Houston Yoga Studio Review

YogaWorks Uptown
5750 Woodway Dr Houston, TX 77057

I was traveling for work and had one day to try a yoga studio in Houston, TX. Although YogaWorks is a chain (and possibly a franchise,) it does have its distinct flavor in each city and I’ve enjoyed their classes in Boston and Palo Alto so I stopped by YogaWorks Uptown Houston. I chatted with the teachers and studio workers and they mentioned that it was odd that California did not have many heated yoga studios (I guess the weather is so nice year round or it just never caught on.) Many yoga studios in Houston are heated and YogaWorks had 2 rooms, one that was heated and one that was not. I ended up taking Caron Lamay’s Hot 60 class.

Pros
1.) Fantastic use of props for free–excellent for travelers. I bought a drop-in class and they let me use a Manduka Pro Mat, gave me a hand towel and a full length yoga mat towel to practice on for free. Usually, you have to rent each of these items for $2-3 each
2.) They have showers and ample cubby area for shoes and lounging on the side of the studio

Cons
1.) Hot 60 class felt very static and it was the same set of poses each class; I think I would easily get bored of such a repetitive type of class (I don’t know what their flow classes are like though)
2.) Hot 60 is heated to 104 degrees F (while I enjoyed hot yoga at Be Luminous in Seattle, anything higher than 85 degrees F makes it too difficult to practice advanced yoga poses because you are too wet and slippery at that point and it’s just too hot)

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Unheated yoga studio space at YogaWorks Uptown Houston
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