Big Changes Ahead for YouYoga September 17, 2012

We’ve got a new website, we’ve got a new schedule beginning in Ocotober, and we have new teachers joining our staff to help us offer more to our yoga community!!!  Please visit our new website to find out more: 

And we thank you so much for following our first blog, and we hope you join us as we launch our new blog within our new site!!!  Our goal is to bettter serve our students and spread the message that yoga is for all  no matter size,  health,  gender, or age.

Thanks again, Ericka and the teachers of YouYoga 



YouYoga…..We Invite YOU to Come Share in Our Fall Offerings….Begins October 1, 2012 September 6, 2012


YouYoga’s Gratitude Basket is Overflowing with Thanks for Our Students! September 4, 2012


We’re excited to announce our NEW Gratitude Basket at YouYoga! We’ve been sharing yoga at our space in Overland Park, Kansas for 1 year, and many of our students have been present with us from the beginning…..they’ve seen the transitions in our space, in our offerings and in our staff of fabulous teachers!  Everything hasn’t always been ideal, but our students have stood by us… after day, and practice after practice. We want to share our thanks for their support and belief in YouYoga with our Gratitude Basket!

Here’s the scoop! Students who have filled their class card (index card) will be able to pull a gift from the Gratitude Basket. Gifts will range from free classes, discounted passes, gift cards from Starbucks and Panera!

We love our students, and we love what we do, so it feels good to give back to the people who make YouYoga and the sharing of Yoga/Pilates possible. We have multiple students who are qualified to pull from the basket. It will make it’s apperance at the first of next week!

Get ready to share some Gratitude!!!  Off to get a basket to fill now :)!


Darrell shares: a passion to help his students the way he was helped September 1, 2012

My interest in working in the fitness industry started in 2006.  I was involved in a car accident in 2001 that caused a crushed pelvis, collapsed lungs and a broken leg and ankles, among several other injuries.  An orthopedic doctor told me I would never walk unassisted again, but after five years on crutches, a walker and a cane, and seven hip surgeries including two total hip replacements, I began walking again, and more!  With the use of many different rehabilitation therapies, I found Pilates to be one of the most helpful to strengthen his body.  Learning to walk again, created a passion for me to help people, as I was helped.

I became a N.E.T.A. Certified Group Exercise Instructor, and I began teaching Pilates and Cycle, and then Boot Camp, Body Shaper, Bar Bell Strength, Joints in Motion and most recently, in March of 2011, I became a Water Arts Aerobics teacher.  Upon teaching this wide variety of group exercise classes I saw many people with arthritis, or who had orthopedic surgeries, or had been injured.  Many of these people were struggling to regain their health.  This led me to become an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer in June of 2010.

Darrell-Duane Wray, CPT




Teachings at YouYoga (beginning in October):

Tuesdays: Pilates on the Mat @ 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Thursdays:  Pilates on the Mat @ 7:30 – 8:30 pm

2nd and 4th Saturdays : Pilates on the Chair @ 9:30 – 10:30 am (class is current, come join us!)

2nd and 4th Saturdays: Pilates on the Mat @ 10:45 – 11:45 am


Maris shares: the Benefits and Joy of Yoga with her students August 31, 2012

My yoga journey began back home in the Philippines in 2003. Starting a yoga practice and radically changing my diet and habits were among the best decisions I’ve made in my life. In Manila, I explored different styles such as Ashtanga, Bikram, and Vinyasa. As I practiced over the years, I discovered how to nurture myself, to listen to my body, and to be simply grateful for whatever the present moment brings. Yoga started out as a physical activity and slowly evolved into a deeper practice that helps my psychological and spiritual growth. Upon moving to the U.S. in 2010, I started on the path to becoming a yoga teacher. I completed my yoga teacher training at KC Fitness Link and registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. In addition, I attended Levels 1 and 2 trainings with Yoga Fit and other workshops with renowned visiting teachers such as Desiree Rumbaugh and Max Strom. It brings me great joy to share yoga with my students and to witness them enjoying the many benefits of this wonderful practice.

Maris Aylward, CYT 200



Teachings at YouYoga:

Fridays: Beginning @ 9:30 – 10:30 am

Fridays: Vinyasa Flow @ 10:45- 12:00 pm (Begins in October) 


Danelle shares: Being in the Moment, Day by Day with Her Students August 30, 2012

I have been doing Yoga for about ten years. It started out as just a physical workout, to improve strength, balance, flexibility, but almost without my noticing, it grew into a spiritual journey too, and I found yoga permeating every aspect of my life. It helped me as a singer, an actor, a grade school teacher, a daughter, a partner, a friend. It really helps me be a better version of myself while, at the same time, helping me discover and appreciate who that really is. I found myself teaching yoga in my drama classes, to help with posture, relaxation and focus, and using yoga in my own acting career to balance and calm myself before going onstage.

In 2006 I was lucky enough to spend some time in Ireland with my aunt, a wonderful and inspiring yogi and yoga teacher, helping out in her yoga studio office and assisting with teaching kids yoga classes.  I thought, “When I grow up, I want to be a yoga teacher!” I don’t know that I’ve grown up yet,  but I did my formal yoga teacher training though KC Fitness Link, and am so blessed every day by the every widening circle of yoga students, teachers and practitioners that I now find myself surrounded by.

 I love how, as Inyengar says, yoga means…”all our bones, flesh, fibers, ligaments, joints, senses, mind and intelligence are harnessed. In this way, the practice of asana, performed with all elements of our being, awakens and sharpens intelligence, until it is integrated with our senses, our mind, our memory, our consciousness and our soul. ” And I love how yoga teaches us to be in the moment, day by day, accepting where we are just now and knowing that, “if you learn a lot of little things, one day you end up knowing a big thing.”

Danelle Drury, CYT 200




Teachings at YouYoga (beginning October 1):

Mondays: Vinyasa Flow @ 7:00 – 8:15 am

Tuesdays: Vinyasa Flow/Sculpt @ 6:15 – 7:15 pm

Saturdays: Vinyasas Flow @ 12:00 – 1:15 pm (rotation)


Free Fun For Everyone!!! August 16, 2012

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Open House at YouYoga

Yoga, Bellydance, and Fun!

August 26 from 2-4 p.m.

~ Meet the yoga and bellydance instructors!

~ Free sample YOGA and BELLYDANCE classes

~ Free Reiki sessions w/ Maya Zahira

~Drawings for free stuff!

~ $10 Off Belly Dance Coupon for all who attend!


YouYoga, 9653 W. 87th

 St, Overland Park, KS

YouYoga is a small serene yoga studio located within AKKA.

To register for bellydance classes,

go to and click on Bellydance.

For more info, contact


Sharing Yoga with Lululemon of Leawood, Ks June 20, 2012

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Well, awhile ago one of our students shared my name with the Lululemon store of Leawood, Ks.  They offer free yoga sessions to their clients on Saturday mornings, and they invite local yoga teachers to share thier practice.  What a wonderful idea, and concept!  I was contacted to share this coming Saturday, June 23 @ 9:00 a.m.  I’m looking forward to the opportunity, and feel grateful for being asked to be a part of the “morning squeeze.”  Maybe I’ll see some of you all there!

To find out more, follow this link:!/lululemonLeawood


Never-Ever Give Up May 16, 2012

I am so grateful that our student Skylar shared this video clip with me!  It gave me the opportunity to reflect on where I am in my journey of growing YOUYOGA.  At times I feel success, other times doubt, and most the time overwhelmed.   In my day-to-day life it can become so easy to get overwhelmed with the simple task……running errands, keeping up with chores, taking care of family, oh and let’s not forget growing a yoga business!  It also becomes equally easy to lose focus on myself, and my personal goals.  Having the opportunity to view this inspirational video clip reminds me that all things are possible, and my battles will only get as big as I allow them to grow!!!

It also illustrates the importance of surrounding yourself with others that believe in your mission…..not matter how big, or small.  As I have stated before, at YOUYOGA we believe in you, until you have the courage to believe in yourself.  That message flows in both directions…..our students belief in our message, and our teachers belief in our mission makes it easier for me to push forward through the success, the doubt and the times of being overwhelmed.  These experiences are universal…..not unique to me, or anyone else. So, when you are able to bare witness to others’ perseverance as the overcome their struggles it gives you the courage to believe even more in yourself.

Please watch this video clip and let yourself be inspired to step out onto the ledge of your dreams, and find the courage to leap into your destiny!  Namaste



Free Week of Yoga for Moms at YOUYOGA May 7, 2012



Hello All! Just a quick reminder that classes are FREE this week for all MOMS to help celebrate the upcoming weekend a little sooner. Come filll your cup, so that you have a little more to pour for those you care about in your life. And if you can’t join us…….Happy Mother’s Day from the teachers of YOUYOGA!!!


Weekly Schedule



11:00 am – 12:00 pm Chair Yoga

6: 15 pm – 7:30 pm YOU in the Flow



9:30 am – 10:30 am YOU in the Beginning

11:00 am – 12:00 pm YOU in the Mix



 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm YOU in the Beginning



9:30 am – 10:45 am YOU in the Flow

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Chair Yoga

6: 15 pm – 7:30 pm YOU in the Flow



9:30 am – 10:30 am YOU in the Beginning



9:30 am – 10:30 am Chair Yoga

Chair Pilates on May 5, 12, 26