Keeping it Local: Namaste Studio expands classes to include hot yoga

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Photo And Story By Jaci Webb Of The Laurel Outlook
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Jessica Moore opened Namaste Studio at Locomotion Fitness in 2018, and is expanding this month to offer more classes.

Jessica Moore opened Namaste Studio at Locomotion Fitness in 2018, and is expanding this month to offer more classes.

When Jessica Moore got the suggestion from her sister to take a yoga class, her first thought was “That’s not for me.”

Moore said she was the person who skipped gym class, who faked she was sick the day she had to run a mile. She didn’t like to work up a sweat, and she didn’t like to exercise. But Moore eventually gave in and took that first yoga class back in 2010. She hated it, but then she went to two more classes because her sister was paying for them.

“By the third class, I was in love with yoga. I knew that I wanted to be a yoga teacher,” Moore said.

That one-time exercise hater is now a certified yoga instructor and the proud owner of Namaste Yoga Studio at the Locomotion Fitness center, 122 S. First Ave., in Laurel. The studio is expanding this month, and in February Moore will offer more classes, including hot yoga. She just hired her second yoga teacher, and business is booming.

“I’m a firm believer that if we all just did a little yoga every day, we’d live in a much better world,” Moore said.

Moore exudes that calm and positive vibe that she said yoga helped her achieve.

“Especially in today’s world, everybody is facing challenges. Yoga allows us to be calm and our brains to refocus.”

After completing a 200-hour yoga certification program at Limber Tree Studio in Billings, Moore began teaching yoga at the Laurel Public Library in 2017. She quickly gained a fol lowing and in 2018 opened her own studio, which she believes is Laurel’s first one. She continues to get additional yoga training because Moore said she values the lessons and loves to be able to share her practice with others.

“I’m a self-proclaimed yoga nerd,” Moore said. “If you have a question, I will find everything I can to help you get what you need.”

Moore said she can’t express enough the belief that everyone can do yoga. While most of her students range in age from 35 to 75, she has also taught youngsters, and she is looking at the possibility of having a class just for men.

“Yoga is for everyone no matter your body shape or limitations,” Moore said.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church asked Moore to teach a yoga class there, and 27 students showed up. Moore said it was intimidating to have that many students in one class, but the students enjoyed it, and many still come to her yoga studio.

Before becoming a yoga instructor, Moore was a bartender and worked in day care. She is married and has two children, a 15-year-old freshman at Laurel High School and a first-grader. Finding work with a flexible schedule so she can spend time with her children has always been a priority for Moore.

Namaste Studio offers a variety of classes and membership levels. You can pay $15 per class or buy a three-month membership, starting at $40 a month for four classes. Moore also offers workshops and retreats, like the Jan. 22 Mimosas and Meditation class. You can call the studio at 690-4633 for more information or to register.

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