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SALT LAKE CITY -- A new type of exercise moving into Utah defies gravity. It's yoga, but there's a twist to it. There's no gravity in this yoga class.

Antigravity yoga participate Paul Mulder said, "What I'm finding is gravity, gravity takes over where I wasn't able to do it by myself."

Mulder was getting a little bored with regular yoga and wasn't able to get a deep enough stretch alone, so he's trying antigravity yoga out. He said, "At first, I wasn't sure." But once he got the hang of it, he loved it.

"You get to be playful, the child spirit back in you, you get to fly," he said.

Another participant, Lori Miller, said, "You get to swing, fly, hang upside down like a monkey."

It brings out the child in Lori Miller too, and she says it offers more than regular yoga. "This is where we get decompression of the spine," she said. "You don't get that in regular yoga. It's wonderful."

It's secured up in the ceiling and, don't worry, it will hold you. It can hold up to a thousand pounds, and it's a really soft stretchy fabric.

Darlene Casanova is co-owner of the Imagination Place where classes will be held. She says it's not the first time antigravity has been to Utah.

During the 2002 Winter Games performer used the same concept to wow crowds, and now Casanova wants Utahns give it a try.

Classes start next week, the first class is free. After that you'll pay about $20 for a session.

E-mail: abutterfield@ksl.com

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