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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…

October Moon Days: Wednesday October 8 (Full) and Thursday, October 23 (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 every day or twice a week – or you can drop-in at any time for a $16 single class. New to Mysore? We also have a $35+hst two-week pass for newcomers.


All Astanga: 3-day workshop with Janice DeFilippi

111-1168_IMGNovember 7, 8 & 9 (Fri 6:30-8:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:30-4pm) Early bird price $175+hst (after Nov 2nd, $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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Full Vinyasa Class with Janice DeFilippi

Saturday November 1st, 10am-noon $20

Starting with a short explanation of how Full Vinyasa practice 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, so this two-hour class is a real challenge! MAXIMUM 14 PARTICIPANTS.

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Handstands, Asymmetrical Arm Balancing & Pranayama with Mike Dynie

mike-headshot-ayoNovember 15th, 11:30-2:30pm, early bird price $40+hst  ($50+hst).

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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Astanga Intro Course with Janice DeFilippi

Saturday November 22nd, 9:30-noon & 1:00-3:30pm $80+hst

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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.