Meet The Unnata Course Leaders

Our Official Unnata Teacher Trainers

Our official Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher trainers are experienced, dedicated, and highly trained yogis, who deliver exceptional Unnata Aerial Yoga courses all over the world.

All teacher trainers began as experienced yoga teachers in traditional styles before completing extensive education in the Unnata Aerial Yoga method. After several years of teaching, they were accepted into an apprentice program, and then completed substantial additional training to earn their certification as Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training Course Leaders.

We hold our teacher trainers to the highest standards of any Aerial Yoga method in the world, so you can be sure that all Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher trainings deliver the same incomparable quality of experience.

Read here the steps to become an Unnata Teacher Trainer.

Jordan Anderson

Home City: Charleston, SC
Member Since: 2009
Course Leader Since: 2015

Jordan is a yogi and aerial acrobat, and the co-founder and director of Aerial Fit® which is Charleston, SC’s only dedicated aerial facility. She was a dedicated yoga practitioner and instructor for many years before discovering aerial, and the Unnata® Aerial Yoga method speaks to her because the way it combines yoga with the use of an aerial apparatus is so powerful.

Jordan has been influenced by a variety of yoga teachers including Doug Keller for his down to earth anatomical approach, Andrey Lappa for his inclusion of the energy bodies in the practice, Dharma Mittra for his kind heart, and all of her students and teachers who continue to be her greatest inspiration. Her yoga classes are a combination of breath, movement, stillness, focus, and exploration/play. She is a firm believer that the practice of yoga (all 8 limbs of it!) can enhance anyone’s quality of life.

As someone who spends much of her life in the air, Jordan is drawn to the Unnata method for the sense of grounding it provides and loves how it bleeds over into every aspect of her life. Teaching is her way to share that with others.  Jordan has been teaching Unnata Aerial Yoga since 2009 and has a passion for helping guide others along the teaching path.

Michelle Dortignac, Founder

Home City: New York, NY
Member Since: 2006
Course Leader Since: 2008

Michelle Dortignac, founder of Unnata® Aerial Yoga, is an E-RYT-500 certified Yoga instructor of 25 years, while during many of those years also being a professional aerial acrobatics performer. Her most influential Yoga teachers include Dharma Mittra, Alan Finger, Cyndi Lee, Susan Braham and Nishit Patel.

Since its inception in 2006, Unnata Aerial Yoga has been influential in the growth of popularity of the aerial yoga genre. With more than 200 active Unnata Yoga teachers spread worldwide, the Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training program has become known for its exclusive and high-quality training. Participants receive large amounts of personalized instruction, and graduates receive a great amount of continuing support.

Olika Elkina

Home City: St. Petersburg, Russia
Member Since: 2012
Course Leader Since: 2016

Элькина Олика – инструктор по йоге айенгара с 2008 года. Закончила учительский курс Сергея Михайлова в студии Экаграта в Санкт-Петербурге в 2010г. Лицензированных инструктор по Unnata aerial yoga с 2012г. В 2014г. прошла уровень Advanced в Испании, а в 2015г. – семинар “Погружение в Аэройогу” в Санкт-Петербурге. С 2016г. – Teacher Training Coyrse Leader, ассистировала Мишель Дортиньяк в проведении семинара базового уровня в Санкт-Петербурге. По профессии – дизайнер одежды, художник, имеет две студии Аэройоги в Санкт-Петербурге.

Montse Lominchar

Home City: Ciudad Real, Spain
Member Since: 2010
Course Leader Since: 2012

Fundadora y directora del centro Yogasadhana y fundadora de la escuela de yoga aéreo restaurativo Khatva yoga. Profesora de yoga tradicional, yoga restaurativo con hamaca Khatva yoga, yoga aéreo Unnata y yoga para niños, Couch-facilitadora del método «Sana Tu Vida» de Louise L. Hay.

Mi primer contacto con el Yoga surgió cuando tenía 17 años, en el año 1982, el destino o mi propio Ser quisieron que la escuela de azafatas donde estudiaba compartiera rellano con la escuela de yogaterapia Asanga, y todavía recuerdo el sabor que me dejó mi primera clase de Yoga. Comprendí que el Yoga iba a ser algo muy importante en mi vida. Después de unos años en los que crecí personalmente y me dediqué a mi familia, llegó la oportunidad de formarme como profesora de Yoga en el año 2000, formación que continúa aún hoy y creo que será así mientras viva. He profundizado en la yogaterapia, el yoga para niños, el yoga de la risa, el yoga aéreo, el yoga restaurativo, el stretching de los antiguos monasterios hindúes, la meditación… como dice uno de mis queridos maestros en India, Harold Sequeira (discípulo de Sri Yogendra, fundador del instituto de yoga clásico en Santa Cruz, Bombay) «el Yoga es como el océano, puedes simplemente mirarlo desde la arena, mojarte los pies, puedes nadar en la orilla o sumergirte en sus aguas y encontrarte en él.» Y aquí estoy, nadando unas veces en la superficie, otras veces buceando hacia lo profundo pero, sin duda, disfrutando de la experiencia.

Desde el año 2004 dirijo el Centro Yogasadhana en Ciudad Real e imparto cursos de formación para profesores de yoga aéreo Unnata y Khatva yoga, método que he desarrollado personalmente.

Mi más sincero y profundo agradecimiento a todas las personas que he encontrado en el camino: profesores y maestros de yoga, colegas, alumnos… que me han ayudado a comprender y experimentar en mi vida el significado profundo del Yoga. A todos, ¡gracias!

Mina Morrgan

Home City: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Member Since: 2014
Course Leader Since: 2017

Mina is a 500 E-RYT yoga teacher, professional scuba diver and co-founder of No Stress center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Founded in 2012 the No stress center was the first facility to introduce aerial yoga in the region and has since been the home to many modern approaches to body and movement.

Since her teenage years Mina has been a curious and voracious explorer, researching everything that posed her a challenge and allowed for a deeper connection with the world: from meditation, psychology, philosophy, yoga and various mind-body practices. Since 2010 she has travelled around the world from India to the US and all across Europe both as a student and a teacher seeking knowledge and union.

She used hammock both as an aerial yoga prop and as an aerial acrobatics apparatus before coming into contact with the Unnata® Aerial Yoga method, but it was meeting Michelle Dortignac in January 2014 and taking the teacher training course that changed her perspective and unveiled the true potential and impact that this approach to yoga could have for all levels of students and body types.

Mina is an eclectic, passionate, straightforward, joyful woman and part time intellectual. Her teaching style is clear, light-hearted, creative and she has a nerdy attention to detail. She believes that by practicing yoga and especially aerial yoga we can all awaken the free child that resides deep within us and by doing so we can find the strength to achieve our true potential. If she had to describe herself in one phrase it would be “State of constants change within stillness.”

Becky Stella

Home City: Minneapolis, MN
Member Since: 2009
Course Leader Since: 2013

Both yogini and aerial acrobat, Becky is dedicated to the Unnata® Aerial Yoga method. She sees the hammock as a powerful prop for people of all levels of physical ability to find wholeness, freedom, and healing, and creates a nurturing environment for yoga students to both re-examine and deepen their yoga practices on and off the mat.

Becky grew up studying dance and various movement arts and began a devoted yoga practice in her early 20s. She completed her first yoga teacher training certification in 2005 and later helped develop and coordinate the Yoga Study teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis for five years. In 2009 Becky studied under Michelle Dortignac to became the first Unnata® Aerial Yoga instructor in the Midwest.

Over the past decade she has continued her studies in emotional and physical yoga therapeutics, as well as study with Gary Kraftsow, Max Strom, and others. Now an experienced Unnata teacher trainer, she leads yoga trainings and workshops in the US and internationally.

Misato Taniguchi

Home City: Tokyo, Japan
Member Since: 2009
Course Leader Since: 2016

2009年8月 エアリアルヨガ創始者ミシェルのNYで初開催されたトレーニングにて、日本人初エアリアルヨガインストラクターとなり、エアリアルヨガジャパンを設立。
“ヨガ指導で深い影響を受けたのは、側弯症のヨガセラピーのElise Miller.  自分の背骨にあったヨガを補助具などを使い、アイアンガー先生から直接指導を受けた先生で、様々な補助具の使い方、身体の歪みに対応するやり方は、私のハンモックの使い方にも活かされています。”