July 31, 2017
We talk alot about breath at YAX, so I wanted to tap in to all the muscles used to achieve a powerful and controlled breath. In my classes, I ask you to evaluate your breath. Is it shallow or deep? Slow or fast? Where do you breathe from? Where do you send your breath? Most of us breathe unconsciously so this can be difficult to acknowledge. Breathing is part of the autonomic nervous system, which tells our organs (i.e., diaphragm and lungs) to function without conscious control. This autonomic nervous system also regulates digestion and circulation. Even though breathing is achieved unconsciously, if we can force a mindful and controlled breath, we can transform not only our practice but our well being. For example, you here me cue the belly breath or deep thoracic breath. This belly breath creates a larger capacity to take deeper, longer breaths. In turn, this leads us to tune in to the core where all the muscles exist, such as the scalenes, pectoralis major, external intercostals, internal intercostals, serratus anterior and diaphragm. Finally, there’s an energetic shift that happens when we’re able to control the breath. You may start to not only breathe in air but move energy throughout your body. When this is achieved, magic happens.
Get on your mat with us daily to see what this belly breath is all about. Book a class here!
Namaste to play,
June 26, 2017
This July we are focusing on a joint rather than a muscle – The Ankle. The ankle plays an important role in knee and foot health. If you are an athlete that is prone to ankle injury or foot pain, listen up!
Together the foot and the ankle are comprised of more than two dozen bones and 3 joints. The ankle absorbs all the pressure of the body with each step you take, no matter the terrain. More than 9 million Americans sprain their ankle each year. Most injuries occurring between the ages of 15 and 24 and rarely do they every fully heal – leading to long term mobility and stability issues. The good news? There’s yoga and FMS for that!
With the help of the Yoga Journal, we can get to know the bones:
Tibia (Shin Bone) The larger of the two bones that make up the lower leg
Fibula The thinner, smaller bone on the outside of the lower leg
Calcaneus The heel bone
Talus A wedge-shaped bone of the ankle joint that is located between the heel bone and the fibula and tibia; it forges a connection between the leg and the foot, aiding in ankle movements and helping maintain balance when weight is transferred from the ankle to the leg
Metatarsals A set of five long bones in the mid-foot that connect the ankle to the toe
Tarsals A set of seven hind- and mid-foot bones that exist to help bear weight; two of the most notable tarsals are the navicular and cuboid bones
Navicular A boat-shaped bone on the inner foot that creates the foot’s arch and assists with weight distribution
Cuboid A cube-shaped bone that connects and provides stability to the outer foot and ankle
And, the joints:
Talocrural The technical term for the ankle joint, which is the point where the tibia, fibula, and talus meet
Transverse tarsal joint Where the talus, calcaneus, navicular, and cuboid bones meet
Subtalar joint Where the talus and calcaneus meet
The ankle has six different movements available to it:
1. Dorsiflexion: the top of the foot moves toward the knee
2. Plantar flexion: the sole of the foot moves toward the calf
3. Eversion: the outside of the ankle moves toward your hip
4. Inversion: the inside of your ankle moves toward your groin
5. Abduction: a movement at the ankle causing the toes to move away from the body
6. Adduction: a movement at the ankle resulting in the toes moving in toward the midline
Fun fact: When you combine dorsiflexion, eversion, and abduction, your foot pronates; when you combine plantar flexion, inversion, and adduction, your foot supinates.
So, how does this apply to you? We want you to keep your ankles healthy by getting on your mat with us. If you haven’t done your FMS screen yet, do it! If you have, work the exercises so they can work for you. Need a little more? Get on your mat with these poses to strengthen the ankle.
- Tree Pose
- Hero Pose
- Staff Pose: w/ namaste feet + reverse namaste feet (lateral flexion and extension)
- Calf Raise
You can find all these postures in a number of our classes this month. Let’s sweat + shavasana together!
June 26, 2017
Hello YAXers! We are enforcing a new check-in rule to better serve our teaching staff and you! We kindly ask that you check in on Mindbody at least 2 hours before class starts – especially if you are 5 or 6 am-er. This July, we are asking all YAXers to check in as a courtesy to our instructors. If no one is checked in, there is a possibility a teacher will not be available to lead class. So, hit the “book” button before you hit the hay and we’ll be ready to sweat + shavasana with you bright and early!
To show how much it means to have you check in, we are adding Check-Ins to our rewards program! That’s right, you can earn points every time you check in and show up for class! Rack up the points to rack up the prizes. Stay tuned for rewards program launch details.
We really appreciate you helping us improve our process and love training with you! We are so grateful for each and every one of you on this journey to wellness! We are in this together and are making BIG impacts in others lives (whether you know it or not)!
If you have any issues with the app, just give us a shout!
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June 22, 2017
Welcome to the Yoga Athletex member rewards program.
It’s a fun and easy way to earn rewards for working out, getting on your mat, referring friends and raving about us on Facebook and Twitter.
How do I earn wellness reward points?
You can easily earn reward points by checking into the studio, referring friends who join, completing personal training sessions, tweeting and much more! Plus you get bonus reward points for completing specific activities, like 50 points just for joining! Join HERE.
What deals can I get with my points?
You can redeem points at any time for deals such as:
- Retail discounts (i.e., Manduka products)
- Free classes for a friend
- FMS discounts
- Free Personal Training sessions
- Free YAX swag
It’s quick, easy and free, plus you get 50 bonus points just for registering! This is one of the best wellness deals around! Sign up today to start earning!
June 12, 2017
Are you a high school or college student out for the summer?? We have the perfect summer special for you, to attend UNLIMITED yoga & group circuit training classes for $165/ 3 months!!!
Sign up HERE!
June 12, 2017
Our SuMMeR ChaLLengE starts Monday, June 12! Take (ANY) 30 classes in 60 days (June 12 – August 11) and be entered into a raffle to win 3 FREE Months of Unlimited Yoga + Group Training!!!
But that’s not all we’ve got going on this summer. Join us every Wednesday night at 5:30 for What’s Up Wednesday! It’s time to get out of the heat and stay cool at Yoga Athletex. 😉
June 12, 2017
It’s summer time! That means it’s time to celebrate, and most importantly… play, work, and restore! That’s why we’re so excited to announce something new this summer!
Along with our 30-in-60 Summer Challenge, we will be having What’s Up Wednesdays during our 5:30 pm YAX class every Wednesday all summer long. We are all about having fun with friends and celebrating our health and fitness together, which is why members are welcome to bring a friend for FREE to this class each week!
What is What’s Up Wednesday?
We’re glad you asked! Each week will have a different theme that you and your fellow YAXers can dress up and participate in. We will have fun attire and music during our workout, along with surprise snacks, refreshments, and health-tips to conclude the celebration.
Surf’s Up: Have fun with this one! Dress nautical, beach-ready, luau inspired, or anything ocean-related.
Wake Up: Gooood morning! Summer is a great time to sleep-in late, so come on over to class in your PJ’s.
Mix Up: Time to get wacky! Mix and match shirts, socks, bottoms, anything that might look a little off. OR, bring a friend and swap looks, dress like your workout buddy for the day!
Dress Up: Time to step it up a notch. Pull out your most classy, preppy workout gear. This could be a collared shirt, tennis skirt, or fancy accessories.
Pump Up: Pull out your most cheesy, stereotypical workout attire. Muscle shirts, motivating slogans, sweatbands, KT tape… it’s time to get pumped!
Batter Up: Hey batter batter, swing! This class is all about baseball, so feel free to come in wearing your favorite baseball team swag.
Made Up: Dress like ANY fictional character you want! Or make one up! Get creative with it! (HINT: Wonder Woman, Superman)
W(rap) Up: Think about what you might wear to a hip-hop class… sneakers, baggy clothes, get real trendy with it, y’all.
May 22, 2017
The Yoga Athletex internship program is designed to prepare students for careers as trainers, administrators and managers in the sport industry, as well as entry-level management positions in high school, college and professional athletic organizations. Through this program, students are prepared for a diversity of roles in the areas of sport marketing and promotions, facility management and planning, activity programming and events management. The full time internship, following coursework, provides students with on-the-job experience and networking opportunities.
The 400 hour (minimum) internship will provide the intern with professional training in a protected and supervised environment. The YAX team will empower and support the intern through active participation and guidance within the program. It is our goal to enhance the skills of the intern, increase their knowledge base and help to build a solid networking foundation for a future career. We also commit to encouraging personal growth, confidence and positive body image by requiring the intern to attend classes and acquire a daily yoga practice and fitness regime.
We are seeking passionate, service-oriented, positive and hard-working individuals with a love for health and fitness and an excitement for our brand. We are a high-growth company looking for hyper-organized, efficient, forward-thinking problem-solvers with exceptional interpersonal skills and attention to detail. A very driven individual with a background playing competitive sports, lives a healthy & active lifestyle, a goal getter, and a self starter with a passion to help others. Someone who has a background in yoga and physical fitness with a their own visions and dreams, who is not afraid to share them with the team. A unique individual who is self motivated and takes pride in their work. Someone who wants to continually learn and educate themselves through self study and attending trainings. This candidate will have a commanding presence and find ease with jumping into a training session. A leader. A coach. A true team player.
If you believe you would be a great addition to our team, send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org!
AREAS OF FOCUS
I. SPORT MARKETING & PROMOTIONS
II. FACILITY MANAGEMENT & PLANNING
III. ACTIVITY PROGRAMMING
IV. EVENTS MANAGEMENT
V. CUSTOMER SERVICE
Internship is unpaid.
May 22, 2017
We are so excited to announce our newest team member, Kaci K. You can get your sweat on with her every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at noon – during our Athletex class. In addition, Kaci offers private personal training lessons. If you are looking for a more focused and personalized program, Kaci is your gal!
Kaci attended Baylor University in her hometown of Waco, TX where she earned a B.S. in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation. During her time as a student, she opened and operated her own dance studio, but after graduating she moved to Houston to pursue a career as a freelance choreographer and dance instructor. Shortly after moving to Houston, Kaci transitioned her focus to fitness, teaching TRX, Barre, Boot Camp, and Pilates Reformer classes. In 2015 she completed her NASM personal trainer certification and became a full-time fitness professional in 2016.
Kaci believes that practicing discipline in fitness develops motivation in all areas of life – home, career, social, and spiritual. She is dedicated to walking alongside her clients as they work toward and achieve their fitness goals, creating individualized programs for each client in order to help them find their own balance.
In her free time Kaci and her husband, Jeremy, enjoy spending time with family, friends, and their dog, Max. Spring Branch is her home and she is passionate about being a part of the local community at Yoga Athletex.
Sign up for her classes HERE.
May 22, 2017
The quadriceps, or “quads”, are a group of four muscles located on the front (anterior) of the thigh. The four muscles include the rectus femoris, the vastus lateralis, the vastus medialis, and the vastus intermedialis. All of these muscles attach on their bottom (distal) end to the tibial tuberosity by the patellar ligament. On their top (proximal) end, the vastus medialis and lateralis attach to the back of the femur. The vastus intermadialis attaches to the anterior surface of the femur. The rectus femoris is the only muscle that crosses the hip joint.
All four muscles participate to straighten (extend) the knee joint and support the patella. You might see the quads working, or contracting, in chair pose, warrior I, or standing from the squat position. Great postures to lengthen the quads include frog pose, dancers pose or hero pose.
Common injury to the quad can include various levels of contusion. This occurs when force is hit up against the quad to press it against the femur. If this occurs, an individual may feel symptoms similar to a strain or tear, including sharp immediate pain. Swelling and bruising typically occur depending on the severity of the hit. Another common injury is petellofemoral joint syndrome. This is thought to be caused by weakness or fatigue of the vastus medialis. Symptoms include front or back knee pain especially when squatting or going down a stair case. Strengthening the vastus medialis is typically part of the recovery process, along with legs up the wall (as always)!
This week you can strengthen your quads in our hustle room with slamballs, mountain climbers, cycling and more! Find length through the poses mentioned above in our flow room. Yoga 4 athletes is where it’s at!
Sign up for classes here.