What do people say about NHP?
We asked our yogis: "What do you like about Namaste Highland Park?"
“As a beginning yogi, Namaste is the only studio I felt truly comfortable at. I don't feel like I'm in a competition; instead I feel nurtured and welcomed as part of the community. It's truly my urban oasis in northeast Los Angeles! Thanks, Namaste, for allowing me to listen to what my mind and spirit requires each and every time I attend a class. Of the many convenient and diverse offerings, my favorites are the Yin, Medidation, Candlelight, and Hatha classes. See you on the mat!”
"The classes have an amazing variety while still maintaining their own unique personalities, so a Vinyasa Flow class really is distinct from another type of class. The instructors are really kind and consistently talented. Attempts at community building like Saturday breakfast make it easy for shy people to feel included."
"I love that I always feel welcome and everyone is personable. I am also impressed with the attempts and success to build community, via workshops and breakfast. Exactly what I want a yoga studio to be. No attitude. Focus on safety. Great selection of classes and times."
"The shared/free items (yoga mats for no rental fee, hair bands for when you forget, tea after class) make it feel so friendly that you can kind of forget it's a business & instead feel like you're doing yoga at a friend's house."
"Hannah provided lots of optional poses for all levels of practice and was able to verbalize the internal mental and physical objectives of the motions she was leading us through. She has a very intuitive understanding of the practice and communicated it well."
"I was visiting from out of towm and was made to feel right at home. Everyone was friendly and accommodating. The breakfast after the class was the real kicker; it was delicious, but more importantly it gave everyone a chance to visit and connect with one another. This is a real community builder, and it was a first for me. Great studio".
"I like the general atmosphere of the classes and I like that the classes are mixed in gender. I appreciate the Yoga Nidra meditation and would like to see more meditation classes. It also doesn't hurt that you are across the street from Hermosillo!"
"Ani is a great instructor! I love that she always includes "playtime" after flow to work on arm balances, handstands, etc."
- Arrive 15-20 minutes early for your first class to complete registration forms and get the low down on the studio.
- You can sign up and pay online for your first class if you want to be proactive.
- Always arrive 10-15 minutes early for class.
- Our doors lock when class begins.
- Stay hydrated. Water is available in the studio, but please bring your own refillable bottle.
- Bring a mat and maybe a towel. Don’t have a mat? We have mats for sale and there are free communal mats for you to use.
- To keep our communal mats clean - if you use one please wipe it clean after class with disinfecting wipes that available in the prop closet.
- We have cubbies available for storing your personal belongings during class. To ensure the safely of your valuables students are not allowed to "hang out" by the cubbies during class and the entrance door is locked.
- Please mute cell phones and refrain from using them while in the studio and boutique.
- Personal belongings, especially cell phones and shoes are not allowed in the yoga room.
- If you need to leave class early, courteously let the teacher know in advance. Set up your mat in a place closest to the exit. This is to ensure your quiet exit and to let the teacher know that you are not hurt or are disliking their class.
- Please, share your feedback with teachers and staff, whether it is appreciation or a complaint.
Do I need to sign in online?
Signing in online guarantees your spot in class and lets us know you are coming. Certain classes are more crowded than others (especially Sunday mornings and evenings on the weekdays), so it's wise to book your spot early! All reservations are held until the the scheduled class time. Reservations can be cancelled up to 5 minutes before class. If you don’t cancel a class reservation you will be charged for the class.
How often can I practice yoga?
It's up to you! Some yogis who have a regular practice will practice multiple times in a day, while others who are just starting out might stick with two or three classes a week. Whenever you take class, make sure to properly hydrate and nourish your body before and after class.
Look for Intermediate or Advanced classes on our schedule and try our CORE :: Yoga Workskout class as well. These offer the most challenge for experienced yogis.
Which classes are the most challenging?
Can I bring my child to class?
Students under 16 years of age may attend classes when a parent or guardian is in attendance for the same class. We require that parent child couples set up in the back row of the classroom and practice next to each other. The child is the parent's responsibility and we ask the parents judgement to only bring a child to class that is able to follow instruction and be focus for the duration of class (60 or 75 minutes).
Minors may not sit in the reception area while the parent or guardian takes a class. The front desk staff are not authorized to supervise children.
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 and another lot behind the Hardware store on Lincoln. 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). Please DO NOT park at the Post Office Parking lot.
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!
Which classes are the busiest?
Weekend mornings and weekday evenings tend to fill up fast -- whenever possible, reserve your spot online!
What do I do if I have an injury?
Yoga is meant to be healing, and never painful. If you feel your injury is exacerbated during a yoga class, it's best to rest and allow your body to heal up before coming back to the mat. If you do have minor injury, let your instructor know, and they will offer you a few pointers as to how you can safely modify your practice in order to keep your body safe. Honor your body, and remember that no matter which class you take, if you feel that a specific pose or transition is hurting your body, you can always skip it.
Which classes are good for beginners?
YOGA, and HATHA classes are all great for newer yogis. Each class presents certain challenges as well as an opportunities to relax and unwind, so come with an open mind! See a list of recommended classes here.
I'm Pregnant; which yoga classes should I take?
If you had a regular yoga practice before your pregnancy, generally it is safe and healthy to continue. Certain modifications should be observed (such as avoiding deep twists and abstaining from breath of fire). Recommended classes include our YOGA :: Healthy Backs, YOGA :: Yoga & Mediation, HATHA :: All Levels and any GENTLE classes. Our CORE class is not recommended, as it involves a lot of abdominal work.
Which classes are the least busy?
Late afternoons (4pm) and early week day mornings (6:30/45am) classes tend to be a bit quieter at our studio. These classes are great if you are looking for some more one on one guidance from your instructor. Saturday HATHA :: Alignment School class is limited to 12 students as well.
Can I bring my dog?
Please don't. No animals are allowed in the yoga studio. Exception may be given to service animals with proper paperwork trained to help a specific individual with a disability with services such as fetching dropped items, minimal protection work, rescue work, or pulling a wheelchair.