Aerial yoga new way to refresh busy people

Aerial yoga new way to refresh busy people
People enjoy aerial yoga using hammocks suspended from the ceiling in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, in January.

A new fitness exercise called aerial yoga or antigravity yoga in which practitioners hang from a hammock suspended from the ceiling is becoming popular.

The new type of yoga, which originated in New York, is claimed to strengthen the muscles while giving people a feeling that they are floating and relaxing at the same time.

The fad spread to Japan where classes featuring this yoga are opening one after another.

In a studio called NAVI that opened in April last year in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, people attending class after work struck various acrobatic poses similar that of a bird or Superman while suspended in red, yellow and blue hammocks.

"It's fun because I can do poses and movements that can't do in my daily life," said Ayano Iwashita, an office worker in her late 20s who takes the class twice a week. "It refreshes me as I can rid myself of stress from work."Speech

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