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  • What's happening with Yogalayam?

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    Has anyone been going here lately? For what classes? Or, have you heard if it's closed? I have tried more than once to stop by to classes on the old schedule, but the door has been locked. I've tried emailing, and gotten no repsonse. I figured it was closed, but then I left a message, and got a voicemail back from Swathi a couple of months ago! Still no idea what if any courses are happening, though.

    Same, about 6 months ago, door was locked but lights were on.  No response to my email to Saraswathi.  I hope all is well with her.

    The postnatal classes are going! But I know that they have a preschooler class on their schedule and it is not happening, so clearly the schedule is not up to date!

    The lovely post-natal yoga classes with Saraswathi are going strong, tuesdays and fridays at 10 if it's not a holiday, the door is unlocked. 

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Re: Yoga studio with sense of community (Nov 2003) at the Oakland/Berkeley border could be a match for you.

  1717 Alcatraz Avenue: Berkeley, CA 94703: USA       (1723 Alcatraz - Classroom Entrance) Telephone: (510) 655-3664, Fax: (510) 428-0762       e-mail:        info at 

Best, Julia

Re: Preschooler Yoga Class (2001)
Saraswathi Devi at Yogalayam teaches yoga classes for young children. You can call 655-3664 to find out about schedule, cost, etc. Alysson

Re: Preschooler Yoga Class (2001)
Saraswati is great. She has taught yoga as an enrichment class at my daughter's elementary school. She is a Yogalayam on Alcatraz just below Adeline. MC


Saraswathi Devi at Yogalayam on Adeline & Alcatraz (approximately) has a pre-natal yoga class on Wednesdays & Saturdays, from 10 to 12. It's not heavily aerobic, but she knows everything about a pregnant body and the yoga really manages to stave off those aches and pains. (I know because I only had them when I missed a week of classes!) It's a really nice community of pregnant women, too. Definitely on the funky side, though starts a little late, chanting, etc. But it really, really helped me with both pregnancy and labor. Ilana

From: dawn

Saraswati Devi runs an excellent pre- and post-natal yoga excercise class at Yogalayam on Alcatraz near Adeline in Berkeley. Last I checked, these classes were 10a-12N on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can go to both or either. You pay one fee for six classes, and can use them up as rapidly or as slowly as you wish. I don't know what the current cost is, since she restructured the fees after I went through.

Throughout my pregnancy I went to the prenatal swim class at the Berkeley Y and also to a prenatal yoga class at Yogalayam. Yogalayam is located at 1723 Acatraz near the corner of MLK in Berkeley. The instructor is Saraswathi Devi and the phone number is (510) 655-3664. I highly recommend both classes--as well as teaching yoga, Saraswathi is very knowledgeable about prenatal health care generally and also teaches a birth preparation class, infant massage, and a postpartum class. Good luck! Lea

Re: Prenatal Yoga (1999)
Yogalayam in Berkeley (maybe Oakland) was wonderful. The instructor, Sara, was very knowledgable and has several different pre and post partum classes.

Re: Prenatal Yoga (1999)
I also enthusiastically recommend (as have others on this list) the prenatal yoga classes given at Yogalayam on Wed and Sat 10-12. Call Saraswathi Devi at 655-3664.