Uncover All That Is You

Uncover All That Is You

Uncover All That Is You

by Steve Gamel

It’s no secret that we live in a yoga-loving world. Whether it be the young college student trying it out for the first time or the mom who can’t imagine starting her day any differently, fitness enthusiasts everywhere are clamoring to sign up for a class at their nearest yoga studio. Simply put, yoga makes their life better.

And for Castle Hills residents, the studio of choice is Uptown Yoga.

Uptown Yoga in Austin Ranch has been serving Castle Hills and the surrounding communities for nearly a decade and is one of three locations owned by longtime yoga instructor, Jennifer Chitwood. What’s unique about her studios is that they offer a variety of formats to meet the needs of beginners all the way to advanced yogis who want to be challenged. And they do so while honoring the practice of traditional yoga.

This includes dynamic breath-based movement in Vinyasa Flow class, stability in their Strictly Core and Core Flow classes, flexibility in Deep Stretch, and foundations of the practice in Beginners Flow.

Their instructors create a safe space for exploration and also understand how to work with the subtler aspects of the body, mind, energy, and emotion. Incorporating a mix of styles helps them bring you the world of yoga as it was intended.

“Whether you’re brand new or have been practicing for decades, there’s something for you here,” said Krystle Sangillo, studio manager of the Austin Ranch location. “Many studios have been shifting their focus to fitness-based classes with weights and high-intensity interval training. We are purists in the way we practice yoga, and we want to stay true to that.”

She added, “We want to make sure whatever we teach is accessible to students of all levels.”

Beyond the classes, teachers, and formats, what continues to make Uptown Yoga so popular with yogis is the community the studio has organically created over the years. Students can expect to attend class with many of the same familiar faces from week to week, and because of that, they can make connections that are difficult to make anywhere else.

To play off that camaraderie, Uptown Yoga offers special events and workshops regularly. There’s a Yin and Wine Down event every few months where students can take part in a 90-minute deep stretch class followed by wine tasting in the lobby. At the end of September, they’ll also host their popular Yoga Nidra class.

“All of it contributes to the community feel we have here for our yogis,” Krystle said. “There’s a buzz between classes in the lobby, and that’s exciting to see because they’re connecting with friends and still meeting new people. It is truly a community, and it’s hard to find that in other places.”

972.307.9642 | www.UpTownYoga.com | 6800 Windhaven Pkwy. • The Colony, TX 75056

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