When you first see the brightly colored scarves hanging in U shapes from the ceiling, you ask yourself, "Why can't I just do a few vinyasas on the floor, stand in a tree pose for a minute and call it a day?"
And then you find yourself hanging upside down, wrapped around one of these loopy "hammocks," with the soles of your feet pressed together and your hands in prayer at your heart, and you say, "More please!"
This is aerial yoga, one of the newest competitors in an increasingly competitive fitness space. The idea is to take yoga to the next level, literally, allowing gravity to work for you, not against you.
By taking the centuries-old practice off the floor and into the air, it works the body in a whole new way, strengthening both core and grip, which are essential to maintain as the body ages. More importantly for the companies involved, it tweaks the interest of potentially bored floor yoga followers at the studio across the street.