What’s Happening Now? The Internal Journey of the Artist


an event or occurrence.
“altogether it was an eerie happening”
a partly improvised or spontaneous piece of theatrical or other artistic performance, typically involving audience participation.
“a multimedia happening”

I first started Unnata Aerial Yoga as an artistic experiment, with questions like, “What would aerial yoga look like?” And, “Is it possible to create a combination class of aerial acrobatics and Yoga that could remain authentic Yoga?” I used all the curiosity and persistence I developed as a dance, performance and aerial artist to craft and refine the Unnata Aerial Yoga method.

Like many artists, my projects rarely reach a stage of completion and perfection that feels “done.” There is always room to improve, expand, clarify, and bring new perspective that sparks inspiration and curiosity in those who receive the Art. (Often the viewer receives the Art, but in this case, it’s the students and teachers of Unnata Aerial Yoga). When all is said and done, Art is really about communication and connection.

The initial Unnata Level 1 teacher training course lays a perfect foundation for Yoga teachers to begin an exploration of aerial yoga. It is a thorough training and introduction to the heart of the Unnata Aerial Yoga method. Unnata Level 1 teachers learn the tools to teach skillful aerial yoga classes with the freedom to expand on their own specializations and expertise from their previous education. I spent many years revising and improving the course each time I taught it, and at this point, even from an artist’s perspective, I feel the course is complete.

In Yoga, though, there is always more depth to explore. And, over the past several years, I’ve developed a sequel in the series: the Level 2 teacher training course guides Unnata Aerial Yoga teachers to experience more depth in their aerial yoga practice, which they in turn share with their students.

The Level 2 teacher training is my current creative composition. Each time I teach it, I add or subtract elements, highlight particular pieces, or clarify a technique. I observe how the material connects with its recipients, and adjust accordingly. It’s art in the making. The current Level 2 training contains the newest material, the clearest sequencing, and the most refined expression of the Unnata Aerial Yoga method’s beginning and advanced techniques.

I believe you will be pleasantly delighted with any class you take from an Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher. All of our teachers are passionate and dedicated to their Yoga practice and education. And, if you want to really understand the depths of where the Unnata Aerial Yoga method is today (and what’s happening in the development of Aerial Yoga in general!), it would be worth your time to take a class with an Unnata Level 2 teacher. You might be surprised with how much more you can explore.

Your Yoga practice is always changing, because life is always changing. The body grows older, friends come in and out of our lives without notice, and the weather slowly shifts. Change constantly flows even if it’s not large shifts like a change in location, or a change of career. Yoga practice is a tool to help notice the present moment – to go deep inside and discover what is within.

Keep practicing! Keep exploring! Cultivate curiosity and persistence, and create internal Art.

Yours Truly,

About the Author

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. Her most influential Yoga teachers include Dharma Mittra, Alan Finger and Cyndi Lee.  

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