This winter, a new yoga studio opened for Ohio State students to warm up and find their zen during the frozen months.
Yoga Six at 1624 N. High St. offers another option for OSU students looking to expand their fitness regimen beyond the free classes offered at the RPAC. But they must be willing to pay an extra fee.
The national yoga chain expanded to OSU’s campus this December with a soft opening during finals week last semester, and began offering a full range of classes on Jan. 4. Unlike the classes that students can take for free with a BuckID at the RPAC, there is a drop-in rate of $20 per class. New members can pay $49 for unlimited classes in their first month of membership, with the cost rising to $119 per month afterwards.
“While the RPAC is wonderful that they offer free classes, I think at Yoga Six you really know what you’re getting into,” said studio manager Meghan Rolfs.
Program manager Alece Demaray echoed students’ appreciation for the studio’s expertise.
“The feedback I’ve gotten from students who are coming in is that the RPAC is great, but those are often full and we offer more variety,” she said. “There’s an expectation of the classes, and the instructors are well-trained for that.”
Yoga Six offers seven different types of classes for all different levels of experience. Beginner flow classes introduce students to the basics of yoga, while its Hot Yoga and Bootcamp classes are geared toward people who are looking for a more intensive workout.
OSU students have been taking up the new member offer and trying out these classes for themselves. The variety of classes is what some students, like Julia Mattis, a first-year in art, are looking for in their yoga practice.
“I practiced a lot at a hot yoga studio in my hometown over winter break, and I really wanted to continue hot yoga, and I was able to keep doing it at Yoga Six,” Mattis said.
However, the extra price for a wider variety of classes might not be for everyone.
“I can see for the average person who does it for fun, it probably isn’t worth it,” said Gabby Michaeli, a second-year in public health. “But if you’re serious about yoga and use it as an outlet for stress, it’s worth the money.”
Despite being a part of a larger national chain, this Yoga Six location is taking strides to connect with the OSU community. It offers OSU merchandise from the local athletic wear company Bend and it aims to engage students with events and challenges throughout the year. The February Challenge, for example, encourages students to take 29 classes in 29 days.
“Embedding ourselves in the community here so that we can best serve it, that’s what we’re here to do,” Demaray said.
The class schedule can be found at yogasix.com.