PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Looking to switch up your exercise routine? How does yoga inside of a silk hammock suspended from the ceiling sound?
It’s called Aerial yoga.READ MORE: CDC, FDA Recommend US Pause Use Of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine Over Blood Clot Concerns
“We have a lot of people in here that do not like traditional floor yoga and they come in here and they love it,” said Sara Filseth, aerial yoga instructor at Kaya Aerial Yoga in Old City. ” It does become a little bit more fun because you can fly and you can do advanced poses.”
That’s because the hammock helps to improve balance, flexibility and core strength and also relieves 20-80 percent of a person’s body weight. The exercise helped studio owner, Carrie Phelinczak with back issues she developed after a serious car accident.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: All Adults Eligible For Vaccine On Tuesday, Except Philadelphia Residents
“I went through a wind shield and had a lot of damage done to my leg, the whole right side of my body so I have a lot of nerve pain, a lot of issues with putting weight on my leg,” explained Phelinczak. “And the pain was just constant and I couldn’t do anything to alleviate it and this really helped.”
In fact the relief she got from aerial yoga was the reason she opened the studio on Quarry Street in the first place.MORE NEWS: Firefighters Called To Virtua Memorial Hospital In Mount Holly
“I have a back injury myself and this just made me able to do things I had never been able to do before and I just fell in love with it,” said Filseth. “I loved swinging through the air.”