Frequently Asked Questions

About the Studio

What does the Yoga Pole Studio logo mean?

The Yoga Pole Studio logo represents unconditional love joined by six united bodies that blossom together to form a simple lily flower shape. This six-petal lily shape represents your home and earth. We thrive from loving relationships of every kind, deep compassion, and empathy. The six-petal flower also represents our average class size of six. ~ Carolyn Chiu, Founder, Owner

Can I walk-in into a class?

Please, no walk-ins. We are trying to blossom together and teachers need to prepare for your growing roots. Must sign up online at least 15 minutes prior to class time.

How many poles do you have? Will I get to use my own pole?

We have six poles in the studio. Depending on the size of the class, you may or may not need to share your pole with a classmate. Sharing poles is a great way to learn from each other!

Where is the studio located?

Our main studio (where pole and most ground classes take place) is on 43 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY, on the corner of Court and Schermerhorn Streets (2nd floor!). We are easily accessible via the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, F, G, N, and R trains.

Our new secondary location (where all aerial hoop/Lyra, gymnastics, and aerial yoga classes take place) is at JG Monster Fitness at 117 14th Street, Suite B, Brooklyn, NY, between 2nd and 3rd Aves in Gowanus. This location is accessible via the F, G, and R trains.

Are classes for beginners? Are classes for advanced students?

Except for our introductory 30-minute classes (which are designed for beginners), our classes are open-level. Classes will be customized for each student based on experience level so that students are comfortable but challenged.

Please read our Intro for New Students page for more detailed information!

Are men allowed to participate in classes?

Yes! In fact, we encourage everyone of any gender to participate in ALL classes!

How big are classes?

Classes vary from day to day, however on average, the introductory classes usually have 2-4 students, and the 60-minute classes usually have 4-7 students.

Can I sit and watch classes?

No, unfortunately we do not have the space for spectators during class times.

Where can I store my belongings during class?

We have cubbies in the room for students to place their belongings. Shoes should be left out in the hallway in order to keep the studio clean.

Can I buy water to drink during class?

Yes! We encourage students to remain well-hydrated during class, especially when the weather is warm or dry. We have bottles of water for sale for $1.

What other amenities do you have?

At the Brooklyn Heights location, we have a restroom (but no shower), yoga blocks, yoga straps, mats to use during class, Arnica gel for after class to reduce bruising. We sometimes have complimentary snacks for students, as well as a variety of snacks for sale!

At the Gowanus JG Monster Fitness location, we have two restrooms, showers, aerial hoops, Zebra mat-covered floor, and snacks for sale!

I left something at the studio. Do you have a lost and found?

Yes, we do! Items left at the studio must be picked up within TWO WEEKS – after that time, left items will be donated to Goodwill.

Do you host parties or private events?

Yes! We can offer parties and events in these areas: Pole, Lyra, and Handstands. Please see our Private Parties/Events page for more information!

Do you accept interns for the studio?

No, we are currently not accepting interns.

Do you rent the studio out?

We will consider studio rentals on an individual basis.

Prior to Arrival

How do I prepare for pole classes?

Please DO NOT wear any lotion on the day of class, even if you apply it early in the morning. The lotion remains on the skin and will make the pole very slippery. Shorts are strongly recommended, as skin contact with your legs is helpful in Pole classes. No jewelry – please remove rings, bracelets, necklaces, and dangling earrings prior to the start of class.

How do I prepare for aerial hoop/Lyra classes?

Please wear leggings, yoga pants, or other tightly fitting long pants to protect the backs of your legs and knees. We also do not recommend loose shirts as they will likely fall over your face. No jewelry – please remove rings, bracelets, necklaces, and dangling earrings prior to the start of class.

Should I bring/wear socks?

Socks are optional, although there may be some occasions (especially in Pole or Find My Handstand classes) where you may find it slippery to be wearing socks. You are welcome to take off or put on socks at any time.

Do I need to bring my own mat for any of the classes?

No – we have plenty of mats for students to use, and they are cleaned at the end of every class. Just bring yourself, appropriate clothing, and your desire to learn!

Classes and Programs

I might be running 5 minutes late. Can I still take class?

We have a 5-minute window for late-comers. After 5 minutes, the instructor may not allow you to join class late as it may be disruptive to the students who began class on time, and your class may be forfeited.

If I am in the Aerial Hoop program, can I take a Pole class? Or if I am in the Pole program, can I take an Aerial Hoop class?

Pole classes are not part of the Aerial Hoop program, and Aerial Hoop classes are not part of the Pole program, but you may purchase additional access to take classes that are outside of your program.

Can I pay for my friend to take class with me online?

At the moment, we are only able to accept payment for you to pay for a friend in person.

Why do you encourage Pole or Aerial Hoop students to take Find My Handstand class?

The upper body strength, core strength, and body awareness that you gain while learning inversions and handstands can benefit your progress in Pole and Aerial Hoop. Being able to hold and control your own body weight is fundamental to any other type of movements. And having a strong upper body and strong core will reduce your chances of injury as well!

Does having unlimited classes mean I could take two classes back-to-back?

Yes! In fact, we encourage Find My Handstand followed by Flexibility back-to-back (Wednesday 6:45pm & 8pm, Sundays 4:30pm & 6pm) as they complement each other with strength-building and stretching afterward.

However, teacher’s permission is required to take two pole classes in a day – you must be free of injuries and be able to execute movements taught in class with confidence and without fatigue or significant soreness. Typically, student working on building their strength and skills experience muscle soreness for days after a single pole class and require adequate recovery time. Studio members who are consistent and attend classes regularly are able to build the strength and stamina to handle two pole classes a day.

How should I approach getting started with classes at Yoga Pole Studio?

The Pole or Aerial Hoop 360 Wellness Program gives you access to all pole OR aerial hoop classes as well as all ground classes (Flexibility, Find My Handstand, Gymnastics, and Floorwork). Students new to fitness are recommended to start with beginner/introductory classes, Floorwork, Find My Handstand, and Flexibility classes to begin developing strength and mobility. As you grow stronger and learn new skills, you can add Gymnastics class as well, and build up to attending classes most days of the week and develop a strong foundation for aerial fitness. Once proficient with beginner pole or aerial hoop skills, you can move into Intermediate apparatus classes. We encourage students to complete 30 hours in three consecutive months.

Can I buy classes as a gift for someone else?

Yes! You can purchase gift vouchers for friends or loved ones!

Progress

How do I avoid injury?

Injuries can occur in any type of fitness classes. Listening to your body and giving your body adequate rest is essential to minimizing the risk of injury.

If you are just starting out, still relatively new, or coming back from some time away from classes, TAKE IT SLOW. Don’t try to take all the classes even if you have the time. Take only one class in a day (not including Flexibility, which you can take in conjunction with other classes) until you get permission from an instructor to take more classes.

Listen to your body. Pain is different from discomfort – and if you feel pain, STOP. Ask your instructor if you should modify. Go into and come out of stretches (especially in flexibility class) slowly and do not try to force yourself into any stretches.

Do not neglect rest. This means getting adequate sleep and taking an entire day off from any kind of fitness at least twice a week, more if you are still relatively new to this kind of activity. Overuse injuries and chronic muscle tightness can lead to serious injuries if they are not addressed.

Learn how to use a foam roller and/or get regular therapeutic massages to relieve muscle tension. Ask our instructors if you aren’t familiar with how to use a foam roller.

How long will it take for me to get my splits?

This also depends on several factors: how often you take Flexibility class, how often you stretch at home/outside of class, genetic factors in how your body is built, and how flexible you are to begin with. For some people, it may only take a few months. For some, it may take longer.

How long will it take for me to learn a handstand?

This very much depends on many factors: how often you come to class, how often you do “homework,” how strong your upper body and core muscles are to begin with, your level of coordination, your level of body awareness, etc.

Is it normal to have skin discoloration or bruising after taking a Pole or Aerial Hoop class?

Yes, it is perfectly normal! It may be uncomfortable and look strange in the beginning or when you work on new skills, but as your body gets used to the pressure and friction against the apparatus, the bruising will decrease.

What are ‘progress photos’?

We encourage students to periodically take pictures or videos of themselves to document how they are progressing in learning new skills or how much flexibility they are gaining. Over time, students will then be able to see how far they have come. It is also often very helpful for students to be able to see what they look like while practicing skills, and to be able to see what corrections and adjustments can be made.