“Inhale tacos. Exhale negativity,” is the new saying among a group of Houstonians who frequent Tacos a Go-Go in Oak Forest. They have even made T-shirts.
The popular taco chain, which opened the Oak Forest location at the corner of T.C. Jester East and 34th in November and has since opened its fifth in Cinco Ranch, began offering free yoga and coffee as part of its new “Tacos a YoGa” program this summer. The only requirements: you have to be available on Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and you have to be willing to do your downward dog outside.
According to Juanita Williams, manager of the Oak Forest location, the Tacos a GoGo team had wanted to start a community yoga program, but had yet to find the right space at its then-three locations. Yet when the Oak Forest location opened, with its two covered dining spaces and wooden deck, they knew they had found their spot. By May, they were ready to flow.
“We figured we would make use of the space that we have,” Williams said. “[The restaurant] is not too busy during those hours, and we thought it would be a fun idea to bring the community together for yoga here and offer free coffee.”
Classes are led by local yogis you might recognize from studios around town, and patrons range from beginners to head-stand gurus to the instructors’ kids. Some days the patio is full of mats and conversation, especially when school was out and a number of teachers and stay-at-home moms would “hang out,” Williams says. Other days, like the day we stopped by, students can get an almost-personal, peaceful lesson—save the morning commuters looking on nearby.
After shavasana, the group is invited inside to eat, drink and mingle. The Katz Coffee on tap is free, breakfast tacos cost their normal price of about $3—and the opportunity to unabashedly say the phrase “namastaco”—well, that’s priceless.