WHAT TO EXPECT

Are you new to aerial yoga or not sure what to expect?
Below are some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for visiting our studio and taking our classes!

Aerial Yoga

What is aerial yoga?


Aerial yoga is incorporates an aerial hammock, “silk”, as a prop as students flow through traditional yoga sequencing. The silk allows students to increase their flexibility and go deeper in traditional asanas, all while improving balance and core strength. Students experience many asanas, such as inversions, that create increased strength and focus. Students are able to invert many of their traditional asanas, alleviating stress and pressure on the spinal chord – allowing a complete decompression. This method of practicing yoga inversions promotes stress relief, facilitates detoxifying effects, can help improve posture, and may even help students overcome fears! In addition to the benefits of yoga, aerial yoga incorporates various wraps that gently massage and stimulate the lymph nodes, facilitating powerful detoxifying effects.




Who can participate?


Everyone in good health can benefit from our aerial yoga classes and no previous aerial, acrobatic, or yoga experience is necessary! Whether you are a beginner or an instructor, you are invited to become a member of the Elevate family! We have teachers of varying backgrounds that all have extensive experience, training and styles they bring into their classes! As with all exercise programs, we strongly advise anyone experiencing any kind of medical condition or injury to consult their doctor before beginning aerial yoga.




What class should I take first?


Students who are new to are studio have a few options to get started. One of these options is required for all students who are new to our studio. This is to ensure you have the best experience when joining our classes. Option 1 (local residents only): Our in studio 3-week new member series teaches students new to our studio the core foundations of an aerial yoga practice and provides a safe and engaging environment to learn in alongside a small group of other students. This option is strongly recomended for anyone new to the studio and new to an aerial yoga practice. Click on Our Classes > New Members to enroll. Option 2 (recomended for those transitioning from other aerial studios or for visitors): Our All Levels class is intended to accomdate everyone from beginner level to seasoned aerial yogis. We do ask that those new to the studio opting to enroll in this class arrive 15 minutes early so we can review the basics with you. Click on Book Classes to book this class. Option 3 (recomneded for those that prefer more 1 on 1 support to get started): With private one-on-one classes, one of our instructors will help guide you through the foundations of an aerial yoga practice and answer any questions you may have, and make recommendations in terms of the classes that will best meet your goals. Click on Our Classes > Private Sessions to book.




What should I bring to class?


Because we are aerial yoga, not aerial arts, we do still use yoga mats. Because you will still spend time on the ground, you will want to bring a yoga mat. At this time, we are not proving mat rentals; however, if you do not have a yoga mat we typically have some available for purchase in our yogi marketplace (note: please check with us ahead of time if you plan on purchasing one to make sure we are stocked up). Stay hydrated! It's hot in the desert so we encourage students to bring water. We do have a water filling station so at minimu, bring a water bottle and we can fill it up for you. We also encourage students to try to practice yoga on an empty stomach, but keep in mind you will be moving, twisting and practicing inversions! Eat smart throughout the day prior to class.​




What should I wear to class?


Always wear comfortable clothing that breathes. New aerial students may also want to wear a shirt that covers the underarms and long pants, as some of the poses and transitions may be uncomfortable at first. We also suggest women wear a properly fitted sports bra, as wardrobe issues during inversions and transitions are not uncommon. Similar to traditional yoga, aerial yoga is practiced barefoot, so leave your shoes and worries at the door! Additionally, we ask students remove jewelry of any kind, including earrings and avoid wearing clothing with gems, sequins, glitter, or other sharp or abrasive surfaces.




What if I'm running late?


We ask that students arrive 10 minutes before class is scheduled to start. This allows us time to get you checked in and adjust your silk to the proper height. This also helps us be able to start class on time. If you are running late, please contact us via text message at (602) 456-2762 prior to class to see if you can be accommodated or rescheduled for another class. We apologize for any inconvenience, but arriving late to class is disruptive to other students. Arriving late and participating while not warmed up can also be unsafe and may result in injury. For our harmonic sound classes, we have a strict policy around late arrivals and will not re-open the doors once class has started.




Is aerial yoga safe?


We take the safety of our students and instructors very serious! We treat aerial yoga no different than any other form of exercise, of which all entail some level of risk. Our aerial yoga silks are rigged to hold up to 2,000 lbs. and each instructor is trained on assisting students on safely entering and exiting the silks. The most common cause of discomfort during class is the compression of the silk on the skin itself. The body is full of toxins and when you first begin your aerial yoga practice, the discomfort you feel is the body’s way of working the toxins out. Some people may also experience dizziness as a result of inverting. We take time during each class to ensure students are given time to ground themselves and breath after each inversion. After time, the discomfort and dizziness will be less frequent as your body gets used to the compressions on the skin and the inversions. If you do have any existing medical issues, injuries, or other concerns, ensure you discuss with the instructor before beginning class.




Is there a weight limit?


The short answer, no. We generally advise students between 250-300lbs that there will be additional pressure from the hammock and we'll be there to help them make modifications or add padding as needed! We suggest this based on the feedback we've received from students over the years as well as observing how it is often necessary to maneuver differently and be aware of joint angles when your body parts have more mass.




What are the benefits of aerial yoga?


When practicing aerial yoga, you can expect the same benefits as a traditional yoga practice and more! In our aerial yoga classes, we combine your traditional yoga asanas with the use of the aerial silk as a prop. This allows students to have added support as they are able to go deeper into their stretches, increase pulling strength and defying gravity by hanging upside down. It also makes many traditional asanas more accessible to the average person (think handstands). Here are some of the top benefits you can expect to experience in our classes: a total body workout, decreased stress, improved flexibility, relief from back pain, increased strength and balance, and improved digestion, blood circulation, and memory.




Is there an age limit?


The short answer, no! Our studio is open to all ages, old and young. For parents wanting to bring their kiddos along, we do allow this. For the younger kids, we just ask that parents use discretion. Classes are typically 60-minutes long and if they're attention span is good to go for a 60-minute class, they are welcome to participate.





Ettiquette

Can I take pictures?


Our students tend to have so much fun they want to capture the moment on camera! We do encourage this, but please be courteous of your fellow classmates and wait until after class to take pictures. We’ll be happy to help you get back into your favorite poses and capture the perfect picture for you to take with you so you brag to everyone about how much fun you had!




What if I'm running late?


We ask that students arrive 10 minutes before class is scheduled to start. This allows us time to get you checked in and adjust your silk to the proper height. This also helps us be able to start class on time. If you are running late, please contact us via text message at (602) 456-2762 prior to class to see if you can be accommodated or rescheduled for another class. We apologize for any inconvenience, but arriving late to class is disruptive to other students. Arriving late and participating while not warmed up can also be unsafe and may result in injury. For our harmonic sound classes, we have a strict policy around late arrivals and will not re-open the doors once class has started.





Arrival

Where is the studio located?


We are located in the Gold Spot building on the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Roosevelt in Downtown Phoenix. Our entrance is along 3rd Avenue.




Where do I park?


Free parking is available in the Gold Spot parking garage which is located behind the building and a few 1-hour spots are available along the backside of the building. Additionally, there is un-metered parking is available along Portland St and 2nd Ave.




What if I'm running late?


We ask that students arrive 10 – 15 minutes before class is scheduled to start. This allows the instructor time to get you checked in and adjust your silk to the proper height. This also helps us be able to start class on time. If you are running late, please contact us via text message (602) 456-2762 prior to class to see if you can be accommodated or rescheduled for another class. Because we are located in downtown and traffic can be congested during peak hours, students should always plan ahead to make sure they're able to get to class on time. We do lock the door at class start time and do not allow late entries. We apologize for any inconvenience, but arriving late to class is disruptive to other students. Arriving late and participating while not warmed up can also be unsafe and may result in injury.





Booking

Do I need to pre-register for class?


Yes. We are strictly an appointment based studio so we do require that all students pre-register using our online booking system. This is important due to having a limitied number of spots available for each class.




How do I pre-register for a class?


It's easy! Simply click on 'schedule' from our menu, navigate to the day and time for the class you'd like to attend and click 'book now'. If it is your first time attending our studio, you'll select 'No Account? Sign Up'. If you have been to our studio before but it is your first time booking with the Wellness Living system, you'll enter your email address and click 'forgot password' to reset your password before logging in and booking. If you are already registered with us, simply log into your account!




What if there is a wait list?


If a class is full you can add yourself to the waitlist. It will require you enter a payment method, but you will not be charged unless you are added to the class. If a space opens up in a class, you will receive an email indicating you have been promoted into class. Once you are moved from the waitlist to the class as an attendee is when you will be charged. NOTE: If you are still on the waitlist within 1 hour of class starting, please contact us via text at (602) 456-2762 to see if attendance can be accomadated. We will not accept walk ins that are on the waitlist.