FAQ

Studio & Safety

What can I expect when I arrive at the studio?

When you arrive at the studio, please see a staff member to check you in. You will be required to wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly before class, and wear a face covering throughout your time in the studio. For more information about how to prepare and what to expect, check out our safety policy.

How do you clean the studio?

Commonly-touched hard surfaces and the studio and lobby floor will be cleaned daily. A medical grade air purifier will run daily. Windows will be open when possible to increase ventilation.

How do you clean the aerial yoga silks?

All students who attend classes regularly are required to rent or purchase a silk for their personal use. Aerial silks for exclusive use are available to rent on a one-time or a monthly basis, or can be purchased here. Silks that have been purchased or rented on a monthly basis are stored in individually labeled bags and washed upon request.

 

Students who attend special events, workshops or group classes as a single drop-in are not required to rent or purchase a silk, and are provided with a studio silk. Studio silks are washed regularly, but not between each use. If you are attending a private event or workshop or dropping into a class, and prefer not to use a studio silk, you have the option to rent a freshly-laundered silk. Choose one-time aerial yoga silk rental under “Products” tab at checkout.

 

NOTE: Silk rentals are included in our 30-Day Unlimited New Student Special.

Can I socially distance while practicing at your studio?

Yes! Our aerial yoga studio is a fully open concept with plenty of space for social distancing. Floor markers, indicating aerial yoga silk or Lyra placement in the practice space, have been placed at least 6 feet apart. Class sizes for aerial yoga have been limited to 14 participants, while Lyra classes are capped at 6 participants.

Do I need to wear a mask while practicing at your studio?

Yes, please! We require masks to practice in our space, regardless of vaccination status. Please ensure your mask covers your nose and mouth.

Do you have a locker room and/or showers on the premises?

Yes, we do! There is a locker room with showers on the building ground floor.

Aerial Yoga

What is aerial yoga?

Aerial yoga is a type of yoga in which students use a fabric hammock to practice yoga poses. Students use the silk as a prop, in order to get better support, a deeper stretch and the opportunity to safely enter inversions and other poses they might not ordinarily try in a yoga class.

What are the benefits of aerial yoga?

  • Promotes more ease in the body by allowing the release of muscle tension
  • Enhances your practice by allowing you to explore familiar poses in a new way
  • Strengthens and tones your body, particularly arms, shoulders, back and core muscles
  • Creates greater awareness of sensation in the body
  • Gives the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and experience something new

Do I need to be flexible to do aerial yoga?

No! But you do need to have a basic level of fitness that will allow you to do things like lift your foot up to the level of the silk (hip height) and enough upper body strength to complete a modified push up (knees down on mat).

Is there a weight limit for aerial yoga?

While our silks are professionally installed and secured and are completely safe to hold thousands of pounds of dynamic weight, we recommend a body weight limit of 200 lbs or less. If you weigh more, this does not mean you cannot practice with us. We do, however, request that you book a private appointment instead!

What is the minimum age to practice aerial yoga at your studio?

The minimum age for kids classes and private events is 6 years, although we may, from time to time, run special sessions geared towards younger children.

What are the contraindications for aerial yoga?

We recommend you avoid aerial yoga classes if you suffer from any of the following conditions: vertigo or other inner ear issues, vasovagal syndrome, sinusitis, recent concussion, brain injury, or stroke, recent Botox injections, glaucoma or other eye pressure problems, high or low blood pressure, history of heart conditions or heart disease, pregnancy beyond the first trimester, or epilepsy.

Inversions, which are usually performed during aerial classes, can elevate blood pressure, increase intracranial pressure and create mechanical stress, which not all bodies are able to tolerate. You should always check with your doctor before engaging in any type of physical activity, including aerial yoga. Additionally, you should always listen to your body, and avoid or stop any activity that does not feel right for you.

What should I wear to aerial yoga class?

We recommend close-fitting, but comfortable, clothing. Tank tops and shorts are discouraged, as the silk can pinch when directly against bare skin. Shirts with sleeves and longer pants or leggings are preferable. We also recommend that everyone coming to class wear socks, preferably with grip to minimize slipping and to keep your silks fresh.

Lyra

What is Lyra?

Lyra (also known as Aerial Hoop or cerceau) is a metal apparatus suspended in the air that is used for aerial acrobatic performances in the circus industry.

Do I need to have a lot of upper body strength to do Lyra?

Although aerial acrobatics is physically demanding, you do not need to have a lot of existing strength in order to do it. In fact, practicing Lyra is a great way to build strength! You will also see overall improvements in your flexibility and coordination as you learn how to transition and flow in and out of different poses.

What is the minimum age to practice Lyra at your studio?

The minimum age for Lyra classes and private events is 12 years.

What should I wear to Lyra class?

We recommend comfortable, fitted athletic attire, such as clothing you would wear to a yoga or a dance class. Please make sure to remove dangling necklaces, bracelets and rings before class. Flat metal band rings are fine. Avoid moisturizing your hands prior to class to avoid having a slippery grip. 

Can I skip Lyra Essentials and go straight to Lyra Deconstructed or Lyra Flow?

No! Unless you have prior experience being on the Lyra and you are already comfortable with the basics, you will not be allowed into the more advanced classes. This is a safety concern and is not negotiable. 

What is your late arrival policy for Lyra classes?

All Lyra students should plan to arrive no less than 5 minutes early, so that their equipment can be rigged appropriately before the beginning of class. Please note that the studio door will be locked at the class start time, and students who arrive late will be unable to attend and will forfeit any payment.

This policy is necessary in order to ensure the safety and positive experiences of all of our Lyra students. Lyra instructors require time to identify the correct equipment size and height for each individual student and rig up all studio and outside equipment prior to the start of class. It is also imperative that all students participate in the full class warm up, so that they are safely prepared for the movements introduced that day.

Bookings & Cancellations

Do I have to pre-register for class?

We require preregistration for all aerial yoga and Lyra classes through our website or the Mindbody app. You can reserve your spot up to one month in advance.

I have purchased a New Student Special, but Mindbody is asking me to pay when I try to register for class.

30-Day Unlimited New Student Special passes activate when you register for your first class. If you, subsequently, attempt to register for another class that occurs prior to the date of the first class you reserved, the system will require payment. To avoid this issue, first, unregister from any other classes you have booked in the future and then re-register, starting with the class that occurs the soonest. You can reserve your spot in class up to one month in advance.

Can I share my New Student Special with a friend or family member?

Our 30-Day Unlimited New Student Special is for individual use only and cannot be shared. It is non-transferrable, non-refundable and does not apply to special events, workshops or Kids, Tween & Teen classes.

Can I share my class pack or membership with a friend or family member?

Class packs can be shared by family members who reside in the same household. Memberships are for individual use only and cannot be shared. Both class packs and memberships are non-transferrable, non-refundable and do not apply towards special events, workshops or Kids, Tween & Teen classes.

How early should I come to class?

We want you to enjoy the full length of class! Please arrive 10 minutes before class begins to allow time for adjustments as needed. Please do not arrive earlier, as instructors need time to rig silks or Lyras for your class.

What if I am placed on the waitlist?

When a class you’d like to attend is already full, you can sign up for the waitlist. If a spot opens up, you’ll be added to the class, and we’ll send you an email or text to confirm. You are responsible for showing up, so please check your messages and cancel out of the waitlist, if you are no longer available.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

All purchases are non-refundable. We have a 6-hour cancellation window for all aerial yoga and Lyra classes, a 24-hour cancellation window for all private appointments, and a 48-hour cancellation window for all workshops and special events.

 

If you are attending class using a drop in, class pack, or tiered membership, you will forfeit the class. If you are on an unlimited pricing option, including the new student special, we will charge a no show/late cancellation fee of $10 to your credit card on file.

 

Appointments that are cancelled more than 24 prior will be given the opportunity to reschedule without penalty or receive account credit that can be used towards their next purchase.

Special events or workshops cancelled more than 48 hours prior will receive account credit that can be used towards your next purchase.

 

NOTE: If you are sick with any type or severity of symptom, please do not come in for class and call or email the studio to let us know you are unable to make your reservation. You can read more about COVID-19 symptoms at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html and https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus.

Can I extend my expiration date on my class pack?

If you are unable to utilize your remaining classes prior to your expiration date, don’t worry! We have two options for you to consider.

  1. Purchase another class pack, and we will roll over any unused classes onto your new pack with the new expiration date.
  2. Extend your expiration date for a one-time fee of $15. Your expiration date will be extended by 6 months. Click here to take advantage of this option.

How do I book a private party or event?

You can book private parties and groups directly through our website, via the Mindbody app or by calling (978) 257-0075. A $75 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. Payment in full is due one week prior to the event.

Do you offer a student discount or a teacher discount?

Yes! Students and teachers get 10% off our memberships & class packs. The discount does not apply to intro offers, retail items, workshops and special events. Students & teachers must show a valid school ID to redeem. The discount is applied manually to your account, so, if you are a student or a teacher, please contact us at info@earthandaerialyoga.com to take advantage of this offer.