David began his journey into yoga in 1993. David started studying under one of Dallas' finest certified Iyengar instructors, Fred Dowd. He has now taught yoga extensively and has visited India numerous times to visit sacred sites, to study meditation under the Dalai Lama, and to study yoga with many contemporary luminaries including B.K.S Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar. He continues to explore the path and deepen his practice primarily by studying under senior teacher Ramanand Patel. David's teachings of yoga blend the wisdom of Yoga, Eastern philosophy, meditation, somatic movement techniques and the principles of Ayurveda to assist students in their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.
As owner of the Dallas Yoga Center since 1998, David has helped to establish DYC as a strong institution infused with an open-hearted vitality which plays a leading role in the Dallas yoga community. His focus is in creating a safe space where people can come to enjoy the depth of the ancient teachings.
Originally from the United States, she has spent a great deal of time living as a foreigner away from her home country- first living between India and Nepal from 2006-20012, and then moving to Mexico from 2014-2016. During this time, she occupied the position of resident filmmaker for Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Nepal on and off over a nine year period, collaborated with Tibetan NGOs in India on a series of media activism projects during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, among many other amazing adventures, films, and projects. She is currently a professor of film at Southern Methodist University.
Amber Bemak will be offering instruction on samatha and metta meditation, two techniques which are often practiced together in the Therevadan branch of Buddhism.
The instruction is based on the Mahasi Sayadaw lineage of Therevadan practice. Samatha is focused on concentration and calming the mind, whereas metta is a practice of lovingkindness.
The Mahasi Sayadaw tradition of Therevadan practice comes from Burma, and is currently practiced in many countries, such as Thailand and Burma. In the US, this practice is often referred to as “Insight Meditation.”
Samatha mediation is a beginner’s technique and the entryway meditation practice for both Therevada and Vajrayana mediation practice. It is geared towards focusing and quieting the mind, a necessary state to create in order to do the real exploration that meditation offers.
Metta practice involves actively sending oneself and others (including your friends and enemies) love and good wishes. It is also a concentration practice, although in a different way. It is an incredibly healing and powerful practice.
Carla has 20 years of experience guiding people in yoga, therapeutic and creative movement. Her vast knowledge of the human body as an integrated organic whole is drawn from her study of yoga, meditation and Body Mind Centering® as well as her rich background as a professional modern dancer in NYC.
Carla is a graduate of the Embodied Developmental Movement & Yoga program from the School Of Body Mind Centering.
Her classes are heavily influenced by this somatic approach applying what she knows about developmental movement and experiential anatomy to the asana practice. Her teaching style and personal practice involve deep inquiry, observation, mindfulness and whole bodied expression within the form and practice of yoga.
Carla leads special workshops in somatic movement education and is an instructor in DYC’s Teacher Training programs.
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.
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.
Chris was introduced to yoga as a form of cross training for martial arts, running and cycling as a pre-teen. A passionate adult study of yoga began in 1998 and an attraction to the Iyengar method developed in 2001 with its intuitive attention to alignment, form and movement. His fun, focused and patient approach to teaching creates a friendly, empowering and supportive climate that guides students on his/her personal level through the fundamental challenges of yoga.
Chris is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor through IYNAUS. He completed a 2-year Iyengar Teacher Training program with Peggy Kelley of the Austin Yoga School held at the Dallas Yoga Center, as well as additional studies with Paula Weithman, before continuing his Iyengar training. Today, his practice is centered around the Tibetan form of Buddhism and its Lojong and Lamrim approach. His non-dogmatic teaching incorporates the mindfulness techniques common to most meditation traditions.
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.
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.
Kay loves to explore movement in all forms. She is an avid dancer of salsa and tango and she travels to South America regularly. While visiting Argentina many years ago she realized her calling was to integrate the fluid kinesthetic of Latin dance with the structured focused discipline of classical yoga. She has studied both the Iyengar method as well as Vinyasa Flow and she has graduated from the 200 hr Dallas Yoga Center teacher training program.
Kay’s classes create an energetic, playful and multi-disciplined experience that joyfully embraces the flow as well as the discipline required to obtain strength, openness, and flexibility.
Lauren began practicing yoga nearly 15 years ago as a way to increase flexibility, but it quickly became apparent there was much more to be found. After years of trying many different styles in several studios, she found her deepest connection with a sound-vibration based power practice. This approach connected her to the amazing gift of meditation through asana, which led her to explore other meditation forms & various workshops.
After having two children, as a working mom, the importance of her yoga practice became paramount in helping create harmony in daily life. Through teacher training at the Dallas Yoga Center, Lauren discovered new ways to connect with sound meditation and restorative yoga, which once again shifted her entire perspective and practice. A profound interest in holistic wellness has led her to study Ayurveda, pranayama, aromatherapy & more. Lauren's goal as a teacher is to compassionately guide others to find more balance and peace through yoga and meditation. She hopes everyone can experience deep connection to oneself and pure bliss through any style of practice, yin to yang, and take what they learn with them off the mats.
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.
Mary is an advanced certified Rolfer, as well as a yoga instructor in the Iyengar and Anusara yogic traditions. Mary has been studying and practicing Structural Integration (Rolfing) for eighteen years, and completed her advanced Rolfing training in Europe in 1999. She has also had additional training in Cranial Sacral and Visceral Manipulation. She has practiced yoga since 1990 and has taught since 1995.
Mary's extensive Rolfing background gives her unique insight into the numerous muscular connections which control the mechanical movements of the skeletal frame. In addition to her experience through Rolfing, her own ongoing yoga practice further deepens her understanding of anatomy and the way the body moves within each pose.
Through this unique vantage point, Mary's analysis of each individual's patterns enables them to learn how to use their own body to help restore balance and flexibility.
Mike began his yoga studies in 2001 as an Iyengar student as a means to better manage the stresses of corporate life. In 2002, Mike focused his practice on the various vinyasa yoga traditions of Ashtanga and Vinyasa.
With mindfulness of alignment, breath, and drishti, Mike has pursued the meditative benefits of the vinyasa flow. Mike has attended numerous workshops that include the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Vinyasa flow traditions. In 2004, Mike completed his Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Teacher training with Shiva Rea and Manju Jois and subsequently began teaching at Dallas Yoga Center. Mike likes to encourage students to have fun with their practice and develop mindfulness and enjoy the meditative benefits practice offers.
Lisa was drawn to yoga as an antidote to work related stress. Amazed at the impact yoga brought in such a short time she continued to search for classes that offered more depth and finally found the right fit at the Dallas Yoga Center. Taking classes beside David Sunshine, she discovered a similar outlook approach to yoga and the healing arts that encompassed all traditions.
After a spinal injury a few years later changed her yoga practice and daily life overnight, the profound subtly and ranges of practices possible within yoga became even more important, and the process of healing would be her biggest teacher.
Lisa joined DYC in 2003 with the intention of helping to build a place to explore the full range of yogic traditions, a wide variety of healing arts, as well as shared community. Over the years she has worn many hats and been integral to DYC's growth. Currently she is the Manager of Events and Programming.