Meet Jill & Raymond

Jill Minard

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Raymond Donahue, Sr.

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Jill Minard

Jill Minard - Creator of the 1st Black owned yoga studio in Houston

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 3-2-1 Action! a former 10 year tenure Theatre Arts and Speech Communications teacher made a choice of one passion over the other. 


Jill Minard, a true fan and participant of the arts discovered yoga at a much needed time in her life.


The story- Jill's choice of exercise was running. After walking the halls and theater in heels daily while teaching her knees began to hurt. She remembered seeing a couple in the park practicing yoga. Jill thought "what in the world could that possibly do to the body?' yet the peacefulness captured her attention. One cold winter evening she rented a yoga video. Jill, with sweat bursting out of her, was astonished with how challenging yoga is yet she loved the grace, calmness, peacefulness and poise of yoga. Yoga reminded her of her dancing years. Jill trained in ballet and performance since the age of 3 in her hometown Port Arthur, Texas. She originally wanted to teach dance to children but after 10 years of service in the Independent School District she believed she could do more for the parents. You see, as a parent and a professional, yoga was a safe haven in between the "9 to 5" and home. Jill felt like she was playing double-dutch, switching hats from Theater teacher to Mother of 4 and yoga gave her the peace, stress relief, mental balance as well as took care of her body physically to be the best mom when home with her children Jasmine, Justice, Jillian and Peggie.


Jill practiced yoga a great period of time independently before ever entering a studio. When finally entering a studio to practice, she was amazed with the energy and strength she felt as she shared space and practiced alongside other people. Just like the old ballerina days and theatre days everyone was moving and Grooving, breathing and connecting in sync. Jill felt as if she had this wonderful secret that she wanted to share with everyone!


"Filled with a Secret the Journey Continues"....Inspired by the transforming power and her profound love of yoga. Jill Minard created Yoga House Houston to share this beloved Science with family, friends, community and the world. Certified in Hatha Yoga (National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers {NACYT} ( Lex Gillan, The Yoga Institute, Houston, TX) and Kemetic Yoga (Master Yirser Ra Hotep, Montego Bay, Jamaica), her focus is quieting the mind; nurturing God's gift (the body); fueling the passion to overcome any of life's obstacles through her teaching perspective ARTSYA, which is an acronym for Alignment
Re-spiriting (Respiratory) the body Tantric Science
Yes, And... Keep all things moving;
and just plain ole FEELING GOOD!


In a soft, subtle, serene yet stern and inspiring tone "Breath by breath, allow the body to enjoy the journey into each and every posture," says Jill. In her class one will experience Guided Meditation-in-Motion, Cultivation of Energy, Discovery, Grace, Poise, Patience, Intensity, Endurance and Dexterity for a total Mind, Body and Soul-F 

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Raymond Donahue, Sr.

Raymond Donahue, Sr. - Discipline is KEY

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 Discipline is KEY …
32 years Jujitsu
25 years Self-Defense Trainer
Yoga Practitioner and Teacher 

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