3930 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.731665 -95.418612
Lucky to be in a city with such a dedicated teacher. I would say it's.. "straight to the point" yoga. No frills, no self validation talks during practice, no "waving your arms like leaves of a tree", and things of that sort. If that's what you're into, then maybe this isn't the place for you. But If you're dedicated to yoga, and want a more powerful, strong practice that can be carried throughout your life, at any time/place, this is the place for you. Studio is definitely not closed, as stated by the headline. It's up and running 6 days a week!
Citysearch Editorial Review – In a small room on the second floor of the One 2 One Training Center, Yannis and his fellow teachers lead students in the practice of Ashtanga yoga. Between led group classes and largely silent 'Mysore' classes, in which students practice at their own pace, aspiring yogis will learn to complete an increasingly extended series of poses from memory. This simple, bare bones practice encourages learners to remain focused (and bring their own mats) but is also forgiving and patient of those who might be behind the curve.
Real yoga in Houston – I practiced yoga for a couple of weeks in Kerala with a wonderful instructor a few years ago. Since then, I've been searching for a good class and instructor in the city. I've been utterly disappointed and frustrated till recently. The structure of Yannis' class is quite similar to my practice in Kerala. In the Mysore class, instead of following a class of 30-40, you can go at your own pace, which I personally think is very important.
I am really glad I found the studio! If anyone wants an authentic experience of what yoga is like in India, try a class with Yannis. Just be prepared to work and sweat.
Life altering in all the best ways – As someone who couldn't touch their toes less than a year ago, I'm amazed at the things my body can do now. I just started going to this studio in January, and by 30 days I was totally addicted. The intense physical workout component barely scratches the surface, however. This is a one of a kind pure inside yourself Yoga experience. It completely changed my day to day life by teaching me things about myself I never took the time to acknowledge. And, as we all know, knowledge is power! :-D This practice teaches focus, confidence, patience, and strength (in all senses of the word). If you're looking to strengthen your body, mind, and that third thing (soul, spirit, ego-whatever you wanna call it) this is the place. Yannis's teaching style is snazzy like no other, knowing when to push you and help you when it's needed, and when to back off and let you learn by doing yourself. I could babble on for pages with detailed praises of this place. For serious.
Great studio and teachers – I recently found this studio and its teachers and have benefitted greatly from their instructions. Yannis, Eric and Ed are tremendous teachers who genuinely care about teaching their students. In my opinion, ashtanga yoga is the best yoga "style" for students to improve and become well rounded in their yoga practice. The Led classes are very challenging, even for yoga students with years of experience coming from other styles and forms of practices. In my opinion, Houston is very lucky to have this studio and its teachers.
Best place for the complete beginner. – I took my first yoga class ever at Tejas Yoga. I am not particularly fit, strong or flexible so I was really apprehensive about starting yoga. All the teachers helped me ease into it. The progress has been gradual and slow. I felt safe and also challenged to do more at the same time. I am now trying my first headstand and there is so much to do and learn here it is amazing. I have never felt so pumped about anything. I am a convert for life.
Yoga studio with many positive attributes – I have been to a number of yoga studios in various cities practicing Ashtanga Yoga, but I have to say ever since I began practicing at Tejas Yoga with Yannis as my instructor, my practice has progressed, and I have increased my stamina, flexibility and strength in so many ways! There are many people who will only choose to attend a couple of classes, missing out on the benefits of the practice. However, those that have stayed around and practice with discipline are quite amazing now! (Just check out the web site to see for yourself). Yannis is an instructor who motivates his students who want to learn. If you enjoy yoga and simply want to learn to progress in your practice, start taking yoga classes at Tejas Yoga.
A little stuffy – Instructor was somewhat abrasive at times - I gather that is the preferred method of instruction here. Personally, I prefer a more toned down approach. But they were at least paying attention which is better than nothing!
Works out the mind, body and soul – I have never done anything that has affected me on so many levels. Yannis gives individual attention that I have never experienced in any other group class. It is amazing how he keeps track of his student's progress and pushes you to do more. He is genuinely invested in his student's achieving good practice. I had dabbled in yoga previous to this class but didn't really get what all the fuss was until I started with Yannis. It is truly amazing! Try it and you will see.
the real thing... – This is the only place in Houston where you can pursue Ashtanga in the way it was intended. After doing various kinds of yoga for years (quite enjoyably) I have finally discovered that the best way to make progress in one's yoga practice is to commit to this system. The instructor's commitment to his students is matched only by the commitment of his students to their practice.
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