Yoga gets turned on its head
If you thought getting into yoga positions was difficult already, think again ... now you have to do it while defying gravity.
Yoga-nuts have taken 5,000 years of Hindu tradition and quite literally turned it on its head by striking the yoga poses while hanging from the ceiling in a hammock.
The odd technique has become popular in the US and is expected to reach the UK soon.
The people behind 'AntiGravity Yoga' claim it gives you a complete workout while realigning you from the compression of gravity ... sounds to me like they have spent too much time hanging upside down.
The idea came from an acrobatic performance troupe who used the hammocks in performances from the Olympics to Broadway via MTV.
Poses are done while hanging in a structural fabric hammock that is connected from two overhead points. It acts like a swing or soft trapeze.
A spokesman for AntiGravity Yoga said the hammock is "utilized to change one's dynamic relationship to the ground, allowing the participant to better understand their body and its relationship to physics.
"It is a fitness regime designed to increase one's overall health and physical agility while having fun and creating beauty," they added.
"The technique was created by gymnasts for the sake of exploring the air and has been modified and enhanced to fit into the yoga mold and to cater to the everyday athlete.
"By adding additional techniques from dance, pilates and calisthenics, AntiGravity has created a complete workout that is certain to get you in shape while realigning you from the compression of gravity."