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This class is taught by:

Melissa Mayo

After graduating college and beginning to work as an HR professional in the corporate world, I first tried yoga as a way to get in shape after spending countless hours sitting at a desk and staring at a computer. For the first year of having a daily yoga practice, I’ll admit that the physically challenging asanas, or poses, are what kept me enthralled. I would push myself to be able to do all of the cool arm balances and inversions...I didn’t meditate, or study and practice any of the other, non-physical limbs of yoga.

After some time, I began to find more fulfillment in my yoga practice than in my corporate job. I began to broaden my practice, no longer just focusing on the poses, but instead doing my best to incorporate yogic concepts into my daily life, and to read and study history and philosophy of yoga. I was hooked.

In August 2017, I finally acted on a decision I had been contemplating for up to a year, and quit my corporate job, so that I could become certified to teach yoga. A few months afterwards, I received my 200 hour certification from Namah Shivaya, a wonderful school and studio that does an excellent job of teaching and practicing each limb of yoga. I am currently continuing my studies of yoga, by working towards my 500 hour certification. I teach all-levels classes, as well as gentle classes. In my classes, I do my best to encourage mindfulness and body

Kristi FitzGerald

Howdy! I want you in my class. Yoga immeasurably enhanced my life and I have a passion for sharing everything I’ve learned.
The first time I took a yoga class (back in 1995), I hated it. I didn’t try a yoga class again until 2010. What motivated me? Vanity. My face broke out in what I’d later learn was a severe allergic reaction. It was so intense, my skin had the appearance of a scathing burn. I didn’t want to be seen, so I almost entirely quit leaving the privacy of my home. I needed to stay active, so I started taking yoga because the room had dim lighting. The benefits to my body were astonishing and my mind was positively transformed. I was hooked!
I was compelled to start teaching so I could help others with their journey to realizing their highest potential. Amongst many other things, I’ve learned that external beauty is only skin deep, but the light that shines within all of us is truly breathtaking.
I’ll see you on the mat.

Erin Acosta

I am a 500 RYT, Dallas based Yoga teacher that believes compassionate service helps to alleviate the pain of those who are suffering but its greater value lies in purifying the minds & hearts of those who render it. I like to focus on asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control) specific to each client’s needs to help with the physical and/or mental ailments he or she may be challenging in their day to day lives. I first came to Yoga for the fitness benefits and was hoping that it would help with my ongoing health concerns but then after a few years of practicing, realized that the exercise involved in Yoga was just a nice side effect of the practice. Through asana, pranayama and meditation I have been able to steer my health into another direction and see positive changes in every part of my life since then. Yoga is not just a job for me. It is my hobby, my passion and my practice for life!

Caroline Dakil

I'm Caroline! I tasted the sweetness of yoga for the first time about 5 years ago and now I couldn't imagine my life without the practice. I believe through the physical movements of yoga you begin to become more aware of your spiritual and mental state of mind while harmonizing them. My intention for students in class is to create space for themselves to let of expectations and make room for new fluid movements and energies to flow. Join me on your mat sometime soon!

Nick Heffelfinger

Nick Heffelfinger is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania where he first fell in love with Yoga. After being admitted into a performing arts high school, The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, he took regular yoga classes at school and soon found a deep love for not only the physical benefits, but also the mental clarity he couldn't quiet understand. He then started his professional career at age sixteen performing for four years at his local amusement park, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. From Pennsylvania, Nick moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend The Boston Conservatory with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in contemporary dance performance. At school, Nick found a deeper appreciation for yoga while immersing himself in intense yoga classes as well as a weekly restorative practice to combat the physical strain from performing regularly.

Since graduation in May of 2017, Mr. Heffelfinger quickly moved to Dallas, TX to perform with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance as well as joining the new Netflix reality series Dancing Queen, featuring famous drag queen Alyssa Edwards. He decided to take a leap of faith and further his yogic studies by joining Namah Sivaya's teacher training program. He received his Yoga Alliance Certificate in January of 2018 and immediately decided to deepen his practice by joining the 500-hour teacher training program (anticipated March 2019). Nick's practice challenges the physical in a body positive manor. He is interested in the connection between the body and mind and how a yoga practice can influence daily life.

Wendy Loven

I started practicing yoga in 2003 in order to help my body recover from a back injury. I soon discovered that yoga was good for so much more than healing back pain, it helped in all areas of my life, from reducing stress to building strength. In 2013, I completed the 200 hour training at Namah Shivaya and in 2015, I completed the 300 hour training. I love introducing new students to the benefits of yoga and showing them the myriad of ways that yoga can be used to improve every aspect of your life!
 
 

Katharine Lombardo

My name is Katharine Lombardo, and in 2015 I completed my 200 hour Yoga training at Namah Shivaya to advance my personal practice. Part of my path is also as a Karuna Reiki Master, and I find it complements my Yoga practice immensely. It has helped cultivate a special interest in meditation and a deep understanding of the Chakras. For me, Yoga has been instrumental as a powerful self-discovery tool. It has inspired me to unify my mind, body, and spirit, and I lead each class with this focus - to help others connect with the innate wisdom and healing power of the body.

Erin Brandao

Erin Brandao (E-RYT 500 )
I took my first yoga class in college in the early 2000’s and all I can remember about it is that I always fell asleep in savasana, the resting post at the end of every class. An workout that ended with a nap sounded pretty good to me! Over the next few years I flirted off and on with yoga until it became an integral part of my life and recovery after the death of my mother. The first time someone suggested I could be a teacher myself, I laughed and said no way. Good thing the Divine has a sense of humor too, because in 2011 I became certified through Namah Shivaya’s teacher training program and now I serve as the lead trainer for our weekday program. What I love most about yoga is its diversity. There is a yoga style, class, or teacher for everyone. I teach active physically challenging classes like ashtanga and all levels flow, relaxing and accessible options like restorative and gentle, as well as a weekly yoga class just for kids! Yoga has given me so many gifts, from physical health to mental peace to spiritual awakening, and I would love to share the gifts of yoga with you as well. Sign up for a group class or contact the studio to book a private lesson with me and begin your own journey today!

Evelyn Van Antwerp

Evelyn started practicing yoga many years ago because of its benefits for the back and neck difficulties she was experiencing, and soon discovered that the benefits were far greater than just addressing her physical well-being. For Evelyn, yoga has become an avenue for self-knowledge, self-love, awareness and physical well-being. Evelyn has a Masters in Curriculum, with sixteen years in education teaching students and adults, becoming a certified yoga instructor was the perfect choice for her. Evelyn has studied with Yoga Acharya Tej Monga, Judith Laseter, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews.

She received her 200-hour and 500-hour Yoga Alliance Certification through Namah Shivaya Yoga. Since yoga is very much a personal experience and one based on levels of ability, her endeavor is to teach to the needs of individual students by modifying poses. Her classes are designed for both newcomers and seasoned practitioners. Each class focuses on proper alignment and breathing techniques, with an emphasis on core body strength. Her goal as an instructor is for all of her students to experience the full benefits of yoga.

 
This class is moderately active with the intention to challenge you a bit more than the gentle class, but still provide enough opportunity for modifications and variations so any practitioner can attend and benefit.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Dec 13 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Melissa Mayo
  • Thu Dec 13 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Melissa Mayo
  • Thu Dec 13 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristi FitzGerald
  • Fri Dec 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Erin Acosta
  • Sat Dec 15 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Caroline Dakil
  • Sun Dec 16 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nick Heffelfinger
  • Mon Dec 17 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Wendy Loven
  • Tue Dec 18 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Katharine Lombardo
  • Tue Dec 18 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erin Brandao
  • Tue Dec 18 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Caroline Dakil
  • Thu Dec 20 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Melissa Mayo
  • Thu Dec 20 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Melissa Mayo
  • Thu Dec 20 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristi FitzGerald
  • Fri Dec 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Erin Acosta
  • Sat Dec 22 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Caroline Dakil
  • Sun Dec 23 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nick Heffelfinger
  • Mon Dec 24 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Evelyn Van Antwerp