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Gentle


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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!

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!
 
 
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 Dec 12 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Mary Sue Hayward
  • Fri Dec 14 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Mary Sue Hayward
  • Sat Dec 15 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nick Heffelfinger
  • Sun Dec 16 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kati Patton
  • Mon Dec 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Mary Sue Hayward
  • Wed Dec 19 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erin Brandao
  • Fri Dec 21 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erin Brandao
  • Sat Dec 22 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nick Heffelfinger
  • Sun Dec 23 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kati Patton
  • Mon Dec 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Mary Sue Hayward
  • Wed Dec 26 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erin Brandao
  • Fri Dec 28 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erin Brandao
  • Sat Dec 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nick Heffelfinger
  • Sun Dec 30 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Wendy Loven
  • Mon Dec 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Mary Sue Hayward
  • Wed Jan 02 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erin Brandao
  • Fri Jan 04 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erin Brandao