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EVYS Mission Statement
The Esther Vexler Yoga School is a non-profit hatha yoga school that was established in 2007 to honor Esther Vexler, an inspirational teacher and pioneer of yoga in San Antonio.

Our purpose is to

Our Vision
The Esther Vexler Yoga School is dedicated to providing excellence in yoga education to the people of San Antonio and South Texas. We are the first hatha yoga school in Bexar County. We want to become the center for information about yoga studios, teachers and workshops offered in our area. Each year we will host internationally recognized yoga teachers. Our Scholarship Program will insure that financial need is not an impediment for those who wish to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga.

Non-Profit Status
The Esther Vexler Yoga School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We have established a Scholarship Program and are accepting donations that will be used to help defray the cost of yoga education. Contributions to EVYS are tax-deductible. Thank you for your generosity!

What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient tradition that began in India perhaps 5,000 years ago. It addresses the physical, mental and spiritual health of humanity. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means to yoke. Yoga unites the seemingly disparate aspects of our being -- body, mind and soul -- into a unified whole.

Benefits of Yoga
In yoga class, students are introduced to a system of postures, rhythmic breathing, chanting and meditation. At the physical level, yoga will strengthen the body and give relief from common ailments. At the psychological level, yoga sharpens the mind, balances the emotions and increases concentration. At the spiritual level, yoga brings inner peace.

Our Philosophy
Yoga is for Everybody! The benefits of yoga are available to people of all races, cultures, religions, age, and lifestyle. Our students range in age from 18-60. Some have been practicing yoga for years, and some have only one year of practice. Our students are professors, doctors, bankers, attorneys, business owners, high school and college students, homemakers, and retirees. All are united by a common purpose: to deepen their knowledge and practice of yoga.

Yoga is a life-long practice. The purpose of the Esther Vexler Yoga School is to deepen the students knowledge and practice of yoga by exposing the students to experts in the field. Learning about yoga takes years of study/practice. Our course is the beginning of the journey.

All yoga is one. In her many years of teaching in San Antonio, Esther Vexler has been a proponent of all styles of yoga. The Esther Vexler Yoga School follows Esthers wisdom and encourages yoga students to follow their heart to the style of yoga that nourishes their individual spirit. All yoga is one, but the practice has taken various forms as it has evolved.

Here is a short explanation of some commonly practiced yoga styles:

Anusara: Developed by John Friend and based in Tantric philosophy, it is a system that combines attention to detail and awareness of energy flow in a heart-felt practice.

Ashtanga: Developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, it is characterized by set series of postures synchronized with the breath to produce purifying internal heat.

Bikram: A series of 26 poses and breathing exercises developed by Bikram Choudhury, practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees. The purpose is to warm the muscles and produce detoxifying sweat.

Integral: Swami Satchidananda introduced a gentle practice that integrates hatha yoga with other branches of yoga. It is ideal for those wanting to develop a spiritual practice.

Iyengar: Named for yoga master Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, it is a vigorous style of yoga that emphasizes alignment, internal awareness, and the use of props to heal the body and mind.

Kripalu: A free-flowing form of yoga that is meditation in motion. Classes are both dynamic and restorative and support a meditation practice.

Kundalini: Means serpent power, and promotes a release of energy said to reside in the spine. The practice incorportates postures, energetic breathing and chanting.

Viniyoga: A personalized therapeutic practice. The great yoga master Sri Krishnamacharyas son, T.K.V. Desikachar is the inspiration for Viniyoga.