Exercising taken to new heights: Astronaut performs yoga in ISS
How does it feel to do yoga in microgravity? Well, we have no idea, but we do know someone who knows a thing or two about it. Her name is Samantha Cristoforetti. She is the first European woman to command the International Space Station (ISS). Now, she has caught the imagination of netizens with her yoga skills in the space station.
- Cristoforetti is a woman of many firsts. She was the first European female to walk in space and the first to use TikTok inside the ISS.
- She has always put emphasis on reaching the younger audience through social media. Her doing yoga in space can be seen as another such outreach initiative.
- This is bound to make more kids interested in yoga and space.
In a video that has gone viral now, Cristoforetti can be seen performing yoga inside the ISS. She was following the instructions of Jaime Amor, the founder of Cosmic Kids Yoga. This collaboration is a continuation of the astronaut's appearance in a video of Cosmic Kids in May, where she talked about her desire to do yoga in space.
What happens when you try to do yoga in #SPACE? 🚀Here's @AstroSamantha the astronaut doing #CosmicKids on the ISS! 💫— Cosmic Kids (@CosmicKidsYoga) September 27, 2022
Watch the whole video here: https://t.co/gn7GomHmxT
Thank you to the amazing team @ESA for this incredible opportunity!🧑🚀 #MissionMinerva #SpaceWeek pic.twitter.com/0nOiXwZa6W
In the YouTube video titled "Astronaut does Cosmic Kids Yoga IN SPACE," we can see the instructor talking about the difficulty of doing yoga in space due to the lack of gravity. Cristoforetti overcomes this by hooking her legs under a bar in the beginning. She can be also seen using an elastic band to do the forward fold pose or triangle pose.
Both Cristoforetti and Cosmic Kids took to Twitter to share short clips about their space yoga adventure. The videos caught Twitterati by surprise. Most were astonished by how successful Cristoforetti was in pulling off some of the poses. She was showered with praise by everyone.