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.
Dean instructs the following:
Short Forms - Ashtanga Vinyasa
When time is short, an abbreviated yoga routine is always better than no yoga at all. Enjoy the benefits of Ashtanga yoga with this Ashtanga Short Form created by yoga pioneer David Swenson, author of the Ashtanga Yoga Practice Manual.
David created a set of abbreviated routines which he calls ‘Short Forms’. These shorter sessions are a great way to become familiar with the essence of the practice when time is limited.
Sun Salutations prepare the body for a series of standing, seated and lying down Asanas (poses). This practice produces intense internal heat and sweat to detoxify the entire body.
This simple ‘short-form’ practice is ideal to keep the Ashtanga Yoga routine going throughout the week.
Mysore Program - Mysore
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.
*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!
Vinyasa Mixed Levels
Experience a dynamic flow of yoga postures in which movement is sequenced with the breath. This practice moves at a more moderate pace to build heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and concentration. Sequencing is often built around sun salutations. All levels welcome.
Mysore Program - Led Primary
Ashtanga Yoga is designed to purify the body and build strength and mobility by linking postures, deep breathing with a steady gaze in a set sequence that has a consistent format. It can be practiced by anyone, whether young, old, very old, healthy or sick.
Through the daily practice of Ashtanga we draw it into ourselves, understand it, and become proficient in its methods, thereby reaping its wide range benefits. Please join if you’d like to draw upon its riches.
Ashtanga is a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India and today the system is being transmitted by his grandson, Sharath Jois.
Led Primary Class
The Led Primary Series class is taught to enhance the regular Mysore style practice. Led class reinforces the proper vinyāsa system – when to inhale and when to exhale as we enter into and out of each posture. Guruji emphasized the importance of this by telling students, “When vinyāsa is perfect, the mind is under control.” He even said, “That’s the main thing controlling the mind.” (Yoga International 1995, Sandra Anderson).
For both new and experienced students, led class is an important compliment to a regular Mysore practice. It’s an opportunity to ensure that each vinyāsa is being learned and practiced correctly. Furthermore, surrendering to the teacher’s count and pacing, is an opportunity to increase both our internal and external strength, and our relationship with the traditional lineage.
This Mysore class is exclusive to Mysore Program members. If you are interested in signing up for the Mysore Program click the link below to get full access to these classes.