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Welcome to Astanga Yoga Ottawa

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga is a powerful practice developed in Mysore, India, by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois – affectionately called Guruji. The system begins with postures (asanas) linked with breath and movement (vinyasa). The first sequence is known as Primary, then Second and so on. Each sequence starts with sun salutes, then flows through standing and seated postures, finishing with restorative poses and relaxation. More about Astanga Yoga…

December Moon Days: Saturday December 6 (Full) and Sunday, December 21 (New). Morning Mysore classes are cancelled on Moon Days. For a full list go to our Moon Days page.

Morning Mysore

Mysore is a powerful and liberating way to practice yoga, with hands-on guidance from our dedicated teachers. AYO has a strong and vibrant Mysore community – join us and find out why. You can buy affordable packages to practice with us on a monthly basis – or you can drop-in at any time for a single week-day or weekend Mysore class. We also have a two-week Morning Mysore $35+hst starter pass for newcomers.


Handstands, Asymmetrical Arm Balancing & Pranayama with Mike Dynie

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A chance to explore asymmetrical arm balances (crow variations), inversions and bandhas (subtle core). Mike will help you refine your techniques in simple yoga asanas, safely building up to float through handstands, straight line inversions (full handstand, forearm stand, handstand) and crow variations. Practice will dissect movements and postures common to vinyasa classes (standing, seated, backbends), and use pranayama to help develop the same long-lines used in inversions. Working well in these postures helps transcend common barriers to asymmetrical arm balancing. The breath is central to moving with grace and control. Recommended for students with at least 6 months of regular yoga practice, or anyone with a love of movement and sense of humour. Please bring slippery socks or a small towel.

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Full Vinyasa Class with Janice DeFilippi

Sunday January 11th, 10:15am-noon $20

Starting with a short explanation of how Full Vinyasa works and then the complete Primary Series as Full Vinyasa – the unabridged form of vinyasa practice. The number of moves needed to enter and exit each posture increases, but although it’s a challenge, the longer counts promote a fuller, deeper breath. MAXIMUM 14 PARTICIPANTS.

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Astanga Intro Course with Janice DeFilippi

2015 date coming soon! Saturday, 9:30-noon & 1:00-3:30pm $80+hst

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All Astanga: 3-day workshop with Janice DeFilippi

111-1168_IMGNew dates TBD end of January 2015 (Fri 6:30-8:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:30-4pm) Early bird price $175+hst (after Jan 20th $200+hst)

Taking a deeper look at all aspects of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice – alignment, breath work, pacing, Sanskrit names and numbers. We’ll be using postures from both primary and second series as a basis, and participants will be guiding each other vocally as well as learning hands-on, safe adjustments. Janice is the owner and director of Astanga Yoga Ottawa and has been studying Astanga for many years. FOR A DEEPER, INTIMATE LEARNING PROCESS THERE WILL BE A MAXIMUM OF 12 PARTICIPANTS.

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Medicine Buddha Retreat with the Chittamani Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Center

medicine-buddha Dec 26, 2014 through Jan 1st, 2015, daily 8:00 AM to Noon
COST: 1. Donation to Gaden for the West $250 (tax deductible)
2. Studio facility fee: $10 per day
3. Dana (a donation) for the teacher

Medicine Buddha is the key meditation practice to awaken the healing energy and the healer within   us and represents all of the healing potential of medicines and healing techniques. This retreat will bring participants in touch with that healing energy which is part of our birth-right as a human being. This practice of Medicine Buddha is Annutara Yoga Tantra class and requires the appropriate initiation. Initiation received in other traditions is inadequate. The Medicine Buddha Initiation will be given on the first day.
Medicine Buddha Practice is strictly vegetarian and participants must be prepared to be alcohol and street drug free. This retreat is suitable for new and experienced meditators.

Dr Bob Kapitany is the resident Lama at the Chittamani Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Center in Ottawa. He has been retreat master for Gaden for the West for 15 years and has lead more than 30 retreats across North America. He is trained in both the Theravada and Vajrayana traditions. He is an experienced Medicine Buddha practitioner and is empowered by the Very Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche as a teacher and to give Initiations to a broad range of Vajrayana practices. For more information please email chittamanitara@hotmail.com


Meditation Nights

Our weekly Lam Rim and Mindfulness instruction classes are led by Dr Bob Kapitany, who has been a serious Dharma practitioner for 40 years. If you’re interested in these classes you should contact the meditation group first – see our classes page for more information on how to attend.