Angela Wagner, YS Owner, Featured Voyage Dallas

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Written By: Voyage Dallas Magazine

 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Wagner.

Angela, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.

After I graduated college in 1999, I worked in the marketing and advertising industries. I loved the work but was very stressed by the high-pressure environments. I taught fitness and yoga classes at night and on the weekends. When I left work and went to the gym, I always felt so fulfilled and knew that I was helping people.

After a few years in the c

orporate world, I was laid off from my job. I decided to become a full time personal trainer and fitness instructor. I didn’t love personal training but I absolutely loved teaching yoga and working with groups. But, I missed the business side of going to my corporate job. So I decided to combine the two and in 2004, I opened up YogaSport on Lemmon Ave.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

 

No Way! It’s been a series of ups and downs throughout the years. I almost closed my doors at year three but my dad encouraged me to keep it open for one more year and give it my all. I am so glad he did. Even 14 years in, there are seasons and cycles that are slower and more stressful than others. There is always a new challenge (new yoga studios, new fitness studios, new fitness businesses opening up in a very competitive market) but at the end of the day, I believe EVERYONE needs yoga and fitness and there is enough business for everyone. The true (and fun) challenge is finding the people who aren’t already practicing and inviting them in to try something new. That is when we can really make a difference in people’s lives. And that is what it’s about for me.

Personally, I have grown up while running this business. I was 26 when we opened and I will turn 41 next week. I went from a single gal to a broken-off engagement to knee surgery to marrying the love of my life to going through infertility treatments to having two kiddos, all while having the studio be not only my heart and soul but also my paycheck. I am now a wife and mom of 2 (Luke is 4 and Zoe is 2) and I am grateful that YogaSport has been the constant for me in my life.

One of my biggest challenges today is finding balance in mom-life and work-life. Every working parent feels this but owning your own businesses is like having another child. For me, it’s always been hard to unplug and really take days off or have a vacation without putting some energy into the studio. I have learned to hire people who support the big picture and love what they do. My staff is incredible and they keep me inspired and on point every single day. And most days, they are the ones truly running the show. 🙂

So, as you know, we’re impressed with YogaSport Dallas – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.

At YogaSport Dallas we teach Power Yoga based on the Baptiste Yoga style. It’s an athletic style of yoga (simply meaning you get a workout) but it’s not pretzely. The movements are accessible to most people and we always offer modifications. It’s awesome to see a practitioner of ten years practicing alongside a brand-newbie, and both students are challenged and feel successful.

What sets us apart? Some good stuff. First and foremost, everyone will tell you that we specialize in community. There is a reason we have been around for so many years and that’s because we really care. We know your name. We know that your son had surgery

last week. And we truly want the best for you. Second, I am a stickler for quality. Every teacher has gone through my 200-hr and/or 300-hr teacher training and our team is focused on creating a consistent and reliable experience. The consistency and quality is truly unparalleled.

Another difference is that we don’t play music and we don’t have mirrors. This is very different than most power yoga studios. Life is intense these days. We are constantly bombarded by distractions and noise. Research shows that we are actually afraid of being alone with our own thoughts and insomnia, anxiety, and depression are on the rise because of it. We need peace. We need to learn to sit with ourselves and our emotions. The YogaSport practice teaches you how to do this in a way that isn’t scary or boring. We keep you moving and breathing, tell you fun stories that you can relate to, and laugh a lot.

Finally, one of our biggest secret weapons is our assisting team. We have an assisting team of people trained in hands-on assists. Almost half of our classes have a dedicated assistant who guides the students throughout the entire class. It ensures that your practice is safe (we are total anatomy geeks by the way), and it helps your body and mind understand the practice on a different level.

The bottom line is that you are safe with us, we are absolutely committed to getting you results, and you will feel at home.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?

My plans for the future are to expand the current YogaSport community within our current space. People always ask if I want to open a second location and my answer was, and still is, no. I believe that there

is something special in having one location where all of my resources (energy, time, love, money) stay. I want to be small enough that the students know who the owner is, and can have a conversation with me and come to my class. The reason I am still in this business is because it’s personal to me. I will continue to do everything I can to keep YS the tight-knit community that it is.

As far as what’s next? I am always working on things and creating new workshops and side hustles… I have a wellness coaching and essential oils business that I do online and at the studio. My coaching business (www.angelawagnercoaching.com) is morphing into something special. Stay tuned for details, especially if you are a mom.

Pricing:

  • New Student Special – 14 days for $39
  • 4 Week, 8 Class Beginner Series (offered 4x/year) – $99 early/$109 regular

Contact Info:

 

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Full-Time Studio & Sales Manager Wanted

yoga teacher training, yoga, yoga dallas, dallas yoga teacherDo you love yoga, wellness, and helping people reach their long-term goals? Are you a natural sales person who’s driven to reach revenue goals while truly changing people’s lives? YogaSport (YS) is hiring a Studio & Sales Manager who will be focused on increasing new client memberships, keeping our clients focused on their goals, marketing studio classes and events, and managing the day-to-day operations of the studio.

The YS Manager is an incredibly positive human being who thrives in a fast-paced and energetic environment. S/he learns quickly on her/his feet and adapts to people and situations as needed, without getting easily overwhelmed. S/he is comfortable on the phone and in-person setting appointments and following up with clients. S/he is driven to create real sales growth and passionate about customer service.

This is a full-time position. It includes a $40K base salary + commission and quarterly performance based-bonuses, paid time off, paid holidays, a YogaSport membership for two, and free admission to all YS-led workshops and 200-Hr Teacher Training.

Required Qualifications/Skills
The ideal candidate must have the following experience, skills, and characteristics:

• Strong and clear written and verbal communication skills and a sense of urgency when responding to clients, vendors, and staff
• The capacity to take initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and independently problem-solve
• An unwavering positive attitude
• A strong work ethic and commitment to getting projects done efficiently and with great care
• Punctuality, reliability, and dependability
• Adaptability and self-motivation– you will be working collaboratively with the studio team as a whole, one-on-one with the owner, as well as individually
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, social media platforms, WordPress, email marketing platforms, mad keyboarding skills, and the ability to learn and manage a client database. (training is, of course, provided)
• Commitment to personal growth through a regular YS yoga practice and active participation in YS workshops and trainings
• Required to live no farther than 25 miles from the studio
• Must have a car to run studio errands, purchase supplies, and visit businesses
• A minimum of 1-2 years experience in sales and marketing


Visit the Full Job Description Here


To Apply:

  1. Email your resume and cover letter (with references) to Angela Wagner at angela@yogasportdallas.com.
  2. Answer the following questions/requests in your application email.
    1. Provide information on your sales background and experience.
    2. What excites you about applying for this position?
    3. In my mind, every job has an outcome that we’re looking for. Sales jobs produce revenue. Service jobs produce services. But, there’s often a deeper level of what we’re accomplishing for our customer. What do you see that level being for the customers you’ll work with?
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We Made It To The View


We made it all the way to The View! Check out the super fun YogaSport crew showing off our best ViewSlide moves…now that’s some fancy and fun footwork.

This crazy fun originally started as a team building exercise for the YogaSport staff at our big annual Team Summit in January, the recording wasn’t the best – but we submitted to The View anyway. Then we got an email back from The View asking us to re-record, so we could be included in their next segment… WOW! And now we’re sharing this magical piece of fun with you!

Woo hoo, Go Team YogaSport we love this crew of people, they are always up for anything!

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YS Head Yogi, Angela Wagner, Featured in UTSW Medicine Article

YogaSport Owner, Angela Wagner, was featured on UTSWMedicine.org in an article about Body after birth: Treating post-pregnancy problems.

UT Southwestern Medical Center

By: Ashley Rawlins, P.T. and Sara Reardon, P.T.

Published: 30 August 2016

Body after birth: Treating post-pregnancy problems

Giving birth is hard work. And it’s hard on your body. So it’s to be expected that you will need time to recover. And that’s the key — you should recover.

But too many women spend months and even years after childbirth dealing with pain or embarrassment about incontinence. They think it’s normal. That it’s just what happens to the body after childbirth.

It’s not. Physical therapy can ease pain and discomfort during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. And there are ways to treat postpartum problems so you can fully enjoy life with your new baby.

Postpartum problems can affect quality of life

Postpartum problems can be traumatic for women – physically and psychologically. We once treated a patient who had a severe laceration of the vagina and significant scar tissue that became infected. She was treated, but it remained painful. The thought of another pregnancy scared her – not just because sex was painful, but because she was worried about reinjuring it during childbirth.

We taught her some gentle yoga poses and how to use intravaginal massage to soften the tissue and ease her pain. When she became pregnant again, we worked with her throughout the pregnancy to keep the tissue soft to decrease the likelihood of tearing. She did wonderfully during and after labor and delivery.

While you may have a six-week postpartum visit with your doctor, you likely won’t see a physical therapist – in the United States anyway. Physical therapy is included in postpartum care in some countries.

We look forward to a day when this is common practice here as well. In fact, a July 2016 article in Cosmopolitan discussed how we are (slowly) waking up to the fact that women don’t have to live with these problems.

Let’s take a look at a few issues you may face after giving birth and what you can do to get back to your life again.

Confusion about exercise

For many years, women were advised not to exercise until after their six-week postpartum appointment. Recent recommendations you can start when you feel ready. But start slowly. Your body is healing. Take your baby for a walk in the stroller. Try some gentle yoga, or go swimming. Avoid cycling or high-impact sports such as running or CrossFit.

If you had a cesarean section, you will need more time to recover. Remember, you had major surgery. Talk with your doctor about what you should and shouldn’t do.

If you’re breastfeeding, try to nurse or pump before you exercise so your breasts aren’t full. Make sure you have a supportive bra with nursing pads. But don’t leave the bra on after exercise because prolonged compression can lead to a clogged duct.

And finally, stay well hydrated, especially if you’re nursing.

Back pain

A patient practices squats while holding her baby.

A patient practices squats while holding her baby.

Your abdominal muscles have stretched. If you had a C-section, they’ve been cut. You may have diastasis recti, in which a gap between your abdominal wall muscles can cause a protruding belly. This all compromises ab function and puts additional stress on your back and pelvic floor muscles.

You need to strengthen those muscles and retrain them how to contract and properly brace yourself during daily activities.

Start with a basic position such a sitting, concentrating on posture. Then move to standing and squatting. You can even do mini squats holding your baby!

Planking is a great core exercise. This helps strengthen your abdominals and lower back in addition to your upper body and arms, which need to be strong to lift and carry your baby!

When you feel ready, start slowly with a modified version. Place your hands on the floor directly over your shoulders like you’re about to do a push-up. Rest your knees on the ground, keeping your back flat and abs tight. Your head should be in line with your back. As you progress, you can extend your legs and raise yourself up on your toes for a full plank.

Sara Reardon helps a patient perform a plank.

Sara Reardon, P.T., helps a patient perform a plank.

Hold the plank for 10 to 20 seconds, increasing up to a minute as you get stronger.

In physical therapy, we may ask you to bring your baby to practice picking them up or putting them in a car seat. You do these things over and over, but if you do them incorrectly or you don’t have the proper strength, you could be setting yourself up for injury.

Urinary incontinence

Your pelvic floor muscles may be too weak or stretched out after childbirth to support the bladder and keep the urethra (the tube urine comes through) closed.

We recommend starting gentle Kegel exercises right away. Your pelvic muscles may be a bit stunned after birth, and gentle contractions can be helpful to improve blood flow and promote healing.

Try a Kegel exercise with a lower abdominal contraction. Lie down with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Slowly inhale, then exhale. Pull your navel toward your spine and tighten the pelvic floor muscles. Repeat this 10 times two to three times a day. If doing this increases your pain, stop and consult with your physical therapist.

You may experience postpartum incontinence when you cough, sneeze, or laugh. You can retrain your timing coordination so that it once again becomes an automatic reflex with the “knack” technique, a well-timed contraction of the pelvic floor muscles.

Sit or stand tall with your chest lifted. Squeeze your pelvic floor muscles and contract your urethra, vaginal muscles and anal sphincter. Maintain this contraction as you cough. After you cough, relax the pelvic floor muscles.

A physical therapist trained in pelvic health also can advise you on lifestyle modification and hydration habits that may help.

Laceration recovery

Sara Reardon performs scar massage on a patient who had a C-section.

Sara Reardon, P.T., performs scar massage on a patient who had a C-section.

If you had tearing, an episiotomy, or a C-section, you can begin scar massage six weeks after giving birth. Scar tissue massage stretches the tissue surrounding and on the scar so it doesn’t adhere to the underlying tissue and allows you to move freely without pain.

Start by lightly touching or stroking the scar and general area of the incision – first with your palms and then your fingertips. Talk with your physical therapist for more specific guidelines on scar tissue massage during the stages of your healing.

A physical therapist also can train you to use a vaginal dilator to relax the muscles and prepare the tissue for sexual intercourse. These devices look like tampons and come in various sizes. We’ll also teach you some relaxation strategies.

Child’s pose and deep squats also can help lengthen and relax pelvic floor muscles that may be causing you pain.

If you experience physical problems that prevent you from fully enjoying life, talk to your doctor or physical therapist. Don’t accept it as normal. Reclaim your body after childbirth!

To talk with a physical therapist about care before, during, or after pregnancy, request an appointment online or call 214-645-8300.

Read the original article here.

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Podcast Interview with YogaSport Owner, Angela Wagner – How to start, run & grow a small business

Angela Wagner

Have you ever wondered how this magical YogaSport studio came to be? The amazing community, studio and staff at YS, may seem like magic, but in reality, it’s a labor of love and a lot of HARD work by head yogi and studio owner, Angela Wagner. Listen to her discuss her experiences on the podcast, “The How of Business”. She gives us insight to why she decided to open a studio, what it means to be a small business owner, and what she’s learned along the way. Fascinating listen on how to start, run, and grow a small business. Take a listen!

Released: 18 April 2016
Released By: The How of Business with Henry Lopez & David Begin

Listen Here Select – 2: Interview – Small Business Owner and Marketing Professional Angela Wagner

 

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Angela Wagner, YS Owner, Featured on Oprah.com

The Poses Yoga Instructors

Use To Start Their Day Right

Whether they sprang out of bed and want to keep that momentum going or they’re feeling achy
because they slept funny, these five yogis know just which move to do first thing.

 

Published: 22 June 2016
Written By: Emma Haak of Oprah.com

 

Seated Twist

Favorite of: Angela Wagner, owner and instructor at YogaSport DallasAngela_Seated Twist

Why it’s great in the morning: This move can offer relief for stiff backs. “I tend to curl and scrunch my body up while I sleep, and twists help release any tightness I’m feeling in my back,” says Wagner. “This posture also reminds me to lengthen my spine before I get ready for work.”

Expert instructions on how to do it: “Start by sitting cross-legged on the floor. Keeping both legs bent, lift your left leg up and plant your left foot on the outside of your right thigh. Twist your torso to your left, connecting your right elbow with your left knee. As you breathe in, press your left hand on the floor directly below your shoulder and draw your spine and chest up. Don’t let your back round—if you feel it start to round, focus on pressing your hand into the floor a little harder and lengthening through your spine. As you breathe out, twist a little deeper. Hold for a few deep breaths, then repeat on the opposite side.”

 

Read the story at oprah.com

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4 Week Fundamental Series

Luke Downward DogWe are excited to announce a new workshop series at YogaSport, The 4 Week Fundamental Series. In this 4 class workshop, you will learn the basic alignment and form of Power Flow Yoga. Through demonstration, discussion, hands-on adjustments, and guided practice, we will provide you with a solid foundation of this dynamic style of yoga. Each series will cover the following:

Class 1: Sun Salutations
Class 2: Warrior Poses
Class 3: Balance & Triangle Poses
Class 4: Backbends/Abs

All classes will include additional floor and inversion postures. This series is designed for brand new students who want to learn more about the practice as well as seasoned practitioners looking to fine tune their asanas.

Fall Sessions
Session 1: Thursdays 9/17-10/8
Session 2: Tuesdays 9/22-10/13
Session 3: Tuesdays 10/20-11/10
Session 4: Thursdays 10/22-11/12

If you purchased a Groupon for this workshop, please email nicole@yogasportdallas.com to complete your registration.  

Angela Wagner, YS Owner, Featured in Dallas Morning News

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Keys to heavenly peace:

How to ease holiday stress

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Written By: Leslie Barker of the Dallas Morning News

Maybe it was seeing Halloween costumes displayed next to Christmas ornaments. Or forgetting to thaw the Thanksgiving turkey. Or hearing “Little Drummer Boy” on the radio for the 71st time. Whatever first set your holiday heart pounding, your hands sweating and your fingers trembling, your stress level is, in all likelihood, up. It may not level off for a while.

That’s the bad news. The good? There are simple ways to bring it down. When you’re finished, you’ll still have chores and obligations, but also a renewed spirit to deal with them.

Start by putting down your to-do list and your smartphone, neither of which is going anywhere.

“Checking your phone or email is sending us into a high anxiety state,” says Angela Wagner, owner of YogaSport studio on Lemmon Avenue.

Ditto for well-meaning people who aren’t on your gift list — but they drop in bearing a cellophane-wrapped something for you. We can’t do anything about them, but we can offer one-word, one-minute-or-more ways to establish peace on Earth — your Earth. Here goes:

Breathe

Inhale through your nose to a count of four or five. Exhale slowly through your nose to the same count.

“When we resist and fight and judge reality, that’s what causes the stress, not the circumstances,” says Brother ChiSing (a.k.a. Norman Eng), director of Dallas Meditation Center in Richardson. “Breathing mindfully increases your ability to be aware, to accept and then to make better creative choices in the moment.”

Doing so “opens your heart,” adds assistant center director Bobbie Perkins. When that happens, it’s “a little easier to deal with people, even family members you don’t like to be around all that much.”

Wagner advises doing this — not phoning a friend, not texting another one — when standing in line, for instance, with armloads of wrapping paper or rib roast. “It relaxes your whole nervous system. You’re getting that extra oxygen, getting rid of your distractions.”

Chew

As tasty as gum can be, flavor isn’t what helps relieve anxiety, says Kevin P. Gosselin. He’s assistant dean for research and evidence-based practice at the College of Nursing, Texas A&M University in Bryan.

“It’s a somatic process, the process of chewing gum to reduce the physiological anxiety we experience,” says Gosselin, who has a doctor of philosophy degree in educational psychology. “Chewing gum is a way we can reduce that anxiety. It provides a tangible outlet — biting down.”

A couple of caveats: Choosing sugar-free will also relieve the stress of anticipating cavities as well as make your dentist happy. And chew doesn’t mean chomp sloppily.

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Music has been used as therapy since Plato’s time, but is a lot more accessible nowadays. As for its calming nature, Gosselin says there are two schools of thought.

The first is selecting your own music. The second is choosing music that meets certain criteria: 60 to 80 beats per minute; no voices, only instruments; and no horns, percussion or anything with “a more abrasive tambour,” Gosselin says. In other words, choose piano or string instruments.

“From my research, classical music is typically better at reducing anxiety than self-directed,” says Gosselin, whose studies involved nursing students. “I tend to stick to classics like Bach, Mozart, Haydn.”

Franz Gruber wrote “Silent Night,” so that might be a good choice. Whether to include “Little Drummer Boy” — that’s up to you.

Touch

Specifically, your pets.

“There’s actually work that’s been done that shows primarily if you pet your own dog or cat your blood pressure will lower,” says Bonnie Beaver, a professor of animal behavior in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in College Station. “It’s more significant if it’s your own. Otherwise, there’s a tension: ‘Is this one going to bite me?’”

Research suggests that when you’re stroking an animal, there’s a release of oxytocin, a calming hormone, “which then physiologically helps relieve stress,” she says. In addition, the animals tend to have a corresponding lowering of blood pressure while they’re being petted.

Studies have mostly been done on dogs, including one showing that dog owners who had survived a heart attack were less likely than non-owners to have a second heart attack. The calming influence, though, has been verified with other species as well, says Beaver.

“For me, I have great stress release with a horse and a dog and a cat.”

For an added benefit, after petting your pooch by the crackling fireside, take him for a walk. Fresh air is calming; plus, people are more likely to talk to you, so you’re getting that social component. Do so only if your dog is good on a leash. “If they’re pulling you down the sidewalk,” Beaver says, “that’s not good.”

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Angela Wagner demonstrates a restorative pose that allows you to passively reverse blood flow.
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Extend

We tend to live our lives a bit on the hunched side, says Wagner. “We’re hunched over our computer, driving cars, holding the baby, reading your phone.”

Thus, she recommends a couple of yoga poses. Though one takes a little more bottom-scootching than the other, both can be done between trips to the mall or when the in-laws are shouting along with A Christmas Story while it’s on TV in the other room.

For the simpler “cat-cow,” get on your hands and knees. Inhale, dropping your belly, arching your back as you raise your head. Exhale, curve your spine, tuck your belly, let your head drop.

“When you’re rounding it to cat, you’re exaggerating the negative movement” of the hunch,” she says. “The general backbend of cow will reverse some of the negative of rounding forward. You’re releasing some of those tight muscles in your chest, your pectoral muscles and shoulder muscles.

“Your body is meant to be in strong alignment. The way we hold ourselves is a huge part of the way we feel.”

For “legs on the wall” pose, lie on your back facing the wall. Scoot your bottom as close to it as possible, then lift your legs so they’re flush against the wall. Pull your shoulders down and, if you like, grasp your elbows above your head and rest your arms on the floor.

“This relaxes the central nervous system,” Wagner says. “You’re reversing your blood flow. You’re doing it passively. The wall is doing the work for you.”

Stay there for a few breaths, a few minutes, a few stanzas of “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

“I haven’t found it to take the place of a nap,” she says, “but it’s always written up as one of the most restorative poses.”

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Bubbles are fine, but to make the most of your tub experience, be sure you’re generous — as in a cup or two — with the Epsom salt.

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, has been touted as a stress reliever because when the body is stressed, it loses magnesium, which Epsom salt can replenish through the skin. It’s also been touted on various websites (including empathsolutions.com and Dr. Oz’s Pinterest page) as increasing energy levels.

Of course, you may need to do this before the kids are on holiday break. Or just hand the older set a threaded needle and some popcorn. By the time they tire of stringing the stuff, you’ll be out of the tub and refreshed.

 

Read the story at Dallas Morning News.

From Gym Rat To Yoga Mat

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Check It Out! YogaSport Owner, Angela Wagner, is being featured today on Sarah Kesseli’s Blog,  Ingredients of a Fit Chick.  Read about 6 of Angela’s favorite, and very practical, reasons to practice yoga.  Welcome to 2015 everyone, it’s going to be a great year!.  Visit Angela’s post here.  (Oh and there might just be a discount code for Angela Wagner DVD’s at the bottom of the article, keep on reading!!)