Grace & Gravity Studio are VERY excited to have teamed up with Here & Now based on Thames Valley Park, Reading. For three weeks in June we will be trialling Aerial Yoga and Aerial Hoop classes suitable for all in a beautiful yoga space overlooking the business park.
We'd love to have you join us for a dose of mindfulness in our aerial slings, or to work up a sweat with our circus classes. Long term our aim is to make Here & Now our third studio so if you're keen to join please do help us spread the word!
Catch us Monday evenings at 7pm and 8.15pm for Aerial Hoop, or join us Wednesday evenings for gentle Aerial Yoga at 6pm and 7.15pm. Classes are £18 and require booking in advance to save your space. Our sessions are intimate and welcome a maximum of 8 people. This allows us to tailor each session to suit the group’s needs, so you’ll get the most out of every single class. We can also accommodate private or corporate sessions on request.
Classes will take place within the Here & Now building, which is well signposted on Thames Valley Park. At the fourth mini roundabout take the third exit at the Microsoft sign. Drive along to the fourth building (the building with the first wooden sign), called the NOW building. You can park for free anywhere in the front carpark.
Walk into reception where Sarah or security will be there to greet you. Head up to the third floor and once there take a left to the yoga studio.
Before 6.15pm you can also travel to Thames Valley Park via a free shuttle bus service from Reading bus station which stops at Here & Now.
When was the last time you hung out, upside down? We’re talking fully supported and suspended in the air upside down, with a new found sense of freedom. Welcome to Aerial Yoga…It’s just a few feet off the ground, and it can turn your practice on its head, literally!
A typical Aerial Yoga class would usually start and end with relaxation inside the hammock. This is your time to chill out and check in. What’s amazing about this relaxation, is that you are essentially floating inside a hammock where you feel cocooned, safe and weightless. It’s the perfect place to let your tensions melt away.
When it comes to the asana, you’ll meet lots of your traditional postures. Fancy trying an aerial Sun salutations or Downward Dog?
Adding a hammock to your practice is a great way to mix up your routine and add a new challenge to a familiar pose. The hammock can offer additional support when needed, as well as assisting a deeper stretch in poses you’re more comfortable with. It's a great way to build strength and confidence and most importantly it’s fun, something which we seem to lose a little as adults.
Our sessions are suitable for beginners with no experience required. We run regular classes and workshops open to all. On top of this, we host parties, corporate team building events and offer performances for special occasions! Contact us for more information.
Looking to mix up your fitness routine? Or possibly just fancy a fun day hanging out with friends? Aerial Hoop is fun fitness at its finest and a more exciting alternative to your traditional gym. Over time, you'll develop strength and flexibility and we'll get you using muscles you didn't know existed. Aerial Hoop classes with us combine circus fitness with dance based movement. Sessions are taught on low hanging metal hoops and will challenge you physically and mentally. We love our circus roots, so we'll be sure to include circus tricks and flips with some spinning thrown in for good measure.
We use professional equipment, experienced teachers and love welcoming new students to our community! Our sessions are suitable for beginners with no experience required.
Wear comfortable clothing that you can move and stretch in. In Aerial we spend some time upside down so we recommend fitted clothing to avoid loose clothing falling down or getting tangled in the fabric.
We provide all the equipment you could need.
Bring some water with you to stay hydrated throughout class and a jumper for relaxation.
For most people, Aerial is a safe form of exercise. However, some people that would be best to avoid Aerial completely. For example, if you have glaucoma, high or low blood pressure or any neurological conditions. Please check with a medical professional to make sure aerial is suitable for you if you have any other health issues.
In addition, if you have recently had surgery you should consult with your doctor before attending class.
We would not recommend starting Aerial if you're pregnant. Unfortunately lots of poses within a regular classes would not be suitable during pregnancy. However, many women who are experienced aerialists who become pregnant often continue practicing with modified versions of poses.
All physical activity carries some form of risk, with that said, Aerial is an incredibly safe exercise. All our equipment has been tested and purpose built for Aerial. On top of our professional equipment and regular checks, we also make sure our instructors are highly qualified to assure the safety of our students.
The most important thing with aerial is to hold on until your feet are back on the floor and you are balanced. If you have issues with your grip, you should speak to the teacher before the start of the session.
We recommend that you leave at least two hours between a main meal and attending class. Digestion of food requires energy and when you do attend class straight after a meal, your energy goes to the muscles you’re exercising and the body can’t digest the food properly.
Also, one of the amazing things about Aerial is the ease of inverting (relaxing upside down) which isn't ideal when the body is trying to digest.
You do not need to be flexible to join; increased flexibility will come in time as you practice. Most of us spend our day sitting down at work or engaging in repetitive motion that shortens muscles. Practicing aerial yoga enables you to lengthen your muscles and release built up toxins.
Yes, we have shower, changing and locker facilities in the basement of the Now building.
We have free parking at the front of the Now building on a first come first serve basis. We also have ev charging in the basement carpark.
To save your space on the waitlist payment is required. If a place becomes available more than 24 hours before the start of the class, you will automatically be added on and get an email confirming this. If it is less than 24 hours, one of us will phone or email you to see if you want the space before adding you on. If you do not make it into class, your payment will be on your account ready for your next booking.
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