Carissa Barcus and Mynette Murtagh Randall wanted to make family wellness a priority at their yoga studio at 1355 Judiway St., Suite A2, where a prominent former tenant did much the same.
The owners of Move Yoga, which opens Saturday, did some online research and discovered the studio they leased was at one time Patsy Swayze’s dance studio. Barcus said they found pictures of Swayze dancing on their floors with her most famous student – her son, Patrick, who grew up in Oak Forest and went on to become a successful actor, dancer and singer.
“(Patsy) was a mom running a business where she could be with her kids,” Barcus said. “And that’s exactly what we were trying to do.”
Barcus and Randall will offer a range of classes for kids and adults. The types of yoga being offered are Power Flow, which is a heated class suitable for all levels; Align & Flow, a non-heated class suitable for all levels; Yin Yoga, which is a non-heated meditative practice designed for all levels; and Kids Yoga in which children will practice asana, or body posture, through fun games and also learn about stillness and what it means to be connected to your feelings.
The kids’ yoga age ranges are potty trained through pre-kindergarten for toddler yoga and children in kindergarten through fifth grade for kids’ yoga. However, younger or older siblings can go up or down to be with their brother or sister.
“We don’t allow drop-offs (for kids) because we really want parents to practice, also,” Barcus said.
Barcus knows the benefits that yoga can have.
“When I was a teen I was a dancer and yoga was required, so I begrudgingly went,” Barcus said. “But I learned to love what it did for me. I got away from yoga as a young adult but got back to it in my 30s.”
Barcus was doing Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga, which is taught in a heated studio, five or six days a week and after the birth of her second child decided to take teacher training. She has been teaching yoga full-time for five years at several big yoga studios, including BIG Power Yoga, Revolution and Joy Yoga, before setting a five-year goal to open her own studio. It’s happening in year two.
Her partner in the endeavor is Randall, who Barcus met doing long-distance running and marathon training. Randall recently taught for the City of Houston and now volunteer teaches each week at The Center Houston to adults with disabilities and The HUB Houston, a high school for children with neurological differences.
“We were doing yoga together,” Barcus said. “She came to one of my first classes and eventually got certified, too.”
The biggest hurdle was finding space. It took Barcus and Randall a year to locate a spot for their studio.
Barcus said they kept the original floors and buffed them out.
“It’s beautiful inside,” Barcus said. “Everything is expensive in (Oak Forest) and sought after.”
Prices range from a new student adult special at $30 for the month – available at mindbodyonline.com through Sunday – and $30 per month of kids’ classes to a monthly unlimited rate for adults at $119. There are also single-class drop-in prices and class bundles you can purchase. If people want to try Move Yoga this weekend, Barcus said it is mandatory to pre-register so they can plan for the right amount of participants.
For more information and to sign up, visit https://www.moveyogahouston.com/.