All Levels

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!

Robin Korevaar

Robin currently teaches all levels Vinyasa Flow and gentle yoga in the Hatha tradition at Namah Shivaya studio and has a small private studio of adult students ages 25-60 years. She enjoys working with students of all ages, and teaches yoga for youth ages 3-17 at Namah Shivaya Studio, Dallas Academy for Music & Performing Arts (DAMPA), and Northpark Mall. Robin’s brings to the studio her rich experience as an endurance athlete, social worker, and student of the Alexander Technique (a practice used by many performers and athletes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in movement). Her wellness class for emerging performers at DAMPA makes use of her full range of skills.

Connection with breath and flow are central to her instruction style, as is efficient use of one’s musculoskeletal system: Robin delights in helping yoga students find greater line, ease, and balance in their practice. Her classes offer creative sequences that encourage freedom, exploration, flexibility, and strength in mind, body, and spirit.

Ms. Korevaar completed her RYT 200 training at Namah Shivaya studio in Dallas (October 2017) and her RCYT through Yogees Yoga for Kids (May 2018). She is registered with the Yoga Alliance (with CPR certification and liability insurance), and is available for group, private, and semi-private lessons.

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.

Mitch Lazorko

While I have considered myself a somewhat active person for most of my life, it wasn't until 2013 that I started to take my health more seriously. I was newly married to my wonderful wife Jen, and life was great. But I had gained weight and I was on a bad path that is all too common for most people these days. I didn't like how I felt or how I looked. Since 2008, I had been working in an orthopedic physical therapy clinic and seen firsthand just how important taking care of myself would be. I realized that I needed to take responsibility for my own wellness and longevity. Since then, I have trained for and completed a half marathon. I have developed strength through learning the principles of powerlifting and olympic weightlifting. I have brought focus to my diet by learning as much as I can about nutrition. And all along the way, Yoga has played a big role.

My main point of focus as an instructor is making Yoga accessible to everyone. I have a lot of experience working with people that are dealing with injuries or have had surgery. I enjoy helping students find the right modification for a pose.

My background as a musician has allowed me to produce all of the music that I play during my classes. That has a been a fun outlet and inspiration to my practice. I play guitar and bass at a church in Dallas regularly.

My life has benefited so much from Yoga and a mindfulness centered lifestyle. I want to share it with everyone!

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!
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 Nov 15 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Melissa Mayo
  • Thu Nov 15 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Melissa Mayo
  • Thu Nov 15 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristi FitzGerald
  • Fri Nov 16 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Erin Acosta
  • Sat Nov 17 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Robin Korevaar
  • Sun Nov 18 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nick Heffelfinger
  • Mon Nov 19 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Mitch Lazorko
  • Tue Nov 20 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Katharine Lombardo
  • Tue Nov 20 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erin Brandao
  • Tue Nov 20 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Mitch Lazorko
  • Fri Nov 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Erin Acosta
  • Sat Nov 24 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Dory Nelson
  • Sun Nov 25 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Nick Heffelfinger
  • Mon Nov 26 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Mitch Lazorko
  • Tue Nov 27 7:30 am - 8:30 am with Katharine Lombardo
  • Tue Nov 27 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erin Brandao
  • Tue Nov 27 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Mitch Lazorko