Dena Mangrum began practicing yoga when a videotape was the most accessible way to practice. She “did” yoga to gain flexibility and knew nothing of the body/mind benefits that yoga has to offer. So, it was an on-again, off-again relationship for many years until 2012 when getting healthy became a priority. While searching for ways to support my new healthy lifestyle, she read an article that suggested yoga to improve body alignment issues. Dena was intrigued because an injury as a child resulted in the loss of half of her foot, which has led to some hip and leg misalignment and pain.
Although her injury also presented some potential issues with performing the poses, she promptly began trying out local studios and it was not long before she was practicing daily, either at home or in the studio. Within months, she learned that with simple modifications she could practice the poses with ease. Her body began changing and she began to feel more mobility, strength, peace, and less stress. Greater still, the hip pain was gone!
The physical benefits of yoga have been tremendous for Dena, but she is also grateful for the balance that practicing yoga has brought into her life. When she began understanding the body/mind connection and incorporating stillness and meditation my practice deepened. At that time, her life took on a new calmness that has not only improved her health but seeped into the lives of her children as well.
Dena’s practice and teaching has been greatly influenced by her early vinyasa practice and her alignment-based and Iyengar-inspired training at Dallas Yoga Center. She completed her 200 HR YTT through the Dallas Yoga Center studying anatomy, philosophy, sequencing, alignment, restorative, assisting and vinyasa.
She has also been fortune to study with master teachers such as Tias Little, Rodney Yee, Julie Gudmestad, Dr. Tiffany Denny, as well as the instructors at the Dallas Yoga Center.
As a teacher, her goal is to provide a creative space for students to explore and discover their own path in yoga. She wants to offer body positive classes that inspire students to be inquisitive and curious and not only develop physically but feel the freedom and encouragement to explore an inward journey. She feel blessed each day that she can get onto (and up from) the mat and welcomes all to join her there!
Michelle’s teachers played an integral part in her education and philosophy, but they also helped her to develop her signature approach. Flower Road’s unique method is based on the four Hippocratic temperaments and Pierre Francomme’s chart of the energetic properties of essential oils. This exclusive Flower Road treatment combines specifically chosen essential oils with traditional Swedish massage and the Vodder lymphatic technique. Flower Road also offers a line of organic, all natural, preservative-free skincare. Luxurious and effective, Flower Road skincare has been recognized by publications both locally and nationally.
A natural and gifted teacher, Michelle enjoys teaching certified continuing education classes for professionals in Aromatherapy. She travels throughout the United States providing seminars and workshops for massage therapists, massage schools and spas dedicated to quality education. Michelle has also developed nonprofessional classes designed for anyone who wants to learn about European-inspired, clinical aromatherapy for daily use.
Flower Road therapeutic grade essential oils, and other aromatic raw products, are organic and wild crafted when available. To ensure effectiveness and respect, we only work with a few distillers who are also dedicated to quality of product, Fair Trade practices and sustainability of the planet.
We guarantee the highest quality ingredients in our hand crafted creams and elixirs with no additions of synthetics and/or preservatives.
We act environmentally responsible through our minimal packaging and use only recycled papers and soy inks.
Flower Road therapeutic grade essential oils, and other aromatic raw products, are organic and wild crafted when available. Flower Road products are available at the Mandala Boutique in the Dallas Yoga Center.
Michelle Bardwell, R.A.
Cheryl brings a spirit of loving kindness to her own practice and her teaching. Her life’s work involves exploring and teaching connection to self and one another.
Cheryl received her RYT 200 Hr at Dallas Yoga Center.
As with others, it was life challenges that had Marisa seeking out her first yoga class. After the death of her parents she walked into her first power yoga class looking for some relief. During this time she found that her body began to relax, her mind found some ease and she was breathing more freely than she had in months. This feeling kept her coming back and each time she found more peace and an internal cleansing began. That was over 10 years ago and she can’t imagine her life without yoga in it.
At about 5+ years of a solid commitment to her practice, Marisa decided to pursue teacher training with no intent to teach, but more out of a curiosity to understand “why & how this practice was working”. She pursued and completed her 200-hour yoga certification in 2012 and her 500- hour yoga certification in 2014, both at Authentic Yoga in Scottsdale AZ under the guidance of Cheryl and David Oliver. It was through her training that she was introduced to the Ashtanga Vinyasa method of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and it is what she continues to practice today.
Although Ashtanga is Marisa’s preferred practice, she does understand it may not be for everyone. She encourages students to try all types of yoga and be curious. She does believe that yoga changes lives, and she always excited to share her knowledge and love for the practice.
As a teacher and more importantly a student, she is constantly curious to learn more and have been lucky to continue her Ashtanga studies with various teachers such as Greg Nardi and Juan Carlos, David Swenson, Tim Miller, and David Garrigues.
In addition, she is honored to have completed her certification to teach yoga to cancer patients from YogaBridge.
Marisa has a loving husband of 19 years, and three 4-legged pups…Nikki, Roxy, and Zoe.
Originally from the United States, she has spent a great deal of time living as a foreigner away from her home country- first living between India and Nepal from 2006-20012, and then moving to Mexico from 2014-2016. During this time, she occupied the position of resident filmmaker for Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Nepal on and off over a nine year period, collaborated with Tibetan NGOs in India on a series of media activism projects during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, among many other amazing adventures, films, and projects. She is currently a professor of film at Southern Methodist University.
Amber Bemak will be offering instruction on samatha and metta meditation, two techniques which are often practiced together in the Therevadan branch of Buddhism.
The instruction is based on the Mahasi Sayadaw lineage of Therevadan practice. Samatha is focused on concentration and calming the mind, whereas metta is a practice of lovingkindness.
The Mahasi Sayadaw tradition of Therevadan practice comes from Burma, and is currently practiced in many countries, such as Thailand and Burma. In the US, this practice is often referred to as “Insight Meditation.”
Samatha mediation is a beginner’s technique and the entryway meditation practice for both Therevada and Vajrayana mediation practice. It is geared towards focusing and quieting the mind, a necessary state to create in order to do the real exploration that meditation offers.
Metta practice involves actively sending oneself and others (including your friends and enemies) love and good wishes. It is also a concentration practice, although in a different way. It is an incredibly healing and powerful practice.