Q & A


QUESTIONS & ANSWERS



General:
How do I register for a class?

If you visit us for the first time start here.

To ensure your place in a class you can book online from the class schedule. For this, you will need:
– an activated student account *
– a valid card (course card, single course or unlimited pass)

Please check-in at the front desk at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the class. In case of late arrival we cannot hold your spot, access to the class is not guaranteed.
Your reservation can be canceled from your student account up to 4 hours before the start of the class. After this time you will be charged for the class.

You can also come 15-20 minutes before the class you want to attend, without a reservation, and the teacher will add you to the class as long as there is space left.

We recommend that you to reserve your spot for the following classes: evening classes on weekdays, weekend classes and special classes.

How to activate my student account?

If you are a student (current or former) a personal account was created when you first participated in a class. An account is “active” when you log in for the first time. If you do not know your username/password, please contact us.

You can also:
– If you are a member of the studio, or if you have been in the past: to log in, use your e-mail address and click on “create a password”. You will receive an email with a link to login and customize your password. If you have not given us an email address, or if you have forgotten it, you can write to us and we will send you your login details.

– If you are not our student yet: you can create a new account if you have never taken any classes at the studio.

How to choose a level?

If you have never practiced ashtanga yoga, or very little, we recommend that you start with the Beginner 1 classes (“Débutant 1”). Beginner 1 ashtanga classes will teach you the basics and particularities of this practice necessary before trying more advanced classes.

You can read a description of each level by clicking on the class in the class schedule or under Classes -> Description on the main menu.

Here is also a video by Linda and Gerald explaining classes ans levels:

Can I do a tester class?

We have a First Time Offer 3-Class Card available for new students living in Paris (or nearby). Otherwise, we have a variety of options that don’t require a subscription (single classes and class cards for non-members which you can view on the Prices section of our website.)

I'm in Paris /at the studio for a limited amount of time, how can I participate?

You can check our options for non-members on the Prices section of our website. These do not require any subscription and can be purchased directly online.

Is there a code for the door?

Only before 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, and on the weekends and holidays. You can give us a call or send us an e-mail if you need the door code.

Do I have to bring a mat? What type? Can I borrow a mat at the studio?

You are welcome to use your personal mat or borrow one from us. We only ask that you clean the mat after use with the spray and cloth available in the room. You can also cover the mat with a yoga towel for added hygine.

Yoga mats are usually thin, dense and sticky for a better adherence to the floor and the skin. The smaller and thicker fitness mats are not very comfortable for ashtanga practice.

Do you have yoga props available?

We have different sized blocks, regular and elastic straps, bolsters and other cushions, covers…

Can I leave my yoga mat at the studio?

Space in our cupboard being limited you can leave your personal mat if:

  • you have an unlimited pass
  • you come to practice at least 4 times a week
  • your mat has to be rolled in a bag or strap and have your name written clearly on a name tag or ribbon
  • you need to bring your mat back home if you’re going to be away for some time.
  • a teacher must add you to the list of students leaving their mats when you pay.

Renting space in the mat’s cupboard costs: 5€ for a month, 25€ for 6 months, 45€ for 1 year.

We do a clean-up of the mats’ cupboard every season.
Abandoned or unrecognizable mats will be eventually donated.

How should I dress?

We recommend you wear comfortable supple/soft clothes, closer to the body so that they don’t bother you as you move or stretch.

Some other tips for before, during and after practice?

We recommend that you practice on an empty stomach and that you don’t drink just before or during practice. If you need to eat something before class, give yourself enough time for digestion and opt for a small light meal.

Please avoid perfume.

A shower is available for those going to work after morning mysore (just bring your own toiletries and towel)

If you are a bit late to class, please wait until the end of the mantra before entering the room.

However, if you are late to class you might not be allowed in.

How many times a week should one practice Ashtanga Yoga?

More than anything, a consistent practice is what you should aim for.

If you practice regularly we recommend that you take the day off during moon days (full moon and new moon). You can do a restorative practice instead; we have restorative practice sheets available on the website (see “practice tools”) and in the Mysore room.

Can I practice during menstruation?

If you practice regularly (5-6 days a week) skip the 3 first days and after that avoid inversions. If you practice less regularly still avoid inversions and take the first day of your period off.
You can do a restorative practice instead; we have restorative practice sheets available on the website (see “practice tools”) and in the Mysore room.

Does one need to be flexible or athletic to practice ashtanga?

You don’t need to be flexible to begin practicing. The teacher can always show you modifications for certain poses and you can use blocks or straps to help, no matter your level. Good bases (breath, stability, focus, and correct alignment are much more important than being able to put your legs behind your head.)

Ashtanga is a dynamic practice and the heat created will help muscles stretch. With a regular practice, little by little you’ll gain flexibility, but also strength and endurance.

Are there any contraindications to this practice?

If you have any health issues or injuries it’s important to check with your doctor before taking an ashtanga class as they are a bit “sporty” and dynamic however, restorative yoga is usually fine. Before each class always inform the teacher of any issues (even if you’ve told them before it’s a good idea to remind them.) If you have any concerns or questions it never hurts to ask the teacher whether something is normal or something to watch out for.

Can I practice during pregnancy?

We have a Prenatal yoga class that you can start from your second trimester onwards. Restorative yoga should also be fine during pregnancy. No Ashtanga Yoga if you didn’t practice before your pregnancy, and not during the first trimester. Always check with your doctor.
To receive more information about ashtanga during pregnancy you can send us an e-mail.

Cards:
How to choose a card?

Calculate how many times per week or per month you plan on coming to class. If you come 3 times a week or more, the unlimited pass work best. If you come 1-2 times a week or less, class cards are better.

An example: the 20 class card (valid for 6 months) gives you access to all classes and works best if you come 1 or 2 times per week and are regular in getting to the studio; if you travel a lot with work or anticipate weeks where you won’t be able to come practice it is better to take another class card, with fewer classes so that you don’t lose any at the end of the card’s validity.

We have designed a whole range of class card options to serve the needs of many individuals under the premise that those who practice at the studio the most should pay the lowest price per class.

Can I prolong my card's validity?

We can prolong a card for one month with the purchase of another card if your old card has expired for less than a month. We’ll add an extra month to the new card, giving you time to finish the old card. This option is valid for everyone, no matter the reason for your absence, no medical certificate is required.

We can prolong a card for 3 months if you are pregnant or seriously injured or ill ONLY if you cannot come to Prenatal Yoga, or Restorative Yoga classes or breathing & meditation classes.
Important: You need to ask for this within the 2 weeks following pregnancy or injury/illness.
A medical certificate is required, saying that you are not able do any kind of yoga class; even gentle yoga and breathing & meditation classes.
The extension card is valid as soon as the old card expires. No need to purchase a new card. 

Can I freeze my card while it's still valid?

One pause is possible for the 6 months and 1 year unlimited class cards as long as we are informed at least 1 day before you begin the pause. We can freeze the card for up to 1 month (6 months Unlimited) and up to 3 months (1 year Unlimited). No justification is needed.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept checks (from 15 euros), cash and visa/mastercard. For online purchases you can pay by credit card.

Can I pay in several installments?

When purchasing a yoga card at the studio you can pay in two installments: the first half when purchasing the card and a check given for the second half to be deposited one month after the original payment.
If another option is needed please contact us.

Can I get a refund, exchange or cancel my purchase?

It is not possible to refund, exchange or cancel a purchase.

What are the gift cards?

Gift Cards are cards with a custom credit that can be exchanged for any service or product available at the studio and on our online shop.

You can buy a gift card with an amount of your choice from the online store. It is not necessary to create a profile to buy a gift card. You can personalize your card and you will receive it by e-mail (it can also be sent to the recipient directly or you can print it out.) The recipient can then use the card to purchase any of our services or products.

A gift card is valid for one year starting from the day of purchase.

Do you give private classes? How can we organize one?

You can find information about our private classes here. To organize one or more, contact us or the teacher of your choosing directly.

How do I register for a workshop?

All our workshops are listed on our “Events” page. To register, you can download the registration form from the website or get one at the studio. Instructions for registering to each workshop may defer slightly, they are detailed on the registration form. Online registration is also available when signing up for the whole workshop (all sessions).