Pranalife Yoga founder Asia Nelson at Mali orphanage

 Pranalife Yoga Founder Asia Nelson at SOS Villages d’Enfants in Mali in 2001

When I was 14, I smuggled medical supplies into Vietnam. It was the beginning of a life-long commitment to creating positive change in the world, one action at a time.

In 2001, I hosted the television travel show My Global Adventure, which took me to 24 countries in eight months. I met people in a spectrum of social, political and economic situations beyond what I could’ve understood from inside the comfort of Canadian borders. I became even more committed to doing what I could to make life better for as many as possible in a viable, meaningful way.

When I founded Pranalife Yoga in 2006, I wanted to expand my definition of “profitable” beyond just making money; I wanted my business’s success to extend to others. I committed to sending a portion of profits from my Yoga Teacher Training courses to a cause I could get behind. Having experience with respectable teams like Samaritan’s Purse and Mercy Ships, I had specific requirements for the organization I’d support:

  1. They had to be locally driven. Minimal to no imperialistic planting of foreigners with their own imposed agendas.
  2. Their work had to be sustainable within the community they’d impact.
  3. They had to be fiscally accountable, transparent and responsible.
  4. If possible, they needed to do something related to education, as I believe it’s the cornerstone of personal freedom.

I’m excited to announce that Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training is booming, and I’ve found an organization I can get behind: It’s called Pencils of Promise. It’s an innovative crew building schools and helping integrate education into local communities. Get a great summary of what they’re about via their founder in the video at the bottom of this page.

Be The Change

Beginning with our upcoming summer module “Living Yoga”, when you sign up for any Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training course (and you’re welcome to take any and all of them, even if you’re not planning on teaching), 5% of the fee goes directly to Pencils of Promise to send two kids to school for a year. Beginning in 2014, Pranalife Yoga will be fundraising to sponsor an entire classroom for a year, which includes funding for books, teachers, supplies and education.

When each Pranalife course opens, we’ll let our newsletter subscribers and followers on Twitter and Facebook in on a 5% early bird discount offer for a limited time. Many of our students opt to donate their 5% discount to Pencils of Promise as well, sending FOUR children to school for a year through our joint efforts. That’s all kinds of awesome.

I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to create real change, on our mats through our training courses and off our mats in the lives of kids who are about to discover the world of learning in a way they’ve never known before. Thank you in advance to every one of you about to become a part of this new Pranalife Yoga project!

 Get all of the latest information on teacher training courses, scholarships, new workshops, and our classes in our latest newsletter:

JUNE with Pranalife Yoga


Get info on Pranalife Yoga classes, trainings, events and retreats. Plus: EXCLUSIVE giveaways, scholarhips for Yoga Teacher Training and FREE yoga classes.