Aerial Yoga is a relatively new way to practice yoga. In an Aerial Yoga class students practice the various postures and movements while suspended a few inches off the ground (over soft mats) by a hammock-like long piece of cloth, holding them by the waist. Aerial Yoga is designed to counteract gravity and increase flexibility by relieving compression, which releases tension, straightens the shoulders, and elongates the spine. This type of yoga is a fun practice for beginners and more advanced yogis. Beginner classes typically start on the floor and gradually move on to using the trapeze.