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Beginners Yoga


This class is taught by:

Ajay Jadhav

For Ajay, yoga is a mindful and beautiful choreography of breath and movement. It is the “Stop and smell the roses” moment that enables him to understand and appreciate the complexities of human body and mind. Yoga has been a part of his life since he was a child growing up in India. Offered part of his school’s curriculum in India he maintained an intermittent practice throughout his life. This changed 5 years ago after a leg and back injury prompted him to delve more purposely into his yoga practice as tool for recovery to regain strength and balance. Even as his practice helped him grow stronger and more flexible, he also became more appreciative and patient with his limitations, both on and off the mat.
 
Ajay also discovered that yoga helps him find balance again after a long day of work and inspires him to practice mindfulness in his everyday life. The peace and centering he discovered during his practice allows him to implement these same tools during a demanding day job. Both practicing as well as teaching yoga helps him to slow down the pace of the day, to settle, to observe, and allows his mind to return to a state of calm relaxation.
 
Ajay’s positive experience with his teachers at DYC and the atmosphere created collectively by his fellow students and the teachers during classes inspired him to challenge himself and enroll in DYC’s teacher training program. He feels that DYC’s training program was that little nudge he need to help him deepen his understanding of and continue to evolve his practice. Although he never set out to teach, through DYC’s training program he gained the confidence in his practice, in connecting with the community, and he is ever grateful for the opportunity to share what he has learned with the DYC community.
 
His style of teaching is hugely influenced by his teachers at DYC. He will always be a student of the practice and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom his teachers have shared with him. In his classes, Ajay loves to combine creative sequencing with a sense of playfulness and mindfulness to help students deepen their practice and have fun doing so.

 

Shelagh McElroy

Shelagh began her practice in 1996 to help alleviate career stress, and began teaching yoga full time in 2001. With a degree in psychology, she brings fun, acceptance, and a down-to-earth, humorous approach to her classes. She tailors her teaching approach in a way that both supports and challenges students.
 
 
 
She is a self-confessed anatomy geek and done extensive studies in Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Browning-Miller, and international studies in yoga and anatomy with Gary Carter in London, and Peter Blackaby in Windsor, England and Toronto, Canada.

Lauren A Aguilar

Lauren has been in tune with the relationship between her body and her wellbeing for as long as she can remember. Through dance, martial arts, skiing, and running, she found the movements of her body as a form of liberation from the world around her. Yoga wasn’t always her favorite form of expression. Not knowing what she had signed up for, her first yoga class pushed Lauren to her limit and she nearly passed out, almost turning her away for good. Through a friend’s encouragement, she gave a yin yoga class a try and found the body mind connection she was looking for. This was a turning point.
 
She embarked on a month-long personal awareness program at her local studio to study mindfulness, Ayurveda, and asana. Eager to continue her training she enrolled and completed her 200-hour RYT at the Dallas Yoga Center. A natural nurturer and teacher, Lauren is thrilled to continue her journey of learning and teaching.
 
Today, as a finance professional at a major insurance company by day, Lauren seeks solace in yoga by night and on the weekends. In her work as a teacher, her focus is on providing the individualized support for her students, recognizing that everyone’s journey and transformation is unique, and arming her students with insight to deepen their own body awareness and movement practice in class and off the mat.
Start your practice on the right foot. Dallas Yoga Center offers beginner level classes specifically designed for those new to yoga. Basic postures and breathing techniques will be introduced in a warm and inviting environment for those who cannot touch their toes.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 22 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Ajay Jadhav
  • Tue Oct 23 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Sat Oct 27 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Shelagh McElroy
  • Mon Oct 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Ajay Jadhav
  • Tue Oct 30 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Sat Nov 03 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Shelagh McElroy
  • Mon Nov 05 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Ajay Jadhav
  • Tue Nov 06 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Lauren A Aguilar
  • Sat Nov 10 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Shelagh McElroy
  • Mon Nov 12 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Ajay Jadhav