Unnata teachers have strong beliefs in what responsibilities we have to our students. As teachers of aerial yoga, we have unique responsibilities that yoga teachers who teach without a hammock do not need to follow, and unique responsibilities to yoga tradition that many aerial yoga teachers are not concerned with.
First and foremost, we want to make sure our students can trust our equipment and our knowledge of how to use said equipment. Second, we believe that if one is going to include the word “yoga” as part of the description of their class, then the teacher is obligated to have had some education and experience in authentic, traditional yoga, and not just the physical fitness parts of a Yoga practice.
Standards for Unnata Yoga Teachers
Because the role of the hammock in an Unnata class is to deepen traditional Yogic teachings, all Unnata teachers start with an education in traditional Yoga before training to be Unnata teachers, and continue practicing and studying traditional yoga in addition to Unnata teachings.
Standards & Teacher Responsibilities
All Unnata Aerial Yoga teachers abide by the following standards for safety, teaching the Unnata method, and ethical principles of conduct.
- Use the safe rigging practices outlined in the Level 1 teacher training course and as reinforced through the Members area of the Unnata website. The original information may be supplemented through the guidance of a professional rigger, structural engineer, architect, or other similar professional who has significant training and understanding of the physics and unique forces produced through dynamic human movement.
- Regularly inspect and repair equipment and rigging points according to industry standards, using a timeline appropriate for the studio’s unique situation.
- Keep hammocks clean and odor free.
Teaching Unnata Method
- Use the ingredients that constitute an Unnata Aerial Yoga/Unnata Yoga class when teaching Unnata Yoga.
- Learn and adopt updates to the Unnata Aerial Yoga method as the method evolves.
- Annually continue Yogic education and personal development either through additional Unnata courses, the learning resources available in the Unnata website Members Area and on the Unnata website blog, live or video recorded review of the Level 1 course, and/or through additional study in any aspect of traditional Hatha Yoga.
Ethical Codes of Conduct
- Refrain from false or misleading claims on education, experience and skills.
- Follow the ethical standards of the Yamas and Niyamas from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Unnata Aerial Yoga is a method of authentic Yoga using the hammock as a supportive tool, and it’s also an organization and community of teachers who dedicate themselves to high standards, Yogic ethics, continuous study, and personal practice.