I began my yoga journey in 2003. Yoga was introduced to me in the fitness industry. At that time I had no idea about Raja (meditation) yoga. I only understood the Hatha (physical) part of yoga. In 2005, I experienced a tragedy that almost took my life. As part of my recovery, I began practicing yoga at the Katy YMCA where I was introduced to an empowering yoga. My teacher, Rhonda Robinson
, began taking me to workshops with yoga leaders. Suddenly, I found the Raja Yoga! And once I put the two pieces together, the Raja Yoga and the Hatha Yoga—the healing began! Overwhelmed with the joy I had found in yoga, I continued my training and received my E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance. I have spent many years teaching in many different facilities. I have had the joy of working with individuals and groups. I have been able to watch people grow, learn, and heal. I noticed that there was not any yoga being offered in the Brazos area. I encountered many people through my sons’ sports, school, and other activities that inquired about yoga. However, I did not have a place to offer my own classes. In the Spring of 2010 I began giving private instruction to Rhea Kocian. Rhea was so excited about how yoga helped her mentally and physically that she wanted to “pass it on”. So, in the Summer of 2010 we decided the best way for us to “pass it on” was to open Yoga on the Brazos in the back of Rhea’s gift shop. And our mantra was born… Yoga heals…pass it on!!!
In June 2011 we moved into a 2 story house allowing us to have 2 classrooms for yoga instruction, a gathering room, upstairs for therapeutic massage, and a beautiful backyard for meditation and special events. Come and see this beautiful healing environment!
As a child I saw yoga, I knew what it was. My grandmother (now 80 and still instructing) always spoke of it, but I never understood why. I never got the rituals or the reason for meditation in motion. I never knew I needed it but knew I liked the workout. After my first child I suffered severe postpartum anxiety. I tried everything except the obvious. My amazing OB said go back to yoga, Laura, you need your yoga. I did and I worked through my issues… Mind, body. and spirt. I was me again. While pregnant with my son I continued to practice and heal and transformed as a mother. After he was born I jumped back In to the studio ASAP!! I now teach because I know I need to pass on what I know. Yoga heals and I am here to spread the message!!
Yoga has been a gift for me. It has helped me to regain the ability to breathe deeply which was something that I took for granted until I was 19 years old. While I was in college playing competitive tennis and running long distances, I developed exercise induced asthma. Although, medication kept it under control, I was never truly able to improve my breathing until I began taking yoga classes many years later. Through my yoga practice, I have regained the ability to breathe deeply, and with that I gained a deep appreciation and understanding of the healing benefits of yoga. In addition to healing my lungs, my body has increased in strength and flexibility. Now that I am 50, I truly appreciate the relief from the every day aches and pains that yoga provides. These are gifts that I wish to impart to my students when I teach yoga. I truly believe that everyone can benefit from doing yoga! My background has provided me with the many skills necessary to be able to teach people of varying ability levels in ways that will assist them to gain knowledge and to achieve success. While in college, I studied sports medicine. From this, I learned the mechanics of the body and how to care for the bones, joints and muscles. As a high school teacher, I learned the value of modifying my lesson plans to assist my students in their learning process so that they could overcome their physical and learning challenges to be successful. In addition to teaching high school, I have taught fitness classes since 1998. I have taught a variety of classes as well as a wide range of students with varying abilities. My passion is to help All of my students to reach their greatest potential regardless of their age, or physical limitations. Yoga provides me the opportunity to share the gift that comes with joining the mind, body and spirit together with the breath to bring about emotional calm while helping to gain energy, strength, flexibility, and balance.
I have been practicing yoga on my own for over ten years and have always been drawn to the way yoga made me feel physically. But the more I practice, the more I realize that the benefits of yoga go far beyond the physical body. As my practice continues to deepen, so does my spirituality. I look forward to every time I step onto my mat, to breathe, to move, and to find balance. I am also a Physical Therapist and have always been fascinated with anatomy and movement. So much of my job involves teaching which is why I love being a yoga instructor. Whether I am instructing patients, students, friends, or family I love seeing people find joy in moving better, feeling better, and healing in some way. My yoga goes with me everywhere and everyone can benefit from it!
I have been practicing yoga off and on for the last ten years. However, in the last two years, I have really just started deepening my practice and spirituality.
I wanted to sculpt my body, learn inversions, and discover more about
myself. That is when I discovered vinyasa yoga. I fell in-love, I was hooked my very first class.
I just finished my 200 hour training in vinyasa and I also have SUP training (yoga on a paddle board). If you have not tried it, I highly recommend it!
I feel like my journey is just beginning. I am so excited to see where it takes me. I am excited to be at Yoga on the Brazos and I can’t wait to flow with you!
Yoga has not saved me. It has taught me how to save myself. In December 2010, I suffered the loss of my first baby. As a coping mechanism, I began to exercise regularly, but at that time, my goal was to control my body because I felt that it had betrayed me. Though my newfound fitness did help me become stronger physically, it did nothing for the emotional and mental wounds I’d suffered. Mental and emotional patterns rose to the surface, and anxiety and depression prevented me from being able to ignore the destructive internal dialogue I was constantly feeding myself. I would not say that the miscarriage, and period of fertility treatment that followed, was a blessing in disguise, but I would say that it was a catalyst, like most traumas and tragedies in our life, that helped me begin to heal myself and move closer to the Divine.
It was during that time that I began to really delve into the spiritual symbolism of events that occur in our lives and finding a positive purpose in trauma, tragedy, and grief. Finally, I found yoga. Yoga connected my physical need for movement to my spiritual search for meaning. It helped me to slow down, breathe, focus and most of all be gentle with myself. I began to learn to honor my body, nourish it, and give gratitude for the things it could do for me without judgement or expectation.
What I hope to bring my students is a sense of their innate worth and of the unceasing, unconditional love that flows to them. I hope to help them tap into that worthiness and love so that not only can they heal from any hardship life has brought them, but also so that they can begin to see hardships as gifts that can lead us, if we so choose, to our highest divine potential.
Sylvia Valerio (spiritual name “Charan”) wears many hats – from IT Professional to wife, mother and grandmother. But her passion is Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. After many years of searching for self-healing, by practicing various forms of yoga, meditation and energy-related healing modalities, she found the technology of Kundalini Yoga is what works for her. Sylvia’s mission is to help others find what she found – deep healing on all levels, stress reduction, peace, and a better quality of life. Having begun her own yoga practice later in life, she feels that yoga can be practiced at any age and flexibility level and wants to share the many benefits with others. Her specialty is gentle yoga with inspiring music, meditation and relaxation using the healing sounds of the gong and crystal bowls. She received her 200-hour certification through the Kundalini Research Institute and Yoga Alliance and was honored with the 2014 International Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s Association Recognition Award.