It is fitting that after almost a YEAR* hiatus from Off Magnolia, my first post back at it is about 3Tree Yoga. For me, there’s no better addition to the Southside than this place. While sometimes yoga — or more so, making time for your mat on a regular basis — can be a struggle (hence, a yoga practice), 3Tree beams out welcoming vibes. Located off of S. Jennings (right across from Rainbow Lounge), 3Tree offers a calming practice space with bamboo floors, natural light, plus a lovely patio to hang out on pre or post class. Trust me when I say, each time you make it to your mat here, it truly feels like coming home.
People want to know what makes this studio unique, and it is due to the incredible vision of the amazing owners, Austin and Tiffany Denny. Tiffany, a phD in physical therapy, is not only an anatomical genius, but her kindness, wit and love for yoga translates to fun, challenging and all-around inspiring classes. Best of all, she’s built this wonderful yoga community that is completely accessible for all levels. Austin is creative marketing genius who not only makes badass yoga videos, but is a dad, runs a successful yoga business, works full time and is getting his Master’s at TCU. More than anything though, they are the most authentic and compassionate people. It is these people, along with my fellow students and teachers, with whom I am so fortunate to share my yoga home.
Living less than a mile from 3Tree, I always try to take advantage of riding my bike to the studio. It’s a truly awakening experience that gets me in the best mood for practicing and teaching yoga. One evening after class, I headed to the bike rack out front where I had parked less than two hours before. In a state of yoga bliss, it took me a moment to come to and realize that my little cruiser was nowhere in sight.
After being surrounded by such wonderful souls, I was filled with disbelief that someone would actually steal a bike. For a moment, I started questioning whether I even rode my bike or if I remembered to lock it up. Check and check.
Feeling stranded without my favorite mode of transportation, my yoga high quickly started to dissipate as anger and annoyance bottled up. After a few deep breaths and a comforting talk with Tiffany on the ride home, I started to have faith in humanity again. Much like any conversation with Tiffany, I always learn something new (apparently, bike theft is pretty common, esp. in our hood) and 2. see things from a new perspective (it was probably time to get a new bike anyways).
It didn’t take long though before I experienced some major bike withdrawals, so I started browsing for a new bike online that night. And then, I got an email from Austin. The subject line read your new bike! Inside, was a thread from a local bike enthusiasts facebook group Austin is in. What started as an incredibly kind request from him offering to trade in his bike for something to fit my size, turned into a collaboration of really good people. It was truly magical how they came together, donated parts and even helped put it together — leaving me with a gorgeous, vintage bike that will always serve as a special reminder of the power of kindness and compassion. I was and still am overwhelmed with joy, and want thank each of you, especially Dave Hickey. I hope to thank you in person soon!
This power of kindness and love is exactly what Austin and Tiffany have cultivated within the 3Tree Yoga community. I am so honored to call 3Tree my yoga home, surrounded by inspiring people that truly live out the practice of yoga.
*Note: This is NOT due in part to nothing happening in the Near Southside. Because there are so many great places popping up (next up: Fixture, Flying Carpet) — I’ve honestly just been busy trying them all…and going back again and again.