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Ashtanga Basics


This class is taught by:

Marisa Sikes

As with others, it was life challenges that had Marisa seeking out her first yoga class. After the death of her parents she walked into her first power yoga class looking for some relief. During this time she found that her body began to relax, her mind found some ease and she was breathing more freely than she had in months. This feeling kept her coming back and each time she found more peace and an internal cleansing began. That was over 10 years ago and she can’t imagine her life without yoga in it.

 

At about 5+ years of a solid commitment to her practice, Marisa decided to pursue teacher training with no intent to teach, but more out of a curiosity to understand “why & how this practice was working”. She pursued and completed her 200-hour yoga certification in 2012 and her 500- hour yoga certification in 2014, both at Authentic Yoga in Scottsdale AZ under the guidance of Cheryl and David Oliver. It was through her training that she was introduced to the Ashtanga Vinyasa method of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and it is what she continues to practice today.

 

Although Ashtanga is Marisa’s preferred practice, she does understand it may not be for everyone. She encourages students to try all types of yoga and be curious. She does believe that yoga changes lives, and she always excited to share her knowledge and love for the practice.

 

As a teacher and more importantly a student, she is constantly curious to learn more and have been lucky to continue her Ashtanga studies with various teachers such as Greg Nardi and Juan Carlos, David Swenson, Tim Miller, and David Garrigues.

 

In addition, she is honored to have completed her certification to teach yoga to cancer patients from YogaBridge.

 

Marisa has a loving husband of 19 years, and three 4-legged pups…Nikki, Roxy, and Zoe.

Kristen Parrish

Kristen started practicing yoga regularly in 2008, shortly after starting graduate school at The University of Texas. Initially yoga was just something that helped her stay physically active, but eventually it became a way for her to clear her mind, understand her body and improve her life. Kristen was drawn to the Ashtanga method because of the discipline and concentration required for the Mysore self-practice style, which has helped her realize many benefits off the mat.


She completed her 200 hour teacher training in June 2012 with no intention of teaching, but soon returned to UT to teach in the same program where she started practicing. She has been fortunate to develop her Asthanga Mysore practice with many wonderful Ashtangi’s in the Austin area, including her longtime teachers Eriko and Selena. She completed David Swenson’s 40 hour Ashtanga Primary Series Teacher Training in 2013, and has studied with Matthew Sweeney, Dena Kingsberg and Tim Miller.


Kristen is very grateful for all the benefits of her yoga practice. She has never felt better, mentally or physically than she has over the past six years, and she truly believes that yoga can change lives. She is excited and eager to share her love of the Ashtanga practice with the DYC community.
Ashtanga Basics introduces students to roughly half of the Primary Series postures, focusing on the form and integrity in asana, breath, and posture transitions.
 
This class offers both a comfortable introduction for students new to the practice, as well as an opportunity for regular Ashtanga students to focus on details.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jun 01 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Jun 08 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Thu Jun 15 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Jun 22 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Jun 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Jul 06 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Jul 13 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Jul 20 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Jul 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Aug 03 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Aug 10 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Aug 17 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Aug 24 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Aug 31 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Sep 07 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Sep 14 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Sep 21 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Sep 28 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Marisa Sikes