Heathers’ yoga journey began with fast moving vinyasa yoga more than a decade ago, practicing with various teachers both locally and nationally. She enjoyed the physicality of this rigorous practice so much that she felt moved to share it with others.
When Heather was introduced to Ashtanga yoga in 2010, she became hooked on this system. She started to crave learning about this method; to dive deep into the functions of the body and to try and understand the mysterious benefits she was receiving.
In 2014, she made the pilgrimage to Mysore, India to study at KPJAYI under the direction of Sharath Jois. In addition, she has studied under the tutelage of many great international ashtanga teachers: David Swenson (primary series teacher training - TT), Shelley Washington (primary series TT), Tim Miller (primary series TT and second series TT), One month courses with Matthew Sweeney to study ashtanga and vinyasa krama) and her main teacher Diana Christinson who has provided the gift of studying and apprenticing under her direct guidance.
Although asthanga yoga is Heathers’ main practice, she does think it is important to keep an open mind and fresh eyes while considering other types of yoga practices. In doing so, she also enjoys learning the complimentary vinyasa krama sequences developed by Matthew Sweeney, breath techniques and yoga practices with Carlos Mendez and learning from various other visiting teachers.
Finding that yoga grounded and balanced her both mentally and physically, she first approached yoga as a great way to cross train as a dancer. When the rigors of pursuing a career in dance no longer seemed to be serving her, she shifted her focus to yoga. She earned her 200 RYT from YogaWorks in 2012 and dove into teaching Vinyasa in Brooklyn.
Molly joined the Dallas Yoga Center staff in 2015, and is excited to learn from the teachers and students of this community. Molly enjoys a steady yet playful, vigorous but mindful, approach to her personal practice, and aims to give her students that kind of experience in her classes.
Lauren began practicing yoga nearly 15 years ago as a way to increase flexibility, but it quickly became apparent there was much more to be found. After years of trying many different styles in several studios, she found her deepest connection with a sound-vibration based power practice. This approach connected her to the amazing gift of meditation through asana, which led her to explore other meditation forms & various workshops.
After having two children, as a working mom, the importance of her yoga practice became paramount in helping create harmony in daily life. Through teacher training at the Dallas Yoga Center, Lauren discovered new ways to connect with sound meditation and restorative yoga, which once again shifted her entire perspective and practice. A profound interest in holistic wellness has led her to study Ayurveda, pranayama, aromatherapy & more. Lauren's goal as a teacher is to compassionately guide others to find more balance and peace through yoga and meditation. She hopes everyone can experience deep connection to oneself and pure bliss through any style of practice, yin to yang, and take what they learn with them off the mats.
Her teaching style and practice are influenced by the many exceptional teachers she has had the opportunity to study with, including Marylou McNamara, Margaret Townsend, and Mary Pappas-Sandonas. She earned her 200 hr RYT from the Dallas Yoga Center.
Caroline also draws from her dance background, bringing joy and freedom of movement into her teaching.
Mike began his yoga studies in 2001 as an Iyengar student as a means to better manage the stresses of corporate life. In 2002, Mike focused his practice on the various vinyasa yoga traditions of Ashtanga and Vinyasa.
With mindfulness of alignment, breath, and drishti, Mike has pursued the meditative benefits of the vinyasa flow. Mike has attended numerous workshops that include the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Vinyasa flow traditions. In 2004, Mike completed his Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Teacher training with Shiva Rea and Manju Jois and subsequently began teaching at Dallas Yoga Center. Mike likes to encourage students to have fun with their practice and develop mindfulness and enjoy the meditative benefits practice offers.
On his trip to Mysore in November of 2016, Sharath officially Authorized Dean to teach Ashtanga Yoga.
Dean is the only Authorized teacher in the DFW Metroplex and one of 4 in the state of Texas.
He is passionate about sharing the teachings of his personal practice and all that he has learned with the DYC Ashtanga community.
Carla has 20 years of experience guiding people in yoga, therapeutic and creative movement. Her vast knowledge of the human body as an integrated organic whole is drawn from her study of yoga, meditation and Body Mind Centering® as well as her rich background as a professional modern dancer in NYC.
Carla is a graduate of the Embodied Developmental Movement & Yoga program from the School Of Body Mind Centering.
Her classes are heavily influenced by this somatic approach applying what she knows about developmental movement and experiential anatomy to the asana practice. Her teaching style and personal practice involve deep inquiry, observation, mindfulness and whole bodied expression within the form and practice of yoga.
Carla leads special workshops in somatic movement education and is an instructor in DYC’s Teacher Training programs.