About

Exall Park (photo by Karole Fristensky)

Since 2008, we've provided high-quality affordable yoga to the Dallas community. Our goal is to truly embody our motto: "Yoga is for every body!" We want everyone to have access to the healing and strengthening powers of a yoga practice, regardless of income or physical ability. Our students include those showing up for their first class ever, veteran practitioners, and everyone in between! 


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Pricing

First class: FREE!
Drop-in class: $8
8-class punchcard: $50
16-class punchcard: $95


All classes are purchased at the front desk of the recreation center.
Please note a $15 annual rec center membership is required to attend classes at Dallas recreation centers.


Our Instructors

Bari

Amber

Amber Kocian is a registered occupational therapist (OTR) and therapeutic yoga instructor in Dallas, Texas. She received her 500-hour yoga therapy certification from Sabrina Castaneda of Atha Yoga and Pilates and has a certification in hand yoga from Sabrina Mesko. She has studied Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis under the supervision of Karen O’Donnell Clarke. In 2014, she received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Amber has taught a wide variety of yoga classes in diverse settings in the Dallas area. She believes in meeting each individual in a yoga class “where they are” and enjoys the challenge of tailoring classes to fit specific needs.

Amber's instagram: @blue_yoga_pants

Amber teaches at Exall Park on Tuesday nights, 6-7pm.

Bari was diagnosed with mild scoliosis at the age of 12, and fought with lower back pain and discomfort in her early teens. She went to physical therapy but found it boring and did not keep up with the exercises at home. She began practicing yoga in 1993, at the age of 17, as recommended by a massage therapist to relieve tension and pain in her lower back. She studied with Ranjana Pallana in Dallas that summer, where she not only felt the benefits of the physical body, but she was able, even at that age, to connect the breath and the movement. Bari spent the next 15+ years on her own personal yoga journey. She received her formal training and certification in 2012 from Namah Shivaya in Dallas. In her classes, she places emphasis on connecting the mind and the body through gentle postures and personal introspection. 

Bari teaches at Lake Highlands on Saturday mornings, 9:15-10:15am.

Ruby

Shannon

Photo by Shannon Thornton

Shannon's personal yoga practice and teaching philosophy share a single intention: to realize the union of mind, body and breath, combined with a practical application of that union for healing, equanimity and physical ease. Her primary interest as both a student of yoga and as an instructor is in understanding the relationship between psyche and soma, and the effectiveness of yoga practices to address “dis-ease” in whatever form it might take, be it physical pain or psychological hurt. Shannon looks at yoga as a tool for enabling greater understanding and evolution of the self.   

Shannon took her first yoga class in 2000, and completed my RYT certification in 2007.  Her instructional style incorporates a strong foundation in the principles of Iyengar yoga, a style taught with emphasis on safe alignment, precision and judicious use of props, along with deeper somatic and anatomical exploration to locate balance, strength and space, and where appropriate, slower heat-building “flow” sequences. Emphasis on breath is another indispensible touchstone of her own practice and teaching, and she strives always to introduce the practice of dharana, or what we might recognize in current parlance as “mindfulness.” In all of her teaching she hopes to encourage the development of internal awareness that focuses and calms the mind not just during the time and space of our practice, but in the space of our day to day lives.

Website: shannon-thornton-yoga.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShannonThorntonPrivateYogaInstruction/
Instagram: @shanny108

Shannon teaches at Lake Highlands on Monday nights, 6-7:15pm.

Yoga is a huge part of Ruby's life. She began practicing yoga in 2011 when she needed another alternative to traditional workout methods. As a Type A personality it was difficult to quiet the mind and learn to breathe on her mat. Through practice and dedication, Ruby was able to transition a workout routine into a lifestyle, both physical and spiritual. For Ruby, yoga has been the grounding force allowing her to maintain positivity and composure through obstacles and challenges. The mat is truly her second home. 

When she is not practicing or teaching yoga, Ruby enjoys travel, hiking, running, karaoke, and spending time with friends and family. She has Duchess, her Great Pyrenees pup, at her side. You may see them together in and around Oak Cliff. Her family is rooted in the beautiful San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato.

As of October 2017, Ruby became the new Executive Director of Dirt Cheap Yoga! 

Michelle

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Michelle has been majorly influenced by the practice of yoga since her teenage years. Finding it in 2007, she came to seek refuge on the mat to release lots of tension in the body due to sports and stress. Throughout college, she practiced daily and completed her 200 hour level one yoga
teacher training through Core Power Yoga in Boulder, CO with Jason Bowman in 2011. A year later, she completed the 200 hour, level one Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program with Pritpal Kaur and Pritpal Singh Khalsa in Boulder, CO.

Since then, she has taught both vinyasa and kundalini in a variety of ways both locally and abroad. After graduating from University of
Colorado with a degree in Environmental Studies in 2012, she spent extensive time traveling and living in India where she has learned much more about the deeper realms of yoga including meditation, devotion and service. She has practiced and studied from many traditions and
keeps these various teachings in her yogic toolbox to draw from, now further emphasizing breath, alignment, stillness and the subtleties in each posture. She sees yoga as a continuos disciple used to bring stillness and peace to the mind while embodying and awakening
compassion in the heart to inspire service in the world.