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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…

Labor Day and September timetable:

downdogsMysore will run from 7:30-9:30am on Labor Day, Monday Sept 7th. We will be closed for the rest of the day. Our Friday noon class returns on September 11th. And our three new Astanga Vinyasa Yoga 4:30pm classes will continue in September.  Drop in for Astanga Flows on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, led by Mike Dynie, Barbara Timmins and Donna Hughes.

mysoreMorning Mysore and Moon Days

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. Always check our Moon Days before you drop-in – following the Mysore tradition there are no Mysore classes on Moon Days and practitioners take rest instead. September Moon Days are Sun Sept 13 (New) and Sun Sept 27 (Full).

Two-week starter pass

wood statueNew to the studio? Buy our two-week starter pass for $35+hst and get unlimited access to ALL classes including Mysore to find out how this amazing practice works. If you already come to the studio but you’ve never tried Mysore before, you can buy our two-week Mysore starter pass also for $35+hst. Take a look at our prices for other practice packages.


Workshops and Events

Astanga Foundations – your practice starts here!

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  • $50+hst Next date coming soon!

Price includes one full week of Mysore practice OR a five-class pass. The fundamentals of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, with clear direction on how to start a Mysore practice. The fee includes a week of morning Mysore practice or a 5-class pass which can be used for any drop-in classes.

Bandhas, Psoas Release and Strength in Astanga Vinyasa Yoga

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  • with Mike Dynie
  • Saturday, September 12, 2015, 2pm-4:30pm
    $40+hst by September 3, $45+hst after

mahabandha-500px-cropThis 2.5 hour master class is for practitioners who are curious about integrating the energetic locks (bandhas) within a yoga practice. Maha Bandha is the skilled implementation of the three locks to increase strength in arm balances and protect the lower back through increased intra-abdominal pressure. The bandhas are also tools to release the psoas, which tends to be tight and dysfunctional in most western bodies.

We’ll explore the bandhas through kriyas and pranayama, then experiment with breath retentions within Sun Salutations, standing series and postures from first and second series. Holding the breath in vinyasa practice was taught by Krishnamacharya – something hinted at in Pattabhi Jois’ text Yoga Mala, but not often discussed in modern Astanga.


Meditation Nights

chittamaniOur 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 – please see our meditation page for more information and then follow the instructions given on how to attend.