PranaYoga.  Your Healing Sanctuary

Pranayoga’s mission is to adapt authentic yoga and ayurved to individual healing.

Pranayoga Institute is the home of the midwest’s first yoga therapy collective featuring

  • Individual Yoga Therapy Sessions
  • Yoga Therapy Wellness Series
  • International Association of Yoga Therapy Training Accredited Institute for yoga teachers that wish to become Yoga Therapists.
  • Yoga Alliance Certifications and Trainings as holistic yoga teachers
  • Integrative wellness including Ayurveda Counseling, Life Coaching and Massage Therapy complimentary to yoga therapy.


by Dani McGuire

Yoga is a system of holistic health that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Many teachers are trained in a specific lineage of yoga that comes from a Guru or style of yoga developed for the purpose of removing toxins in the physical body and achieving excellence of body and mind for self realization. They may have a 200 or 500 hour certification in this lineage.

Yoga Therapy is a stand alone health profession that adapts yoga postures as well as lifestyle suggestions to the individual. Yoga therapy can take place in any environment, even during palliative care. Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy works with the individual’s constitution, symptoms, and illness. A yoga therapist uses both science and yoga therapies, such as breathing techniques, yoga postures, relaxation, and stress management and lifestyle suggestions, as well as other movement modalities to reduce pain, increase peace, and move students from a place of merely surviving to thriving.

NO! The most common statement I hear is “I am not flexible enough to do yoga”. The goal of yoga is to quiet the distractions of the mind and increase our health and concentration. Yoga says that all illness and addictive behavior(like over eating, drinking, etc..)begins in the mind, and to change our thoughts into more positive ones, we have to change our habitual patterns and “I can’t” statements. In yoga practices, our mind and bodies relax simultaneously.

Reduction of stress is almost immediate. Yoga also improves circulation, increases flexibility, and strengthens the body. Yoga improves sleep and balances the mood. Yoga balances the body and all of our systems. The effects do not happen overnight, but with consistent practice of 2-4 times per week, yoga is one of the most lasting modalities for wellness.

In most cases, yes. However, if you select the wrong classes or an unqualified teacher, you could risk injuries. At Pranayoga we focus on yoga therapy therefore most of our teachers have been trained in treating specific conditions and illnesses and have 800 hours of training in these specialized conditions vs being trained in a specific yoga lineage. We recommend starting with a private yoga therapy session to begin if you have any questions or a consult call with our director.

Please contact if you are unsure. We are here to serve!

(As often as you breathe!!) Just kidding, however, as you begin to notice your habitual patterns throughout the day, you will begin carrying what you learn in the yoga classroom to the office and into your home. Which is a great thing for everyone!

For example, when I am stressed I hold my breath which causes tension and more stress(sympathetic nervous system response) I am not going to be fun to be around after a few minutes of this! The awareness I have developed of this stress response, has given me a chance to change this unhealthy pattern; do some deep breathing when it appears, and flip the switch to the parasympathetic response.(It works great for kids and adults alike!-check out our kids and family yoga:) The physical practice should ideally be done 2-3 times a week. Some people do fine just coming once a week and others come almost every day even doubling up on classes; such as an active class+restorative or yin. It is best to listen to your body and balance more active classes with gentle ones, when beginning.

Our yearly membership is just $99/month or $129 for premium membership. PranaYoga is a yoga therapy school and non-profit so we are willing to work with you if you email us. Individual yoga therapy sessions, ayurveda counseling and massage run approximately $115 per session with package pricing available. Health Savings Accounts are accepted for yoga therapy and memberships and some employees will reimburse for yoga therapy studios.

Comfortable clothing. Nothing to tight or loose. Bring a yoga mat if you have one otherwise we have some for use for yoga therapy sessions.

  • Happier Mood

  • Stress Reduction

  • Increased Flexibility

  • Better Concentration

  • Pain Management

  • Balanced Mood

  • Balanced Mood

  • Stronger Bones

  • Quieter Mind

  • Enhance Athletic Ability

  • Healthy Weight

  • Better Digestion

  • Healthier Back

  • More Energy

  • Increase Muscle

  • Stronger Immune System

  • Overall Increase In Well-being and Vitality(Prana)

The more consistently you practice the more benefits you will achieve. Practice should be done in a relaxed/not forceful way and often.

 Best Ways to Begin!

Setting up for Success

To get the most out of your yoga experience practice often and always inform your instructor of any injuries, illness, or acute discomfort prior to any class. Yoga is very safe but certain postures may aggravate any inflamed or irritated parts of the body. The benefits come from the awareness, not how far your stretch. Get to know and respect your body and it’s capabilites. All exercise programs involve a risk of injury. The following guidelines will help ensure more benefits for a safer, sustainable practice.

  • Listen to the instructions carefully.
  • Do not perform postures or movements that are painful to you.
  • Breathe smoothly and continyously as you move.
  • Do not hold your breath or strain to attain any position,
  • Work gently, respecting your body’s abilities and limits.
  • Ask for help if you are unsure how to perform a certain movement,
  • For menstrating woman, it is not recommended to invert.
  • Pregnant women must consult their health care provider before starting yoga and may enjoy our pranamommas prenatal classes!

Ask Us A Question

Let us know how we can serve better or have served on your journey to health, healing, and happiness!

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