Do I need to make a Reservation?

If you want to try a single drop-in group class or start a set of 10 discounted group sessions, simply go to the upstairs room at Onvo during a scheduled group class time and introduce yourself to Teresa before the class. Private sessions need to be scheduled in advance.

What should I wear to yoga class?

A flexible but slightly snug short-sleeve or sleeveless shirt will allow you to move easily while keeping the shirt in place when you are in downward dog or inverted poses. Athletic shorts, sweatpants, yoga pants or stretch leggings will work for your lower body. You may want a light, long-sleeved cover-up to wear when relaxing and laying flat in savasana at the end of class, as the body tends to cool down at that point.

Do I have to bring my own supplies?

Communal yoga mats, straps, blocks and blankets are provided for Teresa’s classes at Onvo. If you attend regularly, you may want to bring your own mat. If you tend to sweat or get thirsty when actively stretching, you may want to bring a small towel and a water bottle. Please note: this is NOT a “hot yoga” class.

I’m a total beginner, how will I know what to do? Will I have to know the Sanskrit names for the poses?

Beginners are encouraged to select one of the mixed level classes. The first time you attend, tell Teresa you are a beginner. She will be very happy to make you feel at ease during the class. Beginners do well if they set up their mats at the back of the class near the door and see what everyone else is doing at the front of the class. While she gives instruction, Teresa uses some English and some Sanskrit names for the poses. After you attend several classes, you’ll find that you’ll start to become familiar with the poses and the names. An initial private class is sometimes helpful to get a beginner familiar with basic poses and the principles of safe alignment and determine if any alternative poses are needed. If necessary, it is easy to look up “yoga poses” on the Internet to learn the pose names and positioning.

Will I have to force or twist myself into extreme poses?

Every body is different and every student starts out at his or her own level of skill and flexibility. Teresa continually emphasizes that yoga is not a competition, that the most enriching way to practice is to honor what is best for each individual body, with no judgment. Any amount of movement that is challenging, accomplished with safety and integrity, can eventually create change. Most of Teresa’s classes are mixed level and beginners do fine with these classes. If there are advanced students in a mixed level class, she gives those students the option to “play” with advanced poses while she works with the rest of the class to focus on the basics. Advanced versions of poses are standard in Teresa’s level 2-3 class.

Will I have to stand on my head or do a backbend?

Advanced students have an option to do handstands, headstands, shoulder stands or backbends in Teresa’s classes, but beginners are not expected to attempt these because of the intensity of the poses. If there is interest in learning, Teresa can work with individual students on intermediate poses that will eventually and safely work towards full inversions and backbends.

I’m concerned about issues with my back/knees/shoulders/etc.

It’s always best to check with your doctor before starting a new physical activity, especially if you have challenging physical conditions or injuries. Yoga is not a replacement for medical treatment. Teresa is very focused on safe alignment and positioning the body carefully to protect the back, neck and joints. If you have conditions that cause concern, you can either contact Teresa in advance to discuss this further or else talk to Teresa at the start of your first class and she will be happy to suggest alternate poses for you. In some cases, an initial private session to establish needs and alternate poses will be helpful. Sometimes starting your practice with alternate poses will help strengthen or release a problematic part of the body so that the full poses are possible later on.

Are there mirrors? Will everyone be looking at me?

There is no mirror in the yoga space at Onvo. The classes take place in a beautiful, relaxing room in a former church with tall windows. No one can look in from the outside because the space is on the second floor. Everyone in the class will be concentrating on their own poses. There may be a variety of abilities in the class, but yoga is not a competition. Every student started out as a beginner and will not be judging those just beginning their journey. Teresa will walk around the class keeping an eye on students’ form and offering gentle advice and adjustments when needed.

Is this hot yoga?

These classes are NOT hot or bikram yoga, where the classroom is heated to high temperatures and students can get extremely sweaty. The space for Teresa’s classes is a normal, comfortable temperature. If you tend to sweat while actively stretching in normal temperatures, it may be helpful to bring your own small towel and some water. Teresa teaches a combination of Ashtanga, Anusara and Iyengar styles. For any day of the week, classes may be relaxed and stretchy, with more held poses or else flowing with more continuous movement or possibly incorporating more strength and core. Teresa likes to keep the classes varied and interesting while still honoring everyone’s safety and abilities.

Will there be chanting and incense?

There is an option for students to join Teresa in sitting, mindfully breathing and saying a simple “om” at the end of class, but it is not required. There is no incense, but some relaxing meditative music is played.

I have a different question…?

Please contact Teresa, she will be happy to talk to you.


Do I need to make a Reservation?

If you want to try a single drop-in group class or start a set of 10 discounted group sessions, simply go to the upstairs room at Onvo during a scheduled group class time and introduce yourself to Teresa before the class. Private sessions need to be scheduled in advance.

What should I wear to yoga class?

A flexible but slightly snug short-sleeve or sleeveless shirt will allow you to move easily while keeping the shirt in place when you are in downward dog or inverted poses. Athletic shorts, sweatpants, yoga pants or stretch leggings will work for your lower body. You may want a light, long-sleeved cover-up to wear when relaxing and laying flat in savasana at the end of class, as the body tends to cool down at that point.

Do I have to bring my own supplies?

Communal yoga mats, straps, blocks and blankets are provided for Teresa’s classes at Onvo. If you attend regularly, you may want to bring your own mat. If you tend to sweat or get thirsty when actively stretching, you may want to bring a small towel and a water bottle. Please note: this is NOT a “hot yoga” class.

I’m a total beginner, how will I know what to do? Will I have to know the Sanskrit names for the poses?

Beginners are encouraged to select one of the mixed level classes. The first time you attend, tell Teresa you are a beginner. She will be very happy to make you feel at ease during the class. Beginners do well if they set up their mats at the back of the class near the door and see what everyone else is doing at the front of the class. While she gives instruction, Teresa uses some English and some Sanskrit names for the poses. After you attend several classes, you’ll find that you’ll start to become familiar with the poses and the names. An initial private class is sometimes helpful to get a beginner familiar with basic poses and the principles of safe alignment and determine if any alternative poses are needed. If necessary, it is easy to look up “yoga poses” on the Internet to learn the pose names and positioning.

Will I have to force or twist myself into extreme poses?

Every body is different and every student starts out at his or her own level of skill and flexibility. Teresa continually emphasizes that yoga is not a competition, that the most enriching way to practice is to honor what is best for each individual body, with no judgment. Any amount of movement that is challenging, accomplished with safety and integrity, can eventually create change. Most of Teresa’s classes are mixed level and beginners do fine with these classes. If there are advanced students in a mixed level class, she gives those students the option to “play” with advanced poses while she works with the rest of the class to focus on the basics. Advanced versions of poses are standard in Teresa’s level 2-3 class.

Will I have to stand on my head or do a backbend?

Advanced students have an option to do handstands, headstands, shoulder stands or backbends in Teresa’s classes, but beginners are not expected to attempt these because of the intensity of the poses. If there is interest in learning, Teresa can work with individual students on intermediate poses that will eventually and safely work towards full inversions and backbends.

I’m concerned about issues with my back/knees/shoulders/etc.

It’s always best to check with your doctor before starting a new physical activity, especially if you have challenging physical conditions or injuries. Yoga is not a replacement for medical treatment. Teresa is very focused on safe alignment and positioning the body carefully to protect the back, neck and joints. If you have conditions that cause concern, you can either contact Teresa in advance to discuss this further or else talk to Teresa at the start of your first class and she will be happy to suggest alternate poses for you. In some cases, an initial private session to establish needs and alternate poses will be helpful. Sometimes starting your practice with alternate poses will help strengthen or release a problematic part of the body so that the full poses are possible later on.

Are there mirrors? Will everyone be looking at me?

There is no mirror in the yoga space at Onvo. The classes take place in a beautiful, relaxing room in a former church with tall windows. No one can look in from the outside because the space is on the second floor. Everyone in the class will be concentrating on their own poses. There may be a variety of abilities in the class, but yoga is not a competition. Every student started out as a beginner and will not be judging those just beginning their journey. Teresa will walk around the class keeping an eye on students’ form and offering gentle advice and adjustments when needed.

Is this hot yoga?

These classes are NOT hot or bikram yoga, where the classroom is heated to high temperatures and students can get extremely sweaty. The space for Teresa’s classes is a normal, comfortable temperature. If you tend to sweat while actively stretching in normal temperatures, it may be helpful to bring your own small towel and some water. Teresa teaches a combination of Ashtanga, Anusara and Iyengar styles. For any day of the week, classes may be relaxed and stretchy, with more held poses or else flowing with more continuous movement or possibly incorporating more strength and core. Teresa likes to keep the classes varied and interesting while still honoring everyone’s safety and abilities.

Will there be chanting and incense?

There is an option for students to join Teresa in sitting, mindfully breathing and saying a simple “om” at the end of class, but it is not required. There is no incense, but some relaxing meditative music is played.

I have a different question...?

Please contact Teresa, she will be happy to talk to you.