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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…

September Moon Days: Monday, September 8 (Full) and Wednesday, September 24 (New). Morning Mysore classes are cancelled on Moon Days.

NEW! Morning Mysore Drop-in: 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 – and now you can also drop-in for $16 for a single class on any week day as well as at weekends. New to Mysore? We also have a $35+hst two-week pass for anyone wanting to try our Morning Mysore classes for the first time.

PRANAYAMA POWER: Pranayama is an essential part of any yoga practice, but is imperative to be aware of for a healthy Astanga practice! In understanding the power of the breath through accessible techniques, your breath becomes a necessary connecting tool to helping move through problematic mind and body patterns. Amelia Griffin will be running a Pranayama workshop soon to delve deeper into the mechanics and essential nature of your breath – date to be confirmed.

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.