When Jonathan and Edith Troen opened Austin Yoga Tree seven years ago, they said they hoped to bring the community together to live healthier lives.
Now, the yoga studio, located in the Anderson Mill neighborhood, provides classes for beginners to experienced yogis of any age or build, teaching over 200 members.
“I feel like yoga not only heals, it prevents,” Edith said. “Having worked with really sick people for several years, I thought that opening up a yoga studio would be a way to contribute to people being healthier and living healthier lives.”
Austin Yoga Tree is more than just a studio, Jonathan said; it is a community. The couple expanded the space in November, adding a retail shop, reception desk and a community room.
“People are invited to read a book and drink tea after class and before class,” Edith said. “More than anything, we use [the space] for meetings, building community, and sitting and chatting with people.”
The studio switched to virtual classes at the start of the pandemic, and instructors livestreamed morning and evening classes daily. In December 2020, the studio raised $1,000 through a fundraiser to continue giving full pay to instructors while remaining open.
“The community that has stayed with us has been so supportive,” Jonathan said. “We’re here for them, and they’re here for us. That is why we didn’t go out of business ... because we didn’t build the yoga studio, we built a community.”
Over a year after going virtual, the studio reopened for in-person classes June 14, 2021, and now offers both options daily. The studio also has workshops for kids, teens and adults.
“We’re still here after COVID[-19] ... because we have this core of member families that supported the studio,” Edith said. “We’re rebirthing, sort of, post-pandemic. The core is all here, and the people are here.”
Austin Yoga Tree
10401 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 105B, Austin512-887-8807
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fri. 7:30 a.m.-noon, Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Anderson Mill neighborhood studio Austin Yoga Tree expands community support
Austin Yoga Tree offers several types of yoga classes both in-person and virtually. (Leila Saidane/Community Impact Newspaper)