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Beginners Yoga

This class is taught by:

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.

Caroline Besley

Caroline has been practicing yoga since 1998 and dancing since birth. She has an innate curiosity about the world, and loves how yoga teaches her something new every single day. She encourages her students to question, learn, and discover new things about their bodies, their minds, and the world around them.


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.

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.


Molly Reid

Molly has always loved movement as a means of self-expression, personal growth, and pure pleasure. She studied ballet and modern dance throughout her life, and after receiving her BFA in dance in 2007, she danced professionally in NYC for several years.

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.

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:

  • Sat Nov 25 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Shelagh McElroy
  • Sun Nov 26 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Caroline Besley
  • Mon Nov 27 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Ajay Jadhav
  • Tue Nov 28 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid
  • Tue Nov 28 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Thu Nov 30 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid
  • Thu Nov 30 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Caroline Besley
  • Sat Dec 02 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Ajay Jadhav
  • Sun Dec 03 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Caroline Besley
  • Mon Dec 04 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Ajay Jadhav
  • Tue Dec 05 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid
  • Tue Dec 05 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Thu Dec 07 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid
  • Thu Dec 07 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Caroline Besley
  • Sat Dec 09 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Shelagh McElroy
  • Sun Dec 10 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Caroline Besley
  • Mon Dec 11 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Ajay Jadhav
  • Tue Dec 12 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid