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Sandi M. Morse

Sandi has been practicing yoga since 2002 and has been teaching since 2010. She was trained in the Sivananda hatha yoga lineage – and received her 200 hour certification through their teaching program. She also thoroughly enjoys both teaching and exploring a wide variety of yoga traditions as a path to the self.

Sandi believes in incorporating yoga in all aspects of her work and lifestyle. Sandi is a licensed clinical social worker and is a practicing psychotherapist and health care administrator. She feels that the depth of self-reflection and transformation in yoga help create a more balanced and holistic approach to dealing with the stress we encounter in our daily lives.


Sandi creates a warm and positive energy in her classes and approaches yoga from a total body, mind and spirit perspective. She often incorporates meditation, readings and music in her classes and encourages students to enjoy the journey of their yoga practice. Sandi feels blessed to have found yoga and has found it amazingly transformative! She loves to share this gift of yoga with her students.

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.

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow is the Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute, and has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 30 years. He began his study of yoga in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga ™ Special Diploma from Viniyoga ™ International in Paris, France in 1988.

Gary graduated with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Colgate University in 1976, and received his Masters Degree in Psychology and Religion from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983. At this time he opened Maui School of Yoga Therapy. Since then, he has become a renowned speaker and teacher of the Viniyoga ™ methodology at many conferences and schools nationally and internationally. In 1999 he founded the American Viniyoga ™ Institute, LLC.

Gary has successfully developed protocol for two National Institutes of Health studies: "Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain" and "Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety."

He is the Director and Senior Teacher of the American Viniyoga ™ Institute, and the author of two books published by Penguin: Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation; and author of two educational DVD's 'Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips' and 'Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders'.

Visit Gary's profile on eomega.com to see a video where he discusses the history of his yogic path and his current areas of study.

http://www.viniyoga.com/about/who-we-are/about-gary-kraftsow

Eagle .

Eagle is a "Mysore Style" Ashtanga Yoga instructor directly 'authorized' to teach the method by the late master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and current lineage director Sri R. Sharath Jois of Mysore, India.

After a successful professional sports career filled with both competition and an emersion into his own personal yoga rehabilitation, Eagle dedicated himself to the 'one-on-one' Mysore Style method of Ashtanga Yoga by spending several months per year for a 10 year period (2003-2012) living in Mysore, India and training at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute on a daily basis. (KPJAYI.org)

Over the past 14 years Eagle has taught this "Mysore Style" method at the shala / school he founded on the north shore by the name of Pineapple Yoga KAUAI, on the Hawaiian Islands. (PineappleYoga.com)

His experience and intentions while teaching the "Mysore Style" classes are on supporting / creating the principals of awareness and the fundamental actions that deliver sustainability and longevity to the practitioner. Fundamentals make mastery.

While practicing with Eagle, the students are able to practice a clear system of priorities / techniques in time honored lineage with a passionate instructor who has a sincere love for sharing the deep healing benefits of authentic Ashtanga Yoga.

"There is no age limit for the practice of yoga and it can be practiced by anyone — by women, men, the weak, and by those who are sick or disabled." - Yoga Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India

David Sunshine and DYC are excited to welcome Eagle and his unbridled enthusiasm for the Mysore practice with the Dallas Ashtanga community. One of the great benefits that Eagle has to share is that fact that he used Ashtanga to aid in his own recovery after a sacral fusion, regaining a spot among the top ten racquetball players in the world within two years. He has made India his second home – living there between two to six months every year for the past ten years. His continued studies in India include strengthening his understanding of alignment with BKS Iyengar, as well as a host of other teachers. He offers a structured understanding of how to access, and apply this practice in manner that is appropriate for everyone.

Tadd McCollough

Tadd McCullough is an insightful and articulate movement educator with an eclectic perspective: He draws from ALL his experiences, including a rich humanities background and training in public speaking, stage movement, ballet and various forms of contemporary dance. His yoga training began in 2004 with the Living Yoga Program in Austin, TX. He began teaching in his living room while completing his 200-hour certification.

Tadd continues to develop a unique perspective of conscious movement and personal awareness, drawing from a diverse range of training and experiences with various yoga styles, postural alignment, breathing techniques, personal reflection and meditation, relaxation strategies, total body strength training, movement awareness practices influenced by the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method, Pilates, and movement inquiries crafted from his personal teaching and learning experiences.

Molly Reid
 
Molly has always loved movement as a means of self-expression, personal growth, and pure pleasure. She studied ballet and modern dance throughout her life, and after receiving her BFA in dance in 2007, she danced professionally in NYC for several years.
 
 

Finding that yoga grounded and balanced her both mentally and physically, she first approached yoga as a great way to cross train as a dancer. When the rigors of pursuing a career in dance no longer seemed to be serving her, she shifted her focus to yoga. She earned her 200 RYT from YogaWorks in 2012 and dove into teaching Vinyasa in Brooklyn.

 

Molly joined the Dallas Yoga Center staff in 2015, and is excited to learn from the teachers and students of this community. Molly enjoys a steady yet playful, vigorous but mindful, approach to her personal practice, and aims to give her students that kind of experience in her classes.

David G. Garrigues
 
David Garrigues is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia and one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that ‘Anyone can take practice’, a core idea in the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. David’s mission is to help others flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga.
Carla Rudiger Weaver & Kenny Kolter
Carla Rudiger Weaver 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.

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Kenny Kolter approaches sound therapy and gong meditation with a subtle rhythmic quality, teasing out the vast array of tones, harmonics and shimmering nuances that reside within the instrument. The result is that these sonic, mystical characteristics provide a vehicle for quieting the mind and body. His goal is to be a sound bridge between the energy and spirit that lie within the gong and to sonically draw out or tune into the energy and spirit that resides in all of us.

In just the past three years alone, Kenny has conducted over 500 gong sessions, workshops and presentations at major conferences, yoga studios, healing centers, Unity churches, mental health centers, and chiropractic care clinics to rave reviews and critical acclaim. Come explore the unique experience of meditation though motion and sound!

Kay Colbert , LCSW
Kay Colbert is LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in Dallas with a long-term personal meditation and yoga practice.
 
Mindfulness has been transformational for her both professionally and personally. Kay has 300 hours of training in teaching Mindfulness-Based Programs through the University of California San Diego Medical School Center for Mindfulness. Kay has trained with Kristen Neff and Chris Germer, creators of MSC.
Brett Thompson
Brett Thompson began his journey into the world of Qigong and Martial Arts in 2010 with an auspicious encounter with Master Instructor Jerry Dibble. Brett was immediately intrigued with the simplicity and artistry of the Chinese Healing Art, Qigong.
 
 
He dove into this world, and for the next several years, traveled to Arizona to advance his mastery of Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Qigong through Instructor Training with his Sifu, Master Instructor Dibble.
 
 

Brett's programs focus on developing students’ self-growth and development at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. His understanding of the 5 Element Theory allows him to engage the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and soulful aspects of health and well-being.

 

Brett’s passion for teaching developed from his extraordinary dedication to facilitating the health, well-being, and longevity of others. He is a leader for his students in self-empowerment and physical mastery. To facilitate this, he weaves in the teachings he has gained from his 8 years of practice of Rudra Meditation from Swami Rudrananda’s lineage.

 

To further his knowledge, Brett maintains training in the Mt. Emei Qigong lineage with Taoist Grandmaster Yuanming Zhang. His expanded focus allows him to guide his students in a holistic approach to health and well-being by applying ancient Eastern secrets to the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and soulful aspects of life.


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