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

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!

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?

We have a restroom (but no shower), yoga blocks, yoga straps, mats to use during class, Arnica gel for after class to reduce bruising.

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 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

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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.