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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.

Cheryl King

Cheryl King first encountered yoga and meditation in the 1980’s as a college student. Studying Buddhism with Professor Frederick J Streng, she became fascinated with the philosophy, ritual, and beauty of the Buddhist meditation practice and made her first trip to Thailand for a cultural immersion upon graduation.
Cheryl’s teaching style is interdisciplinary with emphasis on gentle movement and anatomical alignment. She encourages students to find and sustain a moment-to-moment experience through the practice of yoga and meditation.

Cheryl brings a spirit of loving kindness to her own practice and her teaching. Her life’s work involves exploring and teaching connection to self and one another.


Cheryl received her RYT 200 Hr at Dallas Yoga Center.

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.

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.

Jessica O'Keefe

Jessica O’Keefe E-RYT 500, has 20 years of experience guiding people in yoga and movement education. Her understanding of yoga and the human body has been influenced by Body Mind Centering, modern dance, dance therapy, and holistic health.
Jessica assists her students in knowing the joy and wonderment of integrating the mind and body. She encourages an authentic and life-nurturing practice, one that brings greater consciousness to each moment and each movement of the body.

Jessica has taught workshops throughout the United States. She also teaches the 300 Hour Somatic Yoga  Teacher Training at the Dallas Yoga Center. Jessica has been training students to become teachers since 2005.


Since the birth of her son in 2008, Jessica has developed a specific line of research focused on the pelvic floor and women’s health.


Her teaching always remains committed to a sense of ease and acceptance.


Jessica is ever grateful for her students and many teachers.

Sandi M. Morse

Sandi has been practicing yoga since 2002 and has been teaching since 2010. She was trained in the Sivananda hatha yoga lineage – and received her 200 hour certification through their teaching program. She also thoroughly enjoys both teaching and exploring a wide variety of yoga traditions as a path to the self.

Sandi believes in incorporating yoga in all aspects of her work and lifestyle. Sandi is a licensed clinical social worker and is a practicing psychotherapist and health care administrator. She feels that the depth of self-reflection and transformation in yoga help create a more balanced and holistic approach to dealing with the stress we encounter in our daily lives.

Sandi creates a warm and positive energy in her classes and approaches yoga from a total body, mind and spirit perspective. She often incorporates meditation, readings and music in her classes and encourages students to enjoy the journey of their yoga practice. Sandi feels blessed to have found yoga and has found it amazingly transformative! She loves to share this gift of yoga with her students.

Dena Mangrum

Dena Mangrum began practicing yoga when a videotape was the most accessible way to practice. She “did” yoga to gain flexibility and knew nothing of the body/mind benefits that yoga has to offer. So, it was an on-again, off-again relationship for many years until 2012 when getting healthy became a priority. While searching for ways to support my new healthy lifestyle, she read an article that suggested yoga to improve body alignment issues. Dena was intrigued because an injury as a child resulted in the loss of half of her foot, which has led to some hip and leg misalignment and pain.

Although her injury also presented some potential issues with performing the poses, she promptly began trying out local studios and it was not long before she was practicing daily, either at home or in the studio. Within months, she learned that with simple modifications she could practice the poses with ease. Her body began changing and she began to feel more mobility, strength, peace, and less stress. Greater still, the hip pain was gone!

The physical benefits of yoga have been tremendous for Dena, but she is also grateful for the balance that practicing yoga has brought into her life. When she began understanding the body/mind connection and incorporating stillness and meditation my practice deepened. At that time, her life took on a new calmness that has not only improved her health but seeped into the lives of her children as well.

Dena’s practice and teaching has been greatly influenced by her early vinyasa practice and her alignment-based and Iyengar-inspired training at Dallas Yoga Center. She completed her 200 HR YTT through the Dallas Yoga Center studying anatomy, philosophy, sequencing, alignment, restorative, assisting and vinyasa.

She has also been fortune to study with master teachers such as Tias Little, Rodney Yee, Julie Gudmestad, Dr. Tiffany Denny, as well as the instructors at the Dallas Yoga Center.

As a teacher, her goal is to provide a creative space for students to explore and discover their own path in yoga. She wants to offer body positive classes that inspire students to be inquisitive and curious and not only develop physically but feel the freedom and encouragement to explore an inward journey. She feel blessed each day that she can get onto (and up from) the mat and welcomes all to join her there!

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 Jul 22 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Shelagh McElroy
  • Sun Jul 23 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Cheryl King
  • Mon Jul 24 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Cheryl King
  • Tue Jul 25 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid
  • Tue Jul 25 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Wed Jul 26 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Cheryl King
  • Thu Jul 27 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid
  • Thu Jul 27 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Caroline Besley
  • Sat Jul 29 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Shelagh McElroy
  • Sun Jul 30 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Caroline Besley
  • Mon Jul 31 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Jessica O'Keefe
  • Tue Aug 01 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid
  • Tue Aug 01 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Wed Aug 02 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Sandi M. Morse
  • Thu Aug 03 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid
  • Thu Aug 03 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Caroline Besley
  • Sat Aug 05 10:15 am - 11:30 am with Shelagh McElroy
  • Sun Aug 06 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Caroline Besley
  • Mon Aug 07 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Dena Mangrum
  • Tue Aug 08 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Molly Reid