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Restorative Yoga

This class is taught by:

Nicole Payseur

Nicole took her pranayama off the mat and into the court room. She began to breathe with her opponents to tip the scales of justice and win juicier settlements for her clients, the City of New York and its residents. Now this recovering attorney uses her powers for good: after years of studying with Sarah Willis, a rebel astangini descending from Richard Freeman, Nicole developed an omnivore's palate for all things hatha.


Doing her due diligence, she meticulously amassed over 1,000 hours of independent study all over Manhattan from the Iyengar Institute to Integral Yoga Center before completing Yoga Works' 500 hour teacher training program.

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!

Jessi Smith .

Jessi Smith's yoga journey began in 1998 at the Dallas Yoga Center. In the very first class she attended, the teacher (Paula) said: "It's not about where you are, it's who you are."
Something about those words woke her up. She wanted to understand more about what was said, wanting to go deeper into that. And that was the spark that stated her journey - and it's what she hopes to spark in people when they are on the mat.

Jessi began teaching in 1999, much sooner than she had anticipated. She found her teacher, Baron Baptiste, soon after that, and became certified by the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Institute in 2003. For several years she traveled with her teacher assisting in workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings.

Over the years Jessi has studied with a wide variety of teachers including Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Sharon Gannon & David Life, Rod Stryker, Rusty Wells, Nicki Doane & Eddie Modestini, Johnny Kest, and a host of brilliant people who also share a love for yoga.
She also enjoys the stories, and myths behind the postures, the Philosophy of Patanjali, as well as Kirtan, Yoga Nidra and Meditation.

Jessi has been teaching for over seventeen years, and continues to learn from the many amazing teachers and students she meets along the way. She believe all yoga works, and uses Vinyasa Yoga as a base to build each individual’s practice.
Jessi’s purpose is to empower her students to feel their best in a healthy body and content mind through the practice of yoga.

Chris Greene

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.

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.

Learn the art of relaxation. A quiet, inward focused practice that uses supported passive postures to deeply relax the body, replenish prana (or energy) and restore clarity to the mind. Prepare for bliss! A great class for all levels including beginners.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Jun 28 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Nicole Payseur
  • Fri Jun 30 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Dena Mangrum
  • Sun Jul 02 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Jessi Smith .
  • Wed Jul 05 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Chris Greene
  • Fri Jul 07 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Chris Greene
  • Sun Jul 09 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Caroline Besley
  • Wed Jul 12 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Chris Greene
  • Fri Jul 14 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Chris Greene
  • Sun Jul 16 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Caroline Besley
  • Wed Jul 19 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Chris Greene
  • Fri Jul 21 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Chris Greene
  • Sun Jul 23 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Jessi Smith .
  • Wed Jul 26 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Chris Greene
  • Fri Jul 28 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Chris Greene
  • Sun Jul 30 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Caroline Besley
  • Wed Aug 02 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Chris Greene
  • Fri Aug 04 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Chris Greene
  • Sun Aug 06 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Caroline Besley
  • Wed Aug 09 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Chris Greene
  • Fri Aug 11 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Chris Greene