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Mysore Program - Mysore


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

Ashtanga yoga is learned in what’s called a “Mysore Style” class where you develop an individualized practice with the support and guidance of a teacher. This is the traditional way of learning the sequence and allows more one on one time with the teacher.

Each student must be considered as an individual and taught at a pace that is suitable for their situation in life. This is not a led class, therefore, memorization of the sequence is imperative to progress.

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*Beginners to Mysore will need to attend in the first hour of each scheduled Mysore session so that the class proceeds smoothly. Adjustments for other participants will occur in the latter part of the class.

Your fellow yogis, your teacher and all of us at DYC appreciate your co-operation.

There are also Intro to Mysore workshops offered every other month on the weekend which provide an even fuller foundation for beginning a Mysore Ashtanga practice including Theory, Foundations, Practice and Cheat Sheets to take home.

We highly recommend attending one of these workshops!

 

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Aug 19 7:30 am - 10:00 am with Sarah H. Hollingsworth
  • Mon Aug 20 5:30 am - 7:30 am with Kristen Parrish
  • Mon Aug 20 11:30 am - 1:30 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Tue Aug 21 5:30 am - 7:30 am with Sarah H. Hollingsworth
  • Tue Aug 21 9:15 am - 11:15 am with Marisa Sikes
  • Tue Aug 21 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Wed Aug 22 5:30 am - 7:30 am with Kristen Parrish
  • Wed Aug 22 11:30 am - 1:30 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Aug 23 5:30 am - 7:30 am with Sarah H. Hollingsworth
  • Thu Aug 23 9:15 am - 11:15 am with Marisa Sikes
  • Mon Aug 27 5:30 am - 7:30 am with Kristen Parrish
  • Mon Aug 27 11:30 am - 1:30 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Tue Aug 28 5:30 am - 7:30 am with Sarah H. Hollingsworth
  • Tue Aug 28 9:15 am - 11:15 am with Marisa Sikes
  • Tue Aug 28 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Wed Aug 29 5:30 am - 7:30 am with Sarah H. Hollingsworth
  • Wed Aug 29 11:30 am - 1:30 pm with Marisa Sikes
  • Thu Aug 30 5:30 am - 7:30 am with Sarah H. Hollingsworth
  • Thu Aug 30 9:15 am - 11:15 am with Marisa Sikes