AERIAL ARTS FAQ

I have never done aerial arts before, what should I expect?

Our Introduction to Aerial Arts workshop series at Croi Croga is geared towards people who have never participated in aerial arts classes before or those who have been away from it for extended periods of time and need a refresh! You are in the perfect place to explore, so no need to worry! We will guide you through all three apparatuses including aerial silks, aerial sling, and lyra over the course of 6 weeks at a nice and easy pace. This helps you learn the basics of each apparatus, keeps you safe, and builds strength and flexibility. The Introduction to Aerial Arts 6 week workshop is required before students are able to participate in other aerial arts classes.

Which classes should I take?

After completing the 6 week Introduction to Aerial Arts workshop you are welcome to take any of our other aerial arts classes including skills workshops, aerial pop-up classes, open gym experiences, or guest instructor classes.

Do I have to be flexible to do aerial arts?

Not at all! Aerial Arts is a practice and experience that is open to all levels of flexibility. As you practice and gain more experience you may even find yourself gaining more flexibility! 

What should I wear to aerial arts classes? What should I bring?

Wear comfortable but form fitting clothing, this includes longer pants to help your body move easily in the fabric or on the metal of the lyra. When participating in aerial silks or aerial sling classes please avoid wearing jewelry, zippers, or clothing that could cause snags in the fabric. A water bottle is the only physical equipment necessary. Other than that bring your "Croí Cróga" or your courageous heart. Show up, be seen, and live courageously!

Should I eat before coming to class?

It is always recommended to eat a light meal or snack before coming to aerial arts classes. That way your body is fueled but not overly fun (aerial arts on a full stomach with the opportunity for spinning is not fun). Our apparatuses do spin and turn while we work on them and eating before spinning allows your body the opportunity to avoid getting overly dizzy.
As always, when starting a new physical regimen, it is recommended that you visit with your physician for clearance.

YOGA FAQ

I have never done yoga before, what should I expect?

Our beginner classes at Croi Croga are geared towards people who are very new to yoga. You are the reason we are here. So no need to worry! We walk you through poses step by step and move at nice and easy pace. This helps you to learn the alignment of each posture and keeps you safe while building strength and flexability while slowly opening tight muscles. All classes incorporate deep breathing to relax your mind and body for greater opening in a gentle way. Come to Croí Cróga Studio and embody the concept of the courageous heart.

What are the health benefits of yoga?

Yoga has a myriad of health benefits. Breathing deeply keeps the mind focused, increases circulation and opens the lungs which improves oxygenation of your entire body. Stretching increases flexibility, which can prevent injuries. Strength and muscle tone are the result of supporting your body weight in various poses. And, physical exertion of any kind is super important for stress reduction. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles seem to melt away during the time you are doing yoga. These are just a few of the wonderful benefits of practicing the art of yoga.
What is the difference between the types of yoga?
There are many different styles of yoga but they are all based on breath and postures. Vinyasa consists of moving one breath with one movement as you flow through a series of postures to get your blood flowing and your body moving.  Ióga Té  involves 26 postures that are repeated twice along with breathing techniques.  Resortative - Anam (soul) yoga is as relaxing as a spa treatment. Relax, deep tissue stretches and rest are core components of this class.

Which classes should I take?

You are welcome to take any class.  We recommend paying attention to your needs and allowing yourself to be open mentally and physically to your life changing experience.

Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?

If you believe you lack flexibility then you have just answered your own question.  How do you become flexible without practice?  In fact you will get so much out of our classes.  After all, yoga was actually created to help you gain more flexibility, which loosens tight muscles and prevents injury.

What should I wear to yoga? What should I bring?

Wear comfortable clothing that is stretchy and loose fitting. A water bottle, towel and mat is the only physical equipment necessary. Additionally, we ask that you bring your “Croí Cróga” which is your courageous heart.   Show up, Be Seen and Live Courageously!

I work out often, can I take the advanced classes?”

Honor your body and mind and take time to adjust to your new exercise practice.

Should I eat before coming to class?

There is a difficult balance to find between eating and practicing yoga. Yoga on a full stomach is not fun, yet doing yoga when you’re starving isn’t a good idea either. We recommend eating a light snack one hour before class or a meal 2-3 hours before class. This way your body is fueled but not focused on digestion.
As always, when starting a new physical regimen, it is recommended that you visit with your physician for clearance.

New Students:

At Croi Croga –Courageous Heart Studio we welcome new students. We enjoy meeting you and invite you into this new experience. We know that this new venture can be frightening but we assure you that you are perfect as you are.  Life is about having experiences. So, in our studio no previous experience is necessary.  You think you are not fit?  We welcome imperfections! Life is a journey! Show up and be seen and be DARING! This is the way of the Courageous Heart.

Our expert instructors were all beginners once, too, and they have an abundance of compassion for anyone new to the practice. The beauty of practicing within a studio community is that you can learn from fellow students, as well, as you observe how more experienced students approach the practice. But it’s not a competition; it’s just about sharing this yoga we all love.