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Gentle


This class is taught by:

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.

 

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.

Jo-Jo Steine

Jo-Jo did her RYT 200 teacher training at Corepower Yoga back in 2015 while she was still in school at Southern Methodist University. She then taught yoga at the SMU Dedman Recreation Center weekly for a year and a half. When she graduated, Jo-Jo began her search for a new yoga home; she found that at Namah Shivaya. She took classes regularly at Namah Shivaya for a year before becoming a teacher there.
Jo-Jo is a professional actress, so she loves that yoga gives her a space to hone skills essential to her craft, like her control of her body and her awareness of the present moment. It can be easy when you're young and busy to think of "me-time" as a time to stay up late and eat junk food. Yoga is a form of "me-time" that focuses on self-improvement with long term results - self care rather than self indulgence. Jo-Jo teaches classes with very focused themes and intentions. Moving your body through space with a specific intention connects the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of yoga all together.

Mary Sue Hayward


I am a yoga teacher who works with students seeking a gentle approach to movement and yoga postures. I discovered yoga in mid-life and understand what it is like to be a beginner. With a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from SMU, 200-hour and 500-hour registered yoga teacher certifications, and a HeavyWeight Yoga certification, I work with new or returning students, students with physical limitations, overweight students, and even experienced yoga practitioners. My classes focus on making yoga accessible no matter what challenge you experience. I emphasize safe alignment and gentle transitions between poses. In addition to yoga, I’m an enthusiastic walker. You might see me at White Rock Lake walking and doing yoga to support walking fitness. In my career ‘past life’ I was a geologist, a training and development specialist for scientists, and a learning disabilities diagnostician for children.

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.
If you have never taken a yoga class or simply prefer to move at your own pace and enjoy the gentle variations of all the postures, then this class is for you.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Jan 16 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Evelyn Van Antwerp
  • Fri Jan 18 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Caroline Dakil
  • Sat Jan 19 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nick Heffelfinger
  • Sun Jan 20 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Jo-Jo Steine
  • Mon Jan 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Mary Sue Hayward
  • Wed Jan 23 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Evelyn Van Antwerp
  • Fri Jan 25 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Caroline Dakil
  • Sat Jan 26 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nick Heffelfinger
  • Sun Jan 27 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kati Patton
  • Mon Jan 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Mary Sue Hayward
  • Wed Jan 30 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Evelyn Van Antwerp
  • Fri Feb 01 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Caroline Dakil
  • Sat Feb 02 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Kristi FitzGerald
  • Sun Feb 03 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kati Patton
  • Mon Feb 04 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Mary Sue Hayward
  • Wed Feb 06 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Evelyn Van Antwerp