Student Testimonial – Allie Whitworth

“Nothing has had such a profound effect on my daily life than the 300hr program at PYA.


If I had to choose a few words to describe my experience during the 300hour PYA training program they would be: inspiring, strengthening, empowering and honestly, life changing. Embarking on a 11 month journey with 10 strangers and 5 incredible teachers gave me such a broad, expansive experience that I will truly never forget.

The quality of teachings, lecture, practice, sharing and lifelong connections provided me with the tools I needed to deepen my practice, spirit and intentions as a student, teacher and human being. Each teacher brought their own personal expertise, including anatomy, meditation, pranayama, regulation of the nervous system, the list goes on and on. Although each teacher had their own approach, their messages coincided so beautifully with each other, which supported my growth throughout the program, off the mat and into my daily life. We took the fundamentals and turned them into life changing conversation, practice and empowering realizations.

This program pushed me to overcome fears, lack of confidence, even relinquishing my expectations of what it means to be a teacher, a student, a human in this complicated world. Without the support of my teachers, mentor and fellow students, I’m not sure I would be who I am at this moment. The connections I made with others and myself will last a lifetime and I couldn’t be more grateful for my experience.

This was truly a priceless experience I will never forget. Thank you PYA <3

Allie is currently developing her own lifestyle, health and wellness business, Bodhi by Allie. She also teaches yoga privately, in group settings and corporate wellness workshops on topics such as pranayama, office yoga, emotional wellness, nutrition and even cooking classes.

Learn more about the 300hr teacher training »

Posted in News

Acro for Yogis

Acro for Yogis at Practice Yoga Austin

Thursday February 16th 6:30-8:30pm
@Side Space
$25 Donation

Are you curious to venture off your mat ‘island’ to explore collaborative duo and group practices?

Want to try Acro but don’t where to begin?

This all levels workshop is built on a foundation of surya namaskar A and B (flying sun salutations), integrating partner yoga, acro yoga, and therapeutic flying.

Beginners encouraged, all levels welcome.
No partner required. Feel free to bring a friend!

Reserve Your Spot »
Facebook Event »

Posted in Workshops

VDay Partner Practice


Monday, February 13th from 8-9:30PM
$20 Individual / $35 for Two!
@PYA Side Space

Celebrate LOVE with yoga. This partnered class will guide you through shared movement, supported stretches, breath synchronization, and basic therapeutic flight practices. Soften into your connection and heal.

Our incredible human bodies fit together in so many supportive ways. Go beyond your individual practice into a partnered practice and discover a new dimension. In contrast to your personal practice, partner yoga is a shared practice that exercises not only strength and balance, but trust, communication, and synergy. Synchronize, breathe and move with a partner. This healing practice is a great way to develop trust, presence, awareness, and balance. Deepen your connection together.

Side effects may include extremely high levels of playfulness and a rekindling of young spirit.

No experience necessary.
Partner not required, but suggested.

Reserve Your Spot »
Facebook Event Page »

Posted in Workshops

Practice in Precision with Shanti Kelley

Practice in Precision with Shanti Kelley

Saturday, March 4th from 2:30-5PM
$35 Early Bird / $45 Day Of
Limited to 20 People

pre·ci·sion : prəˈsiZHən/
– marked by accuracy and exactness; a refinement in measure

Inversions, Backbends and Hip openers can be challenging and often scary explorations, but when done with a wisdom and knowledge of how to access the body thru smart alignment and a compassionate heart we find the practice (and the pose) just naturally open to us. This practice intensive with Shanti will cover anatomy, refinement and the exploration of many of the most fundamental and challenging classical practices.

Come practice strong, play wise and explore with heart …..

The session will include: Anatomical discussion, relevant kinesiological principle, practice for refinement, opening and pose advancement, and philosophical discussion, meditation and pranayama. Each session will close with long, cool, yin and yoga nidra (guided deep relaxation for healing and integration). Some Yoga RX will be explored.

Reserve Your Spot »
Facebook Event »

Posted in Workshops

Clarity & Connection with Nicole Morin


Thursdays, February 23 – March 16, 6:30-7:45PM
$15 Single / $40 Series
@Side Space

Awaken more clarity and connection with yourself through Yin yoga. This restorative practice accesses deeper tissues in the body to release physical and emotional tension and offers a reset for the nervous system.

4-week series exploring Yin yoga postures, Chinese meridian theory, breath awareness and meditation techniques.

Each week will be thoughtfully focused and sequenced to support a different meridian pairing.

  • Week 1: Liver & Gall Bladder
  • Week 2: Kidney & Bladder
  • Week 3: Spleen & Stomach
  • Week 4: Heart, Lung & Intestines

Students will learn a basic understanding of yin yoga, the meridian lines of the body and their physical/emotional ties, prop-based asana instruction, and given time for quiet contemplation and stillness throughout. The classes are inspired by Sarah Powers’ ‘Insight Yoga’, Yoga of the Subtle Body by Tias Little, and many of Pema Chodron’s books.

The series is designed so that each can stand alone, but the offering is more powerful bundled as a 4-class series as the knowledge will build each time.

Reserve your spot »
Facebook event page »

Posted in Workshops

Mandala Flow with Gigi Mao

Mandala Flow with Gigi Mao

A Mandala is a circle that represents Wholeness and our relationship to the Infinite. As a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, it is often employed in meditation practice to establish a sacred space and to focus practitioners’ attention.

Join Gigi Mao in this fluid and playful flow practice. We will use the shape of the mandala as a powerful tool to connect with our body and breath while anchoring our attention and intention. You will leave feeling refreshed, balanced, and in the flow.

Reserve Your Spot »
Facebook Event Page »

Posted in Workshops

Happy Hips


Saturday, February 11th from 3-5pm
$25 Donation

A workshop targeting the hips, hamstrings, IT-band, and low back

This two hour, all levels, Hatha Yin practice includes long holds, hip openers, and breath work. The focus will be on hips and low back, including neck and shoulder work. Using mindfulness and adapting poses for your body’s needs, we will transition through standing and floor postures.

The practice will end with breath work, pranayama, and singing bowls during savasana. Come open the body and relax your mind with Happy Hips!

This workshop is suitable for ALL LEVELS and body types!

Reserve Your Spot »
Facebook Event Page »

Posted in Workshops

Practice With Purpose


Wednesdays, 1/18-2/8 from 5-6PM
Cash Only Donation

Join Practice Teacher Training graduate Janet Ha Wednesdays in the side space for an alignment based vinyasa practice benefitting The Refuge. 100% of your cash-only donation will go towards providing trauma-informed, long-term restoration shelter and services to girls 11-17 years old who have been exploited through sex trafficking.

Facebook Event Page »

Posted in Workshops

Handstand: Moving Away from the Wall

Handstand Workshop with Jenn Coats at Practice Yoga Austin

Saturday, January 28th 3-4:45PM
$25 Suggested Donation

Are you comfortable kicking up against the wall but are struggling to find a handstand in the middle of the room? Join Jenn as she breaks down the Do’s and Don’ts of a free standing handstand. We’ll review alignment, proper muscular activation, and explore exercise that playfully move you away from the wall; you’ll being floating in the middle of the room in no time!

Note: The ability to find handstand against the wall is a prerequisite for this workshop.

Reserve Your Spot »
Facebook Event Page »

Posted in Workshops

Good Boundaries, No Limits – With Jason Lobo

Good Boundaries, No Limits with Jason Lobo

Saturday, January 14th from 3-5PM
$25 Requested Donation

In this two hour, full-spectrum workshop we will discover how meaningful boundaries are necessary if we are to explore our limitless potential, both on our mats, and in the very real inner and outer worlds of our lives. We will reach into the depths of our innate capacities, and rise up to dance with the possibilities that only a focused, determined, and playful practice can create.

Reserve Your Spot »
Facebook Event Page »

Posted in Workshops