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Mysore Program - Mysore


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

Ashtanga yoga is learned in what’s called a “Mysore Style” class where you develop an individualized practice with the support and guidance of a teacher. This is the traditional way of learning the sequence and allows more one on one time with the teacher.

Each student must be considered as an individual and taught at a pace that is suitable for their situation in life. This is not a led class, therefore, memorization of the sequence is imperative to progress.

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*Beginners to Mysore will need to attend in the first hour of each scheduled Mysore session so that the class proceeds smoothly. Adjustments for other participants will occur in the latter part of the class.

Your fellow yogis, your teacher and all of us at DYC appreciate your co-operation.

There are also Intro to Mysore workshops offered every other month on the weekend which provide an even fuller foundation for beginning a Mysore Ashtanga practice including Theory, Foundations, Practice and Cheat Sheets to take home.

We highly recommend attending one of these workshops!

 

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Mar 28 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Mar 29 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Thu Mar 30 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Sun Apr 02 7:30 am - 10:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Apr 03 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Tue Apr 04 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Apr 05 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Thu Apr 06 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Sun Apr 09 7:30 am - 10:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Apr 10 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Kristen Parrish
  • Wed Apr 12 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Heather Twomey
  • Thu Apr 13 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Kristen Parrish
  • Sun Apr 16 7:30 am - 10:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Apr 17 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Tue Apr 18 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Wed Apr 19 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Thu Apr 20 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Sun Apr 23 7:30 am - 10:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth
  • Mon Apr 24 5:30 am - 8:00 am with Dean Hollingsworth