Information for Students
Welcome! Whether you have never practiced yoga, are just new to our studio, or have been rolling out your mat with us for awhile, this page will give you information about starting and continuing your practice at O2 Yoga. Whether you’re prepping for your first class or your nine thousandth, we are looking forward to seeing you in class!
If you are new to yoga OR new to the studio, we strongly recommend taking a Basics class. Basics classes are challenging, but move more slowly than other classes. Intermediate and Rajas classes are designed to help students to develop the strength and flexibility needed to explore more advanced postures while still offering in-depth instruction in basic postures and alignment. Astanga and Power classes are more advanced and are recommended for students who have previous experience with vinyasa (flow) and Astanga styles of yoga. For students who are comfortable with the Astanga Primary Series, we also offer Second Series classes.
All regularly-scheduled classes at O2 are on a drop-in basis. Please consult the Cambridge or Somerville schedule for information on class length, times, and rates.
What to wear
Wear light, comfortable clothing for practice. Avoid large t-shirts and very loose clothing. You may want to bring a sweatshirt or long-sleeve shirt to wear at the end of class as you are cooling down. This style of yoga is practiced barefoot.
What to bring
This style of yoga is vigorous. You will most likely work up a sweat during class so you may want to bring a towel. If you own a yoga mat, please bring it to class. We have mats available at the studio for sale or rental ($1); yoga mat rental is free for first-time students. You may want to bring a water bottle for after class. Filtered water for refill is available at the studio.
What to do before class
Avoid eating a heavy meal two to three hours before class; avoid eating a light meal one to two hours before class. Drink plenty of water before class.
Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before class. Classes begin promptly.
At your first class, fill out a consent form; from then on, you can give your name to sign in to a class.
You can pay for class by check, cash, or credit card (Mastercard or Visa). If you are a student, please bring your student ID to get the student rate.
Restrooms and changing rooms are available for use at the studio. We do not have showers.
Let the teacher know if you are new to yoga or if you are working with any minor injuries or conditions. If you have a serious injury or condition, please check with your physician before beginning a yoga program.
Our Top Five Favorite O2 “Pro-Tips” for both new AND experienced yogis:
1. BE ON TIME.
Arrive early, actually. Be sure to get in, give yourself plenty of time to get checked in, changed, and situated. This is true even if you sign up online (which is not required).
2. SET UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM.
This way, no matter where you’re facing (front, back, side), you’ll have another yogi to watch in case you’re not certain what to do.
3. WE DO HANDS-ON ADJUSTING.
The teachers move around the room during class and they will most likely adjust you at some point. This is not meant as a “correction,” but, rather, as an assist in alignment. Be sure to notify the instructor if you’d prefer not to be touched or if you have an injury.
4. AUTOMATICALLY GRAB TWO BLOCKS AND A STRAP.
Better to have ’em than to want ’em.
5. WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND STARTING WITH BASICS.
Regardless of your experience level, it’s a good idea to try a Basics class first. These classes are not necessarily “easier” than our more advanced offerings, but they are more focused on yoga foundations and are a good introduction to the style of yoga we do here.
We love our O2 Yogis! See you for class soon!