Frequently Asked Questions
What should I know before coming to practice?
Doors to the studio will open around 15 minutes prior to the classes start time.
Once inside the studio you will be asked for proof of vaccination. Your instructor will make a note in your account and you will not be asked again.
Please remove your shoes before entering any of the studio’s.
There is complimentary tea and water in the waiting area, feel free to enter the studio with your beverage and/or water bottle
Inside each studio there are complimentary mat’s and yoga props for use but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
Please be mindful of arriving to class on time. We do not have dedicated front desk attendants and the doors are locked 5 minutes after the start of class to protect everyone's belongings during practice.
What are your COVID 19 policies?
To keep our teachers and students safe, we only admit vaccinated students in the studio. We encourage our unvaccinated friends to join us from home via our live stream catalog.
Uprising ACM creates policy in adherence with the CDC and the mandates set forth by the city of Philadelphia and/or the State of Pennsylvania. We use commercial-grade CDC-approved cleaning products and disinfectants to keep our studio sanitized.
Are students and teachers required to wear masks?
Masks are optional once proof of vaccination is established.
How many students are allowed in public yoga classes?
As of 06/11/2021 we are allowing 15 people per class, which is 50% capacity.
I'm new to yoga, what class should I try?
Gentle flow classes are specifically designed to be accessible to the widest range of physical capabilities, making them a really great introductory/ re-introductory practice. Uprising ACM offers an unlimited new student package so that those new to the studio can try out a variety of classes in their first week.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Regular practice of yoga promotes strength, endurance, flexibility and facilitates characteristics of friendliness, compassion, and greater self-control, while cultivating a sense of calmness and well-being. Sustained practice also leads to important outcomes such as changes in life perspective, self-awareness and an improved sense of energy to live life fully and with genuine enjoyment.The practice of yoga produces a physiological state opposite to that of the flight-or-fight stress response and with that interruption in the stress response, a sense of balance and union between the mind and body can be achieved.
-excerpt from, Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life by Catherine Woodyard, IJOY, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Do I need to be flexible?
Vinyasa is a lot more accessible than the majority of newcomers expect and gentle flow classes are specifically designed to be accessible to the widest range of physical capabilities (if feeling unsure start with a gentle flow class). There may be a few poses that are challenging during the practice but your instructor will be happy to make adjustments for you.
What should I wear?
Wear supportive and comfortable clothing that won’t restrict your movement. Leggings or shorts that stay opaque, tops that can be tucked in or are fitted enough to not flop over your head during inversions (poses like downward facing dog).
Should I eat or drink before class?
Aim for a light meal or small snack around an hour before you head to the studio. This gives your body enough time to begin moving the food out of your stomach, while still allowing you to reap the benefits from the jump in blood sugar.
Water bottles are always welcome in the studio and we provide filtered water and tea to all practitioners.
Can I come to class if I have pain or an injury?
Consult your physician about the specifics of your pain/injury and your intended class difficulty and attendance regime. After medical clearance make sure to inform your instructor of your pain/injury.
Most people do not come to yoga perfect physical specimens. Injuries happen and many of us have chronic issues involving aches and pains. There may be periods where we need to craft a yoga practice while not at our physical peak and this absolutely can be done. We can begin by cultivating our ability to pay attention to what is going on in our bodies and use our common sense to heed the signals and warnings that our physical practice brings up so that we are catering to any physical issues rather than exacerbating them.
Can pregnant people do yoga?
Always speak to your doctor before starting any new physical practices during pregnancy. In general, Prenatal yoga and restorative yoga are great choices for pregnant women. Make sure you inform your instructor about your pregnancy before beginning any class.
How often should I practice?
Many people find daily practice extremely rewarding but this level of commitment usually develops over time.
As a general rule, a healthy practice for vinyasa yoga is usually around 3-5 times a week. This allows for the development of a committed practice but gives you adequate time for rest (especially if you're new to the practice or getting re engaged). Rest is crucial to recover, get stronger and maintain your health.