Hatha Beginners

This class is taught by:

Jo-Ann Oosterman

JO-ANN OOSTERMAN first discovered yoga on a camping trip in the mid 90s. Alongside her growing interest in yoga, in 1996 she obtained her BA in Psychology, and spent several years working with people who were marginalized due to poverty, mental illness and addictions. Jo-Ann became a certified Hatha yoga instructor in 2001. Her sincerity and compassion shine through in her yoga classes as she encourages her students to not only explore the postures but to look inward to discover more about themselves. Concerned with the environmental impact of outsourcing and the proliferation of sweatshops, Jo-Ann created her home-based yoga clothing company, YOGO.ca in 2002. Each item is designed and sewn right here in Ottawa. The Upward Dog Centre is proud to support this initiative by carrying Jo-Ann’s incredibly comfortable eco-friendly clothing in house.

Stuart Bell

Stuart Bell is a long term Ottawa resident and Massage Therapist. He graduated from the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Upward Dog Yoga Centre in the spring of 2013, under the knowledgeable teachers Roxanne Joly and Mike Dynie. 
In the form of Hatha Yoga, Stuart uses his playful and calm approach to establish a soothing effect on the body's nervous system. Stuart has a keen interest in postural function and yoga for any age and body. His method of yoga class planning will be with careful intent to guiding subtle energy leaving the student feeling physically and emotionally open, relaxed and rejuvenated.
BEGINNER'S YOGA: This class is designed specifically for those who are curious about yoga, those who need a slower pace, and those who would like to deepen their understanding of poses before taking the plunge into an All-levels class! This class is very informal and lighthearted, and students are strongly encouraged to asked questions during their practice! A typical class will focus on specific categories of poses, such as hip openers or forward folds, and will explore its most common warm up and apex poses. The class, however, will also be free to explore the needs and interest of students on any given night. By the end of the class you will have learned the names of the most common poses and learned the variation of the pose that is safest for you!

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Nov 19 12:45 - 14:00 with Jo-Ann Oosterman
  • Sun Nov 26 12:45 - 14:00 with Stuart Bell
  • Sun Dec 03 12:45 - 14:00 with Stuart Bell
  • Sun Dec 10 12:45 - 14:00 with Stuart Bell
  • Sun Dec 17 12:45 - 14:00 with Stuart Bell
  • Sun Dec 24 12:45 - 14:00 with Stuart Bell
  • Sun Dec 31 12:45 - 14:00 with Stuart Bell
  • Sun Jan 07 12:45 - 14:00 with Stuart Bell
  • Sun Jan 14 12:45 - 14:00 with Stuart Bell
  • Sun Jan 21 12:45 - 14:00 with Stuart Bell