yoga on parliament hill

Ichih teaching on the Hill! photo credit: bill juillette

meet ichih

Current hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Type of yoga she’s teaching at Wanderlust Whistler: Baptiste-inspired, Hatha and Yin
Life loves: Yoga and travel. Yoga is a way of life for me. I have the best job in the world, I get to travel and do and teach yoga.
Why she started teaching: A yoga teacher approached me in 2003 after class and asked if I was interested in teaching yoga. My first reply was “no way”, but little did I know – that teacher planted the seed. The short answer is: “Because I love yoga and I love teaching it!”.
Her teachers: My parents. They taught me to stand strong in my life. Baron Baptiste, who taught me what authenticity was. Stacy Dockins, Deborah Williamson and Philip Urso from Live Love Teach. They taught me to 'teach from love, not from fear'. my friends, students and yoga community are my greatest teachers. I learn something new everyday and they teach me the wisdom to let go of something everyday.
Favourite post-flight yoga pose: Child’s pose, the magical calming pose that releases, restores and supports exactly where you are. Combined with pranayama you will bring more oxygen to the blood and brain and calm the nervous system.

how parliament hill yoga began

One summer day six years ago in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, six people met for a yoga class on the lawn outside Canada’s parliament buildings. As the yogis twisted and turned through sun salutations and opened their hearts toward the Very Serious Government Buildings, it was clear to everyone present that this was the start of something very special.

Fast forward to the summer of 2012: weekly Wednesday yoga at Parliament Hill with Ottawa's best instuctors has become a summer ritual and now has several hundred people attend every week -- in June, attendance hit 600 one Wednesday, and the next week 917 showed up to bend and stretch together.

What’s it like to teach hundreds of people at an outdoor yoga class? Ambassador Ichih (pronounced “EYE-chee”) Wang says: “It’s magical. Emotional. Unreal. There’s something about being in nature, on the grass, with a huge community creating peace.”

what you need to know

Where: Parliament Hill
When: Every Wednesday at 12pm to 1pm.
What to bring: Your yoga mat, a water bottle and clothes that you can bend in.

Teaching assistants will be there to help faciliate the class, and the instructor uses a sound system so that you can hear the cue to savasana no matter where you are on the lawn. Class goes rain or shine but will be canceled if the weather's calling for thunder and lightning -- that's just not safe!

august 15: the biggest class yet

Ichih will be teaching Yoga at Parliament Hill on August 15th, and we've set a goal to have 5,000 people do yoga together on this day. Mark it in your calendar, and see you on the hill!

Not in the Ottawa area and want to practice with Ichih? She’ll be teaching four classes at Wanderlust Whistler this August: a Vinyasa Flow to get the weekend started, a Power Vinyasa Flow that’ll cleanse and renew you, Yin/Yang on Saturday to restore balance, and a calming Yin class to end your Wanderlust adventure on a sweet note on Sunday. Ichih’s also currently working on her first yoga dvd so that she can share her love of yoga with the world. Stay tuned!

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Is the “class” ok for newbies?

Comment by CampingGirl — June 27, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

Hey CampingGirl,
Our community classes are open to all levels, so definitely swing by and join in on the fun. For the yoga on Parliament Hill, we will have assistant instructors as well if you do need some help.

If you’d love to learn some of the basics first, both of our Ottawa stores hold Sunday morning yoga classes as well. It will be a great opportunity to learn in a small group setting.

Have fun and let us know how it goes!

Comment by GEC Online Community — June 28, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

Dr. PM Harper,

Dare ya?!?! In fact I triple downward DOG dare ya!!

<3 Sarah

Comment by Sarah — July 2, 2012 @ 11:36 am

Hi, I was wondering if there will be some classes in September ? :)

Comment by Marianne — July 24, 2012 @ 11:19 am

When does yoga on the Hill start this year.

Comment by Francine — May 6, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

It is back on! Parliament Hill yoga is on Wednesdays at noon. Connect with our Rideau store if you have any questions, they’d love to see you out there:

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — May 7, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

I live/work 45 minutes from Ottawa but would love if I worked closer to do Yoga on the hill!! I know a few girls who have done it and loved it!

Comment by Emily Alyssa — June 6, 2013 @ 6:43 am

If there is a class on Thursday August 15th from 12-1, does that mean that the one on Wednesday August 14th is cancelled?

Comment by Katya — August 10, 2013 @ 8:56 am

Hi Katya,
What store or studio are you inquiring about?

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — August 11, 2013 @ 10:44 am

I’m wondering about parliament hill yoga. When will it be held this week?

Comment by Katya — August 11, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

Looks like this Wednesday there will be Parliament Hill Yoga happening: Katya!
~ Siya
Online Community

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — August 12, 2013 @ 8:28 am

Thanks Siya! I also noticed the kettlebell workout that will be happening on Friday at Westboro beach. Do you know if we need to bring our own kettle bells?

Comment by Katya — August 13, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

Hey Katya,
This is a perfect question to pop on the Westboro Store facebook page (, they will be able to give you all the juicy details!
~ Somerlea
social media team

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — August 14, 2013 @ 10:37 am

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