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.



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.


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.


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.

Why Bikram Method?

Mardy and Jeff have been practicing the Original Hot Yoga continuously since 1999. The more they practiced and taught the same, precise 26 posture sequence, the more they have been inspired by student testimonials describing the myriad of benefits they receive, including:

  • weight loss and increased flexibility
  • athletic performance improvement (novice to professional athletes)
  • reduced stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression
  • reduction of cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • regulation of hormones and blood sugar levels
  • elimination or reduction of back pain
  • avoidance of unneeded surgeries (knees, hips, shoulders)
  • recovery from surgeries and injury prevention
  • recovery from autoimmune diseases

While experiencing many styles and forms of yoga and exercise over the years, including the “84 Asanas” (a comprehensive system of hatha yoga) and yoga asana competitions since 2004, Mardy and Jeff always maintained their core foundation for radiant health: A regular yoga practice of the "Original Hot Yoga." This disciplined system of beginner’s hatha yoga has worked so well for people for so many years.

Why Pure Yoga Texas?

PURE Yoga Texas has served up the Original Hot Yoga since 2003, building a thriving community of teachers and practitioners who truly understand the benefits this unique, therapeutic system of hatha yoga brings to the body and mind.

The average teaching experience of PURE’s teaching staff is well over six years. We continually hone our teaching skills through workshops and practical classroom experience, working with students of all ages and health conditions. We practice intermediate and advanced level classes to further deepen our practice and understanding of the Original Hot Yoga class. Our collective approach to sharing knowledge with each other is what helps us build an exceptional group of teachers who will guide you to be your best!

Mardy and Jeff studied and brought back the principles of yoga therapy from the Ghosh Yoga College (Calcutta, India), the original school where Bikram and Rajashree learned from Bishnu Ghosh and his son, Biswanath Ghosh. The month-long residential training reinforced the authenticity, simplicity, and effectiveness of the Bikram style 26 posture sequence, suitable for anyone, at any age and any condition.