“Yoga In NY” Photo Project

Last Fall, I was lucky enough to be a part of a huge photo art project entitled “Yoga In New York.” The photographs are by Artist and Yogi, Wari Ananda from Barcelona, Spain. I had a really good time meeting other NYC Yogis and doing Yoga in the park. You can’t tell from the photos, but it was really cold that day! Check out the stunning photography, and thanks, Wari, for inviting me to join you.

Unnata Aerial Yoga Mini-Class #1

In an Unnata Aerial Yoga class we use a slow progression of postures and movements to gently introduce your body to the hammock. Through this slow progression, your body and mind both are prepared to fully release and enjoy the benefits of hanging once you get there.

In the mini-class video below, I demonstrate what could be the first 15 minutes to an Unnata Aerial Yoga class – before we would get to hanging upside-down.

Although the video does not show a complete class, it is shot in real-time, (one long take) so you can get a sense of how classes truly flow. This way, you get a chance to see what types of postures we actually do in Unnata Aerial Yoga classes as well as how long we hold positions and some of the reasons why we do what we do.

Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Studio in Campbell, CA

Want to learn how to instruct Unnata Aerial Yoga? Can’t get to any of the teacher training dates taught by Unnata Aerial Yoga founder, Michelle Dortignac? Don’t fret! You do have other opportunities to enroll in an Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher training program. In fact, there is one coming up very soon led by Pik Chu Wong at the Yoga Studio in Campbell, CA. The training is split up over 2 long weekends, March 8- March 11 + April 5- April 8, 2012. Contact Pik Chu at the Yoga Studio for more information and for enrollment.

Unnata Aerial Yoga Now in Manhattan

Hi All,

The super exciting news for this month is the collaboration between Unnata Aerial Yoga and Sacred Sounds Yoga/Tai Chi studio in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

The Sacred Sounds studio is brand new, and opening its doors this Thursday, November 3, conveniently located at 163 Bleeker Street (2nd floor). The space is GORGEOUS; truly, you must see it.

Here is the teaching schedule for Michelle Dortignac:

Mondays, 6-7:15pm – Basics level Unnata Aerial Yoga
Mondays, 7:30-8:45pm – Int/Adv Level Unnata Aerial Yoga
Thursdays, 6-7:15pm – Int/Adv level Unnata Aerial Yoga
Thursdays, 7:30-8:45pm – Basics level Unnata Aerial Yoga

And, there are many, many other classes; check the Sacred Sounds website for the full Yoga and Unnata Aerial Yoga schedule.

Sacred Sounds is opening THIS Thursday, November 3. Spread the word!

Sacred Sounds is also offering a “Bring a Friend for Free” special through the end of 2011. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce your friends to Unnata Aerial Yoga, or to attend a class yourself, if you have not yet tried it. All you have to do is mention the “Bring a Friend” deal at the front desk when you come:

Please feel free to pass this information on to your friends. We have room for twice as many students as at the Williamsburg location, all without needing to share hammocks. There is room enough for everybody, so don’t wait for the New Year’s resolution rush! Be sure to start taking classes this Fall.

Namaste and Enlighten Up, Everyone!

Michelle Dortignac

12 New Unnata Aerial Yoga Teachers; Cuidad Real, Spain, October 2011

Pictured (left to right, top to bottom): Inna Bichikova (Russia), Kyriaki Siakavara (Greece), Oier Estankona (Spain), Blanca Pliego (Spain), Olga Gunina (Russia), Rosalba Salvatorelli (Italy), Hester Koldeweij (Holland), Andrea Ashley Ellsworth (Canada), Sylvana Carrara (California), Ageliki Benissi (Greece), Sheila Falk (Austria), Ioanna Paterakis (Greece), Luis Soldevila (Madrid/Interpreter), Michelle Dortignac (Brooklyn/Founder Unnata Aerial Yoga), and Montse Lominchar (Ciudad Real, Spain/Our hostess).

Wow! The Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training in Cuidad Real, Spain couldn’t have gone better!

Our host Montse Lominchar (Unnata Arial Yoga Teacher) and husband Alvaro welcomed us and 12 other Unnata trainees to their beautiful Yoga studio in Cuidad Real, Spain (Yogasadhana.es).

Montse and Alvaro also made me feel right at home in their home for the duration of my stay there.

We had 12 students fly in to Ciudad Real, from all across Europe and beyond! Almost everyone spoke English well enough, but for those who didn’t, we had the amazing Luis Soldevila as our interpreter/translator.

Thank you everyone! You are all awesome! Congratulations on becoming Unnata Aerial Yoga teachers!

Introduction to Unnata Aerial Yoga Workshop; 3 Special Classes

3 Consecutive Saturdays at 9:15am-10:45am
September 17, 24, and October 1st
$20 per class, or,
$45 for all three classes

Especially designed for Brand New Beginners! Take one class, or all three; works individually or as a series. Learn the basic technique behind Unnata Aerial Yoga and get comfortable with the Yoga hammock prop before jumping into regular classes. Fewer students and a slower pace will allow more personalized attention to ensure proper usage.

  • Fewer students
  • Slower pace
  • Personalized attention

The Unnata Aerial Yoga technique will enhance your regular Yoga practice, no matter what Yoga style you are familiar with.

Due to the limited class size, registration and full payment in advance is strongly suggested

More information, and sign-up here »

Michelle Dortignac / Unnata Aerial Yoga Featured in Daily BR!NK

Daily BR!NK is an online publication and networking platform that features individuals with uncommon drive and passion. Some call them trendsetters, visionaries, or tastemakers; we like to refer to these up-and-comers simply as BR!NKers – incredible people who you haven’t heard about yet, but certainly will in the near future.

Samantha Oltman from Daily BR!NK has featured me, and Unnata Yoga in their on-line magazine. There’s a great article, and some cool pictures that their photographer Zack DeZon took.

You can see the whole article here, but below we’ve excerpted some pictures from the slideshow on their website. Have a look, and see you in class!

Unnata Aerial Yoga Takes Off in Minneapolis

Unnata Aerial Yoga Class at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii

Minneapolis Star Tribune correspondent Sheila Mulrooney Eldred recently interviewed me and Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher Becky Stella for an article about the first Aerial Yoga class in Minnesota, and possibly the Midwest.

Becky Stella teaches at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, and is a 2009 graduate of the Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher training program.

You should read the whole article here:

Unnata Aerial Yoga Goes to Spain

Hola, vamos a España en Octubre!

Exciting news! Unnata Aerial Yoga will be conducting a Teacher Training Program in Ciudad Real, Spain in October!

In conjunction with Unnata Aerial Yoga instructor Montse Lominchar of Yogasadhana in Ciudad Real, we’ll be presenting our first international Unnata Teacher Training. I’ll be teaching in English, and we’ll be working through a Spanish translator. The dates of the program in Spain are October 7th – 18th.

Ciudad Real is about 2 hours south of Madrid by train, and it looks like a lovely city. We’ll likely stay a bit longer to be tourists, and maybe visit Madrid as well.

Anyone in Spain/Europe interested in this October Teacher Training should contact Montse directly at: info@yogasadhana.es, or if in the USA, see the teacher training application page here.