Jän Paul Ostendorf

Teaching Yoga for me is like providing someone with a Swiss Army Knife. When presented with it, you think that you don’t need it and there isn’t a whole lot there that’s useful. Once you take the time to use it, you realize how much you needed it and how much more there is than meets the eye. 

Yoga wasn’t for Me

“It’s not for me.” That’s what I told my wife when she invited me to practice Yoga. I loved playing basketball. I also enjoyed the meditative nature of long distance running. It was a great way to clear my head and reduce stress. 

I thought Yoga was sitting around with your hands in your lap chanting “Om.”

It just wasn’t for me.

As I got older, in my forties, my knees, ankles, lower back, and hamstrings kept their consistent nagging of pain. I was training for the Columbus half marathon when my knees said, “No more!” Sonja, my wife, taught me some yoga to help the situation. If it wasn’t for yoga, I would have never finished training and ran in the marathon.

The Challenge

What I like most about yoga is the challenge. It’s weird to say that, but I’ve never experienced a “sport” or “exercise” that has continuously challenged me for almost three years straight. Ashtanga Yoga... it just keeps giving. I’ve lifted weights. I’ve played two-on-two full-court basketball. I’ve trained for a marathon. I’ve never run into a discipline that continuously challenged me both physically and mentally. With that, it has provided a focus and calming effect I never knew yoga had. 

No Excuses

What or who inspires me is older practitioners that keep practicing and keep progressing — pushing the effects of aging down the road. We have some ”famous” people like David Swenson and John Scott to look up to. They have been practicing for decades. The dedication and perseverance it takes to reach the level they have at the age they are is inspiring. Just as inspiring are those that have just started yoga at age 60-something. We have many at our yoga studio that inspire me to keep going. 


  • Sonja Ostendorf
  • David Keil 

Trained Under

  • Saraswathi Jois, KPJAYI, Mysore India, 2016-2017
  • Greg Nardi
  • Taylor Hunt
  • Elinore Cohen


  • RYT200, Kai School of Yoga
  • 9-Day Ashtanga Yoga Intensive with David Keil
  • Bachelors of Sciences in Industrial Design
  • Certified Theophostic Counselor 

Started Practicing 2011

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