Ascendance

Ascendance Pole & Aerial Arts is a nonprofit studio coming soon to the downtown Renton, WA area.

Aerial & Enrichment Classes*


Aerial Yoga

Aerial yoga uses a silk hammock as a tool to help you achieve and deepen traditional yoga positions. The weight of the body is either partially or fully supported by the hammock. You’ll move through a variety of yoga postures including inversions, hip openers, hamstring stretches, and restorative postures. The class will focus on mobility, strength-building, and decompression of the spine. Expect to have fun and get a good stretch from head to toe!

Anyone can attend an aerial class if they are mindful and respectful of their own conditions. We recommend those with the following conditions avoid aerial yoga: people who have/are very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery, heart disease, osteoporosis, bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, artificial hips, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, recent stroke or botox injections (within 6 hours).

Restorative Aerial Yoga

With a primary focus on deep breathing, stretching, relaxation, meditation & decompression of the spine, this class is great for everyone from first time students to seasoned athletes. It is also ideal for those suffering from chronic back pain or spinal injuries. The class will be restorative, gentle and extremely relaxing, while still offering a full body stretch.

Anyone can attend an aerial class if they are mindful and respectful of their own conditions. We recommend those with the following conditions avoid aerial yoga: people who have/are very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery, heart disease, osteoporosis, bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, artificial hips, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, recent stroke or botox injections (within 6 hours).


Lyra L1

This is a class for those who have no experience with Lyra, or have had only a few weeks or months of classes. We focus on familiarizing you with the lyra (aerial hoop), and teach basic upright poses, mounts, and transitions. You’ll learn about the body mechanics by which you get up - and stay up - in the air: hollow body engagement, double knee and hip hangs, and your “shelves”, among others. It’s OK if you can’t pull your body weight up yet! We work on conditioning that helps you get there, and also work with a low-hung lyra so you can focus on the mechanics of specific poses and balance. Most of all, we want you to have fun, feel accomplished, and enjoy the feel of being in a magical hoop up in the air! Take your time in this level - there is so much to learn!

 

Lyra L2

This intermediate level class is for those who are more comfortable with the lyra, can mount and dismount comfortably on their own, and have basic upright posts they can transition easily to and from. In addition to richer, deeper conditioning, you’ll increase your repertoire of aerial poses and transitions and work on all levels of the Lyra - top, bottom, middle - as well as introduce a spin to it occasionally. We also help you find your flow on the Lyra by guiding you through creative exercises to figure out transitions between moves and put together your own mini sequences based on what you know. Discover interesting shapes, poses, and combine them your way as you get more comfortable with our magical hoop!

Prerequisites:

  • Comfortably mount 3 different ways to a sit, and dismount without using momentum

  • Solid double knee and hip hang

  • Front balance, hands can touch Lyra but not push weight on it

  • Comfortably string 3-4 basic poses (mermaid, woman on the moon, cradle, amazon)


Strength Conditioning

If you’re wondering how to progress faster in your pole/aerial journey, or are just looking for a fun new workout, this class is for you! We will use apparatuses like pole, aerial hammocks, as well as traditional fitness props to get our sweat on and tone and build muscles. No pole or aerial experience required.


Flexibility L1

This class is designed for those who have not stretched before or have spent time away from stretching and wish to regain flexibility. We focus on gentle, effective stretching techniques coupled with mindfulness exercises to begin to loosen your muscles and build flexibility for pole and aerial dance.  This class is also great for those who wish to increase circulation and mobility after sitting at a desk all day. There are no prerequisites, all are welcome.

Flexibility L2

In intermediate flexibility we begin to focus more on the active flexibility needed for more advanced pole and aerial classes.  Each week we focus on different areas of the body with the goals of achieving greater back and shoulder mobility and engagement, lengthening the quads and hamstrings for splits and greater extension of the legs, or opening the hips and strengthening the hip flexors to increase turnout and work towards middle splits


*Classes are subject to change. Please email hello@ascedancestudios.org for more details.