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Ashtanga Led Primary


This class is taught by:

Heather Twomey

The practice of yoga has had a transformative effect on Heathers’ life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She cannot imagine the rest of her life without the practice of yoga and meditation.

Heathers’ yoga journey began with fast moving vinyasa yoga more than a decade ago, practicing with various teachers both locally and nationally. She enjoyed the physicality of this rigorous practice so much that she felt moved to share it with others.


When Heather was introduced to Ashtanga yoga in 2010, she became hooked on this system. She started to crave learning about this method; to dive deep into the functions of the body and to try and understand the mysterious benefits she was receiving.


In 2014, she made the pilgrimage to Mysore, India to study at KPJAYI under the direction of Sharath Jois. In addition, she has studied under the tutelage of many great international ashtanga teachers: David Swenson (primary series teacher training - TT), Shelley Washington (primary series TT), Tim Miller (primary series TT and second series TT), One month courses with Matthew Sweeney to study ashtanga and vinyasa krama) and her main teacher Diana Christinson who has provided the gift of studying and apprenticing under her direct guidance.


Although asthanga yoga is Heathers’ main practice, she does think it is important to keep an open mind and fresh eyes while considering other types of yoga practices. In doing so, she also enjoys learning the complimentary vinyasa krama sequences developed by Matthew Sweeney, breath techniques and yoga practices with Carlos Mendez and learning from various other visiting teachers.

Mike Mauren

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.

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.
Students will be led through the entire Primary Series, with emphasis on refinement of postures and breath. This class will explore deeper elements of the Primary Series, including bandhas, drishti and ujayi pranayama.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Mar 28 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Heather Twomey
  • Sun Apr 02 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Mike Mauren
  • Tue Apr 04 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Sun Apr 09 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Mike Mauren
  • Tue Apr 11 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Sun Apr 16 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Mike Mauren
  • Tue Apr 18 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Sun Apr 23 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Mike Mauren
  • Tue Apr 25 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Sun Apr 30 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Mike Mauren
  • Tue May 02 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Sun May 07 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Mike Mauren
  • Tue May 09 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Sun May 14 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Mike Mauren
  • Tue May 16 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Tue May 23 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Sun May 28 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Mike Mauren
  • Tue May 30 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kristen Parrish
  • Sun Jun 04 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Mike Mauren