Hot Yoga for Stress and Hypertension

Research study at Texas State University hints at hot yoga benefit for blood pressure The first research study on a 60-minute hot yoga class shows a benefit for reducing blood pressure and relieving stress. Regular, room-temperature yoga has been shown to have a positive effect on blood pressure. But researchers at Texas State University in San…

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Original Hot Yoga Therapy

Ghosh Yoga College of India The Original Hot Yoga system of 26 postures in a 105 degree room was derived from the yoga therapy system of Bishnu Charan Ghosh in the 1930’s. Ghosh was the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, the renowned spiritual leader and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship. Yogananda focused largely on the…

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The Tradition of Ashtanga Yoga

The Tradition of Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is…

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Inferno Hot Pilates. Not Your Ordinary Workout!

Not All Workouts are the Same. What Makes IHP Unique? Inferno Hot Pilates uses the principles of the high intensity interval training “Tabata” method developed by Japanese Professor Izumi Tabata. This training regimen consists of 20 seconds of high intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 8 times for a total of 4…

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The Case for Hot Yoga

Not All Hot Yoga is the Same! Here’s Why… At 105 degrees and a set 26-posture sequence, the “Original Hot Yoga,” first created in Calcutta, India and Tokyo, then popularized in the United States as Bikram Yoga, has continued on in its authentic form at PURE Yoga Texas since 2003, locally owned by Mardy and…

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Prepare for your First Hot Yoga Class!

Prepare for your First Hot Yoga Class! Hydrate starting the day before your first class! Not only water but also replenish your electrolytes. Practice on an empty stomach. Have your last meal no less than 3 hours before class time Gather your gear. Bring a yoga mat and a large bath/beach towel. Wear cool comfortable…

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Yoga For Recovery #YogaTalkUSA

Be inspired by your PURE Community student video testimonials on: Addictions to Alcohol and Opiates Stress, PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression Eating Disorders Physical injuries and conditions Yoga For Recovery has been a central theme at PURE Yoga Texas since we formed PURE Action, our 501(c)3 dedicated to bringing yoga to under-served people in Central Texas.…

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Hot Yoga Postures in the “Common Yoga Protocol”

What postures do you perform in your hot yoga class that are in the “Common Yoga Protocol?” At least half of our standard 26 posture sequence, including variations of the following: Half Moon Standing Back-bend Hands to Feet Awkward Triangle Wind-Removing Cobra Locust Camel Half Tortoise Spine Twist Kapalbhati Breathing Savasana The “Common Yoga Protocol”…

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Is Hot Yoga Cooling Off?

“The Essential Guide to Yoga” interviewed Jeff Chen, co-owner of PURE Yoga Texas, about the future of hot yoga and how it is here to stay, based on the unparalleled benefits you receive from a 105 degree Original Hot Yoga experience, especially for mental health. Did you ever wonder why you feel so good at…

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Congressional Yoga Day on Capitol Hill

PURE Action has been working hard to bring the science of yoga to mainstream medicine through our Yoga Research Conferences and YogaTALK forums, where our message is to “Get Informed and Be Inspired” to continue or take up a regular practice of yoga. Our work over the last eight years with Dr. Stacy Hunter’s lead in…

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Student Spotlight – Shaina S.

  Testimonial Pure Yoga North Austin Student. My yoga practice and pregnancy. I have been practicing Bikram Yoga (Original Hot Yoga) since 2011. I started Bikram yoga as a way to supplement my half-marathon training which I started because I was grieving the loss of my father. Yoga helped me a lot when I was…

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Tim Finds Health Through Hot Yoga at PURE Yoga Texas

Listen to how Tim got back into Hot Yoga after a 4-year layoff and sedentary lifestyle since moving from Boston 10 years ago. He had acquired a pretty advanced regular practice, but after the long layoff from exercise, Tim was humbled to have to “start all over again.” He immediately observed better digestion, followed by…

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Christina Shares how Yoga Healed Her Back

Celebrating our PURE Community with students like Christina inspire us to keep improving and offering classes that range from the physically challenging, like our Advanced class and Ashtanga Yoga classes, to the therapeutic and restorative, like our Hot Yoga and Yin Yoga classes. Add to that our Inferno Hot Pilates, a non-impact, high intensity interval…

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Student Spotlight – Megan W.

  Testimonial Pure Yoga North Austin Student.   I began Bikram Yoga (original hot yoga) in San Antonio sometime around 2006. I was working at a hair salon while finishing college and the studio was next door. This “crazy” lady Lisa was always coming in our salon touting the benefits of Bikram Yoga, with her…

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Got Glute Amnesia?

Got Glute Amnesia? Does your current lifestyle involve sitting behind a desk, a car, or on the couch for long periods of time? Do you spend hours behind a computer or smartphone? Chances are, you might suffer from “Glute Amnesia.”   This is often the result of poor posture and tight hip flexors from sitting, causing…

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Student Spotlight – Kirsten M.

Testimonial by PURE Yoga Texas Cedar Park student. What arthritis took away from me yoga gave back. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with severe arthritis and was told I would need double knee replacement surgery. Shots and pain medication were my way of life until I was introduced to yoga. A friend invited me…

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Teacher Spotlight – Cicely J.

Testimonial by PURE Yoga Austin teacher, Cicely It was a very dark time in my life–recently divorced, abusive rebound relationship, miserable at work, and depressed. One day my mom said to me, I want my daughter back! You are coming to yoga with me. That was my official introduction to Bikram yoga in the year…

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Thank You Students, We Won Austin Best of the Best!

It’s been a week and we are still overwhelmed with gratitude to all our staff and students for helping make PURE Yoga Texas the best yoga studio in Austin! To our wonderful students; whether it is your first class, or your first year, or your 10th year…each of you matter and we thank you for…

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Student Spotlight – Tom B.

Testimonial Pure Yoga North Austin Student. I was introduced to Bikram Yoga about 12 years ago.  I saw a friend and recently retired Dell coworker after a period of about 6 months.  He had changed.  He was slimmer, moved with more poise and seemed relaxed.  Retiring from Dell can do some of that, but these…

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Teacher Spotlight – Amy C.

I like to think that yoga found me…   While acquiring my degree in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, I began practicing Bikram Yoga. I had no idea what a yoga practice was much less the method of Bikram’s beginning yoga series. I had simply walked down the stairs into the basement…

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Celebrate Free Day of Yoga – Free Classes!

  Friends are FREE Weekend! All PURE Yoga Texas locations. Saturday (9/1) and Sunday (9/2) – All members with a current active limited/ unlimited class package can bring one friend for free to each and every class they attend over the weekend. Monday (9/3) – Is FREE DAY OF YOGA All classes, all day free…

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Use Breathing and Meditation to Better Manage OCD and Anxiety

Do you have OCD and or anxiety? Listen to this TEDxYouth talk about how to use breathing and meditation to help. There is a whole discussion/course on SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) that is being proposed at the next SXSW event. Check out this SXSW Panel Picker where you can vote on to have this…

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Student Spotlight – Ricardo G.

Testimonial by PURE Yoga Downtown Austin student. My name is Ricardo Gonzalez. And I was a raging alcoholic/drug addict for over 10 years. Then, after an intervention, I checked myself into rehab at a place called The Ranch. That is where I attended yoga classes once a week through Pure Action with Teddy, Monica, and…

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Vote for PURE Yoga Texas as the Best Yoga Studio in Austin!

We are honored to be nominated as one of the best yoga studios in Austin! We feel yoga is meant for every body and want as many people to discover yoga as possible. Help us make this happen! Vote for PURE Yoga Texas as the BEST YOGA STUDIO in the Austin American Statesman Best Of…

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Inferno Hot Pilates Hits Austin

Check out this blog from Pam LeBlanc on austin360.com about Inferno Hot Pilates at PURE Yoga Texas! This new class is gaining popularity at the North and Cedar Park studios! Be sure to check the schedule for class times. You can also check out a FREE Inferno Hot Pilates class at Athleta at the Domain every…

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PURE Yogis Endure Heat Wave by Getting in the Hot Room

PURE Yoga Dallas students share why getting in the hot room is the best for dealing with the triple digit Texas weather. “You are cleansing your system every time you come in and putting your body in these postures,” says Audra Shimek, co-owner of PURE Yoga Dallas and manager of PURE Yoga Texas North Austin ”…

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