Aerial yoga takes exercise to new heights

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX  -- A new fitness trend is taking exercise to new heights. Aerial yoga puts a different spin on traditional yoga, and it's now being offered at "Fit 'n Lean X-ercise" near 16th Street and Maryland in Phoenix.

"Aerial yoga is a relatively new form of yoga," says instructor Stephanye Evans. "It's sometimes referred to as anti-gravity yoga. It's heavily inversion-based. You can get a deeper stretch, and there are all kinds of benefits to inversion."

Some also call the exercise 'hammock' yoga. The name says it all: You're suspended in a hammock, of sorts, doing yoga. It's similar to acrobatics you might have seen in Cirque du Soliel shows, and it's often the same type of fabric that's used in the performances.

There are many benefits to this unique workout, including toning and increased flexibility. "It's great for your circulatory system," she says. "It allows you to get into positions that some people might not normally be able to get into for really deep stretches."

For more information on these aerial yoga classes, visit www.fitnleanxercise.com.