WHAT TO EXPECT

Are you new to our studio 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 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. There is limited availability in this class. If you are looking for additional private booking times, please contact us: hello@elevateyogaaz.com 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?


1) Yoga Mat 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. 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). 2) Water 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.​ That's it! If you have other props you like to use in your yoga practice you are welcome to bring them along but it's not required.




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.




Do I need to bring my own aerial hammock?


No! We have aerial hammocks available for all students to use when visiting the studio. All of our aerial hammocks are laundered prior to arrival and will be hanging and ready for you to use. If you do prefer to bring your own hammock, ask us about our B.Y.O.H. (Bring Your Own Hammock) program!





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.




What if I need to cancel?


You can, but we do have a late cancellation policy. If you cancel within 4 hours of your class start time, you will be charged a fee of $10 and may be subject to losing the class credit. If you have an emergency within the 4 hour window, please text us so we can see if accomadations may be made.




What time should I arrive for my class?


We require all students to arrive 10 minutes prior to the class time. That’s just enough time to use take off your shoes, use the restroom if needed, have your hammock fitted and get settled before class. To ensure a positive experience for all students, classes begin promptly at their scheduled start times. Once the door is closed, no guests can enter the studio. This is because we are a 1-room studio and our front door opens into where students are practicing. We are very strict about this policy. Once the door is closed, it will remain closed unless an emergency arises, or at the discretion of staff.





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 Roosevelt St, 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. If a space opens up in a class, you will receive an email and a text message indicating you have been promoted into class. If a spot is not opened up and you purchased a single class pass, the pass will be available on your account for you to book another class within 1 year from the purchase date. 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.





Meditation

What classes are best for beginners?


All of our meditation classes include the fundamental elements of meditation, making them great for beginners and seasoned meditators alike. Our teachers are trained at helping everyone – from novices to experienced meditators. The most important thing is that you make meditation a regular part of your routine which our classes can help you get started with.




What class should I take first?


We offer two types of meditation style classes and each are suitable for new students: Floating Sound Healing and Aerial Restorative.




What should I bring to class?


Although we do use the aerial hammock, we often spend time on the ground so you will want to bring a yoga mat with you. We do not offer mat rentals. We do offer blankets and bolsters but encourage students to bring any other props with them they may need such as additional blankets, bolsters, blocks, etc.




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 settled. 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. For any meditation, harmonic sound, or restorative class, we have a strict policy around late arrivals and will not re-open the doors once class has started.




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. For these classes, the hammock is 100% optional and you are primarily floating inside of the hammock during class.




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 between 45- and 60-minutes long and if they're attention span is good to go for this amount of time, they are welcome to participate.




Do I need to bring my own aerial hammock?


No! We have aerial hammocks available for all students to use when visiting the studio. All of our aerial hammocks are laundered prior to arrival and will be hanging and ready for you to use. If you do prefer to bring your own hammock, ask us about our B.Y.O.H. (Bring Your Own Hammock) program!




What if I fall asleep?


It’s not the end of the world if you do, but sleeping and meditating are very different activities. When you’re meditating, you’re actively training your brain. Dozing off won’t help you build mental fitness. If you do drift off, our meditation teacher will gently wake you. Here are a few things you can do to stay awake: - Meditate sitting upright instead of laying down or in the hammocks. - Avoid eating within a few hours of meditating. - Keep your eyes softly open with a gaze at something still in front of you. - Use a scent such as a citrus or peppermint essential oil to activate your brain. - Drink a bit of coffee, juice or tea (just not too much to where you are overstimulated)!




Can I meditate if I'm not religious?


Absolutely. While meditation traces its roots to Eastern philosophy, specifically Buddhism, the approach we take at Elevate excludes any religion-based principles. We are simply focused on developing physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being!




How will I know if it's working?


The effects of mindfulness are subtle, but very real. It might be as simple as noticing you don’t check your phone as much when in the company of others. Or, maybe others begin to notice listening skills. Or you’ll be able to calmly center yourself in stressful situations just a little bit quicker. Although building a meditation practice takes time (we recomend attending class 3-5 times to start to really sink into your practice), by taking just one class, you’re already rewiring your brain for the better.





Movement Medicine

What is movement medicine?


Our Movement Medicine classes give us the space to express ourselves through dance, the most celebratory form of expression! You'll get your heart pumping through a variety of dance styles from hip hop and Latin dance to ballroom and ballet followed by a calm cool down set of stretches that is aimed to help avoid injuries and unnecessary soreness. After some muscle-toning, heart-pumping, full-body movement and deep stretching we'll end with a grounding sound meditation, washing the body in the vibrational sounds and energy from the crystal bowls! When we allow our bodies to bathe in the vibrations, it helps to align our energy and physical bodies with the vibrations of the bowl, the vibration of the chakras.




Who can participate?


Everyone in good health can benefit from our movement medicine classes and no previous experience is necessary! Whether you are a beginner or an instructor, you are invited to become a member of the Elevate family! As with all exercise programs, we strongly advise anyone experiencing any kind of medical condition or injury to consult their doctor before beginning.




What should I bring to class?


1) Yoga Mat We will spend some time at the end of class on our mats. 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). 2) Water Stay hydrated! It's hot in the desert so we encourage students to bring water. We do have a water filling station so at minimun, bring a water bottle and we can fill it up for you.




What should I wear to class?


Always wear comfortable clothing that breathes. Our movement medicine classes are practiced barefoot, so leave your shoes and worries at the door! However, if you prefer to wear dancing shoes, you are welcome to bring in shoes that are NOT worn outdoors and change into them for class.




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 settled prior to class start. 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.




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.