Changes to Schedule

May 23, 2012

We have made a few changes to our schedule to enhance your Elation Centre experience:

-Wednesday, May 16th will be the last Vinyasa (75 mins) with Donna

-Tuesday, May 22nd will be the last Vinyasa Gentle class with Martha (1:15-2:15pm)

-Beginning Monday, June 4th Martha will teach Vinyasa (hips) 6:45-7:56PM

-Beginning Sunday, June 10th  Caroline’s Elation Vinyasa Flow will start at 9am and will be 75 minutes

Stay tuned for new yoga classes and nutrition workshops being added to our schedule.

New Summer Run classes coming soon!


Ride the Waves of Financial Health

April 10, 2012

Here is a guest post from one of our long-time members and a good friend of mine Carlos Rios. Carlos is also the person I trust as my financial health and wellness guide, just as he looks to me for advice on his physical health and well-being.

On  April 20 or 21, you will have the opportunity to attend a fun and informative one hour financial health and wellness seminar with Carlos and his partner Mark McCooeye, both are well-versed in today’s economy and have a knack for taking the ‘dry edge’ out of financial information.

Carlos and Mark are also providing wine, vegan snacks, and draw prizes for Elation Centre gift certificates at whichever seminar you decided to attend. Come for some free info, to share wine, tea, and community and maybe win your next class pass!


At the end of every email Donna sends these days is the saying by Swami Satchidananda “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf”.

Financial issues and the events that happen in life are the like waves and if you don’t know how to surf they can hit you pretty hard.
Please join Mark McCooeye, and myself,  advisers with Investors Group Financial Services Inc., as we present an informative session to talk about how to:

– Manage your cash flow effectively to increase savings and pay down debt quicker;
– Earn a reasonable rate of return with the least amount of risk; and
– Protect your financial plan and your estate.

Two session times will be offered at Elation Centre,
Friday, April 20th  7:30 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21st  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Whether you are feeling like the waves are hitting you hard these days or you’d just like to check-in to see how you are doing, the seminars will give you a more complete understanding of what financial health is and the options available to you to get on the fast track.

The sessions are free of charge. Wine and vegan snacks will be served and we will raffle off your choice of a one month Elation Centre yoga pass or a $50.00 gift certificate towards any Elation Centre program.

Deadline to register: Please sign up by Monday April 16
contact: Cristina at 613-591-7639 Ext 261 or email

To learn more about the seminar, feel free to contact Carlos at 613-796-9241.

Carlos Rios, MSM, B.Bus.Adm. Consultant and Mark McCooeye, CMA, MBA, CFP, Executive Financial Consultant,  Investors Group Financial Services Inc.

Sunrise Yoga Boot Camp

March 21, 2012

Invest in You for a Change

With a constant bombardment of new fitness, health and weight loss information constantly coming on the market, what do you choose and where do you start?

The good news is you’re come to the right place. I’m Donna Davis, owner and CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of Elation Centre, and, one of my passions in life is to dig through all the information and find out what is relevant – what really works!

This program delivers results

I desire to live a life full of energy, to stay fit, trim and lean, to fuel my body and mind to prevent disease and live life to it’s fullest – all in the most efficient and effective way possible!

Sunrise Yoga Boot Camp combines all the elements that work for me; drawing on the extremely popular and successful Powerful Woman Boot Camp I created over 6 years ago,  I am so happy to offer you this new and cutting edge program, open to both men and women.

With over a decade of experience as a fitness, health and wellness coach, and the benefit of having trained with some of the top Yoga, Fitness and Nutrition experts in the industry – my creation of Sunrise Yoga Boot Camp offers you the beauty and perfection of the ancient practice of Yoga with cutting edge physiology exercises resulting in outstanding results and in a brand New You!

Sunrise Yoga Boot Camp is our signature Elation Vinyasa Yoga flow class, which builds endurance and burns fat, combined with postures proven to both build lean and toned muscles, and move deep in to muscle tissue to release tension and prevent injury. You receive the benefits of strength training without the gym setting and the mind body calming benefits of yoga, all in one program.

Exercise is just part of the plan

Research has shown the up to 80% of the results you are looking for from your fitness routine – weight loss, toning, fat burning, disease prevention, are a result of what you eat! A diet high in fibre, one that eliminates unhealthy cholesterol, one that is high in anti-oxidants and micro nutrients and of course one that fits a busy lifestyle, is one that works.

Our Sunrise Yoga Boot Camp program combines our cutting edge mind-body fitness program with the most up-to-date information on diet and nutrition to fuel you, promote lean muscle and fat-burning and create long-term health and prevention.

A comprehensive program

We give you the tools, tips, motivation and guidance to guarantee you succeed. You don’t have to go anywhere else.

This is a new movement in health, fitness, and well-being.

Our members constantly tell us that Elation Centre is more than just Yoga, we are a community where you can feel at home, supported and inspired. Join us on the leading edge of health and wellness, and become a leader in your own health movement, one that you can spread to your peers and family, educating, empowering and enriching lives, and living with energy and passion!

For more details on the Sunrise Yoga Boot Camp, click here.

This Is Your LIfe

March 16, 2012

This  Manifesto is from Holstee, a lifestyle design company with a conscience. Between twitter, tumblr and the whole wide blogosphere, the Holstee Manifesto has been viewed over 50,000,000 times! This Manifesto is one of the first things they created after quitting their  jobs to start Holstee. It continues to be a reminder of what is important in life.

Thanks Holstee you have inspired us to write our own Manifesto!

February Book Club: The Coincidence of Meeting Eric

February 17, 2012


Carolyn, an Elation Centre member, was working at her bank on the Friday of last Book Club. She had enjoyed reading Stephen Cope’s book, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, and was looking forward to discussing it at the Book Club that evening. She was chatting with one of her clients and somehow the topic of yoga came up. Within minutes she found out that her client Eric Peters was a yoga teacher/therapist who had been at Kripalu when Stephen Cope released his book and that Stephen Cope inspired Eric to write his own book about how yoga impacted his life.

Eric Peters wrote his book “Out of the Cage” about his experience with a severe scoliosis and the metal cage treatment that he endured for years of his growing up. His book describes how even when Eric was finally released from the cage, he suffered from pain, physical ailments and addiction to painkilling narcotics. He describes how yoga allowed him find his way through those difficult times.

Eric has kindly agreed to join us on Saturday, February 25 for our Book Club. There are copies of his book at the studio for sale. Even of you are not able to read the book, please feel welcome to join us for a discussion of Eric’s experience.

Time: 7:30PM – 9:00PM

All are welcome!

Happy New Year

January 2, 2012

Welcome to 2012. May your year be filled with gratitude & peace, and may our eyes be open to the wonder around us.

We hope you enjoy this beautiful video, enjoy the time to sit and savour it.

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) from R Smittenaar on Vimeo.

New Year’s Day Yoga Class

December 15, 2011


Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Teacher: Caroline Elson

Cost: Donation to the Food Bank. Non-perishable food items or minimum $5.00 donation.

Class Limit: 30 people. When we reach our limit the studio door will be closed, so come early to reserve your spot. Doors open at 9:30am


On January 1 we will be holding our annual New Year’s day class raising donations for the Ottawa Food Bank .

This year Caroline will donate her time, to offer an all-levels  vinyasa class designed to foster peace of mind and awareness as we enter into the new year, we will close with a short meditation to set your intentions for 2012

You Have Everything You Need

November 12, 2011

This one-minute video from Russell Simmons was posted on; he really gets it!

Entrepreneur, yogi, meditator, and vegan, Russell Simmons inspires with this one-minute video, where he says:

“The idea that you have everything you need has got to be the most profound and important revelation…. Giving is the basis of getting, and this idea of operating from a place of love, or place of abundance, is a very attractive idea.”

Here’s the one-minute video:




Hot New Classes & Updates

September 6, 2011

Here are a few hot updates to our fall Yoga schedule, to view the complete schedule which starts the week of September 18, click here    

Elation Hot Flow Yoga

Just in time for the cooler temperatures – Hot Yoga is back at Elation Centre! 

Elation Hot Flow is practiced in a heat tolerable by most people, around 30 C, hot enough to encourage deeper flexibility and detoxification without overstretching or dehydrating. Elation Hot Flow is perfect for people with limited flexibility, people who love a good sweat from the inside and out, and anyone who wants to cleanse and detox. Open to all levels, bring water and a towel 

Class Schedule:

  • Tuesdays @ 6:00PM Hot Core
  • Tuesdays @ 7:15PM Hot Hips 
  • Wednesdays @ 9:15AM  Hot Flow 
  • Fridays @ 5:00PM Hot Flow    

Click Here for Class Descriptions 

 Elation Vinyasa Intermediate

This 75-minute class is designed for those wishing to demystify poses and move more deeply into their practice. Here is where you work on the stamina to hold postures longer, discover more ways to bend backward, balance on your arms, explore binds, and deep twists. This class is not for a beginner but you don’t have to be “advanced” either. If you have a regular practice and are comfortable to explore basic inversions like headstand and can balance in crow a bit, this is the class for you! This class builds focus, strength and staming and is sweaty and energetic.

Vinyasa Intermediate Schedule: Wednesdays @ 6:15PM with Donna 

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga


One of our most beloved classes – practicing as the sun rises, shining through our studio windows, is now open to men and women. Come one, come all and Enjoy!

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga Class Schedule: Mon – Fri @ 5:45AM, with Krista, Donna and Martha

Love Your Backbends

September 1, 2011

Holiday Monday – Special Yoga Class 

Date: Monday September 5th

Time: 5:30-7:00PM

Cost: $20.00 cash

Join us for an invigorating unfolding of the body. Class will close with an 11 minuted seated meditation.

This class is suitable for experienced students only. You must have a regular vinyasa practise for more then one year.

No Pre-registration required.

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