Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation – A Karma Class

Please join us on Wednesday, June 26th, from 7:30 – 8:45 pm for our next karma class.

This session is by donation, and will be in support of our SEVA fund, which helps to support local families and organizations we believe in. This month our SEVA fund donations will be going directly towards families in our community who are going through childhood cancer. No donation is to small, our priority is making this space to come together to practice, accessible for everyone, and helping our community.

We get really caught up in the busyness of life. We are living in an overstimulated world and if we don’t take time to stop, decompress and process then we start to fall apart. What does mindfulness even mean? In simple terms, it means to pay attention to your present moment. It’s a practice that brings us back home to ourselves, underneath all the distractions life presents to us. In this class we are gently reintroducing ourselves back to our breath and finding a path underneath the incessant merry-go-round of our thoughts. When we don’t give ourselves a chance to be quiet and integrate the experiences of our life then we begin to live in a chronic state of stress, we can move through our lives on auto-pilot, and the effects are profound. We see it in our relationships, in the way we communicate, in our health, in our sleep, in our overall energy levels. By simply slowing down we start to reverse these effects and become healthier, happier and calmer. Please join us as we journey back into the simple experience of a deep full breath, some quiet time in stillness, and gentle slow mindful movement.

We are excited to share with you that we will be adding this as a regular offering to our weekly schedule starting in August.  We also have 6 –  week mindful movement, meditation and relaxation series (based on the teachings by Jon Kabat-Zinn) starting on Friday afternoons in September.  Stay tuned for more details!

Sending you love, love and more love from our studio to your hearts……..

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Summer Solstice Celebrations

June  21st marks Summer solstice, the longest day of light of the whole year, it is a  celebration of our own inner light and the ways we are all connected. The summer months are when we honour our own power to bring things to fulfillment, we allow ourselves to expand and welcome brightness into our lives.  We take our seeds and nourish them through the spring, as the summer approaches we allow the growth of those seeds to flourish and be seen in the world!

Summer also teaches us patience.  Our gardens need time and attention for the fruit to ripen, just like our own journey.  We can’t rush our process, if we learn to relax and enjoy the light energy of the summer months things reach their fullness with little effort or ego’s striving on our part.   It is a time of  joy

This year we have several opportunities to celebrate summer solstice with YOU.  On Friday, June 21st, we kick off summer solstice with 108 sun salutations!  We look forward to sharing this practice with you at Gemmill Park!  Join us and the birds, at 5:30 am, for some gentle warm – ups and then in your own time we’ll move through 108 sun salutations (or as many as your body wisdom guides you to cycle through).  Come for the whole practice, or just come and do a few rounds with us and head off as you need.  We’ll be doing this practice at the end of the gravel road  into the park  ( the entrance by the skatepark and the soccer pitch, we’ll be beside the canteen.)  The class is free, but the practice is priceless!  We practice surya namaskar, or sun salutations, to welcome in positive energy and new beginnings.  We move and breathe to release old patterns of stress and tension so we can feel our best and be open to opportunities.  We hope you can join us!  If the rain if falling, we’ll meet at the studio instead – we’ll post it on our blog the night before.

Margie Hill from our studio is also performing that evening, at the Mill of Kintail, with her musical collective Harmonic Fusion.  We can connect you with Margie directly,  just send us a message if you’d like more information.

Then on Saturday, June 22nd we have a special 9:00 am Kundalini Class, which will be an extended class from 9:00 – 10:30,  we’ll be doing a special Kriya  followed by a powerful meditation to align us with our purpose and open us to our potential!  Noah and I will be making some extra special lemonade for after class that morning!

Sunday morning from 4:45 – 7:00 am we’ll be joining in the early hours for our Sadhana Practice, join us for meditation, yoga and chanting.

July 13th we have a powerful workshop on creating vision boards and manifestation…….truly believing in the seeds you plant and allowing them to grow to fruition.

If you have questions about any of these offerings, please don’t hesitate to reach out, we LOVE  to hear from you!!

Here’s to an amazing summer ahead!  With lots of love from our studio to each of you!!

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Prenatal Series starting Wednesday June 26th

Prenatal June to July 2019We are excited to announce upcoming dates for our next Prenatal Series with Vichardeep.  Join us Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, June 26th – July 17th, during this transformational time in your life.  We look so forward to supporting you physically, mentally, and emotionally on your journey to motherhood.  We encourage you to sign up for the whole series, but for this session we also welcome you to drop-in ($15)  for any of the sessions.  The summer is busy, and we honour the changing rhythms.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve your spot just give us a call or send us an email.

Meditation + Mala bracelet making workshop

Join us on September 28th from 1:30 – 3:30 as we welcome MalaRae back  to our space for a very special meditation +  mala bracelet making workshop.

What is a Mala Bracelet?  Mala bracelets can help carry a sense of peace, mindfulness, and focus throughout the day. They can be worn as intention pieces or used for the healing benefits of the gemstones. Before putting on your bracelet, set an intention. Every time you catch yourself playing with it or hear it jingle, it can be a beautiful reminder to come back to your intention or to simply take a deep breath. Although mala bracelets are not traditionally used for formal meditation (because there is no knot in-between each bead), we are all about resonance. If meditating with your mala bracelet feels good, then honour this!

The bracelet will be made with:
  • Picture Jasper {for balance and peace}
  • With your option to add:
    • Rose quartz {loved}
    • Rutilated quartz {joyful}
    • Onyx {grounded}
    • Sodalite {free}
    • Amethyst {peaceful}

Included in the workshop:

~ all materials needed for your full bracelet

~ bracelet making guidance + guided meditation

~ tea, snacks + connection

The cost for this workshop is $56 (HST inclusive)

** There are no refunds for this workshop. Once registered, if you can’t make it, you will simply receive the stones/material to make on your own.**

Maximum participants is 16. Sign up early to ensure your space!

What to Bring:

~ a yoga mat, blanket, or something to sit on for comfort during the meditation (we do have mats and supports at the studio free for you to use if you don’t have your own)
~ eye glasses (if you require them)
Stay tuned for more information about an intention setting Mala Making workshop at our space early in 2020.

About MalaRae:

MalaRae is a unique mala company based in the Ottawa region of Canada. The owner, Kyla Rae, designs and makes each piece herself with care, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. As the process of making malas influences the energy of mala beads, each piece is made with love and only during a positive and peaceful state of mind. All malas are made with top quality semi-precious gemstones and crystals, as well as seeds and lava rock. The number of stones is specific to the spiritual number of 108, with a knot in between each. Once complete, each piece is sage cleansed and moonlit charged.

Learn more at: http://malarae.com/

Kundalini Yoga + Vision Board Workshop

Using the Power of the 3 Year – Vision Board Workshop

In yogic numerology, 2019 is a 3 year. This year is associated with the aspect of ourselves we relate to our positive mind and the solar plexus chakra (the 3rd chakra).

2019 represents positive action in the direction of your destiny.

During this year, we may find we are being pulled into new directions, or called to change things in our lives in a way that truly nurtures and supports us for exactly where we are on our own unique path. It is also a year we find the power of collaboration and co-creation.  In this workshop, we will be using the technology of Kundalini Yoga exploring different yogic pranayama and meditation techniques, as well you will be led through a powerful kundalini kriya (posture practice) to open you up to manifestation and creativity.  We will create our own vision boards to map out our wishes and goals for the rest of the year, perhaps even planting seeds for 2020.

Vision boards create an impression on our subconscious minds.   Through the law of attraction they allow us to manifest what we desire in our lives.

We are excited to share in this afternoon with you!

Vichardeep Kaur will be leading you through this workshop, supporting your practice and holding space for you as you create your own vision board!

Date:  Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Time:  1:00 – 4:00 pm (time may vary based on vision board creation time)

Cost:  $65 HST inclusive  – includes Yoga instruction, discussion, all vision board supplies,  tea, connection

We invite you to also bring any pictures or visioning images from home to add to your board.

We encourage you to dress for yoga as we will be doing a physical practice.

Preregistration is necessary as space is limited.  Give us a call (613-451-2891) or send us an email (info@suryadaya.ca) to reserve your spot.




Karma Class for our local Food Bank

Join us on Wednesday, May 29th, from 7:30 – 8:30 pm as Amber leads you through a relaxing gentle stretch followed by an extended gong relaxation in support of The Hunger Stop – Lanark County Food Bank.
When we have a fridge full of food, and dinner on our tables, we don’t often think about the inequality of so many that go without food. Families and individuals in your own neighborhood. Please join us to raise foods, funds and awareness for this very important organization in our community.
This class is by donation and 100% of all proceeds will go to the Lanark County Food Bank, we are also accepting non perishable food items, as a donation, for our food basket collecting items for the food bank.
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The Chakras: An introduction to the wheels of life

Join us from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st, as Simonne LaRonde and Barbara Long guide us on this journey through the chakras.
The chakras connect our physical and spiritual planes. By working with these seven energy centres you can achieve better health, intuition, personal power and more.  Barbara and Simonne will be guiding you through meaningful discussion, practices to support you in understanding your own relationship and inherent wisdom of the chakras.

Using the research of the renowned scholar, Anodea Judith, we will explore each of the the chakras, including their locations, colours, functions and importance and then use exercises, meditations and visualizations to work with each one.

Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to dive a little deeper into yourself. We recommend you bring along a water bottle, and a paper and pen if you’d like to take notes.

Who are your facilitators:

Barbara Long / Paramjoti Kaur has been a student of yoga practices for over twenty years. She is a certified kundalini yoga teacher, with training in restorative  and Love your brain yoga. Based in ottawa, Barbara combines her real estate career with a passion for gardening and climate change activism and supports it all with her personal sadhana or daily yoga practice.

Simonne LaRonde / Bhajan Devta  completed her International KRI Level 1 Teacher Training in 2016 .  She is part of our collective at Surya Daya Yoga, and teaches different series, organizes our sadhana, supports our regular classes, as well is part of our Friday morning kundalini bliss rotation.  In addition to her teaching, Simonne leads meditations in a corporate setting. Since 2017 she has been assisting with the Level 1 Teacher Training program at PranaShanti in Ottawa, sharing her knowledge and personal experience with current and future teachers.



Simonne La RondeCost of the workshop is $55 (HST included)
Preregistration is necessary as space is limited. Give us a call or send us an email if you’d like to reserve your space

Our Beginners Core Series Starts This Wednesday

We wanted to remind you our Get to know your core – a mini series focused on core strengthening with Lynne,  begins this Wednesday night, May 1st.
The core muscles are the foundation for all movement and posture. Without a strong core the potential for injury from exercise and everyday movement increases.
Learn which muscles are involved in the core and how to connect them to movement as well as increase their strength – and in turn your overall strength!
This mini series is suitable for everyone, from beginners to advanced practitioners. No experience necessary. We will gently move through different exercises each week to give you a good understanding on how your core functions with movement and improves posture.
This series will be taught by Lynne Jenkins  as part of our Wednesday night mini series classes.  It will be held from 6:00 – 7:15 pm, May 1st, 8th and the 15th.
You can use your regular class pass or drop in for any of the sessions.
Please contact the studio directly at 613-451-2891 or email info@suryadaya.ca, if you have any questions. Sign up is not necessary, but please come early to settle into the space.

Upcoming Prenatal Yoga Series

Please join us May 22nd – June 12th, Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 7:15 pm for a deeply nourishing prenatal series with Vichardeep Kaur.  She will draw on her years as a yoga teacher, specializing in prenatal care as well as her training as a doula, to support you through one of the most transformational journeys in your life as a woman.

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Pregistration for this series is necessary.  Please contact the studio at 613-451-2891 or email info@suryadaya.ca if you have any questions and to reserve your space.