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August 16, 2018

Do you want to CHANGE your life?

We think you can! By taking 50 classes in 50 days, you’ll not only CHANGE your body, you’ll CHANGE your life!

This may seem like the impossible to the pessimist but it is in fact an achievable goal. How many unsuccessful weight loss plans have you attempted? How many exercise fads have you tried? This 50 in 50 CHAlleNGE is designed to help you refine your yoga practice and dive deeper into your fitness regime. Through this personal, ongoing CHAlleNGE you will gain a better understanding of how your body moves and what serves it best. You will also be introduced to a whole knew world of your what you’re capable of!

The main intent of this CHAlleNGE is take a class (of your choice) every day for 50 days. We are open 7 days a week, you know?! 😉 Overtime, you will see not only the physical benefits but the positive mental shifts within your body and personality. We understand this CHAlleNGE requires a solid time commitment but it is a commitment to your health, well-being and attitude.

50 classes in 50 days may seem like overuse of the body but at our studio, it is not. We offer several classes that are considered “active rest”. For example, yoga for athletes or restorative yoga can be considered active rest.

What’s the purpose of this? How does it benefit ME, you ask? This commitment can offer many positive changes such as better sleep, an increase in mobility and strength, an increase in lean body mass, fat loss, mood lifts, increased drive and our favorite, a large boost in confidence!

When does this CHAlleNGE start? When you want it to! This is an ongoing CHAlleNGE with yourself. Utilizing your unlimited membership, you can come everyday for as long as possible. Think you can’t commit everyday? That’s OK. We know life changes on a whim and can alter your plans. That’s why you can take up to two classes each day (not 3+). If you normally attend 3 days a week, CHAlleNGE yourself to attend 5 days a week, with just 2 classes on 2 of those days. It IS a CHAlleNGE after all! You are seeking CHANGE, aren’t you? You can plan your classes however works best for you. Remember, for this CHAlleNGE to work, you have to make it work! Like I said, it is achievable! CHANGE your mindset, CHANGE your life! Enroll in the CHANGE Challenge!

CHAlleNGE Rules:

You may start the CHAlleNGE any day of the week throughout the year. It does not have to be at the beginning of a month. It just has to be when you are ready to commit to CHANGE.

Once your 50 consecutive days begin, you are able to take as many doubles (2 classes in a day) as you’d like, if you have to miss a day. Therefore, you could miss 2 days but would have to make them up with a double some other day in order to reach the goal of 50 classes.

We encourage you to find a “teammate” or “team” of members to help support your journey!

You will record your classes on challenge board, posted in the lobby. Unlimited memberships make the most financial sense, but you are welcome to utilize class packs as well.

You are welcome to complete the CHAlleNGE more than once in a lifetime, as many times as you’d like! You must sign up at the front desk to enroll in the CHAlleNGE.

Rewards for Completion:
500 reward points! AND a Free Tshirt OR Tank!

 

August 7, 2018

High School Preseason Training

At Yoga Athletex, we follow a very important programming model: The Optimal Performance Training model, or OPT. Through our staff’s National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certifications, we provide a safe, simple and science-based training program for youth, elite and professional athletes alike. We start with corrective programming to maximize quality and limit compensations. We do this through visual movement assessments in the gym, but more importantly by Functional Movement Screen (FMS) assessments. We believe your preseason priority should be booking an FMS screen, not determining a 1 rep max (RM).

According to NASM, at most levels of performance enhancement, sports specificity is more of a marketing message than a systematic approach. Furthermore, the areas of strength and conditioning and performance enhancement have been increasingly researched and improved over the past 25 years. Over the years, we have also learned a great deal about reducing the risk for injury.

We agree, two areas that remain insufficiently addressed in sports training and yoga, are the effective assessment of movement competency to maximize movement quality and the systematic implementation of periodization and coaching methods to maximize results. As you may have heard us mention, instead, we continue to see outdated, inappropriate or even risky practice methods and an overemphasis on “sport-specific” movements that lead to overuse injuries. The purpose of this blog is to announce, or reiterate, our focus on preseason programming and implementation for the high-school athlete.

Our first goal with our athletes is to gain a proper assessment of individual movement through our FMS screening protocol. By assessing the athlete, we are able to address compensations and maximize a stable training platform to prepare them for strength development, power movements and conditioning needs. Our intent is to properly prepare and progress the athlete as the grow within the Long Term Athletic Development, or LTAD, model. This way the athlete and coaches are better equipped to focus on specialization of movements as they move from freshman to senior year, and well into college.

After a FMS screen, we are able to maximize our programming and limit compensations as we progress through the OPT model. Training athletes in a group environment can be challenging, so this process allows us to get a head start in prepping the athletes for sport performance, on a more individual basis. We are better able to serve our athletes as a whole by starting off on the right foot. As in all areas of life, starting with clear intentions and assessments is key to long term success.

How do I sign up & purchase a FMS Screening?

Go to Services –> FMS Screening –>  Purchase Screening & Follow Up (2 sessions): $160

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=118632

Email Patricia Bomar: patricia@yogaathletex.com or Kalynn Evans: kalynn@yogaathletex.com to set up your appointment!

In the words of Gray Cook (FMS Founder), “Move Well. Move Often”

REFERENCES:

Ambler-Wright, T. 2016. Assess & correct with Fusionetics: (R)evolution in movement testing and programming (lecture, NASM Optima Conference, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ. Oct 2016).

Aune, K.T., & Powers, J.M. 2016. Injuries in an extreme conditioning program. Sports Health. ePub. pii: 1941738116674895.

Ehlers, G.G., Ball, T.E., & Liston, L. 2002. Creatine kinase levels are elevated during 2-a-day practices in collegiate football players. Journal of Athletic Training, 37 (2), 151–56.

Hamer, R. 1997. When exercise goes awry: Exertional rhabdomyolysis. Southern Medical Journal, 90 (5), 548–51.

Huang, P., et al. 2016. Return-to-play recommendations after cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine injuries: A comprehensive review. Sports Health, 8 (1), 19–25.

Kucera, K.L., et al. 2005. Injury history as a risk factor for incident injury in youth soccer. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 39 (7), 462–66.

Lin, H., Chie, W. & Lien, H. 2006. Epidemiological analysis of factors influencing an episode of exertional rhabdomyolysis in high school students. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 34 (3), 481–86.

NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). 2012. NASM Youth Exercise Specialist Manual. Leawood, KS: Assessment Technologies Institute.

NASM. 2014. NASM Essentials of Sports Performance Training (1st ed. rev.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

NASM. 2016. NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training (5th ed., pp. 283–85). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Nelson, A., & Padua, D. 2016. Fusionetics: Performance healthcare from lab to court (lecture, NASM Optima Conference, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, AZ. Oct 2016).

Rawson, E.S., Clarkson, P.M., & Tarnopolsky, M.A. 2017. Perspectives on exertional rhabdomyolysis. Sports Medicine, 47 (1, Suppl.), 33–49.

Smoot, M. K., et al. 2013. A cluster of exertional rhabdomyolysis affecting a Division I football team. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 23 (5), 365–72.

July 27, 2018

Anna takes 100!!

A little over a year ago, Mackenzie Dyer convinced me to come with her to one of my very first YAX classes. I remember having my butt kicked by what can only be described as a fun, intense workout, but I remember leaving feeling so excited at how much fun I’d had doing it! I came back to try some yoga with them for pretty much the first time ever, and I was hooked!

After those initial ones, I spent the entire summer going to as many classes as I could, and slowly the girl who was once nervous and insecure about working out turned into someone that felt confident and strong.

Now, 100 classes later, I’ve found a second home and some of the best friends you could hope for at Yoga Athletex. I could not be more grateful for Patricia Bomar, Kalynn Evans and the rest of the team at YAX for pushing me to be the best athlete (and the best person) I can be. Thank you for providing me with a safe space that has allowed me to grow, to fall down, to mess up, to fail, to escape my troubles, to push myself, to succeed, to laugh, to connect, and to love my body (as well as the art of using it) in ways that have made me feel stronger than ever. I love y’all for everything you and your amazing studio have brought into my life.

Here’s to the next 100!! <3

July 22, 2018

Yoga Instructor – Emily Williams

We’d like to introduce you to our friend, Emily. Emily is available for privates and offers and advanced level of knowledge around yoga, reiki and life coaching! Book privates with her every Thursday!

Meet Emily:

My journey with yoga began to blossom in 2006. I was guided to yoga by a hope to deepen my spiritual journey, find peace and happiness and connect the energies of mind, body and spirit; initially, I fell in love with the practice of yoga. As I have continued to grow and vary my practice, so has my understanding of yoga and how it integrates into whole-living.

In 2012 I received my 200 hour RYT from Sara Turk, focusing on Ashtanga-Vinyasa (flow) style yoga, as well as anatomy, physiology and the energetics of yoga. I continued my teacher-training journey with Sara and completed my 500 hour advanced training in 2015. Believing in the link between subtle energy and whole well-being, I received my Reiki Master Practitioner training under the guidance of Jennifer Carmack in 2015.

In 2017 I completed a life and career coaches training program and received my certification through Coach-University. As a coach, I partner with you to bring out your authentic truth, and walk the journey with you, removing road-blocks and realizing your deepest purpose and vision.

I am the momma of a beautiful 5 year old who is my all time greatest teacher. Not a day goes by that I do not learn something about who I am from her sweet soul.

My greatest hope is to empower my clients to embrace their individual strengths and realize their unique visions, thus living the life they deserve.

July 19, 2018

An Interview with Lauren

We have really enjoyed seeing Lauren grow as an athlete over the past several years. We are so proud of her for committing to further her athletic and academic career with UMHB! Below is a interview with Lauren on her experience at YAX…

YAX: Can you tell me a little about yourself (i.e., name, age, school, sport, etc.)?

Lauren: My name is Lauren and I am 18 years old. I will be attending the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as a freshman this fall to study business and play volleyball.

YAX: Why do you choose to train and practice at Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: I choose to train at Yoga Athletex because they do things differently here. They not only care about making sure I’m getting stronger and faster to become a better athlete, but they also care about recovery, so I am able to perform my best on the court.

YAX: What has been your greatest achievement at Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: My greatest achievement has been increasing my vertical 3 inches in the past few months!

YAX: Tell me about a limitation you’ve struggled with but have overcome through training at Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: I’ve struggled with hip and shoulder flexibility, but by taking yoga and mobility classes I’ve become more flexible which will help me prevent injuries.

YAX: What is your favorite thing about Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: My favorite thing about Yoga Athletex is the community The trainers push me to do my best in the most encouraging way! I’ve also become friends with several other people in classes I take and we push each other to do our best, especially in tough workouts.

YAX: Why is Yoga Athletex programming different than other training programs?

Lauren: Yoga Athletex is different because they don’t just focus on becoming a better athlete through strength and speed, but they put an emphasis on flexibility and recovery for injury prevention. Being a good athlete doesn’t just mean being strong, but it also means being smart and taking care of your body so you can perform your best when it’s game time. Yoga Athletex helps me strengthen and take care of my body so I can be my best on the court.

YAX: What are you goals as an athlete?

Lauren: I just met my goal to play collegiate volleyball, so my next goal is to become a better athlete, physically and mentally, to help my team at UMHB win a NCAA DIII national championship!

YAX: What are your greatest strengths as an athlete?

Lauren: My greatest strength as an athlete is that I’m mentally tough and can push myself in high stress situations.

YAX: What are your weaknesses as an athlete?

Lauren: My weakness as an athlete is my physical strength. I did not take working out and training outside of volleyball seriously until about a year and a half ago. I have so much potential left and have seen my upper body strength and vertical increase while being at Yoga Athletex.

YAX: How did you hear about Yoga Athletex?

Lauren: I’ve played club volleyball at Skyline since 6th grade and had been put through team conditioning using other programs. Yoga Athletex came to Skyline 3 years ago and that is when I heard about them. When I decided to take strength and conditioning seriously I realized I really liked their training, so I became a member.

July 17, 2018

Take it from B

We have had the utmost pleasure of training a youth soccer athlete over the past several months. She brightens the entire studio upon her arrival, engages everyone in the room, encourages those around her and truly demonstrates what it means to put in the work. We asked her a few questions and this is what she has to say…

Meet Bradley:

YAX: Can you tell me a little about yourself (i.e., name, age, school, sport, etc.)?

B: My name is Bradley Redd and I am 14 years old. I’m an incoming Freshman at Trinity Classical School, and am a competitive club soccer player. I play goalkeeper for Challenge SC.

YAX: Why do you choose to train and practice at Yoga Athletex?

B: I choose to train at Yoga Athletex because of the people. People really do make a difference! Kalynn and Patricia, along with all of the other YAX coaches are phenomenal! They push me to become a better athlete mentally and physically! They build relationships and genuinely care about me and my progress as a competitive athlete.

YAX: What has been your greatest achievement at Yoga Athletex?

B: My greatest achievement at Yoga Athletex is definitely increasing my vertical jump by 3 inches in just a month and a half!

YAX: Tell me about a limitation you’ve struggled with but have overcome through training at Yoga Athletex?

B: A limitation that I have struggled with but have overcome thanks to Yoga Athletex was mentally not thinking I was good enough; thinking that I was never going to succeed as a club soccer player or as an athlete in general. Training at Yoga Athletex has made me realize that I am capable of reaching my goals through hard work and determination!

YAX: What is your favorite thing about Yoga Athletex?

B: My favorite thing about Yoga Athletex is their philosophy, which is to help athletes train without pain. Another one of my favorite things about the company, is one of the reasons Kalynn and Patricia started Yoga Athletex. In a blog post it was said that if they could prevent just ONE girl or guy from having to deal with the heartbreak of injury, they would do everything in their power to make that happen. That just goes to show how much we are cared about!

YAX: Why is Yoga Athletex programming different than other training programs?

B: The program at Yoga Athletex is different than others because of the emphasis put on stretching, listening to our bodies, and understating that being an athlete isn’t just being strong physically but also mentally. The classes help us move with ease while being taught proper exercise to help prevent injury.

YAX: What are you goals as an athlete?

B: My goal as an athlete is to further my soccer career into the collegiate level, and also to be mentally strong so I can at least attempt to successfully handle whatever life throws at me.

YAX: What are your greatest strengths as an athlete?

B: My greatest strengths as athlete is that I can push myself very hard, I can take a lot. Also when I step onto the soccer field I mentally switch on. I focus on the game and what needs to be done. Through this mental switch I am able to handle high pressure situations to help my team succeed.

YAX: What are your weaknesses as an athlete?

B: My weakness as an Athlete is how competitive I get. I am constantly comparing myself to other athletes, specifically soccer players, and tend to get frustrated with myself if I’m not on top.

YAX: How did you hear about Yoga Athletex?

B: While supporting some friends downstairs at a volleyball tournament I noticed the Yoga Athletex sign. At the time I was looking for a training program to help me set myself apart from the competition. After looking up YAX online and seeing that they had a hops class I immediately went and tried my first class. I absolutely loved it! The class was exactly what I was looking for. I Signed up and became a member that night and the rest is history!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: As an incoming high school freshman, Bradley scored #47 out of 850 female athletes during her fitness testing. She has one of the fastest arrow tests, 20 and 40 yard sprints in the whole club, (Challenge Soccer). And of course, her vertical is pretty darn high! Bradley is now ranking #2 Goal Keeper in the entire club. Results don’t lie, folks. She puts in the work every day at YAX! And, we love her for it. Way to go, B! 

July 11, 2018

YAX PRO SHOP

The new YAX tanks are absolutely adorable. You can wear them to workout, hang out with your friends, or chill around the house. For only $25 you can go to your next flow class in style! You can also purchase any of our other t shirts with colors including black, orange, or dark and light blue for $20. Another thing on our pro shop is the Mandoka PRO yoga mats. These high quality mats come in blue, black, green, or burgandy.

July 10, 2018

OPEN HOUSE

Join us Sunday, August 19th for a 75 min. donation based Yoga 4 Athletes class at 11am. This hatha based class, taught by the wonderful Elizabeth Watson, is free to members, who are encouraged to bring a friend (or 3!). Not a member, no worries! We’d love to meet you on the mat for this class! All proceeds will be donated to the Periwinkle foundation, in memory of our dear cousin Michael-Mae Evans.

Minimum suggested donation: $10

July 10, 2018

Yoga + Mimosas @ Lil’ Woodrows Midtown

Hey adults 21+! This event is for you!! Come get on your mat with us Sunday, July 22nd at Lil’ Woodrows Midtown! Mandee Lee will be teaching a vinyasa flow class followed by refreshing bevvie specials! This event is FREE and is a great opportunity to bring your friends and get some chill time outside of the studio!

Midtown Events

Event Address: 2306 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77006

July 10, 2018

August Mile Challenge

It’s CHALLENGE tiimmmee!!!! For the month of August we’ll be putting miles on those strong legs of yours, so strap on your best adidas and let’s hit the treads. In August, we challenge you to run 1 (one) mile at a time on our new toys (treadmills), before or after class, for time. You may only run ONE mile at a time; one before class and one after class (for as many classes as you’d like). At the end of August we’ll pick 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of two categories: FASTEST MILE and MOST MILES LOGGED. Sign up in studio to see prizes and details!

REWARDS:
1st place FASTEST MILE: 300 points
1st place MOST MILES LOGGED: 300 points
2nd place FASTEST MILE: 200 points
2nd place MOST MILES LOGGED: 200 points
3rd place FASTEST MILE: 100 points
3rd place MOST MILES LOGGED: 100 points

Same person can win each category! Curious how you’re going to log that many miles and stay mobile? Yoga 4 Athletes and FMS, y’all!!