Workshop Series

Yoga is so much more than what takes place on the mat.  It’s about bringing stillness, calm and joy into your everyday.  It’s learning about your body, nourishing your mind and connecting with your community.  The Food for Thought classes and workshops are designed to enhance your festival experience and encourage you to step outside your comfort zone to explore all sorts of possibilities.  The classes and workshops are available to All Access Festival Pass holders AND the general public, at no cost.  




8:00 – 9:00am

Yoga for Beginners: An Intro to the Basics
Stuart Bell
(East side of Aberdeen Pavillion)

Walking Meditation
Devinder Kaur
(Water feature: East side of Great Lawn)

9:00 – 9:30am

9:30 – 10:30am

The Dailey Method Barre Class
Sarah Thompson + Jamie Rigby
(East side of Aberdeen Pavillion)

Be Flexy
Karolyne LaFortune
Aberdeen Pavilion (inside)

10:00 – 10:30am

Kirtan Meditation is On!
Simply Meditation
Aberdeen Pavilion (inside)

10:30 – 11:30am

11:00am – 12:00pm

Family Yoga
Amanda DeGrace
(East side of Aberdeen Pavillion)

11:30am – 12:30pm

Strengthening Resilience through Movement and Breath
Katherine Marr & Steffi Retzlaff
Aberdeen Pavilion (inside)

12:30 – 1:30pm

Together We Rise
Shan + Pete MacLaggan
(East side of Aberdeen Pavillion)

1:30 – 2:00pm

Physical Fitness; A Lifetime of results
Michael Donnelly, Greco Fitness
Aberdeen Pavilion (inside)

2:00 – 3:00pm

Atmon-omy Love: An Anatomy Workshop
Jenna Switzer
(East side of Aberdeen Pavillion)

2:30 – 3:30pm

The Next Level: Becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist
Anne Pitman
Aberdeen Pavilion (inside)

3:30 – 4:30pm

Demystifying Superfoods
Amy Longard
(East side of Aberdeen Pavillion)

4:30 – 5:00pm

Be Flexy
Karolyne LaFortune
Aberdeen Pavilion (inside)

5:00 – 6:00pm

Laurie Howe
(East side of Aberdeen Pavillion)

6:30 – 7:30pm

Sound Alchemy
Megan Marie Gates
(East side of Aberdeen Pavillion)

Note: schedule, class style and teacher are subject to change



[Stuart bell]

"Gentle and Basic" No experience necessary. This yoga session is for anyone who wants to give yoga a try, we'll take good care of you! Take time to stretch your body and mind. Today's session will have postures that counter balance those long hours at the computer and slow down the mind with some meditation and breath work. Upward Dog Yoga Instructors a plenty to assist you and help you be safe.


[Devinder Kaur]

Most people associate meditation with sitting quietly. But walking is also considered a meditation posture! Walking meditation, also known as mindful walking, is an active practice that requires you to be consciously aware and moving in the environment rather than sitting with your eyes closed.

Walking meditation brings a number of benefits in addition to the cultivating mindfulness. It can be a helpful for building concentration, making us more aware, and connecting us to the present moment.  At times of strong emotions or stress, walking meditation can be more relaxing than sitting. An added benefit is that, when done for extended times, walking meditation can also build strength and stamina.

Join Devinder Kaur, to learn, practice and experience this profound type of meditation.



[ Sarah Thompson & Jamie Rigby ]

This class is good for all levels. The cueing and pacing is relatively quick but options and modifications are given regularly to enable all clients to be successful. Students are encouraged to work at their own level and to make the positioning the priority for each exercise. Movement is layered on after form and alignment is perfected. This is the ideal class to work on perfecting your practice while continuing to be challenged.


[Simply Meditation]

Join Simply Meditation for an hour of enlivening mantra meditation featuring kirtan, a musical meditation centered on the chanting of sacred mantras, and gauranga breathing, a mix of pranayama and mantra accompanied by harmonium.  These easy to practice yoga meditation techniques will help you feel invigorated, yet peaceful and relaxed.


[Rhythms Rediscovered]

In this workshop, participants will gain an experiential understanding of the principles taught and practiced by Rhythms Rediscovered. Come move, breathe, play, connect, and hear about this not-for-profit initiative that has slowly grown over the last five years in Ottawa. Katherine and Steffi will give you a taste of what’s taught in the yoga outreach programs as well as in the professional development trainings they offer for yoga teachers and health professionals. Given the short duration of the workshop, there may not be any time for a Q & A period. However, Katherine and Steffi will be at City of Om all day to answer your questions, representing Rhythms Rediscovered at an information table in the public space.


[Amanda DeGrace]

Join in with the Little Lotus team in this fun filled family yoga class that is for all ages!  Bring the whole family and join in the yoga fun! Watch your little one wag their tail in down dog while you open up through the back of your body and enjoy some lovely asana alongside them.  This class has exciting asana, will include some games and movement and we will end it all with a lovely family relaxation.


[ Shan + Pete MacLaggan ]

Working together, how can we make yoga more inclusive and accessible? In the spirit of coming together, join us in this bridge building workshop, connecting communities divided along lines of socioeconomic status, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, occupation and education. Through storytelling, meditation, movement and compassionate engagement, we will offer practical solutions and strategies to break down barriers, open doorways and remind us that this aspect of yoga isn’t separate from our practice ~ it IS our practice. By connecting to our communities we can all begin to move a little closer to one another.


[ Jenna Switzer ]

Anatomy doesn't have to be boring! In fact, learning about how amazing YOUR body is on the inside can be transformative in our yoga practice and build a greater sense of self-love. Learn about the muscles, joints and bones that are working inside you to help you balance, play, and yoga (sometimes all at the same time!).


[ Anne Pitman ]

Yoga classes help keep body, mind and soul balanced and healthy.  But what about people who can’t get to yoga classes or aren’t comfortable in groups?  What about those with complex injuries, chronic pain, pernicious disease, mental health issues or ongoing trauma? Yoga Therapy is a burgeoning field of professional practice with international standards ( ) requiring 800+ additional hours of training for experienced yoga teachers, who learn to work therapeutically with individual and unique needs. The Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy provides curriculum and clinical practice for the wide scope and depth needed, combining the wisdom of traditional yoga with modern scientific and somatic practice. In this session learn more about scope and benefits of yoga therapy, how to find a certified yoga therapy practitioner, or discover how to become a yoga therapist yourself.


[ Amy Longard ]

What are super foods? How they can improve your yoga practice? Join nutritionist & plant-based chef, Amy Longard, for the answers to these questions. This informative workshop will include a superfood show-and-tell, tips and tricks for adding superfoods into your diet, as well as food demonstration and samples for those in attendance.


Laurie Howe ]

LoveYourBrain (LYB) aims to improve the quality of life and restore the well-being of people impacted by traumatic brain injury (TBI), through yoga and meditation, while raising awareness about the importance of brain health. Join one of LYB Ottawa's core teachers to experience a snapshot of this transformational new yoga and meditation program for the concussion and TBI community! Workshop will include an introduction to the LYB program, a LYB-friendly yoga practice and a guided meditation.

For more information about LYB, please visit or


[ Karolyne LaFortune ]

Stretch and mobilize your entire body!  You will learn mobility and dynamic stretching techniques for injury prevention and more specifically those that will help you increase your overall range of motion.  


[ Megan Marie Gates ]

Both movement and sound are two of the oldest known medicines on our planet. Part lecture/part experiential, in this workshop we explore sound healing as a form of deep meditation, with the use of our voices and healing instruments. We will start our practice with easeful movement to create more receptivity in our body, and will end with a sound bath set to the crystal singing bowls and other healing instruments.