Houston — By Christina Uticone on January 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Filed under: fitness, yoga, yoga studio

CuraYoga Houston Wants Us to Live. Breathe. Do Yoga.

CuraYoga is fast becoming one of my favorite yoga studios in Houston. Three locations means that no matter where I am in the city I can drop everything and get to a class (and sometimes I need to drop everything and do some yoga). My current obsession is a Tuesday night Yin Yang yoga class offered at their River Oaks location. This form of “slow yoga” has practitioners holding poses for 3-5 minutes, and the instructor usually throws in a short “yang” flow sequence in the middle, just to get our hearts pumping a bit.

I came across CuraYoga back when it was known as JennYoga. In 2010 the studio expanded with new locations and was rebranded as CuraYoga. Founders Jennifer Buergemeister and Rhia Robinson have joined forces to offer Houston a great variety of classes in three convenient locations: River Oaks Studio at 3641-C Westheimer Rd. (map), Tanglewood Studio at 5757 Woodway, Suite 150 (map), and Heights Arts District Studio at 1824 Spring (map).

Here is a brief review of the types of classes you will find on the CuraYoga class schedule:

  • Hatha: Beginners can start with a Hatha Yoga Basics class which incorporate plenty of instruction or try Hatha Flow for gentle hatha poses linked through a flow. This class is perfect for all skill levels, and totally appropriate for beginners who want to dip their yogi-toes into a practice.
  • Vinyasa: CuraYoga offers a wide variety of vinyasa classes to suit every ability.
  • “Shake Your Asana” Intense Vinyasa Flow and Red Hot Yoga Vinyasa are more intense, great for calorie-burning and muscle strengthening and toning.
  • Vinyasa Candlelight Yoga is gentler and appropriate for beginners. A candlelight class is a wonderful way to end the day; I always leave completely relaxed, ready to get into my jammies and curl up with some tea before bed.
  • Intro to Vinyasa Flow is perfect for beginners who need extra instruction.
  • Vinyasa Flow is set to music and faster paced than intro and candlelight; this class is appropriate for beginners and experienced yogis alike.
  • Revitalizing Vinyasa Flow is high-energy in the beginning and stretching-based at the end, with a meditation to center you for the rest of your day.
  • Vinyasa: Healthy Hips & Backs focuses on the areas of the body that tend to be tight and that store tension.
  • “Juicy” Flow yoga is a vigorous, all-level flow class where you can work up a sweat. Soothe and rejuvenate with green tea at the end of class.
  • Power Vinyasa Flow is intense and detoxifying. For intermediate to advanced yogis, power vinyasa is performed in a heated room (about 80 °F) and includes arm balances and inversions to build power while encouraging playfulness.
  • Yin and Yin-Yang: Yin yoga focuses on the deeper, connective tissues in the body by holding poses for 3-5 minutes, with a focus on areas like hips, hamstrings, lower back and pelvis. We store a lot of energy and emotion in these areas of the body and a slow-paced Yin class is a great way to release them. Yin-Yang classes incorporate a flow sequence for a little extra active energy. These are my personal favorite at the moment; I love to do a Yin class the day after I do a hard weight-lifting session at the gym, to balance things out.

That is just a brief overview, but CuraYoga also offers Ashtanga Variations, Forrest Flow, Yoga for Kids, PRALAYA Yoga & Movement, Slow Flow Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, and Tibetan Heart Yoga in addition to an active special events calendar with workshops and immersions. Advanced study and training is also available at CuraYoga with local instructors and visits from teachers from around the country, and the world. CuraYoga is a sponsor of the 2011 Texas Yoga Conference, February 25-27, 2011.

Class times and schedules are available online for each location: Heights studio, Tanglewood studio, River Oaks studio. A PDF schedule is also available for download.

CuraYoga class pricing is as follows:$15 for a single class, 5 class pass for $70, 10 class pass for $130, 20 class pass for $240. Membership rates offer even more savings: the new member special is $99 for 30 days (for the first month of classes only). Unlimited monthly yoga on auto-debit is $140 (6 month minimum requirement). Six month pre-paid unlimited yoga is $756 ($126/mo.); one year prepaid unlimited yoga is $1344 ($112/mo.). Mat rental is $2, bottled water is $1. Prices for special events, workshops and classes vary.

You can connect with CuraYoga on Facebook and Twitter.

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