Robert Boustany has instructed yoga classes for over forty years. He is a physicist, who has been teaching yoga for 43 years. He is known for a details understanding of the anatomy of poses, and offers energetic, and therapeutic reasons for alignments. His background is primarily Ashtanga, Iyengar, Forrest and Sivananda yoga. Though he has studied extensively many esoteric forms of yoga, qigong etc. He has extensive understanding of therapeutics and self care, and has trained yoga instructors since the early 1970’s. His philosophic perspective is Advaita Vedanta based on physics, detailed observation and understanding perception and language, as expressed by Dr. Vijay Shankar. He has trained with many prominent yogis and swamis, including BKS Iyengar, numerous senior Iyengar teachers, Ana Forrest, Dr. Vasant Lad, David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Swami Muktananda, Swami Ranganathananda, Vethathiri Yogiraj Maharishi, and Swami Satchitananda, and now the compassionate path of Buddhism Robert has also studied Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with various world-renowned masters.
Andrew Royal Dugas
Andrew Royal Dugas first came to yoga through his classical music studies at Rice University in 1997. In 2003 he stopped playing music to teach yoga full-time. His very unique style of teaching is a result of a combination of passionate inquiry into the function and form of Raja Yoga and a distinct influence from his teacher and friend, Robert Boustany. His exploration of the body allows for an appropriate class for absolutely anyone, at any level, at any point in their life. You can often find students between 12 and 70 years old, pregnant goddesses, self-conscious absolute beginners and seasoned teachers in the same class, each able to be exactly at their level. The atmosphere is inclusive, non-judgmental, open, informative and empowering.
Personal PhilosophyI first sought out yoga to address weakness and numbness in my legs, including harsh pain around my hip joints. I have always been an athlete and dancer, but nothing in my life prepared me for how powerful yoga is, or how deeply it would serve all areas of my life. The practice of yoga not only completely healed my injuries, but has improved both my mental and physical strength and balance in ways that only increase over time. I love sharing with others the amazing tool that yoga has been for me, and can be to anyone who seeks it out. My teaching style reflects my understanding that students see the greatest results from working the weakest parts of the body until they become strong. As an instructor, I strive to be highly attentive to individual students' needs. The loyalty and satisfaction many of my students express have me believe that I often achieve my goal.
My first yoga class was on a lunch break in 2001, it was like coming home. Since that first class, yoga has been a huge part of my life, on and off the mat. While yoga may start off as a physical practice, for me the philosophy started to seep into every facet of my life. Now my kids even recognized when there is "yoga" in a situation or something to learn or study. While I tend to teach a challenging class, I try to modify each pose for the individual level. Students have often asked me, "So, is this going to be a hard class?" . I always reply that each class is as challenging or as restorative as you need it to be. My yoga training was with Robert Boustany in 2007 and I have also studied with Johnny Kest, David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee and others. The teachers that have most influenced me have been Robert, for his precision in alignment, muscle balance and strength, Misha Laird, for her mindful flows and thoughtful, introspective cuing and my family, a nonstop source of teaching and wonderment.
Sam began his career in flexibility and strength with gymnastics atthe age of 10. Sam's first Yoga teacher was his Mom who trained withBillie Golnick.In 2005 Sam was referred to Grandmaster Moses Williams Jr. by afriend's father who knew that Sam had an interest in learning kung fu.For the next two years, Sam trained in Si Lum Pai Hung Gar kung fu,also known as Tiger/Crane style and began teaching the style before reaching his current rank of third degree black sash.Sam decided to move fromAustin to Houston and based on a recommendation from his motherquickly enrolled in the 2007 Boustany teacher training program. Since then he has continued his practice with teaching and attending classes as well and is doing so currently.