From late spring through 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.
Free weekly class
Weekly daytime classes are held on Wednesdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., mid-May through August.
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.
What to expect
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 event’s Facebook page for updates.
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