ABOUT PURE YOGA TEXAS
PURE Yoga Texas was established in Austin, Texas, in 2003, when Mardy Chen opened the first location in Davenport/Westlake. Her husband, Jeff Chen, joined her in 2008, and they grew the Original Hot Yoga community in the Greater Austin area to four convenient locations. In 2016, Jeff and Mardy partnered up with their Austin managers, Audra Shimek and Nora Rex, and the four now co-own the newest PURE location: PURE Yoga Dallas.
PURE's mission is simple and pure: To empower all people to improve their lives through regular practice of the Original Hot Yoga and to inspire students by serving as exemplary role models in the yoga room and the community.
The Original Hot Yoga is a sequence of 26 traditional yoga postures (asanas) with an opening and closing breathing exercise (pranayama) conducted over 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees. The Bikram style of hatha yoga is the “Original Hot Yoga” from which many yoga teachers and yoga studios today have modified or incorporated into their own, self-styled yoga classes. At PURE Yoga Texas the tradition of the Original Hot Yoga class is carefully preserved.
Over the last 15+ years, our teachers have deepened their knowledge and practice through study of yoga therapy at the Ghosh Yoga College (Calcutta, India) and continued practice of the "84 Asanas," one of the most comprehensive hatha yoga practices from which the basic 26 postures was extracted from.
PURE Yoga Texas is a member of the Original Hot Yoga Association (www.OHYAssociation.com), dedicated to preserving the authenticity and integrity of the Bikram style system of hatha yoga.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR CLASS
Not only water, but also replenish your electrolytes. Signs of dehydration include headache and nausea. Just take it easy your first time, and remember to come to class on an empty stomach (2 to 3 hours).
Be clean, quiet, and respectful to others. Yoga practice is as much about how you treat others as it is about how you care for yourself.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Sometimes it is a victory to simply stay in the heated room for the entire class. Feel free to sit down or skip a posture or two as your goal is simply to breathe normally. You'll see improvement over time.
ARRIVE ON TIME
Plan to be at the studio 15 minutes before class to register and settle in. Bring a yoga mat, two towels and a big bottle of water with you. Wear comfortable workout clothes and prepare to sweat a lot; the room is heated to 105F.
Be as still as possible between poses. Hatha Yoga is a disciplined practice in concentration. It is as much as mental exercise as it is physical, creating a true mind and body connection.