vinyasa with a burst of Upward Dog like the opening of a new day. I meet my body’s limits each and every time I come to the mat. Long ago I gave up wanting that to be different., yet my heart still yearns to feel the freedom other bodies feel in these folds instead of the resistance and instability of my own. I meet myself with satya – truthfulness – and I simply breathe, I move, I practice. This is MY practice.

    The mysteries of each posture are in part held in the posture before it, so as I notice where my limits lie I also notice the promise of something more in each of them. My skin glistens with sweat, my breath feeds every cell. I am fit for this, even when I don’t fit into this posture. I simply must be stronger, as Kino said to me, as Guruji said to her. Stronger: not desperate, but always creating the opportunity for change. Over thousands of hours of practising and teaching this series, my faith that change can happen is firmly rooted in this years-long experiment. So much has changed. I remember. 

    The Finishing Sequence. Clarity. Energy. Excitement. Here’s where the consequence of action plays out. If I have practiced with integrity, if I’ve been strong, focused, if I’ve stayed with it to here then here is my reward. Wheel – my heart and gut and power centre break open again and again and again. I have limits, yes, and I have this posture. I remember Mary-Jo, my teacher trainer, with the most beautiful and unlimited practice I’d ever seen, now finding her freedom within the confines of her wheelchair these many years. She finds her limits, and she transcends them – not always physically, but in spirit. The real limits are in our minds, where our “shoulds” stick. Headstand, pure joy and strength. That strange space where everything is upside down but all feels just fine. I must stay attentive. The final three, and I feel myself content. I am here.

    Savasana. My heartbeat booms, coming down from the burst of Utplutthi. The yoga body stone. Change. Life. This is life in all its twists and turning upside downs. It’s connecting to the ever-present flow – of breath, of movement , of consciousness – along the path of temporary positions in which I find myself. It’s digging up the deep crevasses of old habits and practicing love. Everything in me wants to forgive, to let go of negative influence. Nothing is ever perfect. I am never perfect. I am never transported out of who I am or where I am. The practice isn’t escape; it’s acceptance. I am here, now. I am this. This is just as it is. And I move through it. I stay with myself. I become fit for living.

     

Every once in a while I do something that makes my accountant sweat (actually this happens far more than I care to acknowledge, but that’s beside the point …). I know he’s gonna look at me this time and be all judgy, but that’s his job and I value him for it. My job is, imho, way cooler: I give away SCHOLARSHIPS to awesome people. And this fall, in celebration of this being the final 200hr Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training that we’ll do fully in-person, I decided to give away one extra scholarship. Yup, you heard me: It’s HAPPY DANCES FOR EVERYONE.

The fall Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training course “Foundations of Great Teaching” scholarship WINNERS are:

 Katelyn Flood, Selam Debs, AND Reba Campbell!! 

 Why am I doing this fiscally unwise thing that my accountant hates? Because I feel incredibly blessed to be able to spend time in a room through the year with the best group of people I can imagine and I want to express my gratitude in a way that matters to said people. You should know them too, so here they are, full-on amazeballs:

Katelyn Flood
YTT F14 Scholarships Katelyn Flood

I’m inspired every time I step onto my mat, and I notice yoga’s lifestyle and philosophy has begun to affect my everyday life. I have a passion to inspire people the way I have been inspired by yoga.

I cannot wait to help people through my Pranalife yoga Teacher Training, from assisting people with injuries and every day pain to lowering stress and becoming fit.

My main goal is to reduce all sorts of suffering for each person who studies with me. I’d like to show that yoga can benefit anyone willing to try it, and enlighten anyone who says “I could never do yoga.” It has improved all aspects of my life and I can’t wait to give others the tools to improve theirs.

Selam Debs
YTT F14 Scholarship Selam Debs

My winding journey began when I set out to become a professional singer, a journey which took a sharp turn and a loss of identity when I became a single mother and became stuck in a stagnant job for eight years, but which encouraged me to take a new approach to the way I saw life: I now knew nothing was set in stone.

Hungry for knowledge and deeper insight, I was drawn to yoga. It fostered an inclusive philosophy that encouraged change from the inside out. After reflection and endless hours on the mat, the transformative power of yoga brought me to the right people, insightful books, deeper connections, healthier food choices, greater knowledge, a sense of peace, and inner knowing.

I realize now that every moment is an opportunity to fulfill our Highest Expression and change the trajectory of our lives in each breath.

This scholarship means more than just money saved; it is a gift I receive with deep gratitude and humbleness, and I will pay it forward tenfold.

Reba Campbell
YTT F14 Scholarships Reba Campbell

My journey to finding myself started with dance. I never knew how disconnected I was from my body until I was asked to pay attention to how it wanted to move and was brave enough to allow it. This beginning led me to the practice of yoga, where my goal has always been to connect with my body, to move, love and honour myself instead of standing still in a place of dissatisfaction, fear and frustration. I still face challenges with this self love transformation and I find yoga’s beautiful philosophy and physicality has provided me with tools to grow stronger with each stumble.

I want to use my experiences to connect with others and offer them the tools I’ve found and am finding, to help their journey through this weird, awesome and sometimes very painful life. I desire to create a space where people can not only practice for physical and mental benefits, joys and successes, but also where even the negative can come up and they know that I will hold that space for them to release what they need, in the hopes that they can inspire themselves to begin their own journey to self love.

So. Much. Happy. Everybody now: GET UP AND DANCE DANCE DANCE!!

Once you’re not dancing, also SHARE SHARE SHARE this amazing news using the Tweet/Like buttons below!!

 Sometimes I love my job. Okay fine, I ALWAYS love this job, but I extra love it when I have the opportunity to hand out scholarships because being able to offer a little extra support the brave and amazing people taking Pranalife YTT feels better than meeting my long-standing pretend husband Ron Perlman. As good, at least. It’s definitely top ten in the feel-good category, let’s just put it that way.

Anyhoo – on to the winners!! The summer Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training course “Living Yoga” scholarship WINNERS are:

Charlene Hodson & Chelsea Winn!! 

Here’s a snippet from their applications, in case you don’t yet know how amazeballs they are:

 

Charlene Hodson
CharleneHodson cropped

In the beginning, yoga was mainly about the physical aspects of the postures; I enjoyed getting stronger and feeling more flexible. I then started to notice how much my anxiety was decreasing and I was able to stop thinking about the negativity going on around me. Within less than a year of practicing asana several times a week, I noticed a shift in the way I felt and how I felt toward other people. I was feeling more compassion toward others.

Looking back, I could never have anticipated that practicing yoga could change my life the way it did. I want to share what I have learned with others, which is why I want to become a yoga teacher.

I love your style of teaching, Asia, and how you really get into what the postures are and why we do them. With your background in anatomy, it really is a great way to learn and also to incorporate that into my teaching style. I love knowing why we do the postures. I was so excited to be able to take the first course of the Yoga Teacher Training with you in May 2014 and now I am looking forward to learning more this summer!

Chelsea Winn
ChelseaWinn cropped

Over the last six months I’ve been in school full-time with two part-time jobs and an internship. None of these things has been fulfilling, and have instead left me feeling drained and confused about the trajectory my life is taking.

YTT is different. During the spring course I left the studio every Saturday feeling refreshed and inspired. Prior to taking Elements of the Yoga Practice, my personal yoga practice had stagnated. Opening myself up to Ashtanga revitalized my practice and revolutionized the way that I thought about yoga.

Over the last five years, I’ve worked extensively with youth and researched the effects of traumatic events on youth and their construction of identity. My yoga vision is to integrate my YTT into this passion; I hope to teach yoga to young people.

Congrats, you two!!! I can’t wait to spend another 60hrs in training with you both and to be a part of your growth as you progress to becoming powerful and gifted Pranalife Yoga Certified Instructors. This makes me so damn happy. Honest, Top Ten All-Time Happy Moments.

Hey, psst – If you’re reading this, SHARE SHARE SHARE this amazing news using the Tweet/Like buttons below!!

Oh what the hell – let’s triple crown the fantastic in this moment:

LindaHamiltonAsiaRonPerlman cropped Damn straight this other thing that made me happy happened.

#beautyandthebeastreunion

Hello, yogis.

There’s something about summer that makes everything feel just a little bit better. Want to grab a drink? Okay, I’ll go warm up the car while I layer on jackets … oh, no, wait. I’ll meet you on a patio in my cute new sundress. Yes. Better.woman-doing-sports-outdoors_webThese sun-drenched days and lingering evenings let me relax, reflect, fit in a bit more meditation time. It’s also the perfect time to spend with people I adore, which means it’s an ideal time for the summer Pranalife Yoga intensive course, Living Yoga.

We’ll spend nine days in a gorgeous space, surrounded by people who love yoga as much as you do. Explore your personal yoga practices, yoga philosophy, and how the Eight Limbed yoga path can integrate with your daily challenges and opportunites as a kick-ass method for personal evolution.

If you’re ready to live life off of your mat the way you feel when you’re on it, this might be just the time and just the course where you learn how.

Living Yoga is part of Pranalife Yoga Teacher Trianing Certification AND is an open course for anyone interested in taking it.

Learn more in our latest Pranalife Yoga newsletter, including how you could get 50% OFF TUITION for this upcoming Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training course, Living Yoga:

 Pranalife Yoga’s summer newsletter