Welcome to O2 Yoga! Whether you have never practiced yoga or are just new to our studio, this page will give you information about starting a practice at O2. People brand new to yoga are always welcome at O2. If it is your first-ever vinyasa yoga class, we highly recommend you attend Basics — and definitely check out our new-to-yoga pro-tips at the bottom of this page.
Attending Your First Class
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for your first class. This gives us plenty of time to show you around the space and allow for you to fill out our New Student Consent Form. If you’d prefer to fill the form out in advance and bring it with you, click here to download it.
Regardless of your experience level (but especially if you’re brand new to yoga), we recommend starting your O2 practice with a Basics class. Basics classes are challenging, but since their focus is on foundations of the practice, they move more slowly than other classes. Intermediate classes are designed to help students to develop the strength and flexibility needed to explore more advanced postures (inversions, arm balances, more advanced versions of things introduced in Basics) 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.
All regularly-scheduled in-person classes at O2 are on a drop-in basis (meaning you DO NOT need to sign up in advance — we can sign you up right at the desk). For online classes, please sign up at least 30 minutes ahead of time so we can send the Zoom link to you. (If you miss the cut off, just email us at email@example.com for help in signing up.) Please consult the class schedule for information on class length and time; click here to learn about our rates.
What to wear
The studio is heated (or cooled) to 80-degrees year-round. Wear light, comfortable clothing that is easy to move in for practice. Avoid bulky and/or 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
The O2-style of yoga is athletic and heat-building. You will most likely work up a sweat during class so you may want to bring a hand towel. If you own a yoga mat, please bring it to class. We have mats and towels available at the studio for sale or $2 cash-only rental; 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. Most important of all, bring your sense of adventure and your sense of humor.
Your First Class at O2
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.
The desk is staffed 30 minutes prior to the start of class. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before class to have plenty of time to fill out the consent form and get oriented with the studio space.
You can pay for class by check, cash, or credit card (Mastercard, Discover, Visa, or Amex).
Classes begin promptly. There is no late admittance.
Restrooms and changing rooms are available for use at the studios. We do not have showers.
Let the teacher know if you are new to yoga or if you are working with any injuries or if you’re pregnant. If you have a serious injury or condition, please check with your physician before beginning a yoga program.
Our teachers do hands-on adjustments during class. These assists are meant to help improve your alignment or offer support in a pose. If you’d prefer not to be adjusted, just let the teacher know.
Pro-Tips for Your Very First Yoga Class Ever
Starting out a yoga practice is an exciting and perhaps even somewhat daunting experience. We are frequently asked for advice about how to approach a first-ever yoga experience at our studios beyond simply “Go to Basics,” so here are a few pro-tips to get you started on your yoga journey…
1. Let the teacher know that you’re new. He or she might be able to give you some advice about what to expect in that day’s practice.
2. Set up your mat in the middle of the room. Our teachers don’t practice along with you since they’re moving around the room and doing hands-on adjusting to assist students more deeply into poses, so if you need a visual, use your fellow yogis as a reference! Many poses require turning out to face a wall and sometimes the teacher will turn you right around on your mat, so being in a corner or even trying to hide out in the back might not be as advantageous as you first imagined… Setting up in the middle is usually the way to go since no matter which way you’re facing, there will be another student nearby who is maybe more experienced and can help you see what the pose looks like.
3. We teach classes progressively, so feel free to stick with the first/usually simplest form of the pose — and take child’s pose (knees and shins to the mat, hips drawn back with your arms resting in front of you or at your side) if you need a minute to catch your breath.
4. “Vinyasa” literally means “move with the breath.” So each pose is approached as “inhale — do x, exhale — do y.” That might be a helpful tool for you in your next class. We often tell students new to the practice, “If you’re moving and breathing at the same time, you’re doing yoga!” Technique and all that other stuff will come over time.
5. Always bring your sense of humor and maybe a splash of adventure along with you — it might seem silly to suggest, but taking everything a little less seriously will help you ease into learning the practice.