Practicing yoga increases breath awareness, which is why yogis compose all barbershop quartets. Get in harmony with yourself with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get one month of unlimited yoga classes at Santosha Yoga on Elgin Street (a $155 value).
Santosha Yoga's tranquil studios play host to yoga classes in a variety of styles, including Hatha, Astanga, and Satsang. The studio’s legion of stretchy and supportive teachers guide beginners through intro classes, which run in five to six week spurts to acclimate newbies, as well as more advanced styles such as the fitness-based Vinyasa and the formula-based differential-calculus yoga. The fall schedule, which began its run on September 1, boasts a healthy supply of drop-in classes, and since Santosha takes an objective approach to yoga, students have the chance to try classes in a diversity of yoga styles. Santosha Yoga also donates to the Ottawa Humane Society, which supports dogs in their quest to inspire a second yoga pose.
Honking cars amble through down the bustling streets of restaurants and boutiques in the surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood, but the interior of the Santosha Yoga studio is an oasis of calm and tranquility. Sunlight gleams down on the hardwood floors, where a rotating cast of certified instructors lead classes in a variety of yoga styles throughout the day. In the mornings, instructor Robin Russel Hosein teaches Hatha yoga, guiding students through traditional poses and breathing exercises to build strength, spinal alignment, and breath awareness. Later on, Laura Conroy directs students through the movements of vinyasa flow, the yoga modality most favored by rap artists. When Jane Baird takes over for hot yoga classes, she cranks up the temperature in the studio to encourage detoxifying perspiration and increased flexibility. All instructors strive to maintain a peaceful and focused energy during the classes, requesting that participants turn off cellphones and refrain from chitchat.
Centretown - Downtown
298 Elgin St.
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M3Get Directions