Questions about Yoga
What is yoga?
Yoga is a5000 year-old system of physical and mental exercise that began as a way to gain a healthy body and a heightened level of self-awareness. Today, yoga is practiced throughout the world as a physical exercise that often brings a sense of peace and a greater self-awareness. The word “yoga” in Sanskrit means “to join or yoke together” bringing the body, mind, and spirit into one harmonious experience.
What does Namaste mean?
"The light in me sees and honors the light in you". It's simply a blessing, a well-wish, to close class.
Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?
Yoga is accessible to everyone whether you can touch your toes or not. People come to yoga to become flexible. Over time, your body will let go of resistance (both physical and mental) to allow you to go further in your practice.
I want a more physical form of exercise than yoga. Do you have anything like that?
Absolutely! Our classes range from the gentle to the athletic. Attend a Traditional Yoga, Restorative or Yin class to focus on stretching and relaxing. Take a Flow, Hot Yoga, Forrest or Hot Power class and get a serious workout incorporating all the major muscle groups and a sweat filled cardio workout.
What do I need to bring and wear to class?
Bring a yoga mat, a towel, and water. We have everything you need for sale or rent at the studio if you prefer. Wear comfortable,form fitting clothing that breathes well (like cotton or any athletic wear). You may sweat during our more active classes and a yoga mat towel or bath towel is highly recommended (also for sale or rent at the studio).
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It doesn’t have a creed or a fixed set of beliefs nor is there a god-like figure to be worshiped. Yoga combines techniques in breathing, exercise, and meditation to help achieve any number of goals from physical fitness, stress relief, mind/body connection, and a greater sense of self-awareness.
Does yoga provide health or therapeutic benefits?
Yoga can benefit your health in countless ways – from lowering your blood pressure to increasing muscle strength and stamina. Typical benefits cited by yoga practitioners include:
Reduced heart and blood pressure
Improved posture and breathing
Increased range of movement and flexibility
Studies show that up to 80% of human illness is caused by stress. Stress affects your body by attacking your immune system causing the body to begin breaking down. You may see this in symptoms such as fatigue, skin problems, appetite loss, hair loss, etc. Yoga utilizes physical and mental discipline to help achieve a sense of calm and peacefulness that you will be able to carry beyond the yoga mat into your life.
What’s with the heat? Why do you heat some of your classes?
Some of our classes are heated (not stifling) to approximately 85 or 90 degrees. Just like trying to reshape glass, when cold, it can shatter. Heat it and it becomes pliable. The heat gives us a jump start in warming the muscles, lubricating the joints, and beginning the sweating process. Sweating is a way that our bodies eliminate waste. Don’t let the heat intimidate you – our rooms are comfortable.
Do you have showers and changing rooms?
It's nice to clean up after sweating everything out. We have ladies & men's rooms equipped with showers. We also offer changing rooms.
Do you offer babysitting?
Our family friendly yoga studio offers babysitting for several classes each week. Feel comfortable and safe taking an amazing yoga class knowing your child is in the next room.
Classes with Babysitting:
Tue/Thu 9:30am & 10:45am
Fri 9:30am, 10:45am & 11:00am
Reservations are not required, just show up about 10-15 minutes before class to complete a registration form, meet the babysitter and become comfortable with the surroundings. We have toys, books, puzzles and occasionally a craft to keep the kids busy!
Committed Core Members - One child FREE!
Babysitting Room Rules
Parents may not leave the premises for any reason while your children are in the care of Awakened Yoga Studio babysitters.
Babysitting time is limited to the time you are taking a class (give or take the time it takes you to get dressed).
All kids experience separation anxiety at times. We will do our best to keep your child happy, safe, and entertained. If we truly feel that your child needs to be with you, we will come into your class and get you.
All kids are expected to play nice and to play fair.
We reserve the right to refuse babysitting for any reason.
If your child wears diapers, please bring him/her in a clean dry diaper and please provide an extra diaper just in case.
We want our children to share but not their colds. Please bring children who are not sick or have not been sick for at least 24 hours.
If you think your child might be hungry, please feed him/her before you drop off. Feel free to bring a water bottle (or bottles for babies are fine). We occasionally provide snacks so please let us know if your child has any food allergies.
Label anything you bring from home home like water bottles, pacifiers, or a “lovie”.
Which class is right for me?
We have over 50 classes a week ranging from the athletic to the gentle. Want to sweat? Try any of our heated classes like Hot Flow, Hot Yoga or Forrest Yoga. Need to de-stress and stretch? Try Yin, Gentle Hatha, or Restore & Renew. If you would like an active class without heat, try Flow, Slow Flow, Flow Basics or Yoga for Athletes. You'll find a class for anything you're looking for whether your goals are to get in shape, or just rest body and mind. See our schedule and click on the class names to read a brief description of our classes.
What do I wear?
We recommend comfortable yet fitted attire for class. For women, we recommend fitness leggings with a fitted top that will stay in place and not ride up. For men, we recommend shorts with a pair of brief boxers underneath and a t-shirt. Some classes get hot and sweaty so a moisture wicking performance fabric is suggested. Yoga is practiced with bare feet. For those who want their feet covered or find their feet slip, Toe Sox makes a great sock with grippy feet.
What do I bring?
Yourself, a positive attitude free of self-doubt and judgement, a mat, a towel and a bottle of water. For your first visit you may borrow a mat and towel for free. After that, you may rent a mat however, we also encourage you to purchase your own. A yoga mat is not quite as personal a toothbrush, but it is a little like wearing someone else's shoes.
What are the rates and do I need to make a reservation?
New students get TWO WEEKS UNLIMITED yoga for $29! You can come in and try out different styles and teachers and find the perfect fit for your needs. You do not need to make a reservation for a regularly scheduled group class. Some classes get more crowded than others so be sure to arrive 10 minutes early to get settled. Special events, workshops and series do require advanced registration and payment. Once your month is done, we have many other pricing options to fit your budget
Where do I park?
Parking is free and plentiful in the large lot in the shopping center.
I have my stuff, and paid for class, now what?
Come to the studio 10-15 minutes before class starts. You will need complete a registration form and sign in to class. Your belongings can be placed in the cubbies in the lounge area. There are also limited cubbies in the practice rooms. Take your shoes off before you enter the practice room.
Where is the studio?
We are located at 13745 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 In the Sugar Creek Shopping Center near Berryhill's and Plato's Closet.
About Awakened Yoga Studio
Awakened Yoga Studio is not just yoga classes, we're a community - a community brought together by our love of yoga and the desire to learn something that goes beyond our mat.
Whether you've never set foot on a mat or you're a long-time yogi, you are welcome here. Meet other yogis while you're waiting for the next class to begin or relax, catch your breath and have some complimentary tea after class in our reception area.
Our studio features three yoga rooms with multiple classes at convenient times, private yoga sessions, and babysitting for select classes. We have a beautiful reception area with a great boutique selling yoga gear, clothing, inspirational gifts and more. We have restrooms, changing rooms, and a shower. Our beautiful studio uses recycled, natural, energy efficient and eco-friendly products as much as possible to ease our impact on the environment.
Awakened Yoga Studio first opened in 2010 in Sugar Land Town Square with a handful of teachers and with the vision of creating a vibrant and connected yoga community. We've grown leaps and bounds and today offer more than 50 classes each week with an amazing team of teachers and employees! Our classes range from the gentle to the athletic and we invite everyone into our community. Our students and teacher sare the core of our studio! We believe yoga awakens you - body, mind, and soul - you'll awaken your potential and what you learn on the mat translates to your life off the mat. Since this studio has opened its doors, we have welcomed a diverse and inclusive community. We've been voted BEST YOGA IN FORT BEND multiple times.
In 2015, we expanded and moved to a larger location at the intersection of Sugar Creek and the Southwest Freeway at 13745 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Our current location features three yoga studios, large restrooms with showers, and ample parking.
You’ll find us in Sugar Creek Center located on Highway 59 at Sugar Creek Blvd exit. Our studio is in the shopping area close to Berryhill's and Plato's Closet. There is plenty of FREE parking.
Yoga is soul therapy... Shopping is retail therapy!
Our boutique is a collection of items that will ignite your soul, flatter your physique and get you ready for your mat! We offer the latest in yoga apparel that will take you from the studio to the street, yoga gear that will revolutionize your practice and cool,yogi-inspired gifts! Many of our products are locally sourced, eco-friendly and natural to nurture you and protect our mother earth!
Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 1:30pm and 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday 9:30am - 1:30pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Yoga Class Etiquette
Arrive on time in respect for the students and teacher.
Stay for Savasana in respect for the practice. If you need to leave early, please let the instructor know and leave before Savasana begins so that you do not disrupt your fellow relaxing yogis.
Plan on arriving about 10 to 15 minutes early so you have a chance to park, sign in and switch gears. It's always nice to take a few minutes before class to settle in, switch gears and reflect. We also know that life happens. Should you happen to be a few minutes late, enter the room as quietly and quickly as possible AFTER the class has started moving.
Leave your shoes outside the practice space (and don't leave with a better pair). There are cubbies in the front of the studio or, if you feel more comfortable, there is limited cubby space in the practice rooms.
Turn off your cell phone and leave it snuggled away with the rest of your belongings. Vibrate doesn't count and having a text message go off by the mat next to you is like having someone talk during a movie. It's only an hour...challenge yourself to unplug and focus on YOU.
Come to practice clean. Our classes are sometimes crowded, and we are breathing really deeply. Enough said? Come to class clean and fresh. Don't wear perfumes, essential oils or smoke before class.
Make room for your neighbor. Some classes are more crowded than others. As people come in, please shift your mat to make room for them.
Smile and laugh often. Don't take yourself too seriously.
Take breaks and drink water when you need to.
Help us tidy up. Some classes are back to back so if you used props, please put them back neatly...fold the blankets, roll the straps and stack the blocks. If you borrowed a mat or towel, place them in the "dirty" bins on your way out.