Welcome to Namaste
At Namaste our goal is to provide the most thorough teaching in the Bay Area in a variety of styles that support each individual and their goals. We are a community space and the largest wellness offering in the East Bay with over 150 classes each week at three convenient locations in Berkeley and Oakland.
The potential benefits of yoga are limitless. Yoga has shown tremendous physical benefits for people seeking fitness, as well as those looking for a more therapeutic practice for chronic ailments and injuries. Yoga promotes mental clarity and an overall sense of well-being that can reduce stress, anxiety, depression and mind-body disorders.
What Makes Namaste Great for Beginners?
- Plenty of open level classes
- Most advanced teachers in the area to safely teach all levels of students
- 130+ classes per week and 2 Oakland locations to fit every schedule
- Multiple styles so you can try out different classes and see what works for you
We are so excited to help you craft the practice that is right for you, your body and your goals!
How to get Started
Build a foundation
Commit to trying out a few different classes and teachers. Suggested beginner level classes can be found listed on this page.
Take an Intro to Yoga Workshop. These occur on a monthly basis and are a great way to learn the fundamentals of the asana practice including breathing techniques, alignment and critical poses. *Bonus! All Intro workshops include 1 free week of yoga!
Find Your Flow
Choose classes and teachers that resonate with you.
Check out our class descriptions to learn about your options. Each class is also assigned an experience level of 1 through 3. Any class labeled with a 1 is appropriate for beginners and those new to yoga. Classes with a range, such as 1-3, will teach to all levels included in the range, giving variations for both beginners and advanced students.
Commit to Your Practice
Coming to class 2-3 times per week is a great way to create a habit and you’ll generally begin to see improvements to your body and mental state right away. We have several class pass and membership options designed to meet everyone’s commitment level. Check the rates out here.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for full range of motion.
What should I bring to class?
Yoga mats can be rented at each of our locations but we strongly recommend that you bring your own. All studios are stocked with straps, bolsters, eye pillows and blankets for use in class.
How early should I arrive?
We suggest you arrive 10-15 minutes before class starts so you can settle in and prepare yourself to be present for your practice. Late entries beyond 10 minutes are not permitted as it is disruptive to the teacher and other students.
How often should I practice?
Yoga is a lifestyle that can be enjoyed every day through attending class, having a home practice and setting aside time for meditation. Coming to class 2-3 times per week will typically allow you to see improvements in just 3 months. Find what works with your life and devote the amount of time that makes sense for you.
How does the sign-in process work for classes?
We strongly recommend pre-registering for class. Registering for class online, either on our website class schedule page or through our mobile app is a great way to expedite the sign-in process and reserve your spot in our more popular classes. When you arrive at our studio there will be a sign-in sheet at the desk. Write your name on the list and check in with the front desk staff if you need to pay for class or if it’s your first time at that studio. They will be happy to take care of your registration process and give you a tour of the space.
I have an injury, what should I do?
Practicing yoga is a great therapy method for many injuries. Our teachers are knowledgeable and experienced at working with many different injuries. Every time you take class with a new teacher, greet them before class starts and alert them to your injuries. During class they will likely offer modifications for you if they think the upcoming pose may be strenuous on your injury. If a pose is causing pain, ease out of it and take a pause in child’s pose or any position that feels comfortable.