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ESA astronaut performs the Jedi warrior and crescent moon poses while in microgravity aboard the ISS

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European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti completed an out-of-this-world yoga class — she performed the Jedi warrior, shooting star, and other poses in microgravity aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Cristoforetti, who became the first female European commander at the station on Wednesday, followed along with certified yoga teacher Jaime Amor who led the class from a studio on Earth.

However, the astronaut had to secure her feet to the floor with a bar and use a large elastic band to maintain her balance.

While Cristoforetti was able to stay grounded for most poses, with some help, the crescent moon and eagle landing poses saw her lift off the ground and hover around the station.

While Samantha Cristoforetti was able to stay grounded for most poses, with some help, the crescent moon (pictured) and eagle landed poses saw her lift off the ground and hover around the station

Cristoforetti followed yoga instructor Jamie Amor, who was in a studio on Earth

Cristoforetti followed yoga instructor Jamie Amor, who was in a studio on Earth

Yoga is a popular exercise to improve strength, mental health and flexibility, and has been performed by several other astronauts aboard the revolving lab in the past — NASA astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson demonstrated a number of balancing poses in 2017.

A paper from 2012published by a team of US scientists and the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, suggested that yoga practices such as breathing maneuvers, relaxation, meditation, and specific muscle movements may help alleviate the effects of microgravity.

“By providing self-directed stress relief tools, the reduction in stress-related cortisol and catecholamine peaks observed during the space program can be expected to improve microgravity-induced changes, such as immunodeficiency and regional loss in bone architecture, and accelerate readjustment.” . of balance and coordination, bones, muscles and cardiovascular systems when returning to Earth’s gravity,” the study reads.

Amor (left) and Cristoforetti (right) practiced yoga on the ground before the astronaut was launched to the ISS

Amor (left) and Cristoforetti (right) practiced yoga on the ground before the astronaut was launched to the ISS

Cristoforetti used a long elastic band to perform the Jedi warrior pose or she would float away

Cristoforetti used a long elastic band to perform the Jedi warrior pose or she would float away

Although Cristoforetti did yoga for fun, the short class could improve her health as she completes a long stay on the ISS.

Cristoforetti follows along with Amor, who is a yoga instructor for Cosmic Kids, a platform focused on mindfulness for children.

The astronaut places her feet under a beam attached to the ship’s floor to begin the lesson, which began with simple breathing exercises to “calm the nerves and mind,” which Amor says is “very important to an astronaut” during the video.

One of the stretches is “Hello Earth,” which involves lowering your upper body toward the floor until your fingers touch.

However, such a task required Cristoforetti to use an elastic band attached to the floor to pull himself down.

Then the couple does the half moon pose, in which you stand up straight with your arms together in the air and legs close together on the floor.

Cristoforetti also used the strap to show the shooting star pose

Cristoforetti also used the strap to show the shooting star pose

But she couldn't use the safety belt during the pose the eagle has landed and she floated off the ground

But she couldn’t use the safety belt during the pose the eagle has landed and she floated off the ground

As Amor’s feet stayed in one place, Cristoforetti lifted off the ground because of the microgravity.

She wears elastic bands for help with weightlessness, she also does an ‘eagle pose’ by crossing her legs criss-cross and tries to balance herself by bending a little.

Yoga isn’t the only exercise aboard the ISS, as there’s a full gym on the ship that astronauts use regularly to stay limber — and they shared a look at their makeshift gym in 2020.

NASA’s Jessica Meir took the public on a tour of their makeshift equipment, including a vacuum system similar to free weights, a treadmill with bungee cords, and a stationary bike with no saddle or handlebars.

Studies have shown that exercise is vital not only for your physical health, but also for your mental well-being,” Meir said in the clip.

“You may have to get a little creative to get that heart rate up at home without going to the gym, but we’re confident you can come up with something.”

Exercising in space presents unique challenges, but without exercise, astronauts can lose up to 15 percent of their muscle mass, some of it permanently.

Onboard the ISS is the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (aRED), which Meir says is the crew’s one-stop weight machine that uses two large vacuum tubes to generate the resistance.

Yoga isn't the only exercise aboard the ISS, as there's a full-featured gym on the ship that astronauts regularly use to stay limber — and they shared a look at their makeshift gym in 2020. Pictured is NASA's Jessica Meir running on a treadmill running

Yoga isn’t the only exercise aboard the ISS, as there’s a full-featured gym on the ship that astronauts regularly use to stay limber — and they shared a look at their makeshift gym in 2020. Pictured is NASA’s Jessica Meir running on a treadmill running

The makeshift gym has a system that uses a piston and flywheel system to simulate free weight exercises in normal gravity to work all major muscle groups through squats, deadlifts and calf raises.  Astronauts have reported seeing similar results to using free weights

The makeshift gym has a system that uses a piston and flywheel system to simulate free weight exercises in normal gravity to work all major muscle groups through squats, deadlifts and calf raises. Astronauts have reported seeing similar results to using free weights

The system uses a piston and flywheel system to simulate free weight exercises in normal gravity to target all major muscle groups through squats, deadlifts and calf raises.

Astronauts have reported seeing similar results to using free weights.

While the primary purpose of aRED is to maintain muscle strength and mass, resistance exercise also helps astronauts increase endurance for physically demanding tasks such as spacewalks, NASA explains in a statement.

The crew also has to do some cardiovascular exercises, which are done with a small treadmill or stationary bike – but they’re different than what you see in your own gym.

The treadmill on board the ship is designed so that astronauts can run without vibrating the equipment.

It also comes equipped with a harness connected with bungee cords, which keeps the runner in place during microgravity.

“One of the interesting things we like to point out to the people on the ground is that it’s a bicycle, but we don’t have a seat and no handlebars,” Meir said as she strapped herself to the bike. and grabbed hold of handles attached to the wall.

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