Whether you’re nursing a back injury or just want to experience the thrill of levitation, aerial yoga is a playful way to improve the health of your mind and body. With training, some believe it’s possible for yoga masters to levitate thanks to special powers known as “siddhis.” Whether or not you believe in this spiritual power, you can still get your practice off the ground with aerial yoga. Aerial yoga, also known as “antigravity yoga,” incorporates silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling, which support practitioners as they do yoga postures. Invented in 2014 by New York-based choreographer Christopher Harrison, aerial yoga combines traditional yoga poses with some Pilates and dance elements. Not to be confused with aerial technique classes, which use elements of circus performance such as trapeze, hoops, and silks to perform acrobatic and dance tricks in the air, aerial yoga is focused on using the silk sling to specifically assist with yoga postures. Not only does aerial yoga help strengthen core muscles—practitioners are essentially always engaging their core by holding onto the silk hammock—it’s also a good option for people with back pain, because the hammock prov...