10:05 am

Partner Yoga vs. Acro Yoga

Ever wonder what the difference is between the partner yoga workshops we've had and acro yoga that you've seen?  Bea Porter, one of the partner yoga instructors, breaks it down for us:

Taken from “AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. Acro in Greek  means high, or elevated. Yoga in Sanskrit commonly translates to notions of union, or joining. The experience of taking flight with AcroYoga instantly dissolves fears and invites practitioners to tap into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union. By combining acrobatics, yoga, and healing arts, the practice of AcroYoga has built a community of active teachers and practitioners all over the world.”


Taken from “Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ is a visionary practice that expands the traditional practice of Yoga into the realm of relationship. Designed for two or more people, Partner Yoga utilizes the forms and principles of individual posture while incorporating the presence of another to deepen the impact of the experience. This particular style of Partner Yoga awakens our human potential through the integration of universal principles such as compassion, trust, balance and creativity.”


Neither AcroYoga or Partner Yoga are a substitute for your daily yoga practice, rather they are a way to expand your practice and experience some of the same and new poses while being supported with another. Both practices provide a deeper experience of union all while finding a deeper stretch, strengthening your body and finding fun in your practice with another.


While some postures overlap between the two practices they also have their very own styles. Partner Yoga classes and workshops usually start with assisted postures on the floor and lead to one final flying pose while Acro Yoga incorporates more acrobatic and flying postures to their practice.


Whichever class you decide to try, be ready for some of the best yoga assists you’ll ever received and a lot of fun!

 partner yoga vs acro yoga

8:50 pm

Four Ways Kids Can Benefit From Yoga

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1.  Kids yoga is strengthening and energizing.

Doing yoga on a regular basis helps build strength and creates body awareness.  Kids are more willing to try poses that require different muscles than typical exercises in a yoga class. Yoga poses require kids to learn to support their own body weight which builds bone & joint strength and results in a more confident child, better posture and better body response.  Plus, teachers include talking about different muscles used in poses which gives children a greater awareness of how their bodies work and a better sense of coordination.

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2.  Kids yoga introduces mindfulness, focus, and better concentration skills.

Kids live in a hurry-up-to-the-next-activity world.  Video games, Youtube, and social media has resulted in shorter attention spans.  Yoga introduces kids to being present (like when they are in a balancing pose), focusing on their breath, and even meditation.  Yoga poses promote stillness and quieting of the mind so that they can better manage the constant stimulation that is just a regular part of all of our lives.  

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3.  Kids yoga helps kids become more flexible.

Bodies that are strong also need to be flexible.  Flexibility keeps children from getting hurt as much in daily activities as well as strenuous activities like sports or dance.  Yoga is a form of movement that not only builds strength but also focuses a great deal on flexibility and lengthening muscles in a safe way.

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4. Kids yoga reduces stress and teaches kids to relax.

Kids, like us, are stressed.  Homework, social pressures, after school activities, family dynamics and more and create stress for a child.  Yoga gives kids permission to let go, to not just relax but to also feel the stress and allow for release of stress.  Yoga, even a fun kids yoga class, calms the mind and soothes the soul.  Different games and exercises that help kids connect to their breath increases their capability to focus and lung capacity too! Kids often report that they remember their "yoga breath" when things get stressful. 

11:33 am

5 Ways To Use Yoga Blocks


Myth: Yoga Blocks are just for beginners.


Whether you're a beginner yogi or you've been practicing for years, check out these fun ways to incorporate blocks into your practice.


1. Wheel Pose with Blocks

Using blocks underneath your hands in wheel pose assists you in opening through the      shoulders and provides a deeper bend in the upper back.


Wheel Pose


2. Camel Pose with Blocks

Placing blocks underneath in your feet in camel pose helps to lengthen the front side of your body. Give this a try and you'll feel a deeper stretch through your quads and hip flexors.


Camel Pose


3. Lolasana with Blocks

Blocks are great for arm balancing poses. Do you have trouble getting your feet off the floor in lolasana (scales pose)? Use blocks to assist you lifting your body off the mat.

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4. Locust Pose with a Block

Placing a block between your feet in locust pose encourages you to use your whole body. You will engage your core and use the entire leg to help strengthen your back.

Locust Pose


5. Handstand Strattle Press with Block Assist (click to play)

If you're working on pressing into a handstand, start with your feet on top of blocks to give yourself an extra lift.



8:53 pm

Student Highlight: Chris

“The sense of community is amazing!  Every time I walk through the door, I feel like I have arrived at home.” Read More

11:53 am

Top 10 Reasons NOT To Do the 40-day Revolution

10.  Your body feels too good to mess it up with yoga.  That back ache is like an old friend and you wouldn't want to get rid of it with all of the back and core strengthening we do in yoga.


9.  You HATE stretchy pants.  Pant suits, skinny jeans, and a blazer are waaaay more comfortable.


8.  You don't like naps at the end of exercise.  And in those hot classes, the lavender towels make you too relaxed.


7.  You're afraid the bartender will ask for ID.  No need to feel the anti-aging effects of yoga - not you.


6.  Having a distracted, cluttered mind is ultimately your goal. Yoga and meditation would totally compromise that.


5.  Your doctor is totally HOT and you want to visit him/her more.  A regular yoga practice and eating healthily would make you too healthy and feel too good to see the doctor enough.


4.  You prefer to get your energy from a can.  Natural energy and endorphins from yoga aren't for you.


3.  You might have to buy new clothes.  Doing yoga regularly might make your body more toned, your muscles leaner and longer and your metabolism faster.  Horrible.


2.  You have too many friends and don't like being in a class full of encouraging and friendly people. Nice people weird you out.


1.  You have no need to create a good habit.  Figuring out how to make yoga, meditation and better eating part of your life is not on your priority list.

You don't need the 40 day revolution,
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You don't need another resolution - you need a revolution!  Awaken your body and soul in a program that will challenge you body, mind, & spirit.

40 days of yoga, meditation & mindful eating will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.This revolution is a practical program that will spark radical change in you!  What makes this program different is that you focus beyond the external changes in your body and transform from within as well.  During this 40 days program, you'll discover where you limit yourself and make changes to live a fuller life!   

 Your Commitment:

  • Yoga 4 days/week at the studio, 2 days/week at home (Note - there will be opportunities most weeks to earn double class credit)
  • Build a daily home meditation habit
  • Mindfully become aware of eating habits and change habits that are not working for you.
  • Attend optional weekly meetings (these meetings will count as a class credit)
  • January 22 - March 2  
  • Orientation Meeting 1/20/17

If you are even thinking about signing up, 
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10:08 pm

Meet Beth! Our Team Member of the Month!

Honoring the ever so lovely Beth, have you met her yet? She wears many headbands; Our front desk guru, a college rep for FIDM, an independent stylist, and an Arbonne Consultant. She grew up in Dimmitt, TX (about an hour south of Amarillo). She goes home to her husband Kent, and three spoiled cats Chet, Liza and Archer.

Are you a morning or a night person? Morning.

Besides yoga what brings you joy? Antique malls and vintage clothing stores.

What songs/music are you listening to right now? An original tune written by my husband called ‘Texas Girl’. It’s available on his bands website at

What do you enjoy most about yoga at Awakened? Every teacher, every class surpasses my idea of excellence. I also love the community atmosphere.

What would you tell your teenage self? Being the weirdo is a beautiful thing, so you might as well embrace it sooner rather than later.

1:17 pm

Meet Josh! He's Our Yoga-lebrity of the Month!


Meet Josh, a dynamic flowing yogi! Outside of the studio he is a private teacher that specializes in dyslexic and pre-school age children. He was born in Houston, and now lives in Sugar Land with his wife of 20 years. They have 2 children (10 and 14). He would like a dog but, not yet...

What are you currently listening to? Mainly I listen to good ole boy country, gangster rap, and speed metal, especially on the way to yoga class.

What do you like about AY Studio? I like taking different yoga classes at different studios, but I find myself more and more at Awakened. I really like the consistency in the quality of teachers. I like that I don’t finish most classes because I’m pushed to my limits. I also like that the teachers consistently offer modifications to accommodate all the different levels of students.

What is your favorite thing about the studio? My favorite thing is the extended community—class, social media, and off the mat friendships.


5:30 pm

Meet Matt! He's our Yoga-lebrity Teacher of the Month!

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Meet Matt, our dynamic teacher of the month! He grew up in Meadows Place, Tx about a bird mile from the studio. He is a Customer Service Representative for an American Steel Company. He has no pets, unfortunately, due to being allergic to dogs.

What has surprised you most about practicing yoga? How strong our bodies are when we keep a consistent practice.

What is your guilty pleasure or food?  Plutonic Jam pizza at Jupiter Pizza

What is in your fridge? Lots of veggies, some grass fed beef that I’ve cooked up, a bar of 88% dark chocolate, and kombucha from The Kombucha Company.

What 3 items would you bring with you if you went on a yoga retreat? I only need one. A Physician’s Desk Reference. Hollowed out. Inside, waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, NASA blanket, and in case I get bored, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” No, “H.P and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”




12:42 pm

Meet Sarah! Our Yoga-lebrity of the Month!

Have you met Sarah? If not, you definitely want to! She is the Grants & Communications manager for Fort Bend Women’s Center, which provides support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also volunteers with the City of Sugar Land Animal Services. Along with all she does with them, she helped us put together our Get Down W/ Your Dog Event, and the Summer Solstice Soiree. Sarah was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At 40 years young she moved to Norway, then to Texas in 2013.

Besides yoga, what brings you joy? Dogs—my own and the shelter dogs I walk every week. There is no joy like a shelter dog getting out to play!

What songs/music are you listening to right now? Loving Foy Vance’s latest ‘The Wild Swan’

What do you enjoy most about yoga at AY? The sense of community, the friendliness of both the teachers and my fellow yogis, and the lack of judgement.

What has surprised you most about practicing yoga? So many things. Sometimes I’m surprised by what my body can and can’t do. Mostly I’m surprised by how huge the impact of yoga is across my whole life. Why didn’t I start yoga years ago?

6:26 pm

Meet Heather - Our Yoga-lebrity Teacher of the Month!

Meet Heather, the Studio Assistant, front desk guru, babysitter, and yoga instructor! She wears many “hats” in the studio as well as outside of it. She also cuts /styles hair, and slings Kombucha. Since attending the studio she has awakened  clarity of mind,  acute focus, loving self talk, which has led to a stronger sense of self.

What do you enjoy most about Awakened? The diversity of teachers, their unique styles, and the various types of classes.

What is your favorite thing about practicing yoga? It is an appointment to check in with my body, my mind, and my emotions, then feed myself what I need.

What would you tell your teenage self? It is okay to stand out. BE  HUMBLY YOURSELF! Those that are mean are fighting their own internal struggles. Don’t take it personal.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I went with CHI’s artistic team to style hair at New York Fall Fashion Week in 2014.