Etiquette & FAQ
Studio etiquette ensures a great experience for everyone!
On-Time - Arrive at the studio at least 5 minutes before class begins so you have time to sign in, put your coat and shoes away, set up your mat, and get your props before class begins on time. If you are driving, give yourself even more time to park. If you have to pay for class, give yourself even more time.
Sounds - Turn your cell phone to silent or off during class. If you are a doctor on call, you may keep your phone near your mat.
Clothing - Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Please keep your shirt on, socks and shoes off.
Scents - Please do not wear strong perfumes or scents - many of our students are allergic. However, please make sure you wear deodorant and/or shower before class. We occasionally use essential oils during class - please let the instructor know beforehand if you are allergic to any scents.
During Class - Please do your best to follow along with the instructors cueing and stick with the group, unless you are modifying for your body’s unique situation.
Adjustments - Our instructors occasionally give hands on adjustments during class. We have cards in Berwyn and Oak Park you can put on your mat that say “no physical touch”. Until we get them at the other locations, please let the instructor know before class if you do not want any adjustments.
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ's) :
Q: I'd like to attend a class. How do I sign up?
A: Just show up 10 minutes before class begins. Or you can sign up online and purchase classes here.
Q: When are the classes?
A: Each studio has it's own schedule. Check the schedules tab at the top of the page and a drop down will appear with each studio's location. We also have a free app you can download for your smart phone.
Q: I have a Groupon. How do I register for class?
A: Visit www.ahimsayogastudios.com/groupon to redeem your groupon.
Q: I'm a beginner. Which class should I take?
A: If you are brand new take Beginners, Hatha, Restorative, or Yin. We recommend taking at least 3 Hatha or Beginners classes before trying Vinyasa Flow. If you are looking to build strength and sweat, Vinyasa Flow is the best class for you.
Q: Can I do yoga if I'm pregnant?
A: Yes. Click here for more information about prenatal yoga at Ahimsa and for tips on how to modify your practice while pregnant.
Q: What should I wear or bring to class?
A: Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. Bring a yoga mat if you have one (we rent mats in Oak Park, Elmhurst South and La Grange for $2) and a water bottle if you need one. Yoga is done in bare feet, but you can wear socks if you'd like.
Q: Do you have mats for rent or purchase?
A: Yes. We have clean mats to rent for free at Elmhurst North and $2 per rental in Berwyn, La Grange, Elmhurst South and Oak Park. If you purchase Your First Month for $59 mat rentals are free during your month. We also have mats for sale at the studio ranging from $25-$108.
Q: When should I arrive for class?
A: 10 minutes before class begins, especially if you are a new student. You need time to fill out a waiver and get ready for class.
Q: I'm out of shape and/or not flexible! Can I still do yoga?
A: Yes. It's never too late to improve your health or flexibility. In a yoga class, everyone is at a different level and the instructors will give you a few different options to try. Private lessons are also a good idea if you have trouble standing up on your own or getting down to the ground. Our instructors would love to work with you. More info here.
Q: Can I do yoga if I have an injury or physical limitation?
A: If you feel your injury will not allow you to try most of the poses with modifications, it may be best to take another week off. Please let the instructors know before class if you have an injury or limitation. We look forward to helping people of all ages, sizes and genders. Restorative classes are accessible if you have an injury or limitation. Privates lessons are also a great idea if you need more special attention.
Q: What does Ahimsa mean?
A: Ahimsa (ah-HIM-suh) is a sanskrit term that means non-violence or non-harming in thought or deed. It's one of the five yamas, or moral codes, that yogis follow.
Q: Do you have beverages available?
A: Yes. We have water and tea at our Oak Park and Elmhurst North locations, and water at our Berwyn, La Grange, and Elmhurst South locations. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle.
Q: Can my child take yoga?
A: We think high school is a great age to begin yoga. Children over the age of 13 are welcome in our classes. In addition, we offer yoga classes especially for kids and teens.
Q: Can my child or parent wait for me in the studio, or stay and watch while I am in class?
A: If your child is enrolled in the YogaKids program that meets Wednesday afternoon during the school year, you may wait in the lobby while they take class. Otherwise, we do not allow kids or parents to wait while someone takes class unless someone is at the front desk.
Have any more Q's? Send us an email!