oga Loka, Hunterdon County’s premier yoga studio, is moving three blocks from its current location in the Eddy Building on Bridge Street to 7 Kingwood Ave., next to Frenchtown Home and Hardware.
Yoga Loka will continue to hold classes at 34 Bridge St. through the end of May.
Classes begin at the new location — currently occupied by H&R Block — on June 1. Class schedules, available at yoga-loka.com, remain the same. Asana classes will be held in a large open room at the new studio, as will special lectures, kirtan (Sanscrit chanting) and other events. There is also a cozy, smaller room for private clients and study groups.
“We are incredibly excited,” said Yoga Loka founder and head teacher Bonnie Pariser. Yoga Loka opened in Frenchtown in 1999 and moved to its Bridge Street location in 2003. “Frenchtown has a wonderful yoga community and we are fortunate to be able to find another new home here,” Pariser said.
The move to renovated space currently occupied by H&R Block is a temporary one, said Pariser. Yoga Loka will ultimately move across the street above Kathee’s General Store and Creative Shears.
Jonathan Perlstein, the architect and developer who owns both buildings, is creating an expansive and airy yoga asana room on the second story with more intimate space on the ground level dedicated to private client sessions, mediation, teacher training, yoga therapy and other holistic healing and physical intervention practices.
Pariser she began seeking more suitable space for Yoga Loka in Frenchtown after the owner of the Eddy Building relocated the yoga studio entrance to the poorly lit rear of the building.
walk along South Harrison where there is no
, which was a treacherous journey in the cold months
. Then came notice that Frenchtown police would more strictly enforce the borough’s two-hour limit on downtown parking. “Classes are typically 90 minutes, and most students stay in town for something to eat and to shop,” Pariser said. “People are having a hard time finding parking. Sometimes they turn around and go home.”
Perlstein’s offer to let Yoga Loka operate out of 7 Kingwood Ave. while he created a new studio for her across the street was the perfect solution, Pariser said. There is ample off-street parking at the new location. The opportunity to use adjacent Frenchtown Borough Park for yoga sessions outdoors is icing on the cake, she said.