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Ashtanga Beginners


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.

Dean Hollingsworth

Dean Hollingsworth found yoga in 2007 and immediately felt the impact it had upon his physical, mental and spiritual life. As his practice continues to deepen, his life continues to bloom and as a result he seeks to share this experience with others. He earned his 200hr RYT certification in 2012. A “chance encounter” then led him to meet and learn the Ashtanga method from Jeff Clardy, for which he is forever grateful. In an effort to further deepen his practice, Dean traveled to Mysore, India in October of 2014, and again in November 2015, where he studied Ashtanga Vinyasa in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois with Sharath Jois.
 

On his trip to Mysore in November of 2016, Sharath officially Authorized Dean to teach Ashtanga Yoga.

 

Dean is the only Authorized teacher in the DFW Metroplex and one of 4 in the state of Texas.

 

He is passionate about sharing the teachings of his personal practice and all that he has learned with the DYC Ashtanga community.

Ashtanga Basics introduces students to the Primary Series postures, focusing on the form and integrity in asana, breath, and posture transitions.

This class offers a comfortable introduction for students new to the Ashtanga tradition an easy and accessible way to explore this meditative practice. 


Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Sep 25 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Marisa Sikes
  • Wed Sep 27 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Marisa Sikes
  • Mon Oct 02 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Oct 04 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Oct 09 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Oct 11 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Oct 16 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Oct 18 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Oct 23 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Oct 25 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Oct 30 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Nov 01 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Nov 06 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Nov 08 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Nov 13 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Nov 15 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Nov 20 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Nov 22 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Nov 27 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Nov 29 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Dean Hollingsworth