Holding Amelia in our hearts

We know that many of you already know the news of a great loss in our community.  A few weeks ago Shaun McLaughlin died while vacationing in Mexico.  Our hearts and prayers are with Amelia.  This has been a very emotional time for our community and we hold Amelia in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers.  Everyday we send her our strength during this difficult time.
Shaun would want us all to feel happiness for the life he lived, and the great impact he had in our community.
Death cuts deep into each of us, and we know the best medicine for healing, is the remembrance of the beauty a life brought to our world and the grace of time.
Amelia will be taking a break from her classes at the studio.  Please note Amelia’s Monday morning Yoga Basics class will not be held for the remaining time of this term, as well the March Move with Ease Series will not be held, we know you all understand.
Please hold Amelia in your hearts and send your memories of Shaun love and light
Hold those dear to you close, at times like this we are deeply reminded of life’s fragility.

Thank you to Nathan Rudyk for writing this beautiful piece in honor of Shaun McLaughlin.

A tribute to Shaun



Studio Snow Day, No Classes, Thursday, February 27th

Sat Naam and Namaste

We just wanted to let you know in light of the snow storm our teaching team has decided to call a studio snow day.  We will have no classes today, Thursday, February 27th.  Many of us come from the country, and many of us have wee ones home today with the school snow day, perhaps the perfect day to cocoon at home.

It is our priority and mission to offer you space for your own self care, please look at this as an opportunity to embrace a cozy practice at home.

We are sending you all love and light from our homes to yours

If you’re out on the roads, stay safe.


Spring Relaxation + Renewal

Our next Relaxation and Renewal Workshop with Margie and Amber will be Saturday, March 28th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.

Join us to help prepare ourselves for the coming spring. The transition from our cocoons to a time of reemergence and revitalization can be a very profound time for us physically, emotionally and energetically. Taking some time carved out for you for that needed gift of deep introspection and self nourishment as you prepare to plant your own seeds for this time of transition. We are honored and look forward to holding safe space for you, offering support as you move through a beautiful afternoon of yin and restorative yoga practices, pranayama, connection, tea and snacks, an extended relaxation with the gong and the crystal bowls, and perhaps a little foot massage.

When: Saturday, March 28th

Time:  2:00 – 4:30 pm

Cost:  $55

Location:  Our cozy studio space located at 14 Mill Street

Space is limited and these afternoons tend to fill fast, we keep these workshops very sacred and cozy with smaller numbers.

If you’d like to register click here

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Upcoming Prenatal Series

Please join us for a 4 week prenatal yoga series starting Wednesday March 4th

Yoga is an incredible way to honour yourself on all levels during the transitional time of pregnancy. It helps to prepare you for the birthing process and supports you physically and emotionally during one of the most intense and beautiful times in a women’s life. This class is also about connection, with your growing baby, with your body through the changes, and with a group of women as they travel their own path to motherhood.

Vichardeep will be leading you on this journey, connecting you to that deep place of wisdom within as you transform through your pregnancy.

The series will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:45 – 6:45 pm March 4th – March 25th

The cost for the full series is $60 (HST included).

Please contact the studio directly, or click hereto reserve your spot.

info@suryadaya.ca or call 613-451-2891

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Vichardeep Kaur came to yoga to find deeper meaning in life and a deeper connection to herself. She started teaching yoga in 2013, and in 2016, she followed her passion for pregnancy and birth and started her doula training. She chose to combine her life work to support women through yoga and birth support. She looks forward to supporting you on your journey to motherhood, providing a safe space to honour this very sacred time in your life.

Fundraising Class Friday, February 21st

Just a reminder we have our Community Karma Class this evening, Friday, February 21st, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  We are accepting donations for 2 local families who are going through childhood cancer (no donation is to small, we just want to offer these families at least a little bit of relief from financial stress during this time).

Perhaps your donation is the precious donation of your practice tonight, sending Aiden and Wyatt your prayers for healing, coming together in community.  Margie and Amber will be guiding you through a gentle movement sequence with some yin inspired postures, some gentle toning to help open your heart, and a beautiful extended relaxation accompanied by the crystal bowls and the gong.  We hope to see you this evening.

Please note our donation box will be accepting donations for the two families through to the end of the month.

If you’d like to learn more about their journeys please click the links below



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Studio Updates

Namaste and Sat Naam!  We’re still riding a wave of gratitude for an amazing celebration a few weeks back.  Thank you to everyone who took time on their Saturday to stop by and help us celebrate our amazing community through yoga practices, lots of amazing hugs, inspiring conversations, some relaxation, laughter, painting and yes cake!  We had so much fun with each of you.  We’re sharing a few pictures from our day (thank you Tracey and Chris for capturing so many special memories for us).  We can’t wait for our next open studio celebration.

Our community tree looks amazing, thank you everyone who has added their fingerprint, with out you our tree wouldn’t grow, each of you.  A special thank you to Linda and Hazel Hamilton for creating such a beautiful piece for us.  We look forward to a long future helping our community to thrive.  If you’d like to add your fingerprint, we have paint at the studio so please just let us know!

We are driven by our vision of a  happy, healthy and supported global community, and we truly have made it our mission to create a safe environment for accessible yoga and wellness based education to support and empower individuals of all ages to thrive in body, mind and spirit.  We intend to uphold our vision within our local community and to prioritize giving back through sharing the teachings, giving you space to explore yourself in your practice and fundraising initiatives that bring people together.  We want to help you to feel the best you can, untap your potential, nurture community and live in harmony with the natural world in a way that is accessible for all individuals.

We have some exciting events coming up over the next few months.  On Saturday, February 15th, from 2 – 3 pm Simonne will be holding our next monthly karma class for the Lanark County Food Bank (following with Sunday, March 16th).  We also have a karma class on Friday February 21st from 6:30 – 8:00 pm for 2 local families who are in need of some extra support, Margie and I will be holding space for all of you to help support these 2 families through a healing sound immersion session.

March brings us our next relaxation and renewal workshop, preparing our bodies for the spring!  Looking ahead over the next few months we have another prenatal series starting in March, some workshops for yoga and chronic illness, Vichardeep will be holding her next detox workshop in April (her one this past weekend was so powerful and inspiring, excited for her spring cleanse session), we have special teachers coming to share their skills and gifts with somatics and self care teachings, and we have a special guest, local artist Jessica Hibberd, coming in to co-facilitate an art and yoga workshop for young girls in April.

Lots of exciting things coming so please stay connected, as we move through this season of hibernation and allow our bodies to rest and our visions to take shape.  Taking supported time to balance movement with rest over these winter months is so vitally important, aligning yourself with the seasons and the natural earth cycles.  In doing so you are supporting yourself to emerge with vitality and fresh energy as the tulips and the iris’s start to pop their beautiful heads up, I know, hard to imagine on a day like today.

Sending each of you our hearts full of love and gratitude.  We hope to see you soon, on your mat or out and about in our amazing community of Almonte.

Yoga + Creativity Workshop

Yoga and Creativity Workshop for girls 

 Join Jessica and Amber for an afternoon of movement, exploration, creativity and art journaling.

This workshop is suitable for girls ages 8 to 13.  We’ll start our journey together with a mindfulness based breath practice.   Amber will then guide you through an accessible flowing yoga practice with the intention to release stress and explore your body and emotions through movement.  When we give ourselves permission to move and feel better in our bodies, we also feel better in our minds and creativity starts to naturally flow through us.  We’ll spend some time focusing our intentions.  Jessica will facilitate the artistic exploration of our afternoon together.  She’ll share techniques and ideas for creating journal pages, explore creative ways of self-expression, support you to play with colour, shape, words, pictures and mixed materials.

Each participant will leave with their own art journal to take home.

No artistic ability is required, just an openness to free your own innate creative expression.

When:  Saturday, April 4th

Time:  1:00 – 3:00 pm

Where:  Our studio located at 14 Mill Street, in the Heritage Court

Cost:  $45 (HST inclusive)

Workshop includes:

All materials; including art journal to continue the process at home, connection, yoga instruction (we have mats and all the props needed) and healthy snacks.

*please let us know if you have any allergies or food sensitivities

Meet your guides:

Amber Young

Amber Young is the owner of Surya Daya Yoga & Wellness and she is a passionate yoga guide who loves to witness the process of body movement and self exploration translating into the way we express ourselves authentically in the world.  She has been actively facilitating a teen fit club for 9  to 13 year old girls out of Heritage Fitness in Carleton Place for the past 3 years, she has co-taught yoga and art workshops for youth with other great local artists,  and does private yoga sessions for youth.  She has made it part of her mission to hold a safe space to support individuals, of all ages, to feel better in their body and their mind.  Amber lives in Almonte, where she also practices massage therapy.  She is the mother of 2 boys and loves being a part of this vibrant and community focused town.


Bio pictureJessica Hibberd is an Almonte based artist who has been creating art ever since she can remember. Originally from the West coast of Canada, she rekindled her passion for art in 2012 while travelling back to the Pacific Ocean. It was there that her abstract style found its beginnings on a floating fishing lodge off the coast of Vancouver Island, inspired by the whales and peacefulness of the sea. Jessica has received a BA in Psychology from Carleton University, taught high school in Southern Thailand, volunteered at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and has experience as a classroom assistant at an Ottawa based Montessori school. She currently works for the Government of Canada and lives in the artistic community of Almonte. Her most recent projects include hand-built pottery with carved designs inspired by nature and her travels. Art has always been a relaxing and joyful experience that she enjoys sharing with others!

Please give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions or would like to reserve a spot.  613-451-2891 / info@suryadaya.ca

Please note space is limited to help deepen the experience for the girls

To register click here



Our New Sound Exploration Evenings

Join Margie and Amber on Friday, February 21st from 6:30 – 8:00 pm for a special soul soothing sound immersion class.

We kicked off 2020 with the first of these beautiful offerings and we’re excited to be able to bring these to our community.   Look for them on our calender every few months, a chance for us to open some sacred heart space and offer you practices to dive a little deeper into yourself with a supported relaxation experience.  When we come together to teach these magical sessions, we feel utterly blessed to be able to support you on your path.

We’ll be setting intentions for our practice, moving through some nurturing movement and yin to release tension, exploring mantra meditation and toning, and easing our way into a journey of sound immersion relaxation with the healing vibrations of the crystal bowl and the gong.

This class will be held as a fundraising karma class for Aiden and Wyatt, two little boys who have been on a long journey with reoccurring cancer. We have helped to support in karma classes years gone by. The two families are still very much in need of some extra support. 100% of all donations received will be going directly to the families.

Suggested Donation:  $5, $10, $25, or whatever you can manage, all donations will be graciously accepted and passed on to the families.

Preregistration is not necessary
Doors will open 20 minutes before the class start time. We recommend you come early to settle into our cozy space.

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Rediscovery Weekend Workshop

Rediscovery SuryaDaya posterWe are so honored and excited to have YogiJD coming to Almonte to offer this program and weekend workshop. This program is designed to assist people living in recovery
from addictions to live a fulfilling, healthy spiritual life.

Rediscovery: Yoga for Addictions Weekend Workshop – Almonte

When we are trapped in addiction, we lose our true identity.

The ReDIScovery program incorporates the tools and teachings will include yogic spirituality (The Yoga Sutra’s, Bhagavad Gita) Buddhism ( The Four Noble truths, The Eightfold Path), Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous – to lead the participant to rediscover their True Self, and support overcoming unhealthy behaviors and patterns.

If you are new to recovery, or searching for a way to renew your commitment to sobriety, this program will give you tools to help free you from addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, sex – all forms of addiction.
This 12-week program will guide the participant on a journey of Rediscovery, on a path toward finding one’s True Self and a new way of living;

The Rediscovery program teaches tools to break free of addiction in all its forms – alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex. It is designed to be accessible by everyone, at every fitness level. By learning the techniques and teachings of yoga, Buddhism, Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and the 12 steps.

All ages welcome. Experience in yoga and meditation is not required. This program is designed for people stuck in addiction; new to recovery or trapped in the cycle of relapse. Participants can expect to learn tools to help them find their True Self and a lifetime of joy and freedom from addictions.

Please contact YogiJD directly at info@manipuracentre.net  or 613-261-9642 to find out more information, or to register for this incredible weekend.

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Yours in service.

Help us celebrate our community, Saturday January 25th

Just a reminder that this Saturday, January 25th, at our Gratitude Celebration our regular studio class passes will be 15% off (excluding our new student 30 day unlimited pass, specialty series and workshops).
We are just preparing goodie bags for the first 30 people that come out Saturday, and taking care of our last little details to help make Saturday as special as we can for all of you.
We’ll be kicking the day off with a beautiful kundalini kriya for self healing and creativity at 9:00 am.  North Market is making us a beautiful gluten free and vegan cake to add to our festivities, our generous community has contributed special items for our raffle to help support your practice, Wendy at the Creperie is preparing a beautiful nourishing fruit platter for us, our dear friend and local artist Linda Hamilton has created the most precious and beautiful community tree for us to add our fingerprints and complete the creation, and our teachers have some very special classes planned for the day.
We hope you’ll be able to join us, even to stop by for a hug.
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Please note we will be able to accept cash, cheque and credit cards on the day of our celebration and the discount only applies to in studio purchases. If you are presently in the middle of a pass, you can still take advantage of the discount and your new pass will be waiting for you in our system as you move through your existing pass.  Any questions, we’re here.