Michelle Dortignac, founder of Unnata® Aerial Yoga, is an E-RYT 200 certified Yoga instructor of close to 20 years, while during most of those years also being a professional aerial acrobatics performer.
Michelle grew up in Colorado where she and her family spent a large part of their time in the Rocky Mountains hiking, camping, and contemplating the silence of nature. The athletic quality of Hatha Yoga is a natural outgrowth from those days, using strength, endurance and flexibility to seek an inner calm and peace.
In 1991, Michelle moved to NYC to study Dance and Yoga. The two practices became integrated for her. In 1998, she became certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga through the OM Yoga center, and began teaching at the center. In 2002, Michelle transitioned her Dance training from the floor to the air, learning the circus art form of Tissu/Silks. That same year, she left OM Yoga center, continuing to explore her unique vision of Aerial Dance and Yoga. She practiced at home, in Circus studios, and at the renowned Dharma Mittra Yoga center, culminating all her studies into this combined class — Unnata Aerial Yoga. Although the first classes were taught in January 2006, Unnata Aerial Yoga is an organic hybrid that has grown out of a lifetime of study on movement and meditation.
Learn more about Dharma Mittra’s Yoga center.
Learn more about Michelle’s aerial performance troupe, Suspended Cirque.