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Michelle and Aerial Yoga a Good Fit for Verywell Fit Article

Did you know Michelle Dortignac, founder of Unnata® Aerial Yoga, continues to be the leading expert on aerial yoga? On a regular basis, we here at get requests from news sources all over the world to contribute as the “industry expert” on all aspects of aerial yoga. And, Michelle is always happy to help educate and inspire.

Most recently, Michelle was invited by Verywell Fit to weigh in on topics such as: the benefits of aerial yoga, the pros and cons of aerial yoga at home vs. at a studio, what to look for in an aerial yoga studio and even how to begin an aerial yoga practice.

Here’s an excerpt from the article…

“At its core, an aerial yoga class guides you through the same types of yoga positions you experience in a traditional yoga class,” says Michelle Dortignac, founder of Unnata Aerial Yoga. “The difference being that the hammock offers support at key places, allowing you to spend more time in a position, and adjust your alignment.”

According to their website, Verywell Fit “uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles.” Seeing as our main mission for Unnata Aerial Yoga is to maintain high standards and high value, we support Verywell Fit’s mission and the general news industry as much as we can! Just like the yoga hammock supports the yoga student.

Want to know why alignment is so important for yoga? How about the pros and cons to aerial yoga at home vs. at a studio? Read the full article here.

Michelle Dortignac and Unnata Yoga Featured in Yoga Journal

Michelle Dortignac and Unnata Yoga have been featured in TWO articles in this month’s edition (July/Aug 2015) of Yoga Journal magazine!

Michelle Dortignac and Unnata Yoga Featured in Yoga Journal

It’s so exciting to see how Aerial Yoga has grown to become a lasting and legitimate example of the many new faces of Traditional Yoga.

For almost 10 years now, Unnata Yoga has strived to remain a true Yoga class at its core — a class which incorporates the use of the silk aerial apparatus to expand and compliment the traditional floor practice.

In the FIRST article, entitled Learn to Fly with Aerial Yoga, Yoga Journal writer Karen Macklin explores the ways in which an Aerial Yoga practice such as Unnata Aerial Yoga can help practitioners “find more length 
in your spine and safe 
in your poses” on the floor.

One of the most important points emphasized by our own Michelle Dortignac, is the way in which Aerial Yoga can support and inform your floor practice. “When a new student drapes over the hammock, in Down Dog, for example, gravity does the work for them,” she says. “The hammock helps with lengthening and creating internal space. Once we give students that feeling in the hammock, they’ll have the memory of what that was like, and take it with them to their floor practice.”

The SECOND article was written by Michelle Dortignac herself — especially for this edition of Yoga Journal magazine.

In The Aerial Yoga Sequence: 9 Poses to Defy Gravity, Michelle takes us through the process for warming up to, and preparing to get into the hip-opening One-Legged King Pigeon Pose.

This article also features Colorado-based Unnata Teacher, Raven Clemente, demonstrating Michelle’s 9-step sequence for warming up to, and getting into the One-Legged King Pigeon pose.

See full article, and all pictures here. »




(Photos for Yoga Journal by Joe Hancock)

Warning! How To Purchase An Aerial Yoga Hammock

IMG_2283Those of us in the Unnata Aerial Yoga community are happy to see the increase in popularity of Aerial Yoga, and the increase of locations where one can practice Aerial Yoga. It should be noted, however, that this increase in popularity has also brought along an increase in suppliers of Yoga hammocks, some of whom have not done the necessary research to fully understand safe hammock installation. Hanging a Yoga hammock requires more thought and care than hanging a television/bookshelf on your wall, or of hanging a chin-up bar.

For example, did you know you are never supposed to hang your hammock in a doorframe? And, there are only certain kinds of daisy chains that are safe to use for Aerial Yoga?

What looks fine to the untrained eye can turn into a significant injury in a flash, so please be careful if you wish to purchase a Yoga hammock for your own usage in your home.

We recommend researching the credentials of your supplier, their experience and expertise. And because every ceiling has unique qualities, if the supplier of your hammock can’t explain how to attach your hammock to your specific ceiling then you may need to also hire a professional rigger/structural engineer/etc. to help you install your hammock.

Listed below are two riggers who are trusted in the aerial world, they are a good resource to go to with your rigging questions:

Brett Copes at Fight or Flight Entertainment
[email protected]

Bill Auld at Auld Entertainment
[email protected]

Unnata Featured in Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal May 2014 CoverUnnata Aerial Yoga was featured as one of New York City’s “classes to check out” in the May 2014 issue of Yoga Journal. What an honor!

Ours is one of only 2 classes selected for all of New York!

By the way, we also highly recommend the other featured class – Nite Sweats®, at friend-of-Unnata, Bikram Lower East Side.

Thanks Yoga Journal, for recognizing us both among the thousands of Yoga classes in NYC.


Aerial Yoga: Why Kula Chose Unnata®

Kula Yoga & Wellness, a yoga studio in Wisconsin did their Aerial Yoga research and chose Unnata® to be their Aerial Yoga of choice!

Their main reason? “First and foremost, Unnata® is about Yoga.”

Read more about why: This tmblr article, “Aerial Yoga: Why Kula Chose Unnata®,” is no longer available.


Unnata Aerial Yoga: Nippon Television – Woman on the Planet

JAPAN / Nippon Television
Woman on the Planet (Feb 2013)

Nippon TV (one of the major networks in Japan) has featured Unnata Aerial Yoga, and Sacred Sounds Yoga in New York City, in their weekly reality show / documentary entitled: “Woman on the Planet”!

The program features a female individual that has decided to come to a foreign country to start her second life; pursuing her dreams and ambitions. In addition to following her daily life, the program introduces some aspects of daily living in her country of choice. The female subject (Asuka Sato) is interested in organic, vegeterian/vegan foods and yoga.

The timing of this piece couldn’t be better, as we’ve just scheduled an Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training in Japan!

Unnata Yoga teacher Misato Taniguchi of Aerial Yoga Japan will be hosting this Teacher Training program in Tokyo, and we are so very excited to be working with her there in her home town. More information can be found on the Teacher Training page of this website.

Yoi ichi nichi wo!

Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, March 2013: Turku, Finland

Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, Turku, Finland
Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, Turku, Finland

Group photo of the Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training students; with host Vesta Sariola (center, front), and Michelle Dortignac.

Fuego Lounge Yoga Studio: Turku, Finland – March, 2013.

Rear row: Ville-Johannes Moilanen, Arja Heinilä, Lotta Lähteenmäki, Lauriina Nevala
Middle row: Katja Kiuttu, Charlotta Savander, Elisa Kuuttila, Petri Linnankivi, Marjut
Front Row: Salla Oksanen, Clare Gates-Sjöblom, Vesta Sariola, Sari Hellman, Michelle Dortignac

Unnata Aerial Yoga Mini Class #3

Here is the third installment in the Unnata Yoga Mini Class video series. Each video in the series shows 10-15 minutes in real time (unedited) of what an Unnata Aerial Yoga class looks and feels like.

Mini Class #3 demonstrates use of the hip hang, and a reclined twist.

Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, October 2012: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Pictured above: Yelena, Lyuba, (Olga G.), Marina, (Michelle D.), Valentina, Olga, and Zulfia. (New Unnata teacher Elvira was not at the studio for the above image, but is pictured in the photo below.)

Congratulations to the 7 new Unnata Aerial Yoga Teachers here in Saint Petersburg, Russia!

Event hostess Olga Gunina became an Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher at the October 2011 training in Ciudad Real, Spain. She’s now opened the first dedicated Aerial Yoga studio in Saint Petersburg, Russia! See:

Big thank you to Olga Gunina for being such an amazing teacher, leader, and host for this training at her studio. Our trip to Russia went so smoothly thanks to Olga’s caring oversight; she really went above and beyond to take care of us and all of the Unnata Aerial Yoga teachers who had travelled to Saint Petersburg for this training.

Pictured above with diplomas: Lyuba, Elvira, Zulfia, Marina, and Valentina. (New Unnata teachers Olga and Yelena had already traveled home before this image was taken.)