Throughout the summer, yoga enthusiasts of all levels flock to Parliament Hill for truly unique and free yoga classes. Where else in the world can you practice your downward dog on the property of working federal government buildings? And who knows who you may encounter? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – a yoga enthusiast himself – has been known to walk by the event and greet participants.
Midday sun and sunset
Weekly daytime classes are held on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., May through August.
New in 2018, a Sunset Yoga Series takes place on Mondays during the month of August, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Perfect timing to stay and watch the Sound and Light Show!)
What to expect
Hundreds of people regularly participate in the free, one-hour sessions hosted by Lululemon Athletica, the Canadian yoga apparel company. A lead instructor hosts the session over loud-speakers while other yogis roam through the crowds to help participants as required.
Bring your own yoga mat, a water bottle and sunscreen during daytime sessions as the lawn in front of Parliament Hill is not shaded. The events are weather dependent. In case of questionable weather, verify the Facebook page for updates.
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