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