Conference founder Jennifer Buergermeister has been practicing yoga since 1992 and is an expert in various disciplines. She says yoga is an art of wellness that anybody can do.
"You don't start out being able to touch your toes or put your foot behind your head, but that's not the point. The point is being able to get the breath and the body, and the breath is the gateway to being able to be very free from a lot of things such as stiffness, and sometimes even disease. And that's really what we're here for is to help people learn how to prevent 'dis-ease', which is simply body out of ease."
She credits yoga for saving her life.
"I lost someone very special to me and I found yoga, and it really, really, really helped me in so many ways. And so I feel absolutely devoted to the practice, and to sharing that love with other people, because I know what it can do for you. If it can do it for me, it can do it for anybody."
Over 1,200 are expected to attend the conference that benefits Breathe the Cure, a nonprofit that educates adults and youth on the benefits of breathing techniques, meditation and yoga as a preventative treatment of cancer and other diseases often caused by stress.
Buergermeister says the focus centers around the heart.
"I think we spend the first half of our lives often, collecting layers around ourselves, and it's all around the heart. And, I think yoga is sort of like that sharp knife to slice right through it, and just get to the core and the essence of who we are. And so, it is a heart-centered practice."
The Texas Yoga Conference is being held through Sunday at Winter and Spring Street Studios off Washington in downtown Houston.