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4916 Main, Suite 220
Houston, TX 77002

“After ten years of study, with Constance and Joyce, my life has changed in healthy and dramatic ways one class at a time. My body has been stretched successfully in ways that have surprised and delighted me. Not only has my body been transformed but my mind and spirit have been awakened, strengthened, and opened. I am happy to be a part of this yoga community.”
Jean Rothenberg
HIYS Student

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photo of Constance Braden  yoga instructor

Constance is the founder, director, and primary instructor at the Houston Iyengar Yoga Studio. She started practicing yoga in the late eighties while teaching English in Japan; her teacher gave her a copy of B. K. S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga, and it was Iyengar Yoga she sought out when she returned to the United States. In Houston, she studied for many years with George Purvis. She has a background in music and literature, has lately turned to visual art, and enjoys practicing and teaching Iyengar Yoga as an inexhaustible spiritual art and philosophy. For three years she was editor of Yoga Samachar, the magazine of Iyengar Yoga’s National Association of the U. S. She has studied at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India five times, holds an Intermediate Junior II certificate, and has mentored many students who have gone on to become certified teachers of Iyengar Yoga, several of whom have opened their own schools.

photo of Joyce Jones yoga instructor

Joyce had practiced yoga off and on for many years when she came to the studio for the first time, in 2002, to take a free introductory class. Iyengar Yoga and its detailed instruction on alignment was very inspiring to her, and she’s been with us ever since. Joyce started teaching in 2004, and was certified in the Iyengar method in 2007. Along with continuing her study of asana with senior teachers at workshops and conventions, she studies the Yoga Sutras and attempts to bring Yoga philosophy into her daily life. In addition, she has created a small company, the “Wild Goose,’ for the sale of props essential to the practice of Iyengar Yoga, including mats, blankets, blocks and beautiful bolsters she makes herself. When you call the studio, it is likely to be Joyce who will return your call. She is also responsible for designing and tending the flower garden at our entrance. She brings great warmth and light-heartedness to the studio and to her classes.

photo of Jimena Lieb, yoga instructor

Jimena has been practicing yoga since 2007 and has been dedicated to the Iyengar method since 2009. Stress and injury were the original reasons she sought out yoga and she soon realized yoga’s healing powers and was eager to learn more! To her, Iyengar Yoga was the “tough love” she needed in her life and it has evolved into a passion she loves to share with her students. Jimena has trained extensively over the years with many Iyengar Yoga teachers, earned her Iyengar Yoga certification in 2015 and continues her studies in this truly remarkable form of art, science, and philosophy. Jimena is originally from Mexico City and is fluent in Spanish.

photo of Samantha Madero  yoga instructor

Samantha has been practicing yoga for 12 years. She began her study and practice of Iyengar Yoga in Mexico City, and moved to Houston in 2007, the same year she came to the Houston Iyengar Yoga Studio. At the beginning, as a runner, Samantha found that Iyengar Yoga was a big contrast. Having found that yoga heals and transforms physically and spiritually, she committed to deepening her practice, and to passing this knowledge on to others when the time was right. Constance Braden has been her teaching mentor, and she has done additional teacher training with Rebecca and Dean Lerner. She received her certification as an Intro II Iyengar teacher in October 2015.