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.

Lessons from Yoga in Rwanda

June 30, 2011

Guest Post by Martha Judd, senior Yoga Teacher 

On Sunday June 23rd, I was fortunate enough to attend the Yoga in Rwanda fundraiser at Elation Centre with Annie Berube, a dedicated and grounded yoga teacher, from Ottawa, currently teaching Yoga with Project Air in Rwanda.

She lead us through an inspirational Ashtanga Yoga class which she taught in many languages and as a Yoga teacher and student myself, I feel I was given a gift from the women of Rwanda through Annie. I was reminded of how a yoga asana practice can be many things. It can be in a quiet studio in Ottawa wearing comfortable clothes, accompanied by soft music, surrounded by incredibly inspirational students and teachers, and it can be on a small porch in Rwanda with the voices of many, laughter, sadness, strength, wearing whatever shirts are available that day and surrounded by incredibly inspirational students and teachers. I learned about Project Air from the inside out. Annie described her students, their difficult life situations, their trauma, their work, their laughter, their inspiration and their extreme dedication to the practice of yoga. Yoga is bringing physical and mental health benefits to the women of Rwanda and the women of Ottawa without a doubt. From my perspective of safety in life I choose to support the practice of Yoga for the women of Rwanda as a tool for life in an environment where safe moments of exploration both mentally and physically are not often available. Annie’s group of women come to Yoga classes 3-4 times a week and have been for 4 years. This type of dedication is rare in a healthy, safe, comfortable Yoga student in our culture. I suggest we acknowledge this dedication and commitment by supporting Project Air as a tool for life.

Thank you so much to our members and friends who attended this amazing class and gave donations to support Project Air and Annie’s efforts with these truly inspirational women


Guest Post by Sarah Murray – Human Library

May 16, 2011

This blog is a simple opportunity to share with you what people in our community are doing to be of service and create positive shifts. It is written by Sarah Murray ( sitting in the middle of the front row with the beautiful red hair).  A Teacher-Librarian, mother of three, yogini and yoga teacher in training, Sarah is educating, empowering, and enriching the lives of so many!

The first Human Library took place at Roskilde Festival 2000 in Denmark. Essentially, people volunteer to be ‘living books’ to be ‘read’ by other participants. The main goal of the exchange is to allow ‘readers’ to ‘take out’ their prejudice from the human library.

As the teacher-librarian at St. Joseph High School, in Barrhaven, I first learned about the human library at the OLA Super Conference earlier this year in Toronto. I wanted to celebrate Education Week by hosting a similar event. The event grew out of contacts that I have through family in the Ottawa Police force and at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Jay and Joe offered to come with my cousin Sargent John Gibbons.

Jay and Joe were formerly homeless men, with serious drug and alcohol addictions that contributed to their ensuing life of crime. Brigitte came from the Royal Ottawa Client Empowerment Council where she advocates on behalf of people living with addictions. She shared her very moving story of abuse and cocaine addiction and her present conflicted relationship with her teenage daughter. Dan is a recent graduate of St. Joe’s. He shared his life as a gay teen and his recent contraction of HIV/AIDS virus. Liz works as an outreach teacher at Operation Come Home in the market that supports teen runaways. My aunt Maggie, a mental health nurse at the ROH, volunteered at the last minute to replace the book “Average Guy Living with Schizophrenia” who had a bad cold!

I was very reluctant to have media at the event because I wasn’t sure how it would unfold and was leery of having the intrusion interrupt the flow of conversation between the students and the books. However, my friend who is a
producer at CBC encouraged me to allow him to share the information with his friend Hallie Cotnam. I couldn’t believe that she would come all the way out to Barrhaven early Tuesday morning after the election and Osama news to cover
our little human library event.

Hallie followed a group of Grade 12 students as they moved from book to book recording their questions and the answers. Her news story and the interview with Kathleen Petty of Ottawa Morning really captured the essence of the day! Take the time to listen to her interview on CBC Radio.

One parent emailed the school as she was moved to tears by the coverage and was full of praise for a concept that allows students to have an authentic learning experience outside the strict guidelines of the curriculum!

As a result of a challenge proposed by Joe and Jay, the Grade 12’s are volunteering to spend the day at the Shepherd’s of Good Hope making sandwiches and serving lunch to patrons.

My yoga practice definitely helped me keep the event in perspective and to cope with the anxiety and worry I had about how it would unfold. See what can happen when you ‘breathe, smile and believe’! I am deeply grateful to the
‘living books’ who volunteered several hours of their time and made themselves completely vulnerable and open to the curiosity of young teens.

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