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A love of yoga should not be suppressed because of the high cost of classes, especially when there are so many cost-saving options here in Ottawa.

 

Article and photo by Christine Tomlinson and Ophelia John

Mind, body, and cheap prices

If you don’t mind going to a new studio every month, studio-hopping is your best bet. There are usually monthly deals for first-time members. But if you’d rather find a studio you like and grow roots there, then here are some studios you can try.

A studio that understands what it means to be a student is Bikram Yoga Ottawa. There is a semester pass for full-time students under 25 years old for $299. Even if you only make it to the studio three times a week, that works out to about $6.25 per class, which is a steal. Bikram’s hot yoga promises 26 postures that are suitable for every level. Located at Bank and Wellington, it’s not too far from campus.

Inner Soul Yoga & Cycle just off Merivale Road is worth the trip because it has a great group deal for students. Getting a “20 Class Card” for $180 means you can go to class once or twice a week for about $9 a class for the semester. This studio offers three different types of classes for beginner, intermediate, or advanced students. It also offers free mat rentals.

In Westboro, there’s a great little place on Kirkwood Avenue called the Elation Centre that offers $5 Sunday yoga classes from 5–6 p.m., which runs until December. The price is a great deal because the instructors donate their time and the revenues go to charities such as iSisters, Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue, and the Unitarian House of Ottawa. You’ll feel good because of the “emotional balance” yoga, but also because you’re giving back to the community.

Pure Yoga offers an organized chart of classes, appointments, and workshops, specifically for your mobile device. It has two locations in Ottawa: one in Westboro on Richmond Road, and a newly renovated studio in Centretown on Bank Street. Pure Yoga offers full-time students 50 per cent off any class packages that range from $70 to $230 regular price. So if you want to start off with a five-class pack, you’ll pay only $35.

Rama Lotus Yoga Center is the place to be if you’re looking for peace and tranquility. Located at Bank Street and Gladstone Avenue, this centre offers classes that aren’t too pricey. They give full-time students half-price for weekday classes between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or 10 per cent off at other times during the day.

Yoga Town is located on Preston Street in Little Italy, less than 20 minutes away by bus. This sophisticated yoga studio is the place to go for all you yogis. The nicely decorated entryway leads to expansive change rooms, and they have a large studio to accommodate the influx of students every autumn. Their energy option is based on the barter system, which could be useful for students on a strict budget. You can work a three-hour shift to get free yoga in return—sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

[/notdevice][device]Article and photo by Christine Tomlinson and Ophelia John

Mind, body, and cheap prices

A love of yoga should not be suppressed because of the high cost of classes, especially when there are so many cost-saving options here in Ottawa.

If you don’t mind going to a new studio every month, studio-hopping is your best bet. There are usually monthly deals for first-time members. But if you’d rather find a studio you like and grow roots there, then here are some studios you can try.

A studio that understands what it means to be a student is Bikram Yoga Ottawa. There is a semester pass for full-time students under 25 years old for $299. Even if you only make it to the studio three times a week, that works out to about $6.25 per class, which is a steal. Bikram’s hot yoga promises 26 postures that are suitable for every level. Located at Bank and Wellington, it’s not too far from campus.

Inner Soul Yoga & Cycle just off Merivale Road is worth the trip because it has a great group deal for students. Getting a “20 Class Card” for $180 means you can go to class once or twice a week for about $9 a class for the semester. This studio offers three different types of classes for beginner, intermediate, or advanced students. It also offers free mat rentals.

In Westboro, there’s a great little place on Kirkwood Avenue called the Elation Centre that offers $5 Sunday yoga classes from 5–6 p.m., which runs until December. The price is a great deal because the instructors donate their time and the revenues go to charities such as iSisters, Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue, and the Unitarian House of Ottawa. You’ll feel good because of the “emotional balance” yoga, but also because you’re giving back to the community.

Pure Yoga offers an organized chart of classes, appointments, and workshops, specifically for your mobile device. It has two locations in Ottawa: one in Westboro on Richmond Road, and a newly renovated studio in Centretown on Bank Street. Pure Yoga offers full-time students 50 per cent off any class packages that range from $70 to $230 regular price. So if you want to start off with a five-class pack, you’ll pay only $35.

Rama Lotus Yoga Center is the place to be if you’re looking for peace and tranquility. Located at Bank Street and Gladstone Avenue, this centre offers classes that aren’t too pricey. They give full-time students half-price for weekday classes between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or 10 per cent off at other times during the day.

Yoga Town is located on Preston Street in Little Italy, less than 20 minutes away by bus. This sophisticated yoga studio is the place to go for all you yogis. The nicely decorated entryway leads to expansive change rooms, and they have a large studio to accommodate the influx of students every autumn. Their energy option is based on the barter system, which could be useful for students on a strict budget. You can work a three-hour shift to get free yoga in return—sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

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