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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

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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.

YS Featured in Observer – 6 Best Studios

Best of Dallas
 Six Best Yoga Studios in Dallas
Categories: Best of Dallas – Dallas Observer Blog
By: Lauren Smart & Katie Womack

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We’re bending over backward and sweating through our yoga pants for you, Dallas. For this list of Dallas’ best karma palaces, Katie Womack and I combined our yogi knowledge and crawled out of child’s pose to try new studios. We downward dogged for days on end to present you with the following round up of the city’s best yoga studios. Namaste, Dallas.

YogaSport:
YogaSport is a tiny, no-frills studio tucked into a shopping center above Gloria’s on Lemmon Ave. While they welcome all levels, this is a seriously hard-core yoga studio that teaches Baptiste-style power yoga. The instructors are excellent and the classes are fast-paced flow classes that will challenge your physical and mental strength and kick your ass – and your arms and your thighs and your back and your shoulders — into shape. Oh, and you’ll sweat. Literal buckets of sweat. This is partly because the studio is heated to 90 degrees, but mostly because Baptiste power yoga is a fantastic workout. Want some definition in your arm muscles? Try doing what feels like a million chaturangas per class at an aerobic pace.
This little studio has a changing room and cubbies for your belongings, but there are no showers and you’ll need to bring your own mat and towel. The one studio space is well, intimate, so you’ll get to know your neighbors if a class is full, but the energy is high and the vibes positive. There are two to four power flow classes available per day, with options as early as 6:00am and as late as 8:00pm.

Notes:
-A handy online app makes keeping up with the schedule and signing up for classes easy.
-There’s a strong sense of community here. A bulletin board in the dressing room features pictures of featured members and messages from staff.

Price:
It costs $18 to drop in on a single class, but a variety of packages are available to members. New clients are offered unlimited classes for one month for only $39. After that, members that set up monthly auto-pay get unlimited classes for $109 per month.

Location:
4140 Lemmon Ave., Suite 280

 

Read the story on Dallas Observer.

Recent blogpost about Angela on genpink!

Oak Lawn Yogi Takes Her Practice National

by Nelli Tokleh

Recently, I connected with Angela Wagner, owner of YogaSport, an Oak Lawn yoga studio. I love practicing yoga, so I was excited to learn that Angela is taking her local practice national with two new yoga DVDs.

Empower Flow Yoga

I usually pack a fitness DVD when I’m traveling for work or school, so I can squeeze in a workout while in my hotel room (great idea, right??) And if you’re at home, you won’t need to leave the house to work up a sweat and get fit!

I tried out the videos last week and highly enjoyed it! Angela’s techniques are easy to follow, but she challenges you to take your moves to the next level. The moves implemented in the video helped me practice my flexibility and also shed lots of calories. I prefer fast-paced yoga in general, so these practices definitely got my blood pumping.

Each DVD is sold for $25, and you can purchase them online. While you’re on the website, visit Angela’s blog to learn more about her exciting yoga journey.

Here’s a summary of the two DVDs:

Power Flow Yoga

Power Flow Yoga: All-Levels with Angela Wagner features a full 50-minute Power Flow Yoga practice and guides viewers through a comprehensive power yoga practice with sun salutations, twists, standing postures, balances, backbends, abs and floor stretching. Accessible to all levels, the beginner, intermediate and advanced variations of each pose are demonstrated. Bonus features include step-by-step instruction on breathing, high to low push up and Downward Dog.

Empower Flow Yoga

Empower Flow Yoga: Intermediate Level with Angela Wagner, features a full 60-minute Power Flow practice that expands upon the all-levels DVD and emphasizes breath, quickly flowing movement and creative transitions between poses. This DVD is appropriate for anyone currently practicing power yoga. Bonus features include step-by-step demonstrations of Leap Frog Handstand and Forearm Balance.

More about YogaSport:

YogaSportLogo1YogaSport, a community-based power yoga studio in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, opened its doors in 2004. The studio is Dallas’ only Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Affiliate, a practice developed by Baron Baptiste. YogaSport offers a “non-pretzely” practice, more vigorous and fast-paced than traditional yoga, comprised of a flowing sequence of poses to get students’ blood pumping. The studio offers classes for all ages and abilities and prides itself on being accessible to all.

(Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of the DVDs, and all opinions are my own.)

Read the blogpost on genpink, here

CultureMap Dallas features YS!

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But its the “Baptiste” movement — a special practice combining meditation, intense movement and peace of mind — that makes him so remarkable. When Baptiste came to town for a sold-out all-day workshop, we sat down with him at Yogasport in Dallas, one of his affiliate studios, to learn how to find better balance and emulate his lifestyle.

CultureMap: When you created power flow yoga more than 20 years go, was it your intention to create a kind of brand?

Baron Baptiste: It wasn’t the goal. I wanted to take the mysticism out of yoga and create a disciplined power yoga practice. It worked out: When I first practiced in Beverly Hills, people quickly saw physical, mental and emotional results.

CM: Does yoga always have to be incorporated with mediation?

BB: They don’t have to go together, but they certainly lend to each other. Poses create health, strength and calmness in the mind; meditation creates stillness.

CM: How do you suggest staying balanced with a busy work/travel schedule?

BB: The good thing about yoga is that you can do it anywhere. But it’s always better to get to a class and practice there, where you have a dedicated space with no distractions.

CM: Can anyone practice Baptiste power yoga?

BB: As long as they are healthy overall, one can jump right into it — at any age.

CM: How hot does a class get?

BB: Our studios vary, but I will say that this practice generates body heat of about 80 degrees. With contracting and extending you are heating and healing from the inside out. You’re detoxing and cleansing.

CM: Do you follow a special diet?

BB: I try to eat as natural as possible — whole foods. I think it stems from a wholesome attitude.

CM: More and more men are practicing yoga, but it seems like they’re still a minority. Why do you think that is?

BB: In our classes we see a lot of men, actually, because they are more athletic. You don’t need to be flexible for this kind of yoga. Women are certainly more open than men, but I think there’s definitely a breakthrough from the perception that yoga is only for women.

CM: Yoga clothing has become so prevalent. Do you think yogis need to wear special gear?

BB: The good thing about yoga is that you don’t need much. You have to be comfortable, and you must be able to move in whatever you wear. Lululemon happens to be an amazing brand.

CM: In another life, what would you be doing?

BB: I’d be on the radio. I like to talk.

 

Read the story on CultureMap Dallas, here.

Helping our ‘hood become the healthiest in Dallas!

YogaSport was featured in Friday’s Dallas Morning News’ Park Cities/North Dallas Neighborsgo edition as a staple in the healthiest neighborhood in the central Dallas area! Our own Daniella Giglio was quoted several times, as well as our fabulous owner! Read it below or click here to read on dallasnews.com.


By NANETTE LIGHT

Published: 31 May 2013

Daniella Giglio often finds peace of mind while bent over in downward dog on a mat in a 90-degree, second-floor yoga studio.

Poised above Gloria’s Restaurant and Bar in Oak Lawn, Giglio has made the short drive to YogaSport from her Turtle Creek apartment the last four years to sweat and stretch her stress away.

An event coordinator for Sewell Automotive Companies, Giglio calls the studio a hidden gem in the area that connects a neighborhood of mostly apartment, condo and townhome dwellers.

“When you look at places like Highland Park, you have houses and streets that connect those residents. Where we live, our community happens in social activities, and for many people, that’s where you work out,” said Giglio, 32.

A neighborhood where many young professionals like Giglio rent, health venues like gyms, studios and trails crowd the Turtle Creek and Oak Lawn area, catering to this demographic and also to its population of empty nesters and families.

The area was ranked the healthiest neighborhood in the Park Cities-North Dallas area, according to an analysis by The Dallas Morning News.

In The News’ analysis, factors considered included pollution levels and access to trails, gyms, studios and grocery stores. The length of the trails was also weighted.

The neighborhood is bound by Armstrong Avenue to the north, the Katy Trail to the east, Cedar Springs Road to the south and roughly by Douglas, Avondale, Oak Lawn and Wycliff avenues to the west.

Residents and neighborhood business owners say it’s an area widely perceived as populated by the active and health-conscious.

Almost four decades ago, owner Mark Herrin opened Sundrops Vitamins and Nutrition in the neighborhood’s western corner on Oak Lawn Avenue.

And there’s been a ripple effect.

A block north, Equinox built its first Dallas location on that same street before expanding to Preston Hollow.

And nine years ago, Angela Wagner, owner of YogaSport, sought out the rent space above Gloria’s on Lemmon Avenue.

At the time, she said there weren’t any power yoga studios in the Oak Lawn area.

“I was looking to go to an area where there would be a lot of people interested in fitness and wellness,” said Wagner, who described her vision of a “homegrown” neighborhood studio. “That area seemed to be pretty hot, and it seemed to fit a niche it didn’t have.”

Besides White Rock Lake, Wagner and Giglio said the Turtle Creek corridor and the tree-lined Katy Trail are the only other expansive green oases in the city.

And one day, these pockets of nature could all be connected.

Robin Baldock, executive director of Friends of the Katy Trail, said construction of Phase III of the Katy Trail’s master plan is under way by the city of Dallas. Once finished, it will connect the 30-acre park that runs through the city’s densest neighborhoods to its counterpart along White Rock Lake.

Baldock also said the nonprofit — an advocate for support and funds for the trail — anticipates completing the remaining three-quarters of soft surface from Blackburn to Knox streets in the next year.

She said the group is working to garner about $5 million in funds to finish the project and add a few more entrances to complete the trail’s master plan.

According to the group, the trail connects 125 acres of urban parkland to more than 300,000 residents who live within a mile of the trail.

About three years ago, the Beasley Entrance at Hall Street was completed to bridge the trail to the Turtle Creek Corridor.

It’s a link that’s united areas and increased traffic along the creek’s greenbelt, said Don McDermett, chairman of the Turtle Creek Association’s board of directors. The association is charged to work with the city to maintain and fund projects along the creek.

“The two together are an incredible combination,” McDermett said. “The combination of the trail and the Turtle Creek’s scenery make it a desirable place to run and bike.”

In the last year, McDermett said the association has invested more than $100,000 in a new irrigation system for the medians along the creek and new landscaping.

He said it’s an investment he hopes will cure an ongoing problem of replacing dead plants that don’t survive summer’s scorching heat.

In April, the association raised $90,000 in gross revenue from its home tour. He said the association’s board will identify projects in the next few months to invest the fundraiser’s dollars.

One project could include further developing a tract of grassy land off Hall Street across from Robert E. Lee Park into an urban playground.

“In urban areas, that’s all you have,” Giglio said of exercise outlets such as the Katy Trail, Turtle Creek Corridor and Yoga Sport. “They connect the community. Other than work, that’s one of the most frequent places you go.”

Neighborsgo reporter Nanette Light can be reached at 214-977-8039. Data analysis by staff writer Daniel Lathrop.