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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…

Open Day Sale and free classes – Sat May 30th

Open HouseAYO is holding an Open Day on Saturday May 30! There will be free classes all day, plus some great discounts. Here’s what’s happening:

9:00-11:15am Discounted Foundation course with Janice DeFilippi, $50+hst, includes one week of Mysore practice (see below to Buy Now).

11:30-12:30pm Free class with Mike Dynie – Astanga Tristana: breath, bandhas, drishti = strength, flexibility, grace.
1:00-2.30pm Free class with Janice DeFilippi – Guided Astanga Flow.
2:45-3:45pm Free class with Donna Hughes – Key internal elements.
4:00-5:00pm Free class with Amelia Griffin – Astanga as Medicine.
There will be 30 per cent discounts on any 10, 20 or 30 classes packages bought on the day – these discounts will also be available online for one day only. The sale will end at midnight on Saturday.
PLUS! AYO has three dynamic new Astanga afternoon classes starting in June, all at 4:30pm – see below for details.

Astanga Foundations, special summer deal!

adjust 3Saturday May 30th, 9:15-11:15am, $50+hst, price includes one full week of Mysore practice

The fundamentals of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, with clear direction on how to start a Mysore practice. The fee includes a week of morning/weekend Mysore practice, and participants will then receive a 20 per cent discount off any further Mysore package at AYO.

Foundations Course, Register Online   Buy Now

New classes in June

We have three new 4:30pm classes beginning in June. On Mondays Mike Dynie will be leading a class from 4:30-5:45pm. On Wednesdays a class from 4:30-5:45pm will be led by Barbara Timmins. And on Thursdays a class from 4:30pm-6pm will be led by Donna Hughes. These classes are all drop-in, and you can meet the teachers at our Open Day on Saturday May 30 (see above).

Morning Mysore

mysoreMysore 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.

If you’ve never tried Mysore classes before, you can buy our two-week starter pass for $35+hst which allows unlimited access to all Mysore classes and gives you lots of chances to find out how this amazing practice works. Take a look at our prices page for this and other practice packages.

Workshops and Events

dr pet armDavid Robson Weekend Workshop July 10, 11,12.

David is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. With 100+ students each morning, he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India.

Friday 6:30-8:30pm: Breath & Bandhas. Great for all levels.

Saturday, 10:00-noon: Core Relation. Exercises to identify the deep muscles of the core, and then applying that knowledge to key asanas. Great for all levels.scott leg lift

Saturday 2:00-4:00pm: Intermediate series. Exploring many of the key postures and vinyasas from the Intermediate Series.

Sunday, July 12, 9:00-11:30am Mysore. The traditional format of practicing Astanga Yoga.

Sunday 1:00-3:30pm Alignment Clinic: Staying Safe in your Practice. A survey of some of the classic issues that can arise in the practice of the Primary and Intermediate Series.

Register Online

  • Buy Now
  • $200+hst Earlybird (after May 31st $230+hst) – Register now using MindBody Online

All Astanga: 3-day workshop with Janice DeFilippi

111-1168_IMG NEXT COURSE DATE TBA. (Fri 6:30-8:30pm, Sat & Sun 10:30-4pm) Early bird price $175+hst (after Earlybird, $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.

Register Online

  • $175+hst Earlybird ($200+hst after Earlybird)  – Register Online
  • Buy Now

Meditation Nightschittamani

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 meditation page for more information on how to attend.