Gentle Hatha


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.

Sadie Webster

I was inspired by movement at a young age; I started dancing when I was ten. I have always found joy in fluid movement and dance was the perfect channel for me to remember my body's innate wisdom (and, Yoga is the perfect channel for learning to trust that innate wisdom). Since dance is very much about letting go in order to express yourself, arriving in the yoga world things seemed very structured and less about expression. It wasn't until I got serious about my personal, home-practice that I started to experiment with creative movement within the realms of Yoga. My creative exploration led me in to an intuitive practice and it's here that I draw my inspiration for classes. I've been guiding students through Asana (poses) since 2008. My intention when teaching is to encourage yogis to move in a way that honours the creative processes of the mind, the body's intuition and the natural progression of poses.
HATHA GENTLE. A class designed around a soft flow of postures which are modified with intermittent relaxation which allows the absorption of the benefits of each pose and the class as a whole. This is a wonderful restorative experience, great for those recovering from an injury or under stress. A class for all ages and levels.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Aug 19 9:30 - 11:00 with Jo-Ann Oosterman
  • Mon Aug 20 10:00 - 11:30 with Jo-Ann Oosterman
  • Thu Aug 23 10:00 - 11:30 with Sadie Webster
  • Sun Aug 26 9:30 - 11:00 with Jo-Ann Oosterman
  • Mon Aug 27 10:00 - 11:30 with Jo-Ann Oosterman
  • Thu Aug 30 10:00 - 11:30 with Sadie Webster
  • Sun Sep 02 9:30 - 11:00 with Jo-Ann Oosterman
  • Mon Sep 03 10:00 - 11:30 with Jo-Ann Oosterman
  • Thu Sep 06 10:00 - 11:30 with Sadie Webster
  • Sun Sep 09 9:30 - 11:00 with Jo-Ann Oosterman
  • Mon Sep 10 10:00 - 11:30 with Jo-Ann Oosterman
  • Thu Sep 13 10:00 - 11:30 with Sadie Webster