New Student Tips

  1. Show up early! Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the class. If some of our evening classes are too crowded for you, consider trying other class times. Our day time classes and Karma Classes are the same great Vinyasa Yoga class, but aren't nearly as crowded as our 4:30pm and 6pm classes. Also, don't forget to check out the 5:15pm classes at the Midtown studio — same style of yoga in a smaller, less busy room.
  2. Give yourself at least 10 classes to begin to get comfortable with yoga. Like any new physical activity, it’s normal to feel a little sore when you begin using your muscles in a different way. Keep showing up and taking care of yourself. You’ll get stronger with every practice.
  3. Bring a mat, towel and water to class. For less than the cost of a pair of running shoes, you can invest in a quality mat that will last many years. Ask us about a mat that’s right for you. Towels help put a hygienic layer underneath you, can be used to cover your eyes in savasana and add traction during postures. Hydrate with water before, during and after yoga! Bring a refillable canteen and use our hydration station.
  4. The studio is kept at between 85oF to 95oF. Heat helps the detoxification process and helps warm up your muscles for your safety.
  5. Wear clothing that is comfortable and moves freely. Avoid big, baggy clothing. It's bound to end up around your head rather than covering your body. Avoid cotton as it gets heavy and clingy when wet.
  6. If you get tired, take Child’s Pose. You can take rest whenever you like — child’s pose, lie down on your back or belly. This can be done any time during your practice and is a sign of strength. Resting often gives others permission to do the same.
  7. Grab a block and strap when you come into the studio. It’s helpful to keep the blocks close to the front of your mat. 
  8. Come with a willingness to try things.
Tips for new students to ZUDA Yoga.


  • Turn off your cell phone before entering the studio (all the way off, so it doesn't vibrate during class). 
  • Practice good hygiene and avoid wearing scents. 
  • Wash your yoga clothes after each use.
  • Avoid talking in class.   
  • Wipe up your “liquid energy,” also called sweat, as you leave the studio.  
  • Clean your mat after each use. We have towels and mat cleaner for your use. 
  • Practice the intention of yoga as you enter ZUDA by treating everyone with respect and love.

May I care enough, to love enough to share enough to let others become what they can be.
- John O'Brien