A NEW term is about to start for a unique way to improve your fitness.
Aerial yoga strengthens muscles and joints and also helps with rehabilitation and spinal decompression.
The classes are held from Tuesday to Friday each week at Z Fit Studios in Bendigo.
Instructor Carolyn Burke said getting aerial yoga to Bendigo had been a long time in the making.
"(Owner) Saari and I envisioned this about 12 months ago," Ms Burke said.
"I had a lot of people on my Facebook putting up photos of aerial (yoga). I found myself YouTubing it a couple of times a week.
"Not long after that, Saari said she wanted it at Z Fit. It came together because of coincide and synchronicity."
Aerial yoga sees people spending time in a hammock suspended about two feet off the floor.
Ms Burke said the sensation took some getting used to but that there were a number of health benefits.
"Being upside down is something I ease people into but they seem to really love it," she said.
"Inversions assist with spine decompression and rehydrating the system. There are also neurological and hormonal system benefits.
"I've had to ease some students into it. You have got to listen to your body."
Ms Burke said after the first term of classes a lot of students have returned.
Z Fit have also increased the number of hammocks available because of the popularity.
"We have already had one term that was a resounding success. About 95 percent of students returned," Ms Burke said.
There are three types of aerial classes run by Z Fit. Aerial Fun Fit is designed for beginners, Aerial Yoga merges yoga and core stability poses with meditation and Aerial Restore combines gentle aerial moves with yoga relaxation poses.
Dance instructors also run an Aerial Dance class.
Z Fit will host an aerial open day on Saturday, April 25. The day includes free classes in all aerial styles.
Bookings are required for all classes. Classes cost $166 for a six week term.
For more information log on to www.zfitstudios.com.au or phone 0401 978 607.