If you love to roll out your mat and get your yoga on but simply can’t take the hit to your bank account, know that you don’t have to let that mat collect dust. There are many ways to practice yoga in Ottawa on a low or no budget!
Upward Dog Yoga Centre offers a free Karma class on Sunday afternoons at 1pm. This class is open to anyone who wishes to attend and is taught by the lovely newly trained teachers from Upward Dog’s teacher training program. This is a great opportunity for you to practice on a budget while giving these certified teachers an opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills. The great thing about new teachers is the fresh perspective they bring!
Lululemon (yes, the retail clothing store that sculpts your bum in yoga pants) offers free classes in-store and off-site. They run a Sunday morning classes at 9:30am every week in-store (both Ottawa locations) and a beautiful and large yoga class on Parliament Hill Wednesdays at noon during the summer – started for the season last week (2014-05-07). These classes are taught by teachers in the community, to help give you a taste of the different styles and teachers available in town. Visit their website for scheduled events at the Rideau and the Westboro location. I will be teaching a FREE class at the Rideau Centre location Sunday May 18th at 9:30am!
Wabano Center for Aboriginal Health is an amazing non for profit organization operating in Vanier that offers a variety of FREE fitness classes for all members of the Vanier community. I teach a free yoga class on Thursday nights at 7-8pm, but you can also find box fit classes, tai chi classes, zumba classes, a walking group and a whole lot more! Check out their fitness page.
If you live on a budget and have limited ability to commute around town, why not bring yoga into your living room on your computer screen? You can stream YouTube videos for free or subscribe to YogaGlo or MyYogaOnline for a small monthly cost (less than you would pay for 1 class at a yoga studio).
There is something profound about being in a room with other people as you practice. Furthermore, it’s important to have the teacher present to encourage you, make corrections and even make sure that you’re not going to injure yourself. Internet options are great, but I don’t suggest you lock yourself up every time you roll out your mat! Visit one of the above-mentioned free classes or check out your local yoga studio because most offer what they call karma classes for free or a small donation (sometimes canned good or as little as $5).
So c’mon you big cheap-o, roll out your mat and take care of yourself. You can pay it forward later when the belt around your wallet ‘ain’t so tight!