Yoga Illumined

September 8th, 2015

In the Press: How Passion Leads To Success in Yoga and Life as‪ #‎AustinParentEntrepreneurs


September 7th, 2015

In the Press: Free Day of Yoga


Yoga teacher Mary Esther Middleton is out at Yoga Illumined and talks about all the opportunities people have to try it out today around town. Learn more at

June 12th, 2015

In the Press: Out There: 6 Reasons to Send Your Child to Yoga Camp


A children’s yoga class at Yoga Illumined. Photo credit: Stephanie Marshall

Yoga, Yoga for Kids, Life & Motherhood, Yoga and Kids, Yoga Trends, Yoga Illumined, Yoga Journal, Out There, Austin, TexasThe cure for the “I don’t know what to do with my kid all day” blues? Yoga is the best way to help little ones chill out this summer, says Zoe Mantarakis, co-owner of the new Austin, Texas, yoga studio Yoga Illumined. Mantarakis is introducing her first-ever indoor Yoga Camp for Kids this summer, featuring three affordable weeklong sessions that both calm and entertain kids when the days are long and hot. Below she explains how a yoga immersion can benefit a child.

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6 Reasons Kids Need Yoga Camp

1. Kids are jazzed about the idea of doing yoga.

One of the things they say about yoga is that the poses are supposed to be things our bodies do naturally. When you get a bunch of kids doing yoga, you can see that that’s true. Kids can do these pretzel poses that adults can’t do, and they get excited to put their bodies to full use.

2. You’re setting up a healthy foundation.

My kids (ages 8 and 10) will go through phases where yoga isn’t cool anymore because mom does it … I always take heart that they’ll come back around to it.

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June 6th, 2015


JUNE 15 @ 8:30 AMAUGUST 13 @ 11:30 AM

Yoga Illumined Studio invites children ages 4 -10 to experience an introduction into Yoga practices for calming the mind, body and emotions with our Kids Summer Camps.  Each day will offer yoga poses and practice time, an arts/crafts project related to the theme of the week, story time, snack time (pack a tasty treat for your little one!) and zen-zone chill out time.

Led by Yoga Illumined Certified teacher, Myra Simmons, the yoga kids camps will be held 3 times for one week at The Shops at Soco, 3801 South Congress, Suite 111, Austin, Texas 78704 from 8:30 – 11:30 am Monday – Thursday.

  • Days:  Monday-Thursday
    Date:  6/15/2015 – 6/18/2015
    From:  8:30 am – 11:30 am

July Yoga Camp:  Yoga “Campout” Indoors –

Kids will learn yoga poses, relaxation and play techniques themed around campouts such as music, story-telling, adventure.  This is a great way to explore an imaginary campout indoors in hot July.

  • Days:  Monday-Thursday
    Date:  7/20/2015 – 7/23/2015
    From:  8:30 am – 11:30 am

August Yoga Camp:  Yoga Relaxation Techniques –

As summer winds down and school approaches, the kids will be given breath-work, yoga tips and tools for remaining happy and at ease throughout the school year.  Yoga will help relieve test and social anxieties and provide natural brain boosters from within.

  • Days:  Monday-Thursday
    Date:  8/10/2015 – 8/13/2015
    From:  8:30 am – 11:30 am


February 1st, 2015

Press: CultureMap Austin

New South Congress yoga studio opens doors to more than just a good workout

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Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza and Zoe Mantarakis, Yoga Illumined

CultureMap AustinA new South Congress yoga studio is encouraging Austinites to “enlighten up,” not just work out. Yoga Illumined, helmed by Zoe Mantarkis and Kristina Lanuza, holds a soft opening on Sunday afternoon.

If the Yoga Illumined name rings a bell, it’s because Mantarkis and Lanuza are already immersed in Austin’s yoga culture. The two have led a highly respected yoga teacher training program in Austin for years.

At the new studio, located at The Shops of SoCo, Mantarkis and Lanuza aim to provide a supportive space that highlights the physical — as well as mental and spiritual — benefits of practicing yoga. “At its truest sense, yoga is a science for ensuring the human system’s alignment with the natural rhythms of nature and the universe. Through our yoga studio, Zoe and I are honored to make this science of yoga, as passed on by our lineage teachers and masters, more accessible to everyone,” says Lanuza.

All Yoga Illumined classes will be taught by teachers who have been certified through the company’s 200-hour teacher training program. Options will range from athletic Hatha and Vinyasa classes to therapeutic breath-work, healing and restorative asana classes.

“We are thrilled to open a yoga studio that upholds all eight limbs of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, from the highest states of enlightenment to a good asana workout,” says Lanuza.

Yoga Illumined opens to the public with its full range of classes on Monday, February 2.