Yoga grounds you. You root yourself into the earth in tree pose, bury yourself in the ground in corpse pose and center yourself in downward dog. Yoga seems like it ties your body earthward while freeing your spiritual energy. And that’s why Aerial Yoga seems so probable and so unlikely at the same time. The practice, which suspends participants in fabric trapezes similar to hammocks, has yogis flying in the air, a few feet off the ground.
More specifically called Unnata Aerial yoga, the practice became common in North America around 2006. The term “Unnata” is Sanskrit for “elevated,” in both the physical and spiritual scene. Creators of this type of yoga take this idea seriously, continuing with the spiritual elements of yoga—breath, living in the present, meditation—while lifting practitioners off of their mats.