New To Yoga?
Thinking of trying yoga at Namaste Highland Park but unsure where to begin?
← Get to know our teachers & their styles
← 3 weeks for the price of 2 classes
• brief background on what yoga is; its origin, philosophy, benefits
• basic postures, step-by-step, focusing on proper alignment and foundations
• modification of postures so that they work for your own unique body. There will be opportunity to ask questions and receive one-on-one assistance with the poses.
* While appropriate for those who have never done yoga before, this is not a therapeutic class and participants should be in good general health. Please contact the studio if you are unsure as to whether this class is appropriate for you.
* Please do not eat 2-3 hours before the workshop and wear loose comfortable clothes to class!
YOGA JOURNEY FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER
- A. Start with our INTRO TO YOGA :: workshop
- (click class titles to see next scheduled).
- B. Next take any of the following:
- C. Step 3 is HATHA :: Alignment School, where you will learn how to stay safe and develop an injury free practice.
- You are also ready for HATHA :: All Levels (c) or HATHA :: Candlelight (60min)!
- D. When you are comfortable with 60 minute classes move on to 75 minute HATHA :: All Levels
- E. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself with a faster moving VINYASA :: All Levels, you are ready!
- F. Final step - take HATHA :: Intermediate. And off you go...
FIRST TIME VISITORS GUIDE
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
HYDRATE Please remember to drink lots of water before and after yoga. It is very important to stay hydrated. You can bring your own bottle and fill it at our filtered water station or purchase cold bottled water from the front desk.
EAT Please don't attempt to practice on an empty stomach. Have a full meal a few hours before class or a light snack up to ann hour before.
WHAT TO WEAR We suggest wearing pants or shorts and a light and breathable top. Stay away from anything too baggy, as you will probably find yourself upside down at some point. Shoes and socks are not worn in class. Although there is no standard yoga attire, we do offer a wide selection of yoga-appropriate workout clothes in our boutique.
WHAT TO BRING Mats, towels, and water bottles can be purchased at the studio or brought from your own home. We have mats that you can borrow.
WHAT TO EXPECT
ARRIVE EARLY Please make sure you arrive at 10-15 minutes before class to sign in, change, and get settled. The worst is feeling rushed before class. On your first visit, plan to come a few minutes earlier to fill out a waiver and release, sign in, and pay for class. Web registrations, while not required, help to speed up the check-in process.
CHECK IN If you have booked online (recommended) look for the sign-in sheet at the front desk. In the event that a class fills to capacity, web registrations will be held until five minutes after class begins.
WAIVER All first-time riders are required to fill out a waiver. The front desk will get you set up with a form when you first check-in at the studio.
LATE POLICY Classes begin promptly, please arrive 10-15 minutes early. If the studio is full, the door will be locked when class begins. If there is still space available, the door will be open for up to 10 minutes after class begins and you may quietly join the class.
Please understand that space in our studio is limited and that it may be difficult for us to accommodate late arrivals.
HOW TO BOOK
REGISTER Create an account for easy access to your visit history.
BUY MEMBERSHIP OR CLASSES For your first 3 weeks go with the $30 new student special, it is BEST DEAL FOR NEW STUDENTS - 3 weeks for the price of 2 classes! Take as many classes as you can to get to know our teachers and to see if our schedule fits with yours. SIGN UP FOR A CLASS!
Not sure what class to take? Email or call Emily! She'll be happy to answer any question you have!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to sign in online?
Signing in online guarantees your spot in class and lets us know you are coming. If you are planning to arrive 10-15min before class, singing up is not necessary but if you plan to be right on time or little late, get your spot before showing up! Also keep in mind that certain classes are more crowded than others (especially Sunday mornings and evenings on the weekdays), so it's wise to book your spot early!
Where do I park?
There is free parking in the residential areas one block down in either direction from York Blvd. Easy paid 2 hour parking ($1 for 2hrs) behind behind Citi Bank, just off Avenue 51. Please note that the parking meters right outside the studio have 1hr limit which is not enough to get in and out of class (the metermaid are fierce and fast). Parking at the Post Office Parking lot is ok on Sunday and any day before 9am and after 5pm. Please don't park there any other time.
Do you do hot yoga?
No, we are an unheated yoga studio. Our space is equipped with a heating system for the winter months, and an AC system for hot summer days to keep the space at comfortable room temperature.
Though we do not add heat, some classes do get hot and sweaty, so drink plenty of water before and after class!