Shanghai Daily,上海日报 takes a look into Unnata® Aerial Yoga

Unnata® Aerial Yoga is thrilled that Michelle Dortignac has been interviewed in ShanghaiDaily.com. In the interview Michelle explains her reasoning behind starting Unnata® Aerial Yoga, how it has grown throughout the years and its numerous health benefits. In the article Michelle also explains how Unnata® is specifically different from other kinds of popular aerial yoga classes, keeping the authentic traditions of yoga at the forefront of the method.
“When I first started working with an aerial apparatus, I could feel how it was helping support my yoga training,” recalled Dortignac.

“Aerial yoga can help a student develop what is necessary to eventually be able to do a headstand without the hammock assisting them,” explained Dortignac. “I think of the hammock as I do other tools used in yoga classes such as bolsters, blocks and belts.”

Read the original article by ZHU Jing on the Shanghai Daily.com website

So You Want to be an Unnata Teacher Trainer?

Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training,
Ciudad Real, Spain

You’ve graduated from an Unnata Teacher Training, and you’ve fallen in love with this unique, and truly “yogic” style of aerial yoga. What’s next? Obviously you want the world to fall in love with Unnata too, and you can’t wait to further your own growth as a teacher. It makes sense that you’d be inspired to take the steps toward becoming an Unnata Teacher Trainer, right?

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What Makes Unnata Aerial Yoga Special?

Unnata founder Michelle Dortignac and students share what’s special about Unnata Aerial Yoga, and the difference it has made in their Yoga practice and lives:

Unnata Aerial Yoga was born of Michelle Dortignac’s 20+ years of yogic teaching, meditation practice, and movement and aerial arts performance. It is a comprehensive discipline, grounded in yogic tradition, that offers challenge and change for your whole being – body, mind and spirit.

Find out more about the Unnata Aerial Yoga difference.

Find a class near you on our Unnata Aerial Yoga Class Finder.

My Favorite Yoga Sutra (1.33) As Seen Through a Mirror

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As Yogis, our wisest leaders tell us that we must embrace unconditional love for each other if we are to find true transformation. And yet, many of us feel fear, sadness and anger more often than we feel peace and serenity. It’s not easy to simply drop an emotion and change our thoughts on a dime, so how can we navigate our way to that place of Yoga in our minds?

When I am confused and my mind only feels and sees chaos, I often look to Yoga Sutra 1.33 to give me guidance in how to find this unconditional love: “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness towards the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.” (translation Swami Satchidananda)

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Unnata Aerial Yoga Video Promo

What is Unnata Aerial Yoga? Have a watch and see!

Unnata is excited to announce our new short promo video! Of course there’s plenty of info about Unnata right here on our website, but we’ve produced this short video to help explain what Unnata is and how it works in both words and moving images.

Our good friend — and Unnata teacher — Elizabeth Ayers brought a 12-person film production crew up to NY, and we spent a day filming at the Sacred Sounds Yoga center here in NYC. Video editing is by NY friend Tim Guetterman. And finally, the wonderful voiceover was recorded by NY aerialist-turned-actress, Cody Schreger. Great work everyone!

Producer: Michelle Dortignac, Unnata LLC
Video Shoot: Elizabeth Ayers, Jane and June Productions
Video Editor: Tim Guetterman
Voiceover: Cody Schreger

A couple of still images from the video shoot at Sacred Sounds Yoga.

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Taking Classes With a Master Yogi (Reflection of Yoga Sutra 2.5)

img_1998I am lucky to live in the same city as Master Yogi Dharma Mittra. Dharma is one of the few Yoga teachers alive today who has received traditional teachings directly from a guru, and practiced those teachings for over 50 years. An authentic Yoga practice is not limited to the physical exercises of asana. It includes dietary guidelines, ethics, breathing techniques, meditation techniques, and more. These limbs of an authentic Yoga practice help us transition from a small, limited perception of life to a larger perspective of wholeness, which inspires a sense of internal calm. Anyone who studies with Dharma can see his authenticity; and for those of us who wish to pursue Yoga studies beyond physical fitness, we cherish our opportunities to study with this Master Yogi.

But I’m not writing this message to convince you to take classes with Sri Dharma Mittra. Instead, I want to inspire you to take classes with teachers in addition to Dharma Mittra.

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Unnata Aerial Yoga Featured in DOYOUYOGA!

Unnata Aerial Yoga has been featured as number 2 of the 8 new styles of Yoga “You Need to Try!”

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“Aerial yoga has definitely caught on in the past few years, and it’s easy to see why. Who wouldn’t love to invert with ease, with the added bonus of feeling weightless?

Unnata Aerial Yoga got the Aerial ball rolling, and is a traditional yoga asana class that uses a hammock hung from the ceiling to help you with many of the traditional floor postures. Sometimes your body is partially supported by the hammock, and sometimes it’s supported fully.

Give this awesome style of yoga a try the next time you get a chance, and find Unnata Aerial Yoga.”

See the full article on the DOYOUYOGA website.

Exclusive ACE Study: Aerial Yoga Improves Cardiorespiratory Fitness (and more!)

In an exclusive study featured on the cover of their January 2016 issue of ProSource, The AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE (ACE) found that “regular participation in Aerial Yoga improves cardiorespiratory fitness and positively modifies several major CVD risk factors.”

While the Unnata® Aerial Yoga method is designed to deliver an authentic Yoga experience rather than being just a fancy exercise or fitness class, it’s reassuring to know that the entire Aerial Yoga spectrum offers powerful health benefits for its practitioners.

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) certifies fitness and personal trainers in the US.

According to the ACE study, “sixteen healthy women between the ages of 18 and 45 years old were recruited to participate in the study, which involved a six-week intervention with three 50-minute sessions per week (18 total). The same qualified instructor led all sessions and one make-up session was available each week.”

The study goes on to report that “at the conclusion of the six-week Aerial Yoga program, there were significant improvements in the following cardiometabolic risk factors: weight, body-fat percentage, waist circumference, V• O2max, systolic blood pressure and HDL cholesterol.”

Those are pretty powerful results!

The researchers were especially surprised at the drop in blood pressure, since all participants had a normal blood pressure range before the study began. Researchers suggested that “participants found the Aerial Yoga to be helpful for relieving stress, and stated that future research to study the effect of this type of exercise on stress levels and mood may be warranted.”

The full article is quite technical in nature — it’s an exercise physiology organization — but we invite you to read it over on the ACE Fitness website.

Here below, is the final paragraph:

THE BOTTOM LINE: Findings from this study support Aerial Yoga as an alternative to traditional exercise modalities for adults, as this novel form of yoga yields metabolic responses in the moderate-intensity range. Regular participation in Aerial Yoga improves cardiorespiratory fitness and positively modifies several major CVD risk factors.

Stated simply, according to Dr. Dalleck, “Aerial Yoga proves to be a great alternative form of exercise with benefits in line with other, more popular forms of exercise.” It should be the goal of any health and fitness professional, Dr. Dalleck reminds us, to find an effective mode of exercise that accommodates the needs of each individual client or participant, while also being enjoyable.

You can also read/download the article in PDF format here.

HEALING ILLNESS THROUGH YOGA

IMG_0027I recently had the misfortune of experiencing a severe allergic reaction. My skin erupted in all-over itching and burning, aggravated by all elements – heat, water, wind, and touch. Within a few days, my entire existence became intolerably irritated.

Up until that moment, my skin had been a guardian angel – a shield from external assaults, and a safe-keeper of my internal vitals. This time, however, the skin was being attacked from the inside, not the outside, and quite understandably, it reacted dramatically.

Once the reaction had downgraded from a potential life-threat of windpipe closure to just miserably uncomfortable, I knew all I could do was wait for my body to complete its stages of allergic response. I then reflected on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.30: “These are the obstacles that bring disturbance to the mind: disease, lack of effort, loss of interest, inapplication, attraction to things physical, false perceptions, lack of concentration, inability to maintain any achievements gained.” (Translation: Kofi Busia 1998)Read More