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March 23, 2017

Haley Bowen – Yoga Instructor

Haley first began her yoga practice in 2011 as a way to combat stress and anxiety in her adolescence. Since then, yoga has been her medium to discovering inward revelation. As a teacher, Haley is most interested in the various ways that bodies move through space, and the ever fascinating connections that can be created both internally and externally during classes. She aims to create a complete body-mind-soul experience. She also enjoys a physical challenge for her students, creative transitions and new perspectives in yoga philosophy. Haley is a fine artist (drawing and painting), a health coach, a rock climber, and an outdoor enthusiast!

March 23, 2017

Jenn Broadwell – Yoga Instructor

Since 2011, Jenn has been a passionate student of yoga. She has experience in the following forms: Ashtanga, Baptiste, Boustany Hatha Yoga (Pralaya Yoga), Hatha, Hot, Kemetic, Power, and Vinyasa Flow. The classes she teaches include a mix of elements from this variety.

Initially she was drawn to hot and power yoga for its physical demands and benefits, but she quickly embraced the emotional and rejuvenating qualities of the practice as well. Additionally, many other rewarding qualities including health, happiness and patience have come to Jenn as a result of practicing yoga.

She is enjoying a beautiful lifelong journey and a fresh lifestyle that have emerged out of her commitment to yoga. She became certified in October of 2013 in Hatha Yoga by Lex Gillan, founder of The Yoga Institute in Houston, Texas ((National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers (NACYT) and 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)). Her decision to become certified developed out of a desire to give others the opportunity to fall in love with yoga as she did. She feels privileged to have found something that will never feel like a routine, something that will always be magical, alive and mindful.

In July, 2015, she completed the Aerial Yoga Teacher Training program offered by Your Body Center (YBC), facilitated by Ernesto Cardenas (Owner, YBC) and Amanda Field (200 RYT).

She is currently working toward her 500 hour RYT in the form of a 12-18 month apprenticeship with Robert Boustany (The Pralaya Yoga System).

March 20, 2017

Megan Bates – Trainer

Megan Bates
Qualifications: B.S. Kinesiology – Exercise Physiology, D2 College Softball Athlete
Specialty: Kinesiology, Strength Training, Triathlon
Favorite Sports: Softball, Triathlon

Megan’s fitness and wellness journey started with gymnastics at a young age. As she grew taller, she found a love in competitive swimming and softball. During Megan’s childhood, she played numerous sports such as swimming, softball, volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She has always had a competitive drive and aimed to be the best at each task she was given on and off the field.

Megan started her college career on a softball scholarship as a catcher at Carson Newman University. After her second shoulder injury, she transferred home to the University of Houston where she completed her B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology. While she battled numerous injuries, and learned she had a heart condition which led to a pacemaker implant, Megan learned the importance of staying active in her daily life. This is when she began to practice and fell in love with the sport of triathlon. Since 2012, Megan has completed 14 different triathlon distances, including a ½ Ironman.

Today, Megan is taking her passion of being active and her drive to help others to a whole new level. She still competes in 5Ks, 10Ks and sprint triathlons, as well as weight training and high intensity interval training. She is embarking on a new journey that will continue to push her physical fitness to a new level and will be joining the Houston Fire Department in July, 2017.

March 7, 2017


Did you notice we added mobility classes to our schedule?! Are you wondering what a mobility class is or what to expect? I am here to explain what you should expect, why we offer this and when this class is being offered!

Mobility classes are geared toward athletes wanting a more therapeutic practice focusing on self myofascial release (SMR). Some yoga poses may be incorporated to increase joint range of motion (ROM), but props such as therapy balls or foam rollers will be the focus during this practice. This class is an excellent supplement to your training program. Come prepared for a deep tissue massage and soft tissue manipulation experience.

This class was essentially created through the study of The Roll Model created by Jill Miller and Kelly Starrett, along with Gray Cook‘s FMS techniques. Our mobility classes focus on myofascial release through the focus of neural, muscular and fascial systems in the body that can be negatively influenced by poor posture, repetitive motions or dysfunctional movements. Using either therapy balls or a foam roller we will apply gentle force to “knots” in the muscle fibers to encourage straight alignment toward the direction of the muscle or fascia. We will offer you the proper techniques to manipulate the tissues to the spot of sweet relief.

We believe pairing our mobility classes with your workout regimen will deliver improvements in flexibility, muscle recovery, movement efficiency, inhibition of overactive muscles and pain reduction, with just minutes of application. Which is why this class is only 25 minutes long!

Our goal is to restore optimal muscle movement and function. During our mobility classes the techniques we instruct will produce positive feel good results. Want to take advantage of all these positive benefits then come join us on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 7:30PM.

Book your spot here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=118632&stype=-7&sTG=36&sVT=37&sView=day&sLoc=0

See you in the Hustle Room!

In health you instructor,


March 2, 2017


Calling all students and teachers!! We know y’all have had a countdown to Spring Break for sometime now so we want to offer you a sweet deal you can’t resist. During the week of your Spring Break, March 13th through March 17th, students and teachers may attend one FREE class (ID required) here at Yoga Athletex! We have limited class options for ages 11+ and over 50 classes available each week for ages 15+. Come celebrate Spring Break with us and Play + Work + Restore while also taking a much needed break from the school grind. We can’t wait to see you in the studio!! Have a happy March y’all!

Monday: Get a workout in and be entered into a raffle to receive two FREE tickets to see Demi Levato (3/14) at HLSR!

Tuesday: Bring a friend Tuesday! (your friend works out for FREE!)

Wednesday: Wine down Wednesday, get through hump day and come enjoy some beverages from 6-9*!

Thursday: Popsicle Thursday, come chill out with us!

Friday: Friday is CRAZY yoga pant day!

*Uber is available if needed.

Check out our full schedule here.


March 1, 2017

Skyline Perks

Are you an athlete who plays for Skyline Juniors? Maybe a Skyline coach? Well, lucky you! We have a special perk designated just for YOU!

All Skyline student athletes can be a YAX member for only $75/month! Sign up here!

Spend more time coaching than playing these days? We have something for you too! All Skyline coaches receive a 10% discount on any membership or class purchase. Just stop by the studio for the discount.

What does that mean? You have access to unlimited (group fitness + yoga) classes appropriate for your age group! We have over 50 classes each week for ages 15 and up (student athletes + coaches)!

Not quite there…age wise? No need to panic. We have 9 classes each week that are available to all athletes in stage 4 of athlete development: Train to Train. Ages 11 and up!

At YAX, there is something for everyone. It is our goal to KEEP YOU MOVING. Stop by the studio today to sign up. I mean, what do you have to lose? We are neighbors!

February 28, 2017


There are two types of people in this world. Those who think March is just another month and those who know it is the beginning of the most exciting time in American basketball.

If you fall into the former group, let me explain: The first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, known as March Madness, marks the beginning of a grueling period of high intensity competition for most athletes.

At YAX, we are expanding the competition from the basketball arena to our facility. We want you to join the Yoga Athletex March Madness Challenge where you will compete through teamwork, physical fitness, and competition! Teams earn points for participating in classes from the Hustle Room to the Flow Room here at YAX. Keep reading to find out more.

Tip off: March 13th – March 31st

Game plan:
• Teams must consists of 2-3 players!
• Earn points by participating in classes from the Hustle Room to the Flow Room.
• Compete head-to-head against other teams (the goal is for your team to out hustle the team you’re competing against in order to advance to the next round).
• Make it to the championship round and winners will receive a grand prize!

Assist: If you bring in a rookie (new client) as your teammate, you receive a $10 account credit!

Double Double: Get two classes in one day! Must be one class in the Hustle room and one class in the Flow room. BOOM! 

How to register for March Madness:
• Come into the studio and sign up at the front desk.
• Email us at info@yogaathletex.com letting us know you want to join!
• Question? Contact any instructor at YAX via email or 346-204-5711.

The Madness starts March 13th
• Get ready to begin on Monday, March 13th.
• Each challenge week begins on a Monday and ends on Saturday (March 13th – 18th, 20th – 25, and 27th – 31st)
• At the end of each week we will announce what teams will be moving onto the next round.
• Encourage your colleagues, supervisors, friends, and your spouse to sign up, too!
There is strength in numbers!


February 28, 2017

Share the Love Challenge Winners

How is it possible that we are in March already?  It feels like we were just prepping for our grand opening last week.  A lot has happened since then and we’d like to catch you up on that and what we have planned for this upcoming month!    

During the month of February we hosted a Share the Love Challenge.  We challenged our members to attend 14 classes in 28 days.  Big shout out to ALL who participated in February’s challenge and to the TEN members that killed the challenge and attending 14+ classes.  At YAX, we’re all about commitment, accountability and encouraging your teammates. We all got through this together! If you see your name below, you get to splurge on some YAX swag. What!? What!?

If you’re starting to feel left out, don’t be!! During the month of March we will be hosting another challenge and we want you to join! Will you be participating in our March Madness challenge? Sign up at the front desk for details.

Dale T.
Nikkie S.
Jenafer L.
Josh F.
Chris W.
Liz W.
Delaney M.
Janelle B.
Shannon F.
Allie S.

February 24, 2017

Snacks for the Road

Healthy Snacks for Road Trips

Have an away tournament coming up? Business trip? Who doesn’t love road trips? It’s nice to get a way, but sometimes we aren’t fully prepared, so stopping and grabbing fast food may be your only option. Yeah that option may be quick and easy, but most fast food restaurants are extremely limited to healthy options. We are hitting the road and making sure you’re prepared with easy healthy snack options, for you, your family and friends to enjoy!

Snack Option 1:
PB&A Peanut Butter and Apples Sandwiches


1 Apple (any variety will do)
2 tablespoons Peanut Butter or any nut butter you prefer

Start out by coring an apple of your choice and slicing it thinly. Then take any nut butter of your choice and spread it thinly over half of the wedges. Then you’ll place the other half of the apples to place on top to make an Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich. ENJOY!

Snack Option 2:
Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bark (ice chest required)


2 cups full fat plain greek yogurt
2 Tbsp honey
4 Tbsp cacoa powder
2 ripe bananas

In a bowl, mix together the greek yogurt, honey and cacoa powder until well combined. Next you will want to slice the banana into coin slices. Pour half the yogurt mixture into a dish lined with parchment paper. Add a layer of bananas then pour the remaining yogurt mixture on top then finish the top with the left over banana. Freeze until solid 2-3 hours or overnight. Remove from freezer and cut into large chunks. Serve immediately or put into an airtight container and keep stored in the freezer. This breakfast bark can last up to two months in freezer. ENJOY!

Snack Option 3:
No Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites (ice chest required)


1 cup rolled oats
½ cup almond butter
½ cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
¼ cup ground flax seed

In a large bowl, mix all those ingredients together. After you’ve mixed everything together cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Letting the mixture chill makes for easier ball forming. Once chilled, roll out into tablespoon-sized balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week.

I hope these recipes make an appearance the next time you plan a road trip! ENJOY!

February 24, 2017


Carbohydrates refer to how much energy is released by the nutrients in that food once the food has been digested and absorbed. The nutrients that provide calories are called macronutrients, and include carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Getting the recommended amount of macronutrients is crucial for the human body to produce energy.

Many of us are confused when it comes to carbohydrates. We as a society have a misunderstanding that carbohydrates are bad so we should eliminate them fully from our daily diet. When in reality carbohydrates supply much needed energy, 4 calories per gram to be exact, they spare protein, and they help maintain blood sugar. Carbohydrates are a diverse class of nutrients and each specific type has more health benefits than the other. Therefore, the type of carbohydrate you consume is crucial in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Carbohydrates are made up of carbon and water and are categorized as either complex or simple based on how many carbon / water units they contain. A carbohydrate with more than 10 carbon/water units is a complex carbohydrate and a carbohydrate with less than 10 carbon/water units is a simple carbohydrate.

Carbohydrates are naturally present in almost all plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, grain, and legumes, and in milk, primarily as complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates include the fiber and starch found in whole grains and vegetables. Simple carbohydrates can be categorized as different types of sugars such as: fructose, lactose, maltose, etc. The majority of carbohydrates added to processed foods are in the form of simple sugar. It is crucial that most, if not all carbohydrates come from complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, grains, pasta, and rice. Eating whole grain varieties of these foods has more health benefits and will provide more nutrients and more fiber than consuming highly processed varieties of the same food.

Carbohydrates are an important fuel for before, during, and following exercise but our body stores a limited amount in the skeletal muscle and liver, so carbohydrates must be replenished on a daily basis. In order to replenish these carbohydrates you must consume the carbohydrate, preferably complex carbohydrates. Activity level will determine the amount of carbohydrates you should consume daily. It is recommended that adults consumer 45 – 65 percent of their total calories from carbohydrates, primarily as complex carbohydrates and whole grains. The recommendations provide a place to start, but each and every one of you should find what works best for your body and particular goal you are working towards. Also, consult with your physician if you have specific questions pertaining to you as an individual. The availability of carbohydrates as a fuel for the human body is crucial for prime exercise performance.

Need a more specific place to start? Read about our recommended snacks for the road! These are great recipes to fuel the active body when on on the go.

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