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About

Ashley Lau

Ashley Lau

Co-Founder / Aerialist

A highly experienced aerialist, Ash has worked both locally and overseas as a circus performer and coach. He’s performed internationally on stages large and small, relishing the opportunity to share his love of flying with audiences around the world.

Trevor Aung Than

Trevor Aung Than

Co-Founder / Physiotherapist

Trevor is a world-class physiotherapist who discovered his passion for circus performance after watching Cirque Du Soleil. Since then, he’s worked not only with Cirque itself, but many other elite dance performers and sportspeople both locally and internationally.

Isaac Saleh

Isaac Saleh

Handbalancer / Aerialist

After touring the world as a professional aerialist, Isaac is back on home ground and brings more than 12 years of teaching and performance experience to AirSpace.

Ashleigh Flanagan

Ashleigh Flanagan

Physiotherapist

Ashleigh is an experienced physiotherapist whose speciality areas are chronic pain and flexibility training. Skilled in treating aerialists and pole dancers, she can help you get the most out of your AirSpace classes.

AirSpace (formerly AirYoga) was founded in 2013 by circus aerialist Ashley Lau and ex-Cirque Du Soleil physiotherapist Trevor Aung Than.

Their goal was to develop a workout inspired by their experience in the circus world, that was accessible to all.

Here at AirSpace, you’ll find quality training in a friendly, supportive, zero-ego environment. Every class is designed to be challenging, but also fun.

Our team of instructors has over three decades of combined experience, so you know every challenge they set is one they’ve had to master for themselves.

General FAQs

How fit or experienced do I need to be to attend an AirSpace class?

At AirSpace we offer a variety of different classes to cater for every level of fitness and experience.

Beginner classes:
Beginners AirYoga

General Classes (Suitable for all levels):
AirYoga
AirSupremacy
AirIntensity
AirRelease
Chinese Splits
Handstands 101
Mums & Bubs Yoga
Personal Training

For the general classes, we recommend mastering the basics in a series of beginner classes first.

What’s an inversion?

A pose or exercise movement that’s practiced upside-down.

Will I get dizzy doing inversions?

Most people are fine when they first invert, however you may feel a little dizzy after a while if you are prone to motion sickness. Inversions generally become easier and more comfortable over time through patience and practice.

If you feel dizzy or unwell, please let your teacher know. You are welcome to rest at any stage during a class.

How much of the class is spent upside-down?

Not all of it! Classes are a carefully considered mix of inversions and groundwork with props such as the hammock and gymnastic rings used for support.

What are the hammocks made out of and are they safe?

Our hammocks are made from exactly the same material as the silks used by Cirque Du Soleil and can withstand up to 2,000kg (that’s basically the weight of a four-person family in a Mini Cooper with a full tank of gas!)

Can I still train if I have an injury?

If you have an injury it’s important you ensure you have clearance from a doctor before you participate in a class, and that you let our teachers know beforehand too.

Aerial weight-bearing exercise can benefit many people with chronic pain by helping the body regain its balance between strength and flexibility, movement and awareness. For some conditions we can adjust exercises where necessary. Our AirRelease classes or one-on-one Personal Training may be most suitable depending on your injury or condition.

In short, it depends. Ultimately, it’s best you make the call yourself as to whether aerial bodyweight fitness is right for you based on your circumstances as well as your doctor’s advice.

Can I attend AirSpace classes if I’m pregnant?

The right kind of exercise can be beneficial during pregnancy, but it’s very important to ensure your obstetrician clears you for classes and let your teacher know you’re pregnant. Any twisting poses, inversions or abdominally focused poses (as well as lying on your belly) should be avoided.

Balancing poses can get tougher as pregnancy progresses, but the hammock and blocks can be used for support. We encourage you to rest and take bathroom breaks whenever you need to during class, and drink plenty of water.

Please note, the above is what we recommend for existing AirSpace students. We don’t recommend starting as a new student while pregnant.

Is there a minimum age requirement at AirSpace?

Students must be aged 15 or over to attend AirSpace classes, however exceptions may be made for children who excel in gymnastics or ballet. Please enquire directly with our team for more information.

Preparing for class

What should I wear?

For all AirSpace classes we recommend wearing stretchy, comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. Slim-fitting clothes are best as anything loose can get caught in the silks during inversion poses.

For your first AirYoga class we recommend short sleeves and pants or tights that cover the back of the knees (to help you get used to the fabric).

We request that you remove any sharp jewellery such as watches, rings and necklaces before class to avoid injury or damage to the silks.  

Should I attend class with an empty stomach?

Having something light in the stomach to stave off dizziness is best, however, we do not recommend a big meal just prior to class.

Do I need to bring an exercise mat?

Mat hire is complimentary for your first class and for students on a membership.

For subsequent non-membership visits, you can hire a mat for $1.00 per class.

You are also welcome to bring your own exercise or yoga mat provided it is heavy enough not to slide across the floor – think of it as your safe landing pad!

Is parking available?

Limited parking is available to the right of the AirSpace studio. Paid street parking is also located outside the studio on Newcastle Street and surrounding streets. We recommend arriving early to secure a parking spot and avoid missing your class.

Do I need to book in advance?

Class spots are limited, so we strongly recommend that students book via Mindbody in advance. If the class is full you can be added to a waitlist and if a spot becomes free, you’ll be notified.

All physiotherapy, personal training and sports massage appointments need to be booked in advance.

I was on the waitlist but now I can’t go. Will I be charged?

You’ll only be charged if you confirm you’ll be attending.

What time do I need to arrive?

To ensure that our classes start on time we ask that you arrive at AirSpace at least 15 minutes early. This also gives us enough time to adjust the hammock heights for everyone in the class.

After class

I registered for a class but wasn’t able to make it. Will I get a refund?

If you cancelled via MindBody at least 12 hours prior to class you will be credited the class pass. If you did not cancel the class, or cancelled within 12 hours of the class start time, no refund will be provided.

I’m really sore post-class! Is that normal?

When starting a new exercise activity it’s common to feel sore for a few days afterwards. This is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and you can read more about it here.

One of the best ways to recover from DOMS is to keep moving! You’ll most likely find that any pain wears off quickly if you continue your exercise routine. In the case of DOMS, light exercise is better than nothing. However if pain persists, we recommend you book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists.