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The Unnata® Aerial Yoga Difference

Unnata Aerial Yoga is a carefully developed method of Hatha Yoga that uses the support of a soft, fabric Aerial hammock suspended from the ceiling to enhance and refine a traditional floor Yoga practice.

In an Unnata Yoga class, you’ll explore new and traditional yoga asanas (yogic postures) with your body weight partially or fully supported. You’ll get a ‘yoga high’ by deepening your practice: experience physical release, refined strength, energetic flow, and heightened awareness of breath and body. Never more than a few feet off the ground, you’ll let go into gravity, be held in the hammock, and awaken yogic bliss.

Whether you are a long-time Yogi, or dreaming about trying Yoga for the first time, the Unnata method is a fun and playful way to discover this ancient art from a new perspective.

Discover Unnata Yoga

The Unnata method is more than an Aerial Yoga class. Beyond flips, tricks and pretty poses, the Unnata method teaches deeper body awareness in multidimensional space.

Surrendering into the hammock, you’ll gain insight about how you hold your posture, where you’ve held chronic tension, or how you habitually move through space. The Unnata method guides you to unwind old physical patterns, and reset to your body’s true alignment. You can expand flexibility, increase range of motion, build strength, lengthen the spine, and relax the nervous system.

Asana, Evolved

Think you’ve mastered downward-facing dog? Lean into it with the hammock, and you might notice new ah-ha’s about the posture that never would have occured to you in a usual Yoga practice.

With the hammock’s hold, gravity’s pull, and your teacher’s guidance, you will realize where you can lengthen and extend, strengthen and support, or soften and release in completely new ways – and then you can apply those same details in your regular floor Yoga practice, too.

In an Unnata class, you can access asanas beyond your reach in a traditional yoga class – true inversions, deeper supported backbends, attainable handstands, and cocoon-like savasanas.

You might even explore subtle Yogic teachings that become more accessible with the hammock, including pranayama (breathing exercises), bandhas (ways of directing subtle energy), or moments of meditation in levitation.

Beyond asana in air, Unnata Aerial Yoga guides you to unlock and understand the deeper wisdom of Yoga.

Unnata®. Real Yoga. Elevated.

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Who We Are

The Unnata Aerial Yoga method is an original form of supported Yoga, born from founder Michelle Dortignac’s love of Yoga, and lifelong passion for movement arts. Michelle synthesized her 25+ years of Yogic teaching and study, with her professional experience as an aerialist and dancer, and pioneered an entirely new practice of Yoga. (Read More About Michelle Here.)

Since 2006, Michelle has taught the Unnata method, and trained teachers across the globe. Now Unnata Aerial Yoga has evolved from Michelle’s playful practice of discovery into a mature method of Yoga, with teachers in 30+ countries worldwide. Michelle continues to innovate the Unnata method, and lead the Unnata community.

Though Unnata Aerial Yoga has gone global, it remains a small organization, guided by Michelle’s vision, and the support of an intimate group of dedicated teachers. With only 6 Unnata trainers worldwide (including founder, Michelle Dortignac), Unnata Yoga is not a factory churning out teachers; it’s a community of dedicated Yogis, inspired to share a love of the Unnata method with students everywhere.

Unnata Yoga teachers are devoted, experienced yoga instructors who have completed thorough training to safely incorporate the hammock into their yoga classes. Each teacher has a unique background and style of yoga; but all Unnata Yoga teachers understand the principles of yoga, and can safely guide you through a playful and transformative Unnata Aerial Yoga class.

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Inside an Unnata® Class

In an Unnata Yoga class, you’ll ground as much as elevate, and balance both earth and air. You’ll explore new and traditional asanas in the hammock, and on the mat.

All the subtlety you discover while suspended can be applied to asanas on the ground, and all the technique you master on the mat can support your posture in the air. With the support of the hammock, you can refine your regular practice, and explore advanced asanas that might not yet be accessible on the ground.

Advanced asanas can take years to learn, and even more time to understand their benefits; Unnata Yoga speeds up the process in a fun and safe manner. You can immediately discover fine balance, increase strength, deepen flexibility, and more easily invert. These skills extend to all physical activity, and result in more fluid movement through life.

An Unnata Yoga class doesn’t just take you into yogic poses, it teaches subtle distinctions about why and how these poses benefit you physically, mentally, energetically, emotionally and spiritually. Elevating your asana brings you into keen awareness of your center; it aligns the body, soothes the mind, deepens the breath, and heals the nervous system.

In an Unnata Yoga class you can…

  • Practice real yoga, elevated – not just tricks & gimmicks
  • Learn from experienced and well trained teachers
  • Enhance your understanding of traditional asana practice
  • Rapidly realize advanced poses
  • Relieve stress and find your center
  • Be playful and challenge yourself!

A Flexible Method

In an Unnata class, one thing will remain consistent, no matter who your teacher, or where in the world you practice: you’ll get an authentic, inspired experience of supported Yoga, based in Unnata Yoga’s foundational principles: relax into gravity, realign the spine, rebuild strength, and repeat.

Just like traditional Yoga, the Unnata method can meet you where you are, no matter what your level of fitness or Yogic experience. Our Unnata teachers bring their passion and expertise to the method, and because each teacher is unique, you’ll find that our classes are as diverse as our community.

Some Unnata Yoga classes are gentle and meditative, others strengthening and challenging. Some classes may focus on building a skill, like supported handstands, or deeper backbends, while others melt you into restorative bliss.

Unnata Aerial Yoga is a perfect opportunity to challenge yourself, be playful, and learn something new!

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Who is Unnata® Yoga For?

Unnata Aerial Yoga is uniquely developed for all levels of experience. No previous aerial, acrobatic, or Yoga experience is necessary.

Everyone in good health can benefit from Unnata Yoga, including:

Experienced Yoga Practitioners

  • Perceive details & distinctions in asanas that will enhance your traditional practice
  • Explore deeper flexibility and range of motion, including more complete backbends
  • Safely practice and refine challenging inversions in the middle of the room
  • Gain fine muscular control and increased strength
  • Develop awareness of the subtle energy body within asana practice

Beginning & Returning Yoga Students

  • Establish proper body mechanics and postural alignment from day one
  • Heighten your sense of balance and spatial awareness
  • Heal minor injuries before returning to a traditional Yoga practice
  • Experience unfamiliar asanas with the safety & support of the hammock
  • Condition strength and flexibility while the hammock holds your weight

Yoga Teachers, Physical Educators, Movement Artists & Athletes

  • Understand the therapeutic benefits of Unnata Yoga
  • Learn to work with principles of gravity, surrender and support
  • Integrate greater fluidity, grace and flow in your movements
  • Reinvigorate your existing practice with new knowledge and skills

Please be advised…

Unnata Aerial Yoga is not recommended for individuals who have high blood pressure, cataracts, are pregnant, or anyone for whom hanging upside-down could cause medical complications or discomfort.

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Preparing For Class

For your own comfort, it is recommended you:

  • Allow any food in your stomach to fully digest prior to attending class
  • Are not overly hungry when attending class, so that you do not get “light-headed” when upside-down
  • Wear clothing that covers your armpit area, backs of the knees, and entire midriff
  • Be careful of baggy clothing or low-cut/high-cut clothing that can shift around when you are hugged tightly by the hammock and upside-down
  • Wear deodorant
  • Use a Yoga mat for the floor sections of the class
  • Remove all jewelry/watches/hairclips that can get caught on the hammock

Try Unnata Yoga

Ready to try an Unnata class? Come soar with us! It could turn your world upside down and be the most fun, challenging, and inspiring Yoga experience you’ve ever explored.

Go here to find an Unnata class near you.

If you’re already certified to teach Yoga, and you’re inspired to offer Unnata classes, dive in to an Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training! You’ll develop the skills to deliver safe, effective, fun Unnata classes to your students, and grow into an even more capable, confident Yoga teacher, no matter what style of Yoga you teach. Learn more about our Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, or find a Teacher Training program.

Unnata®. Real Yoga. Elevated.

How is “Unnata” pronounced?

“Unnata” is the Sanskrit word for “elevated,” meaning both elevated in spirit and physically elevated.

The “U” sounds like the “u” in blue and rhymes with zoo, too.

The rest sounds like “not,” followed by “ahhh.” Put the emphasis on the second syllable; “ooo-NOT-ahh” — Unnata.