Featured Studio: Namaste Yoga


Namaste Yoga, with locations in Oakland and Berkeley, strives to live up to their name by honoring all those who walk through their doors. Their studios center around the enrichment of their students by helping them to live their lives joyfully and in the moment, resulting in a better balance of life, family, work, and wellness.

Classes at Namaste Yoga are available in a multitude of styles such as Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Yin Yoga. One particularly exciting and unique class is Nia Dance, which incorporates wisdom from martial arts, jazz, tai chi and modern dance into an exhilarating, yoga-based workout. In addition to their variety of yoga classes, they also offer wellness services including massage, acupuncture, Ayurveda and naturopathy.


They also serve their community through their Namaste SEVA program, which focuses on a new cause or charitable organization each quarter. In the yogic tradition, Seva is the idea of selfless service, improving the lives of others without any expectation of reward. Recipients of Namaste SEVA’s support have included food banks, housing charities, and organizations helping at-risk children and teens.

Namaste Yoga has been a long-time customer of Barefoot Yoga, and offers a number of our products including yoga mats, mat bags and yoga blocks. If you’re in the Bay Area, stop by one of their three locations for a warm and welcoming experience!


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This post was written by Lauren on October 6, 2015

Yoga Revival – Week 13: Yoga Elation and the Mysore Practice Rug


I’ve discovered yoga practice can lead to feelings of elation. Endorphins are released, circulation palpably increases, and a peaceful synchronization occurs between mind and body. The cylinders are primed to fire at peak capacity.

I experienced some of this yoga elation the other day after finally dragging myself up and out for a morning hot Hatha Yoga class at YogaBliss on Mercer Island, lead by a seasoned instructor named Jonathan Bowra. His strength, lightheartedness, and insights helped push me through 90 minutes of mostly core movements, giving way to slippery sun salutations.

On the way out of my house, I grabbed my Manduka Pro yoga mat – considered by many the best of all mats. Its density provides a bouncing sensation that makes me feel like I have the strength of 10 Grinches when I practice on it. But in my hurry to get to class on time (nothing like a hurried yogi) I forgot to grab my rug – which is what I needed most – to lay on my mat and absorb all that sweat. And so I worked my core muscles hard to hold those sweat drenched downward dogs and triangles, but my feet did slip a few times, once in a way that felt dangerously close to causing a significant leg injury.

I’ve found the best surface for sweaty yoga is a thin or dense mat with a practice rug over it. So next time I won’t forget because the exhilaration of a hot yoga class is well worth it, and should be done in the safest way – on a non-slip surface.

For the rest of the day I felt heavily anchored to the ground, yet with energy surging upwards in kind of a perfect balance. Calmly elated simply to be!


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This post was written by David on October 2, 2015

Yoga Trends: HikYoga


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Hiking + yoga: a wonderful way to combine the beauty and wonder of Nature with the benefits of Yoga practice!

We just recently heard about this new yoga trend created by New England based teacher Nicole Kazimer (@helloyogagirl), and we fell in love with it! Being Pacific Northwesterners, we absolutely adore the idea of combining hiking and yoga.

Each enhances the other – hiking provides an outdoor connection when practicing – a void that can sometimes be felt when doing poses indoors (especially during the fall and winter months). Yoga provides a centering and grounding influence while enjoying a scenic area, and can also influence a deeper and more mindful connection with where you’re practicing – which may be a familiar or completely new outdoor spot.

At first glance, this might seem like a combination ideal for the spring and summer months, but think again! This is a perfect time of year to get outdoors (with a sweater on, that is) and transition your mind and body in the autumn season.

Check out your local parks and trails today – and come visit us at barefootyoga.com for all of the props and accessories you need to take on your journey! (Yoga mat bag and lightweight mat, anyone?)


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This post was written by Carolina on September 24, 2015