I'm Alia, owner of Oak + Lotus Yoga, and I just wanted to introduce myself and share a bit of my story with you. I'm a recovering attorney turned entrepreneur, and after a long and winding journey, found my calling as a yoga teacher and studio owner.
But first, I was a student. I began practicing yoga at the same time I began practicing law, and in the beginning, I kept coming back because I liked the way it made my body feel. Then I noticed that I was always in a good mood after a yoga class; and, perhaps more importantly, that when I skipped yoga, I was NOT in so good of a mood! And so began my journey into the stress-relieving benefits of yoga.
Ever since then, my yoga practice has been a crucial tool for maintaining my physical, mental, and emotional health. (To learn more about my yoga journey, click here.)
I practiced law for nearly five years before jumping ship to build a career that actually used my superpowers and passions. Two years - and a few other careers - later, I opened East Side Yoga, my first yoga studio, in Washington, DC in early 2015.
Four years later, I moved back to my hometown of Austin, TX and opened Oak + Lotus, my second studio, in the rapidly growing St. Elmo District of south Austin.
When COVID-19 hit in 2020, I had to make the heartbreaking decision to permanently close our DC studio. However, I was able to unite our community online under the Oak + Lotus umbrella, and am so grateful that the internet allows us to stay connected and continue practicing together from all corners of the world. We reopened our Austin studio in summer 2021 while continuing to livestream all of our in-studio classes, and I love that we've found a way to continue to serve our clients all over the world!
My mission as a teacher is to teach you how to use yoga to feel your best mentally, physically, and emotionally.
The mission behind my yoga studios is to create a community where all bodies feel welcome, safe, and included - especially those that have had negative experiences with movement or fitness in the past.
From the moment you walk in, you'll notice that we do things a little bit differently from other yoga studios. And I hope you love it as much as I do.
Welcome to Oak + Lotus - I'm so glad you're here!