Life’s a Gift in Sugar Land for Yoga, Fitness, Diet and Lifestyle TransformationWe strive to build a community of  lasting relationships with each student. WELCOME! To stay tuned for schedule changes, special offers and events please SUBSCRIBE and connect with us on our Facebook page.


Our vision: Embodying the Yoga-Fit-Healthy paradigm utilizing Yoga, Ayurveda and Running Coach services.

Our mission: To provide a safe retreat where you feel supported on your journey of transformation and enjoy the community of fellow students.


Yoga Intensive - Charmaine in Locust yoga pose - Yoga 101

Create Freedom & Strength in the Neck, Shoulders and Hips

A Forrest Yoga Intensive w/Charmaine van Niekerk Learn how to connect to your core and safely release these habitually tight spots through intensely focused breath work and asana, including inversions, standing poses, and vinyasa. You’ll work to strip away the layers of emotional and physical blocks held in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. You will […]

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Charmaine assisting a Life's a Gift student with a pose in the Yoga Asana - Heat & Breath workshop

Yoga Asana ~ Heat & Breath

Two of the fundamental pillars of Yoga Asana are Heat and the Breath. Heat ~  When you heat the body it becomes pliable. The combination of motion and breath in yoga builds healing heat that burns away tension (stuck energy). Muscular motion creates heat that softens your tissue and makes you malleable. Heat heals, heat […]

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Charmaine running the Comrades marathon

Why should an Athlete do Yoga?

You love your sport but sometimes your body just doesn’t move as smoothly as you’d like. On top of that breathing is labored and energy low. Unfit? So you train harder and just as you become fit, the injuries start and you’re forced to back off training to recover. How are you going to improve […]

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Is Gluten-Free Good for You?

According to many health experts there is no proven benefit for going gluten-free, unless you’re one of a small number of people whose bodies can’t digest the protein, or are sensitive to it. For people with celiac disease gluten triggers an autoimmune response that damages their intestines. Others are sensitive to gluten and experience some […]

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How to Live a Healthier Life

New research shows that yoga is a valuable therapeutic tool for many health conditions. According to the study, 6.1%, or nearly 14 million Americans, say that a doctor or therapist has recommended yoga to them. Nearly half of all adults agree that yoga would be a beneficial if they were undergoing treatment for a medical […]

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Optimal Health and Happiness

Ayurveda means Knowledge of Life. It is the world’s oldest, most complete and time-proven healing science, originating in India more than 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda addresses the root causes of disease, not just the symptoms, and treatment is without side effects. How can Ayurveda help me to achieve optimal health, inner peace and happiness? Ayurveda […]

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