Paula uses a mindfulness based practice to guide students into a place of receptivity that develops sensitivity, intuition and self-acceptance. Paula has a background in counseling, rehab and bodywork. She has been practicing yoga regularly since 1982 and meditates using the Pureland Buddhist tradition. Her yoga background is diverse and she continues to study with senior teachers believing a beginner's mind is a fresh mind. She believes that yoga is a medicine for the body as well as the mind, and she incorporates her background as a yoga therapist and mindfulness based psychotherapist into her private practice.
She has training through the Iyengar tradition, certified at the Intermediate Jr.2 level, and the Scarvelli method through Namaste International, and is registered at the 500 hour level with Yoga Alliance.
Mary is an advanced certified Rolfer, as well as a yoga instructor in the Iyengar and Anusara yogic traditions. Mary has been studying and practicing Structural Integration (Rolfing) for eighteen years, and completed her advanced Rolfing training in Europe in 1999. She has also had additional training in Cranial Sacral and Visceral Manipulation. She has practiced yoga since 1990 and has taught since 1995.
Mary's extensive Rolfing background gives her unique insight into the numerous muscular connections which control the mechanical movements of the skeletal frame. In addition to her experience through Rolfing, her own ongoing yoga practice further deepens her understanding of anatomy and the way the body moves within each pose.
Through this unique vantage point, Mary's analysis of each individual's patterns enables them to learn how to use their own body to help restore balance and flexibility.
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.
Lisa was drawn to yoga as an antidote to work related stress. Amazed at the impact yoga brought in such a short time she continued to search for classes that offered more depth and finally found the right fit at the Dallas Yoga Center. Taking classes beside David Sunshine, she discovered a similar outlook approach to yoga and the healing arts that encompassed all traditions.
After a spinal injury a few years later changed her yoga practice and daily life overnight, the profound subtly and ranges of practices possible within yoga became even more important, and the process of healing would be her biggest teacher.
Lisa joined DYC in 2003 with the intention of helping to build a place to explore the full range of yogic traditions, a wide variety of healing arts, as well as shared community. Over the years she has worn many hats and been integral to DYC's growth. Currently she is the Manager of Events and Programming.
David began his journey into yoga in 1993. David started studying under one of Dallas' finest certified Iyengar instructors, Fred Dowd. He has now taught yoga extensively and has visited India numerous times to visit sacred sites, to study meditation under the Dalai Lama, and to study yoga with many contemporary luminaries including B.K.S Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar. He continues to explore the path and deepen his practice primarily by studying under senior teacher Ramanand Patel. David's teachings of yoga blend the wisdom of Yoga, Eastern philosophy, meditation, somatic movement techniques and the principles of Ayurveda to assist students in their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.
As owner of the Dallas Yoga Center since 1998, David has helped to establish DYC as a strong institution infused with an open-hearted vitality which plays a leading role in the Dallas yoga community. His focus is in creating a safe space where people can come to enjoy the depth of the ancient teachings.
Jessica has taught workshops throughout the United States. She also teaches the 300 Hour Somatic Yoga Teacher Training at the Dallas Yoga Center. Jessica has been training students to become teachers since 2005.
Since the birth of her son in 2008, Jessica has developed a specific line of research focused on the pelvic floor and women’s health.
Her teaching always remains committed to a sense of ease and acceptance.
Jessica is ever grateful for her students and many teachers.
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.
Jeff teaches Mysore, individual, and group Ashtanga classes. His journey of practicing and teaching yoga evolved from being a personal trainer and wanting a deeper understanding and spiritual awareness. Over ten years ago, Jeff earned several certifications from The Cooper Institute: personal and advanced personal training, nutrition, and advanced biomechanics. Applying his knowledge to help his clients, Jeff also became active in Zen awareness retreats with Cheri Huber of the Zen Monastery Peace Center and his present Zen teacher Claude Grimes.
Jeff taught his first yoga class in 2000 after being certified by AAAI-ISMA and he began practicing Ashtanga yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2003. An avid practitioner, Jeff has continued to improve his own practice through the knowledge and guidance of others, including training with Tim Miller, David Swenson, David Oliver, Manju Jois, and Melanie Fawer. He presently works with Andrew Eppler one-on-one. Jeff is also active in his Pranayama practice and is learning the yoga sutras in Sanskrit.
Carla has 20 years of experience guiding people in yoga, therapeutic and creative movement. Her vast knowledge of the human body as an integrated organic whole is drawn from her study of yoga, meditation and Body Mind Centering® as well as her rich background as a professional modern dancer in NYC.
Carla is a graduate of the Embodied Developmental Movement & Yoga program from the School Of Body Mind Centering.
Her classes are heavily influenced by this somatic approach applying what she knows about developmental movement and experiential anatomy to the asana practice. Her teaching style and personal practice involve deep inquiry, observation, mindfulness and whole bodied expression within the form and practice of yoga.
Carla leads special workshops in somatic movement education and is an instructor in DYC’s Teacher Training programs.