Alexis was introduced to yoga and meditation at a young age by her parents. Over the past decade she has become more intensely involved with her own practice and loves being able to share these experiences as a teacher. She feels that yoga provides a time when you can leave stress behind, focus on yourself, and be in tune with your mind, body and breath. Alexis has found that yoga promotes self-awareness, acceptance and confidence, along with increased physical strength, flexibility and overall health. All of this leads to a person feeling more comfortable in their skin, an invaluable benefit. She hopes that her students will find this comfort in their lives through their own practice. Having a background in neuroscience, Alexis believes that a healthy body and immune system are intimately linked to a healthy mental state, keeping you happy and thinking clearly.
Caroline discovered her mission of life, “freeing people from what prevents them to be authentic”, while being trained in Yin, Hatha Yoga and Kids Yoga at the Rama Lotus Centre. She has been working in the field for 2 years now, spreading her “self-acceptance” message with diverse populations (kids, teens, adults, aging people), in diverse settings (community centers, schools, corporate organizations, etc.), while teaching diverse styles (Yin, Yin-Yang, Hatha, Yoga-Dance). Whenever teaching, Caroline attempts modeling authenticity by inserting diverse artistic and restorative elements in her sequences (live music, creative dancing, therapeutic visualizations). She enjoys giving numerous options to express the yoga moves. Every client leaves the room with a deep sense of freedom, a profound feeling of self-admiration for one’s uniqueness and an increased ability to express oneself.
Kilee’s sequences are unique and uplifting, just as unique as her background. She grew up on the beautiful tiny island of Sint Maarten. Her Caribbean roots inspire her to create a class that is both welcoming and challenging for each level. The use of visualizations of warm sandy beaches and clear blue skies are frequent, giving everyone a taste of the Caribbean life. With a love for passing on practical life tools, she often discusses breathing techniques that can be utilized on and off the mat. Her classes are warming and strengthening. She works to engage all muscle groups including the brain, with long peaceful Savasanas.
Cassie sees her yoga practice as an excellent avenue to share wellness tools. As part of Cassie’s wellness education she also studied with a Shaman (U.S. Virgin Islands, 2008), lived at a mediation centre (Tuscany, Italy, 2007), and finally, earning her Honors BA in Psychology and Women’s studies at Ottawa University (2015).
Cassie is honored to participate in the yoga community. Her teaching style is aimed at empowering the individual with clarity and techniques to strengthen the body mind spirit. Cassie teaches Power, Hatha, Hot, Yin, and Restorative yoga. She also leads meditations and presents art workshops.
Originally from midcoast Maine, Carley has been practicing yoga since 2002. Her first exposure to yoga was as an undergraduate student in Massachusetts, and found it was beneficial on both a physical and mental level. After moving to Victoria, British Columbia in 2007, she expanded her practice and completed her 250-hour teacher training at MokSana Yoga Center. Carley is pleased to have the opportunity to teach and share her practice with others here in Ottawa.
Natasha Moine has been a student of yoga, nutrition and energy since 2004 when she fell in love with the possibility of feeling great in mind, body and soul. Natasha's passion and purpose is to guide students to reconnect with their bodies through movement and breath.
Having recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a yoga teacher, Natasha is thrilled to now be able to guide you through your next practice at Upward Dog Yoga Studio. Experience a powerful Vinyasa class with Natasha and she will share with you this ancient healing art and all it's powerful benefits. Yoga is 'food for the soul' and will not only strengthen your body and improve flexibility it will open your heart and leave you craving more.
Natasha is also a photographic artist, having previously owned a small business in Ottawa for over 10 years. She still enjoys taking beautiful photos but mostly while travelling or spending time with her 13 year old daughter. Some of Natasha's travel photography can be found at the studio.
She is the founder of the FATEH program for Female Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, the SHAKTI program for Yoga and Conscious Sexuality, the PREM program for Yoga for Couples, the INVINCIBLE SOUL program for Yoga for Fears and the CONSCIOUSNESS & COMMUNICATION program for Yoga and Harmonious Communication. She has been teaching through South America and she moved to Ottawa to keep teaching the important tools of Kundalini Yoga to create a space for self knowledge, healing and conscious lifestyle.
Actively involved in the activist community in this city, he has advocated and organized in initiatives around sustainable food systems, reproductive rights, and social equity.
Born in Illinois, raised in Ottawa, and hailing originally from the Hindu Kush mountains, Afnan will awaken your inner animal!
Since a young age, Karine has had a passion for movement and exercise. She trained and coached competitively in gymnastics and dance. After having suffered ankle injuries, which led her to quit training, she realized the importance of safe practice and healthy movement. Karine took her first yoga class in 2013, and quickly fell in love. After attending weekly classes, exploring her personal practice, as well as being engaged in the beautiful community of yoga on social media, she quickly realized she wanted more and could not get enough!
In January 2017, Karine finally followed her dream, and enrolled to Upward Dog’s YTT200hr program with Elizabeth Whissell and Garrett Plumley.
Karine enjoys the beauty of rhythm and flow by linking breath with movement. She incorporates movements for strength and flexibility in her classes, all while offering many options for variations and freedom to be creative. Coming from a background of faith, she invites her students to practice open minded, open hearted, and free of judgement. She wishes to share her love for yoga with her students by incorporating both the mental and physical benefits of yoga throughout practice.
Learn to fall in love with taking care of yourself: Body… Mind… and Spirit.
She found was a deep sense of calm upon leaving each class; a decrease in the amount of anxious thoughts and feelings she had throughout the day; and, if they did crop up – a new means of coping - breathing - acknowledging, accepting, and, as appropriate, releasing.
After 7 years of a committed practice, Ashley felt complied to be able to share this sacred gift of yoga with others in the community. As such, she attended 200 hr training here in Ottawa, under Megan Campbell and Tiffani Harris, and began teaching immediately following.
Ashley’s style of yoga is inclusive while creative, she provides detailed anatomical cueing, as she values a creating a safe space and sense of belonging for anyBODY and everyBODY in her classes. She also strives to empower others to connect to, honour and live their truth, whatever that may mean for the individual. Ashley believes in continuous learning, and giving her best self in her teachings, so you can be yours.
Meet Ashley on the mat every Tuesday and Friday at 6:30AM for an all-levels Hatha flow class, to check-in, breathe, and set yourself up for the day ahead, knowing you can handle whatever may come your way
One of the most important features of the School is the development of the piano apparatus based on a serious foundation of musical knowledge.
Svetlana began playing the piano at age of six, studying at the Children’s Music School in Saratov, Russia, where along with a piano lessons she had additional courses such as solfeggio, music theory and literature, piano ensemble, accompaniment, harmony and choir. After studying there for 9 years, in 1995 Svetlana continued her professional studies in Music College and graduated with highest honours in 1999 as piano teacher, accompanist, artist of chamber ensemble. In 1999 she continued studying Piano and Pedagogy at the Saratov State Conservatory, which she graduated with distinctions in 2004. She was taught by Prof. Lolita Angert, whose musical lineage goes back all the way to the legendary Russian pianist Anton Rubinstein, who taught Horowitz and Neuhaus.
Since 2004 she had been working in Saratov Pedagogical University as piano teacher and accompanist, and Music College as accompanist for vocal, conductor and ballet classes. She took part in many festivals and competitions, including concerts with orhestra as a soloist, and also as piano accompanist with her students.
Svetlana's students range from preschoolers to seniors. Beginners and advanced pianists keen to learn are welcome to join. Lessons are fun and customised to suit student's interests and needs. Focus areas of my tuition include development of healthy technique, sight reading skills, aural awareness and performance confidence.