New Client Information

We welcome people of all fitness levels and experience. Remember, we were all a “new client” at some point (even your instructors)! Please note that while we welcome potential clients to tour the facility and meet our staff prior to classes, we do not have regular business hours (we close during early afternoon and reopen mid-afternoon as classes resume). Please schedule an appointment via email if you wish to set up a free studio tour and/or consultation.

We recommend wearing fitted clothing (such as leggings and a tank top), and you can either be barefooted for class or you can wear grip socks (available for purchase in the studio). All the equipment you need is already at the studio, so just bring a bottle of water (or purchase one in studio).

First Class

Class Etiquette

VIP Benefits

Prenatal Info

Your First Class at Novo

We ask that first time clients arrive about 15 minutes early so you can fill out necessary paperwork, and we can have a chance to go over major items with you.  We will then get you set up in the studio with everything you need, and make sure you meet your instructor. **Please note, if you are under the age of 18, we MUST have a parent come in with you to complete the initial paperwork.


Upon your arrival and completion of initial paperwork, you will be asked about any injuries, surgeries, etc. that would constitute a need for modifications in certain exercises. Please notify your instructor at this time if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant. This is in an effort to keep you safe and comfortable, while maximizing your workout with us! You will be introduced to your instructor and given a brief tour of the facility while being directed to the studio room. There, the set-up and minimal equipment will be explained to you and we will help you find your spot for class.


As far as the workout itself, just follow the teacher’s instructions and demonstrations, staying in modified positions as you feel necessary.  Your teacher will dialogue and demonstrate for the entire hour to help guide you through the class. If at any point you feel like you need assistance or clarification, just raise your hand and your instructor can help you.  We will do our best to place you by an experienced client so you have someone close by as a model.


Our methods are very much based on tactile corrections. We care about your form because it helps you get the most from the workout and it keeps you safe! An instructor might come over to you and adjust you during the course of the class – just remember it is a good thing. Also, know that “resets” are a huge part of the method.  That means you can come out of the exercise, take a breath, set up your form again, and get back in the exercise – do this as often as you need! If you prefer to not be touched, just inform the instructor in advance.

Class Etiquette

Arrive On Time

Please arrive on time to all classes as late arrivals cause distractions for other clients who are focused and participating. If you are a first time client, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete paperwork. First time clients who are late are not permitted in the studio room once class has started. If you are a regular client who is late, we ask that you call to let us know you are running late. Please note that the door is locked 10 minutes after class begins. Thank you for your help and understanding with this.

Stay To Stretch

Stretching at the end of class is just as important as all of the work leading up to it. We do ask that you stay for the full duration of each class. If there is a rare occasion where you should need to leave early, please let the instructor know before class, choose a spot that is closest to the exit, and leave all equipment on the mat for the instructor to clean and put away. This creates much less of a distraction for other clients.

No Talking

Please refrain from all talking and chatter during class. There will be moments of transition in each class, but conversation during these times not only is distracting, but slows down the entire studio room. Our methods are based largely off of a mind/body connection and requires that you stay present on your mat and at the barre (both physically and mentally) for the entire duration of the class.

No Perfumes

Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes and/or lotions as this can irritate people’s allergies and hinder their abilities to work out.

Water Only

Please drink only water in the studio room in order to help us avoid spills and cleanups.

No Shoes

Shoes are not permitted into the studio room and all classes are performed either barefoot or in sticky/grippy socks. Please note that 305 classes do require indoor only sneakers.

No Phones

Please silence (no vibrate) all cell phones or any other electronic devices and store them away during class. Again, we want our clients to have the best experience possible and to be able to keep their focus inward during the hour, with minimal distractions. Please do not keep your phone on the mat.

Follow Directions

Please listen to and follow the directions of your instructor. It is her goal to keep you safe and in good form. We ask that you do not modify or vary from the exercise unless told otherwise during class or by an instructor outside of class (such as if you have an injury, you are pregnant, etc.). There will be times that your instructor gives you corrections, asks you to stay in a modification, or asks that you not attempt an advanced variation. If you have questions or concerns about any instructions given to you specifically, feel free to ask your instructor about it after class.

Return Equipment

Please spray and wipe your mats at the end of every class and return any equipment back to its place. Bands should be placed back on brackets and mats and balls should remain as they were found.

These rules are to ensure that clients are kept safe and are able to make the most of the time spent in the studio room. Thank you for your understanding and commitment to keeping these rules. 

VIP Benefits

If you are in a 3, 6, or 12 month unlimited, auto-pay membership, you are eligible to redeem Novo Rewards! By joining our Novo Rewards program, you can earn points by attending classes, referring friends, posting on social media, making purchases, and much more! These points can then be redeemed for discounts on merchandise and free services, even guest passes for your friends and family. Get started now by going to, and we’ll handle everything else. You can earn your first points simply by joining our rewards program, so get started earning your rewards today!


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Prenatal Info

Pregnancy is such an exciting and important time in your life! Whether planning to become pregnant, currently pregnant, or postpartum, maintaining a healthy lifestyle focused on whole-body wellness is of the upmost importance for you and baby. A consistent and safe exercise routine throughout all of these stages of pregnancy helps you stay fit, increases energy, minimizes stress during pregnancy, prepares you for the rigors of child birth, and makes for a faster recovery post-birth.

At Novo Fitness Studio, we specialize in pre/post natal exercise. Our methods are low-impact and have safe, effective modifications for pregnancy. Most of our classes can be taken throughout pregnancy, given the client modifies specific exercises where necessary. Our teachers are all trained to give and demonstrate appropriate modifications to pregnant women.

 It is never too late to get started in an exercise routine. If you are actively taking classes at Novo prior to becoming pregnant, you will have no issues continuing with us throughout pregnancy, utilizing appropriate modifications. If you are new to Novo after becoming pregnant, or if you have a high-risk pregnancy, we do require a doctor’s note clearing you to participate in our program.

Don’t overtrain, don’t add a new/intense class format that you’ve never taken before. Don’t take multiple classes a day. Keep your body in the familiar. Don’t add new formats or class styles that aren’t prenatal specific during this time, but definitely go to your regular favorites you were performing prior to pregnancy.

We do not recommend taking any Buti Yoga classes during the first trimester, nor do we recommend any heated classes at any point in your pregnancy.

We recommend that pregnant clients email us in advance to come in to the studio and discuss their specific needs/goals prior to their first class. This also gives the instructor time to discuss and demonstrate appropriate modifications, as well as recommend specific classes to take.

Novo is proud to offer a “baby bounce back” package for post-baby. This package includes 3 months of unlimited classes plus a 10 class package youth service session for a one time payment of $300 (a savings of $75).

Our goal is to keep you and baby safe, happy, and healthy throughout the stages of pregnancy! Several of our clients and teachers have gone through their entire pregnancy with us and can provide insight and advice for you as well, speaking from their personal experience. Set up a consultation with us by emailing, and get started in your fitness journey with us today!



In order to avoid injuries such as diastasis (the separation of parts of the body that are normally joined together- such as the separation of certain abdominal muscles during pregnancy) we ask that you abide by the following in order to keep you and baby safe.

Make sure to ask the front desk for a hard copy of our “Prenatal Information and Modifications” document prior to beginning classes while pregnant!

General Modifications

  1. Clients should consult with their physician about the appropriate acceptable heart rate . We encourage wearing a heart rate monitor during class. You are always welcome to slow down any cardio intervals or modify them by taking out jumping, etc.
  2. Rather than Superwoman, clients should choose to stretch the spine by rounding into cat back and then coming into neutral and enjoying a hip opening wide child’s pose.
  3. During Vinyasa portions of classes, we encourage clients to move from plank (option to come to the knees), then table top for a modified chaturanga (omitting cobra or upward dog). Remember that Wide Child’s Pose is an amazing way to stretch and alleviate tension from the hips and low back.
  4. Abdominal work during the any class can be done on the forearms or with a ball behind the back, working higher than usual. Always stay with the “level 1” or least intense variation given by the instructor. You may choose to stretch during this section as well.
  5. Supine (lying on the back) stretches should be practiced seated.
  6. Savasana should be practiced lying in a fetal pose on the ride side body or in wide child’s pose.

    Modifications for Barre Classes

    1. Once showing, pregnant clients will not continue practicing under the barre work flat on their backs. Instead, they will go into flat back against the wall and under the barre. It is more effective and safe to sit in Flat back and focus on the isometric contraction and lift of lower abdominals, including the pelvic floor. It is critical whenever practicing Flat back that the pelvis remains untucked and neutral.Prenatal Flat back will exclude both legs extended, moving and especially lifting. Single legwork is acceptable; however, we feel it is best to completely keep the movement out of the legs and solely concentrate on lifting the pelvic floor. The use of a playground ball between the knees as well as accepting proper weight distribution in extremely effective and still very challenging.
    2. Elimination of C-Curve and Superman: Good alternatives are Cat Back to Neutral Spine Stretch. Planking in a tabletop position is also a wonderful and safe modification to C-Curve.  It’s important to build strength while being gentle to the ever expanding abdomen during pregnancy.
    3. Rather than trying to maintain a parallel position during Foldover, you may practice a modified position so the weight from the beautiful growing belly does not lead to injury.
    4. We feel it’s best to avoid any tucking/scooping of the pelvis whatsoever. Positions that call for a scooped pelvis (to remain safe during the exercise) are:
      General thigh work: avoid scoop to neutral, instead choose little downs or ups with keeping a neutral spine.
      Knee Dancing on Diagonal: Please choose to practice this technique with shoulders directly placed over hips.
      Waterski: A great alternative is High Narrow V.
    5.  Instead of bridge, go into table top, extending opposite arm/opposite leg, or just hold in table top.
    6. Savansana should be done in the fetal position, laying on your side.
    7. Any cardio intervals should be done at your own pace, slower than the tempo set by the teacher. We recommend wearing a heart rate monitor so you can ensure you stay in a safe heart rate range during class. Consult your physician for your heart rate max.

    Modifications for Rebounding Classes

    1. We recommend wearing a heart rate monitor during bellicon classes to ensure you stay in a safe zone (consult physician for heart rate max).
    2. As you get further in your pregnancy, you may need to bounce at a slower pace. For this reason, we recommend taking bellicon Circle over bellicon Bounce (circle is structured in a way that is conducive to slowing down the bounce.)
    3. For the core work at the end of class, work in a table top position, extending opposite arm and leg.

    *Most physicians will allow you to do any form of exercise you had been doing prior to pregnancy. However, we strongly recommend discussing your exercise plan with your physician as soon as you have confirmed the pregnancy. We do NOT recommend taking any Buti Yoga classes during the first trimester.

    Modifications for Buti Yoga Classes

    1. Do not take a HOT class. We don’t need to overly raise your body temperature, especially during the first trimester.
    2. Do not perform any fire breath or any kind of breathing that suspends the breath.
    3. Don’t overstretch. Go to your limit in postures, but don’t try to break new goals or records in stretch or depth during this time. With all the relaxin in your joints, we don’t want to over-stretch causing instability in joint areas.
    4. Be extremely cautious in and possibly avoid extremely deep twisting and most binding during this time. We don’t want to cut off oxygen and/or blood flow to baby. Gentle twisting that is mindful and full of breath is good.
    5. Don’t perform postures that compress the belly onto your legs or require you to lie prone. Again, we want to be conscious of cutting off blood flow to baby. So in forward fold (Uttanasana), open your feet to hips distance apart or wider to make room for baby in between your thighs.
    6. Be cautious with abdominal work that focuses on the rectus abdominis. Meaning, don’t be afraid to put your hands down on the ground on the sides of you in seated ab work (or skip that work entirely) to keep this more gentle.
    7. Be VERY gentle with Backbends so as to not over stretch the belly muscles. (This is particularly important in the third trimester as baby gets bigger). Keep it gentle and always squeeze your buns in a backbend to protect the spine at the sacrum.
    8. Never skip a savasana. You need it during this time. If laying on your back is uncomfortable/impossible, lay on your Left side in a fetal position.
    9. No Buti during the first trimester, but after week 12, if your body was loving Buti before, feel free to Buti it up at the second trimester and beyond! Just LISTEN to your body, heart rate, body temp, etc.
    10. Use a block or 2 under your hands or bum at times, especially as the belly gets bigger. Touching the floor gets harder as baby grows, so having blocks under hands in postures like standing splits, trikonasana, forward fold, ardha chandrasana, etc… or under your bum in hero pose, half lotus, etc… is a great and welcome help.