Voyage Dallas: Q & A with Jen & Trey
Published June 5, 2019 VoyageDallas.com
Meet Jen and Trey Johnson of Yoga Art Music in Lake Highlands
Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen and Trey Johnson.
Jen and Trey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
On our 19th wedding anniversary, Valentines Day 2018, we had the idea of combining a yoga studio with an art gallery, and music venue. We thoughts this would be a cool way to add to our community while bringing three things we both love together.
I had opened one of the first yoga studios in Dallas in 2001, and Trey has always had a passion for music. Art was just something we both had been enjoying together for 30 years, locally and across the states. We bonded over art at the Kimball art museum in Fort Worth, and the DMA.
In addition to feeling like Lake Highlands needed a community-based space, we both wanted to help yoga teachers, artists, and musicians in Dallas. What also added to the decision to start this business was that our kids are growing up. We thought a family-based business such as this would provide countless opportunities for our family to hang out and grow.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a very smooth road, the fact that our life has allowed us to do this is amazing. Although, the redevelopment of the Lakeridge Village has taken much longer than anyone expected, so that’s been rough, We worked hard to stay patient. And I am so thankful that all of our yoga teachers stuck with us through the delays!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Yoga Art Music – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Bringing yoga, art, and music together in Lake Highlands sets us apart. Having a community feel and has been one of the first to sign a lease in the Lakeridge redevelopment also adds to this unique journey.
We offer 27 accessible yoga classes each week starting as early as 5:30 am and late as 8 pm.
I have been all around Dallas taking classes, and this is a beautiful community for yoga, so many amazing teachers. I was looking for a certain vibe and comfort from teachers prior to asking if they wanted to be a part of YAM. Every teacher we have is easy going and positive, great with beginners, as well as seasoned yogis. I also think our message that we truly wanted this to be a “happy place” resonated with each of them, I believe and hope clients will feel this when they walk into the space.
As it relates to the music, we hope to create an environment for music lovers. A place where people can interact with the musicians in an intimate setting, and enjoy a studio designed by the distinguished studio designer, Bob Suffolk.
Our art will be locally sourced, and include artists who have shown around the world. It is curated by both of us and will reflect pieces we both love, We will also make sure the pieces work well together, and in a yoga studio environment.
We are also able to accommodate workshops, special events, and parties. The space includes a 98-inch high definition television for screenings, presentations and watching parties.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Both born and raised here, we love the people and the pace.
We would love more local businesses, I think all change starts locally.