The Yoga House Is an Inclusive Yoga Studio in Ulster County

Kingston-based yoga studio The Yoga House recently opened the doors to its second location in Highland.

The Yoga House isn’t just a studio for exercising, but one that prides itself on being a “home for every body.” The Kingston-based business is happy to expand its current offerings to Highland with a second location on Main Street. Offering a variety of classes from gentle to active, The Yoga House is home to people of all different ages, backgrounds, and experiences as the team behind it believes that yoga should be accessible and available to everybody.

Owners Joyce San Pedro and Amy Reed are excited to see their BIPOC/LGBTQIA+ business expand. They teach classes from the heart and with a strong emphasis on practical and philosophical principles, alignment and biomechanics, and with a respect and acknowledgement of the deep roots of yoga from across the globe. The owners agree that “yoga at its core is about community and connection, and there’s no place where that is more tangible than right here in the Hudson Valley. Our motto is to offer safe and inclusive classes for every body. We are grateful to be able to offer this now to a wider audience.”

 

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Founded over a decade ago, The Yoga House was originally owned by Leigha Butler and Jacqueline Nash. Under this previous ownership, both San Pedro and Reed taught classes until the pandemic hit, which is when they were asked to take over the thoughtfully created studio. On a leap of faith, a lot of hope, excitement, and trepidation, San Pedro and Reed said yes, and the business has been thriving ever since.

Originally from Queens, San Pedro makes up the Highland half of the duo, while Reed, who is originally from New York, currently resides in Kingston. Both owners are longtime practitioners of yoga who have taught at various studios and locations around the Hudson Valley and experienced firsthand the benefits of the practice. Whether as a means to take a break from life, sleep better, be less reactive, or heal from emotional and physical traumas, yoga has improved their quality of living in countless ways.

 

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The studio’s Kingston yoga group is an amazingly warm and welcoming community that has essentially become a family, and The Yoga House hopes to recreate this same close-knit vibe at the new location in Highland. Newcomers can expect to learn from a diverse teaching staff with instructors of all backgrounds and styles and take classes that meet them exactly where they are, allowing those who are new to the practice to feel just as comfortable as longtime practitioners.

In addition to the weekly classes taught at both locations, The Yoga House also offers special monthly events to cater to a wide variety of students, including candlelight yin yoga, sound baths, restorative classes, weekend retreats, and even retreats abroad like one it’s hosting in Iceland in 2024. Coming in January, the studio will be launching its yoga teaching training sessions for anyone who wants to become an instructor themselves.

 

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Along with receiving a very warm welcome from the Highland community at the opening of the new studio, The Yoga House recently placed first for Best Yoga Studio for the second year in a row by the Chronogrammies Reader’s Choice Awards. With the operation of its new location, San Pedro and Reed are excited to find ways to support their new neighbors and local businesses, and to build their yoga family, one breath at a time, to feel good and prosper together.

The Yoga House is located at 1 Main Street in Highland and at 785 Broadway in Kingston.

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