“I started yoga weak, inflexible, and 55 lbs heavier than I am currently”. Now with over 20,000 hours of teaching experience, and 20 years of practice, Andrew Dugas’ body and life have been transformed. Andrew has been fortunate to be gifted access to the skills that have helped himself and others feel better. After years of chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, he was introduced to yoga by Paul Ellison at Rice University. His studies with his teacher and friend Robert Boustany empowered him with the knowledge and tools to create a pain-free body. In 2003 he quit playing classical music to teach yoga full time. Cutting his teeth on harder traditional yoga he quickly noticed that much of classical yoga easily injures most people’s bodies. His focus and teaching style is an inquiry to find a way to balance and strengthen the body without injury.
From Handstands to simple walking to complete stillness, Yoga Better offers an appropriate class for absolutely anyone, at any level, at any point in their life. You can often find students between 12 and 89 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.
Senior Teacher – Lori Milchovich
After spending most of her life as a classically trained ballerina, Lori foundher way to the yoga mat in 2004. Beginning her training with classical and vinyasa style yoga, she was presented with much of the same limitations and frustrations of her earlier dance years. Convinced that she would never achieve the ‘yoga body’ of her dreams, Lori began studying with Yoga Better in 2013. The system of working towards a balanced body, rather than a classical yoga body not only revolutionized her practice, but also increased her strength and flexibility in a much safer and efficient manner.
Lori completed two separate 200-hour trainings with the Yoga Better and has dedicated her career to teaching this style of yoga across the city. Specializing in low back, shoulder and balance, she is proud to watch her clients embrace a more balanced body and enjoy the freedom of their own physical strength. Lori loves teaching for Yoga Better, and is passionate about helping her clients feel better, and ultimately live better.
Senior Teacher – Andria Dugas
With over 20 years of fitness and training experience, Andria’s journey towards yoga was one of skepticism and procrastination. Her first introduction to Yoga Better was in 2008, after years suffering from severe inflexibility and pain in her back, hips, and shoulders.
In 2014, Andria completed the Yoga Better TST. Using her broad knowledge of body function, and newfound expertise in yoga mechanics, sequencing, and conditioning, she has created a pain-free, stronger, balanced body. She is committed to bring that same transformation to each of her students, and particularly loves bringing yoga to those that may have had no, or negative experiences with it in the past.
Whatever your experience, her classes are safe, fun, and appropriate for all levels.
Teacher – Kevin Hanratty
Kevin Hanratty’s interest in health and the human body is a decades-long passion. His journey started with the normal aches and pains from sitting at an office desk all day. His quest for a better-feeling body – and hence, a better life – led him to study massage, yoga, Pilates and finally to movement and training as a Better Yoga instructor.
Kevin has walked in his clients’ shoes, as he has lived through, dealt with and rehabilitated his own pains and injuries. He has transitioned from client, to practitioner, to teacher. His focus is on living a life in which his clients learn what to do to feel better.
Teacher – Ula Vayner
In 2006, Ula took a yoga class with Andrew Dugas and fell in love with his clear and creative style of teaching.
Several years later as a mother of two little kids and a teenager, Ula fully discovered the power of yoga. For her, it became the life-saving access to get away from the enormous stress of single parenting and chronic low back pain.
Ula completed 200 hours of training with Robert Boustany and two Yoga Better teacher trainings. She is also currently getting licensed in massage therapy.
Her classes are fun, safe and open for everyone. Ula is passionate in helping people to feel their bodies, feel better and getting free from constraints by getting strong and balanced body and learning how to relax.
Teacher – Maria Henning
After barely making it through a hot summer of cross-country running to complete a high school PE requirement, Maria jumped into a yoga class in the spring of her freshman year, mainly because it was indoors. Coming from a background of competitive dance and sports, she was hooked on the slow and focused practice of yoga, and its benefits on her other disciplines.
Two years later in 2010, she took her first class with Andrew Dugas and fell in love with the Yoga Better style. The work she did in his classes to build strength, balance, and functional flexibility made such a positive, measurable impact that she took her junior year of college off to train with Andrew in 2014. She returned to Boston to finish her last two semesters of college, teaching yoga to her peers and professors the whole way through. She is now back in Houston completing a third 200-hour training with Yoga Better.
Maria’s classes provide an open, fun space to work on moving and feeling your body, whatever your goals may be.
Substitute Teacher – Lindsey Law
Lindsey’s passion for yoga stems from the experience of increased vitality, internal awareness, and stillness of the mind that results from regular practice. These tools have helped her to navigate life with greater ease, and she loves to share them with her students. Lindsey is committed that each student gain access to these benefits through focused attention on the breath and subtle feelings in the body.
Lindsey’s classes are accessible to all levels of practitioners, and are are tailored to her students’ needs. From an introductory, detail oriented practice to an advanced asana intensive, Lindsey’s instruction will meet you right where you are and help you to advance at your own pace. Expect a FUN, positive atmosphere and a clear, no-nonsense breakdown of movements that facilitate strength, flexibility, and improved function. Bonus: with continued regular practice, you may experience side effects including, but not limited to, a quieter mind, a more relaxed nervous system, improved energy, increased body and breath awareness, increased confidence, competence, and self-empowerment.
Substitute Teacher – Larry Thraen
Larry has completed over 1250 certification hours through the School Yoga Institute, having studied under Andrew Dugas, Robert Boustany, Vedantin ‘Ping” Lou, Vinnie Marino, Bryan Kest, Annie Carpenter, Steve Ilg, and Kathryn Budig.
Larry believes through a dedicated practice, ‘bhakti’, one can cultivate deeper spiritual, physical, and emotional connections with the self as well as others. “Pleasure is the body, Happiness is in the mind, Joy is in the spirit.”
Larry specializes in 200hr and 500hr teacher training and leading advanced yoga studies immersions. He’s certified over 500 yoga teachers over his career.