Asia Nelson yoga Waterloo Canada yoga teacher training

Asia Nelson

What makes the difference in yoga is the instructor. You need one with integrity, one you can respect and trust. Asia Nelson is that teacher.


~ Tara Lustad, Pranalife yogi


I have fallen in love with yoga in large part because of how I was introduced to it by Asia. Each week something new and awesome is revealed to me.


~ Sian O’Keef, Pranalife yogi


You truly are irreplaceable. You’re like the Jesus of yoga.


~ Katelyn Flood, Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

My business is your movement.

Welcome to the change you’ve wanted for a while now: change created by investing in yourself with time to adapt and thrive. You know that rushing, forcing, and working under stress gets you a cheap hack job, a rinse cycle instead of a full wash, dissatisfaction, injury – and rarely gets you to your goals.

With Pranalife Yoga, we’re not in a hurry. We focus on quality over quantity. It’s not just about what you do, but how you do it.

It’s time to stop feeling powerless, rushed, and behind. It’s time to live with strength and ease. It’s time to trust yourself.

It’s time for real change.

My name is Asia and I’m the founder of Pranalife Yoga & Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training. I’ve spent thousands of hours over many years researching, practicing and teaching the art of moving and living with freedom – true freedom. I’ve taken the best of yoga and integrated it with creative motion that builds core strength and joint health, plus meditation practices to help you create freedom in your body and life. You’ll feel stronger and less stressed, and you’ll get where you want to be, the way you want to get there.


Why I created the Pranalife Yoga practice:

In 2011, I had a major back injury. After nearly 13 years of a practice heavily influenced by the rigours of Ashtanga Yoga, I had to re-learn how to move in a way that healed me and didn’t trigger back pain. After years of studying the latest research on back pain and injury (including working with world-leading back expert Dr. Stu McGill) and exploring movement practices outside of yoga, I developed a more robust way of moving – the Pranalife Yoga practice – that builds strength and mobility while addressing the gaps, repetitive stress, and gymnastics-body-specific movements of traditional yoga that don’t serve many people beyond the first 5-10 years of practice.

I’ve learned that I can reach my goals AND enjoy the process safely. I’ve learned – and now teach – how to layer ease into effort without compromising strength. My new mantra is “Move now to move well at 80.” The Pranalife Yoga practice not only feels great now but keeps your body healthy for the long run. Because –

What is freedom now if it cages us in our bodies as we age? What is strength now if it’s at the expense of movement later? Why move mindlessly and do damage if we can move mindfully and generate long-term health?

When I started teaching what I was now practicing, I was known as the Core Queen and the go-to Ashtanga teacher in my city. The Pranalife Yoga practice was very different, very new, and would mean a learning curve for students. What I found when I started teaching this new style is people LOVED it. My yoga teacher trainings are now at max capacity every year, workshops sell out, and classes are packed week after week – because this practice WORKS.

Most people start doing yoga to stretch, get a strong core, de-stress – all of which you’ll get with regular Pranalife Yoga practice. What you’re doing on your mat will also start to support your life: you become more flexible, stronger, centred, and let go of habits that no longer work for you. Practicing Pranalife Yoga is an opportunity to be creative, confident, and compassionate in your body, mind, and life.

Asia Nelson
Certified Advanced Yoga Instructor, Yoga Teacher Trainer
Founder of Pranalife Yoga & Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training

There seems to be something magical about the way Asia conducts her classes. Every Friday was a treat for myself, to unwind and reflect on my week under Asia’s guidance.


~ Rimpy Bawa, University of Waterloo yoga student


About Asia

Asia Nelson began practicing yoga in 1998, became a Certified Advanced Instructor through Trinity Yoga and founded Pranalife Yoga in 2006. She’s led over 5000 hours of classes, workshops and the best yoga teacher training you can find, created sell-out yoga events like her Vine & Vinyasa yoga+wine+food evenings, and designed retreats to Baja, Sicily, Costa Rica and Tuscany.

Asia has been interviewed in MacLeans, Chatelaine, The Record, Imprint and TruLiving Magazine. She has also written for Elephant JournalMetro Toronto and was the Yoga Expert for Rogers Media’s DailySqueeze and SweetFit.

Her teaching integrates the best of yoga with the latest movement practices, keeping what works for inspired living.

Pranalife Yoga and Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training, with Advanced Instructor and Founder Asia Nelson. Come to life. Waterloo | Kitchener | Toronto

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