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Fundamentals Level 1-2


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.

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.
 

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!

Regular practitioners are invited to further explore the principles of yoga in a steady, mindful manner. This class is designed to progressively develop strength, flexibility and body intelligence by introducing more advanced postures and breathing techniques in a supportive environment of enthusiastic practitioners. Often timed inversions, hand balances, deep backbends, and leg behind the head are touched on in this class. You are not expected to know how to do these postures but ready to explore them.
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Apr 24 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Tue Apr 25 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Thu Apr 27 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Mon May 01 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Tue May 02 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Thu May 04 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Mon May 08 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Tue May 09 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Thu May 11 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Mon May 15 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Tue May 16 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Thu May 18 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Mon May 22 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Dena Mangrum
  • Tue May 23 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Thu May 25 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Mon May 29 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Tue May 30 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Thu Jun 01 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .
  • Mon Jun 05 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelagh McElroy
  • Tue Jun 06 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Jessi Smith .