When Kristina Bauer—a yoga veteran with 20 years of experience and 1,000 classes under her mat—opened Yoga Synergy Spa in Garland, Texas, in 2006, she wanted to create a space that felt more like a home than a gym or a corporate chain. Today, her studio glows with her own homemade candles while yogis lead guests through various styles of yoga, including heated Vinyasa flow, Hatha yoga for all levels, sculpt and barre classes, funky yoga, and a session that invites kids and their parents to stretch together. In addition to its group session, the studio embraces its spa side with Reiki and
infrared sauna sessions that complements Kristina’s pursuit of peacefulness in the same way that playing Marco Polo can add a little fun to a shark attack. An on-location retail shop stocks brands including Manduka and Jade as well as yoga mats, homemade natural soaps, and veggie candles.