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Maya Yoga

Kansas City, Missouri

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7 January 2019

Best yoga place in town. Truly a spiritual experience

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25 August 2018

I've been taking classes at Maya Yoga for almost two months and in that time I've come to love it. All of the teachers that I have met have been friendly and knowledgeable. The whole place has a welcoming feel and I leave every class looking forward to the next one. It is by far my favorite yoga studio that I have been to. More...

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16 June 2018

This studio always feels like home and embraces more traditional yoga, yet is welcoming and open to all. I learn something about myself and my practice every time I get on my mat. I cannot say enough about Maya Yoga and its patient, experienced and kind instructors. No matter what your "level", there are classes for everyone. More...

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23 March 2018

When i started going to maya yoga 2 weeks ago, I was totally new to the practice of yoga. I was very nervous to go in and was afraid i would feel out of my element or overwhelmed. However, the complete opposite happened. The instructors I've had are AMAZING and so helpful, motivating, and encouraging. It's such a comfortable space with amazing energy. I love this place and so glad I found it! Definitely check out Jessica's intro to ashtanga or intro to Vinyāsa classes! More...

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15 August 2017

I received the beginners series as a gift and it was the best gift I've ever received. Shaun Lindsey was our instructor, he is so knowledgeable and passionate about his teachings it was a very lovely experience. There's a small studio where we had our beginner series at, and a larger studio where the other classes took place. Both beautiful, beautiful studios!! If you're looking for a permanent yoga home, I suggest you at least try this place once. You will definitely fall in love with it. More...

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12 August 2017

Nice studio for those that follow Ashtanga style practice.  Class was inviting, instructor was very knowledgeable and overall class was good. I am more of a Vinyasa fan with a hot studio but appreciate what this place had to offer.  Always keep an open mind to new things and this class challenged me mentally and physically. More...

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7 June 2017

Very warm and inviting. I went, very bleary-eyed, to the 6 AM Intro to Ashtanga class and left feeling challenged, but also energized and mentally prepared for the day. I would recommend this class to anyone wanting to get into Ashtanga Yoga.I'm also a beginner. It's worth noting that I'm not very good at Yoga, yet (perhaps a word reordering to "very not good at Yoga" is more appropriate for describing my skill level), but I didn't feel judged for having trouble with some of the movements and even falling over once or twice. Great place to get started, but as evidenced by the people in the class, there's enough there to keep the advanced practitioners coming back. More...

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16 April 2017

My partner and I practice Mysore Ashtanga in DC, and we were visiting family in Kansas City for a week. We were excited to see that there's a Mysore shala in KC for us to practice at while we're in town. We both practiced Mysore twice and my partner did the led primary practice on Saturday morning. The practice space is wonderful, and the teachers and other students were very welcoming. Everyone and everything here had a great energy. We're looking forward to returning on future trips! (Also, you should check out Mildred's around the corner for coffee + breakfast when you're done with practice.) More...

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19 March 2017

Loved this place!!! It was a smaller class and the mentor was very engaged and motivational. It's very intimate room and has a lot of returning students which says a lot about the business. When in KCMO again, I will revisit. More...

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10 October 2016

Off the chain!! Was passing through KC and stopped in for the 6pm, Monday Vinyasa class. Melissa was AMAZING! Travelers, this is a beautiful studio in a cool part of town and so welcoming! Highly recommend. The class was a mix of high intermediate to advanced practitioners. So fun and so nice to be in a class that has amazing yogis and challenging instruction. Melissa will challenge your body and mind! I am so happy with my experience here. Prices are so reasonable and the space is delightful! More...

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23 June 2016

From all the yoga studios I've been to, this is hands down my favorite!I've learned so much from this yoga studio, physically and mentally. I've learned and progressed my practice much faster from this studio. The instructors are very helpful, patient, and friendly! They will personally get to know you. The people who attend give you a sense of community. It's definitely a safe space here.I love the 1.5 hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa class. The Wednesday Intro to Vinyasa night class requires registration, it fills up fast. The class is very intimate and the instructor Colette is AWESOME! She asks the class what they want to focus and improve on and will add that to the sequence. Definitely take advantage of this!The Tuesday Intro to Ashtanga class is very challenging, but also rewarding. The sequence goes by fast but each time I attend my practice improves. The instructor Lisa is friendly and helps adjust my poses. It's a great, challenging workout that by savasana, I'm knocked out! More...

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7 June 2016

You won't find a better yoga studio in KC. Take a class and see for yourself.

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1 May 2016

I was in town for a weekend and dropped in here for their led intermediate series class. It's a tough one meant for people w experience doing ashtanga yoga, and damn was it incredible. The space is big and flooded with light. The prices reasonable. The teacher had a deep and resonant knowledge of breath, bandhas,  the philosophy behind all of this. Was totally encouraging about the harder postures and helping give people options if they weren't quite able to twist and tie themselves into every pose. More...

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16 December 2015

Let me first point out that I am not a "Gumby". With that disclaimer I will state that I was a skeptic from day 1. I am prior military and we used to poke fun at these people, one day I woke up and literally couldn't get out of bed after all the damage I had sustained to my body. I went to the Dr and as usual he was quick to want to put me on pain meds; I refused and demanded an alternative. That brings me to Yoga, I will not try and gloss it over. At the beginning it is painful as SAS tryouts. But if you give it time, the pain won't go away, but your body will adapt and you will feel 90% better than if you hadn't gone. I am not one to give positive reviews, but should you wish to put yourself out, you will feel the benefit. If you are glutting for a drill sergeant type, I recommend Melissa as an instructor. More...

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21 November 2015

Just finished the couples massage class here. Gina and Amanda were AMAZING! This is a great date idea or even a gift for a couple you know. The studio is gorgeous, very zen, and comfortable. It was a two hour class with 3 other couples so each person got a one hour massage and it was a small enough group that we all got personal attention/instruction. I left feeling refreshed, relaxed, really really good- like I do when I leave a professional massage. The class wasn't complicated but I learned enough that I will definitely be giving/getting more massages at home now. I'm telling you, I really felt great leaving here. I had no idea my boyfriend is such a good masseuse! It wasn't a girly thing either by the way... When we left my boyfriend told me "good job on both." "Both?" I asked. "Ya, picking the date, and giving the massage." So much fun! More...

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5 August 2015

Check in was simple enough and I was shown where to store things and where the (clean) restrooms were. The space where we practiced was spacious with lots of natural light. The session I attended was a self-guided Mysore class watched over by Kim Johnson. She was very approachable and had a pleasant way of offering adjustments. Her input was not only insightful and useful for my practice, but was clear to me that it was from many hours of practicing and training. Next time I'm visiting KC I won't even look at other studious, and will head straight to Maya Yoga More...

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4 August 2015

Excellent experience. Clean, friendly and welcoming. Perfect schedules. Qualified and unpretentious staff.

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7 June 2015

I was first introduced to Ashtanga at Maya, and can certainly say the bar is set high. I practiced with Kathleen and Wade for 1 1/2 years prior to moving out of state. In that time I traveled weekly for work, and made sure to visit any ashtanga or vinyasa studio I could. Outside of my experience on the West coast, there's nothing like Maya. They don't expect everyone to be an expert. They will teach you. I started yoga to help recover from a back injury. They pushed me hard when I was weak, and also when I was much stronger. Show up, work hard, and you will have plenty of reasons to be grateful. More...

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7 June 2015

This is the best yoga studio I have ever been to, and I have been to many all across the nation. I have since moved away from Kansas City, and more than anything the search for at least an equal studio has been quite the task. They somehow make the strict Ashtanga teachings seem fun, and the yoga community they've built from scratch is quite remarkable. Check this place out, whether you live in KC or are just visiting, you will not regret it. More...

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6 February 2015

I have been going here since October last year and these last few months have been fantastic! I attend the Intro to Ashtanga and have had a few different teachers, all of whom are amazing - the 2 owners (Kathy and Wade) are terrific. I have had Lisa a lot this last 2 months and she is fantastic as a teacher! She pays attention to how we do poses, corrects it if needed and is just a very gentle teacher. I always  walk out of her classes feeling phenomenal! Some of the poses that the more experienced folks in the class can do is pretty amazing - overall a great Yoga studio and conviniently located close to my office. 5 stars! More...

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20 October 2014

This place is my second home. Not only do the owners, Wade and Kathleen, provide a comfortable and secure environment to practice in, they also welcome and encourage a community outside the studio. There are numerous events, gatherings, and pot lucks to hang with fellow students.Kathleen is one of the best yoga teachers I have ever had. She pushes you, which is expected (just like you'd expect a personal trainer or coach to push you), and demands excellence, but gives excellence in return. And you really see results. This isn't some yoga studio that practices structured nap time. Expect to work hard, have fun, and see results in a safe place. They also offer tons of resources off the mat, which is helpful as well. Love it! More...

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30 June 2014

I tried the "intro to Ashtanga" and left with mixed feelings.  The instructor teaches the series with lots of sanskrit, no cues or explanation of what the posture is, few adjustments, and no demonstration.  I was able to manage based on past yoga experience, but if you are new to yoga, you may find this introductory class confusing and intimidating.  The series itself is wonderful and invigorating.  I couldn't physically do some stuff, but it is inspiring to take the class and see what people can do and know that you will get there someday.  I think, however, for an intro class they should dial down the sanskrit and make the class more accessible.  I really dislike when people try to elevate yoga in the United States to something that it is not.  It does not need to be snooty and people should not be intimidated - chanting and firing off a series of poses in Sanskrit does not an intro class make. I took the "intro to Vinyasa" class next.  It was much more user-friendly, and I upped my rating to 4 stars.  This class was awesome.  It was the "right" amount of vigorous - you felt like your body worked, but you didn't feel like they were trying to kill you.  The instructor was great - lots of helpful cues, great pacing, very friendly attitude. More...

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25 August 2013

An amazing yoga studio!    I have traveled a lot across the us abs abroad and this is one of the better studios I have attended.   The instructors / owners are friendly, knowledgeable, and are true yogis.    Their classes are great for the beginner to expert practitioner. More...

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6 July 2013

I've taken Ashtanga I with both Kathleen and Wade and I can't emphasize how impressed I am with both of them.  Kathleen is great at adjustments and Wade keeps a wonderful energy level throughout the session. I was a bit skeptical about finding good yoga instructors in KC after attending sessions with world renowned instructors in San Francisco.  But during my first session, Kathleen gave me an adjustment during bridge pose that made me realize I have been doing the pose incorrectly for pretty much my entire life.  Not a single instructor has ever caught that.  I'm sold! More...

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28 June 2013

Much gratitude to Maya Yoga! They are incredible - their adjustments are joyous!!! Awe inspiring. Wade and Kathleen have such a vast knowledge in the ashtanga world. ..Highly recommend Maya Yoga for those that practice ashtanga regularly and for the beginner (great intro to ashtanga classes available too). They also have enjoyable "vinyasa flow" classes...Huge thanks to Maya Yoga - wonderful yoga community open hearts and open minds!!!! More...

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7 June 2013

I highly recommend Maya Yoga! It is a beautiful studio. Kathleen and Wade are highly knowledgeable and truly caring about every one of their students. Their love and dedication to their practice is inspiring and contagious. Under their instruction I have been able to grow my practice in a way I was never able to in the past. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced practitioner there is a class at Maya for you! More...

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7 June 2013

Maya Studio is the best in Kansas City when it comes to learning and maintaining an Ashtanga practice. Whether you are just looking to drop in and test your endurance, strength, and flexibility or looking to commit to a practice that will change your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual side in a positive way Maya is the place to be. The yoga community at Maya is a place to expand your knowledge and a place to call home. I am so grateful to have stumbled across Maya and will continue to welcome the positive changes it brings into my life. Kathleen and Wade both have unique and challenging methods to their teachings and discipline that will keep you coming back for more! Make sure to check it out. More...

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7 June 2013

Maya Yoga helps one expand the body and mind in a soulful way. The ability of Kathleen, Wade, and other yogis who teach there to intuitively and kindly persuade your yoga practice to a level previously unimaginable, is astonishing. The results are a sleek, yet stronger musculature, as well as a calmer state of being. This calm not only stems from the physical practice, but also from the spiritual focus of the studio, which brings you closer to the essence of God. This agnostic follower has found healing, enlightenment, and spiritual well-being from both the Ashtanga practice and the meditation classes they lead. I encourage anyone who is feeling disenfranchised with the cardiovascular and weight-training workouts offered at gyms to come try Ashtanga yoga at Maya Yoga. More...

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7 June 2013

I fell in love with yoga through Maya Yoga. Instructors here teach the fundamentals, providing hands-on adjustments to help the practitioner feel the true expression of each pose. Each pose is modified as well as extended to give a challenge to yogis at all levels. I found yoga after being told I needed to stop running due to an injury, and I found I was able to continue to challenge myself physically, as well as quiet my mind through yoga at Maya in the same way I used to require from running. A beautiful, warm, energizing studio- this is the place to learn and grow your yoga practice. More...

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7 June 2013

I fell in love with Ashtanga Yoga at Maya. I live in Wichita, and with every opportunity I head to KC to take class at Maya. My deepest gratitude for the positive impact Kathleen and Wade have made on my life. They are excellent teachers, tough but loving. I always leave there feeling challenged but at the same time like I just received a big warm hug! Maya yoga has my heart. Treat yourself! More...

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23 May 2012

This place is amazing. I've yet to find a studio comparable anywhere I've been in North America. What makes it so amazing is that as soon as you walk in you're greeted by a teacher (all of whom are friendly and helpful). There's a light smell of incense in the studio and an all-around comforting vibe.The owners Kathleen and Wade make it a truly special community and take an interest in their students and their learning process. If you are serious or would like to be serious about yoga, this is the place for YOU; if you show an interest in learning, they will guide you every step of the way!Come with an open mind: there is opening and closing chanting (don't be scared, stay quiet and listen, you will learn!), sometimes added philosophical readings (love when kathleen does those!) and sometimes even beautiful music from Wade's harmonium to end in Savasana. I have never felt like that after a yoga class, EVER. They are passionate and cater more to ashtanga but there are other styles offered if you prefer more creative Vinyasa. Lots of Intro classes to choose from too. Just check the schedule before going. I didn't particularly like Ashtanga the first couple of times but I quickly got hooked after 3-4 visits.I was only in KC for 6 months but there will be a piece of my heart there for long to come at Maya Yoga ;) More...

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10 May 2011

I've taken classes with three different instructors now at Maya Yoga and I can safely say, I'm a fan!Housed in a building that was once part of Kansas City's film row, I had a good feeling as I walked over Joan Crawford's and Jean Harlow's stars on the sidewalk leading into the building. (both screen queens spent their formative years in KC... wow, I have a way of fitting that into many reviews, don't I?)The studio is on the second floor, down past the check-in desk and hallway where you'll find the bathrooms and an alkaline water system. The studio itself is lovely, with bamboo floors and all kinds of wall hangings and statues around the room with Ganesh and other Hindu deities, which automatically makes me feel happy. The room has lots of windows, which allows for natural light and they like to keep the temperature to 80 degrees. No, this is NOT hot yoga (not a fan, personally), but you will sweat. Personally, I do like having windows open, letting in fresh air and fans, but I think I'm in the minority as I haven't found any studios that have this kind of thing.Most classes are taught by Kathleen and Wade, the husband and wife team that own Maya Yoga and both are approachable, strong instructors that will push you as far as you need to be pushed, while not going too far. It's noted on the schedules which classes are more for beginning students, by the way, so take note of that if you are a beginner.Having fallen out of regular practice, I mixed it up a bit to get back into it. I've taken a combination of classes, although not those in the morning or evening (ashtanga) which are really for those who have some background in yoga. I don't love ashtanga, but I did take two intro classes with Wade and he really does a great job of easing you into this challenging practice, for many of us, would take years to be able to do a lot of the asanas to their fullest benefit. Keep in mind, yoga is a practice and it's not about who can do this or that pose or asana. It's hard for most Westerners, as most of us are looking to be "good" at it (myself not excluded). What I've always found interesting is that you can be an absolute beginner but able to do some challenging poses with ease, like from when I started yoga many years ago, I found ankle to knee pose to be a piece of cake while a good portion of seasoned practitioners struggle with this. Meanwhile, I've still yet to be able to put my hands flat the floor when doing a forward bend. Kathleen's Tuesday midday Vinyasa class is perfect and definitely challenges me (hello splits! Still can't do those, either), while keeping me in good practice for those poses that come easier (Yay, backbends!). Today we had a really fantastic sub named Gwen and I need to see if she teaches other classes, because she was a blast- really down to earth, really helpful, but again, it's not gentle yoga (which she teaches as well, to seniors. How awesome is that?!)I come from a Vinyasa and Kundalini practice and ideally my practice combines both. Maya doesn't offer Kundalini, so I'll probably be going elsewhere for that, but I am really happy that I found a yoga studio that I love for Vinyasa! More...

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14 November 2010

I love this place!  Very supportive and helpful staff, and a wonderfully challenging yoga experience.

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7 June 2010

A warm and welcoming place, this yoga studio is a peaceful and inspiring space. Kathleen and Wade have clearly put their hearts and souls into making Maya Yoga the best possible studio for Kansas City. They are well trained in the practice of Ashtanga as well as up to date on the philosophies and physical effects of the art. An experience at Maya is an experience in dedication and the teachers are devoted to helping their students maintain healthy practices and peaceful lives. More...

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