Unnata Membership Levels Explained

As of January 2018, we have launched a new Membership Area of the Unnata® Aerial Yoga website. All active Unnata members can now login to their personal Membership Area for access to a wealth of resources to support their personal Unnata practice, business, and teaching.

Basic Membership Is Awesome

The Basic Membership Area contains numerous member resources, method updates, course review, educational materials, and 30+ “Unnatips” videos. All Unnata members have access to all of these materials and resources.

Membership Upgrades Make It Better

You may also choose to add one or both of the following upgrades to your Basic membership:

  • Access to premium library of Full Unnata Class videos (recommended)
  • Addition to the new expanded Find-A-Class Maps page

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Master Your Mat Poses Through Unnata® Aerial Yoga

So you want to improve your Warrior 2, your Handstand, your Plank? Try supplementing your yoga flow classes with Unnata® Aerial Yoga. With a little support from the hammock, you’ll find the strength, balance, and stability to rock your traditional mat poses.

But wait, isn’t aerial yoga different from “regular” yoga?

Although some aerial yoga classes diverge greatly from classical yoga, Unnata® Aerial Yoga is rooted in tradition, and developed specifically to improve an understanding and practice of classical yoga. If you already practice yoga, you may be surprised how easy and familiar it is to join an Unnata® Aerial Yoga class, and how quickly you can breeze through the learning curve of a new activity.

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New and Improved “Find a Class” Map

The AerialYoga(.com) website has been making some improvements recently.

Now, studios offering Unnata Aerial Yoga classes (or individual teachers who wish to advertise the location where they teach) can supplement the information they give to those looking for Unnata Aerial Yoga classes.

How to use the “Find a Class Map”

First, zoom in on your area. Hover over your studio’s pin on the map to see the name and address.

Then, click on the pin, and you’ll get a pop-up window with a Studio Profile. Studio owners can personalize studio profiles with photos, videos, studio mission statement, and more. Students can get instant directions to the studio, and access the website directly.

To test out the example used in the above photos, take a look at the Sacred Sounds Yoga studio located in New York, New York.

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The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is our guide to practicing Yoga. So, it means that everyone who starts to practice yoga seriously must read and study Sutras. However when you are a beginner, only portions of the text apply to you personally. It can be comforting to know that the Yoga Sutra is actually designed for teachers as a guideline for training students. Yoga Sutras are for teachers. And when you begin to teach your first classes you must read and study again.
I read Yoga Sutras mindfully and completely for the first time during my Iyengar Yoga Teachers Training in 2008. It was a compulsory reading and read like an old ancient text not connected with modern life, modern yoga practice, and especially with Iyengar Yoga classes I took. Sutra that hit me seriously was about Asana, because our Iyengar classes were actually only Asana classes. Sutra 2-46 said that “right pose must be firm and without strain” or “Yoga Asanas are steady and comfortable”.
My Asanas at that time were always challenging and my teachers always persuaded us to work in asana, to improve asana, to press harder, to rotate deeper and so on.

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天井は高い方が良いのか?

ウーナタ®エアリアルヨガに出会ったきっかけは逆立ちベッドを英語で検索したことがきっかけでした。私のそくわんの背骨に絶対良さそうだし、”体が硬い”人(私)でもアーサナを深められそう!と感激&一目惚れして、エアリアルヨガ創始者であるミシェルのトレーニングが始まるのを待って受けました。会員制出張プライベートレッスンが軌道に乗っていたときでしたが、ハンモックはプライベートレッスンじゃなくても、専属で的確にアジャストしてくれるもう1人の先生のようで、本当にウーナタ®を受けたことは人生が変わるような出来事でした。
帰国後、生徒さんの家の梁がある部屋を利用して、出張エアリアルヨガをしつつ、どこかハンモックを吊るせる場所はないか?と、天井ばかり見て暮らしていました。大手企業がやるだろうと思っていたのに、誰もエアリアルヨガをやらないので勤めることもできませんでした。”スポーツジムは首を回すのも禁止してるところがあるよ”、”日本では広がらないんじゃない?” そんな言葉を聞いて、まだ仲間もいないし、貯金もあまりないビジネスに疎いヨガ講師がスタジオを作って大丈夫かな?という不安を抱えながら場所探しをしていました。

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Menstruación y Yoga

¿Cómo?  Acabo de verlo… ¡Un anuncio de compresas que absorbe incluso estando boca abajo!  ¡No puedo creer que una gran compañía de productos de higiene íntima haya diseñado unas compresas con esa maravillosa cualidad! Y de pronto me pregunto, pero, ¿quién, en su sano juicio, se pone boca abajo en su periodo de menstruación? A parte de las preciosas jóvenes que hacen el anuncio, con sus preciosas melenas extendidas hacia el suelo y colgando de un trapecio por sus preciosas rodillas… Las yoguinis desde luego que no (bueno, yo sí, lo confieso) Este tipo de compresas se habrán diseñado para trapecistas,  gimnastas,  acróbatas, contorsionistas, bailarinas, bomberos, militares, astronautas…. No para yoguinis porque practicar posturas invertidas, durante la menstruación, ¡todas sabemos que es un error de los gordos! Y, otra cuestión es, ¿la sangre no caía hacia la tierra? Me desconcierta y me invita a reflexionar e investigar.

Tengo 52 años y desde hace un par de años mi menstruación aparece y desaparece cuando quiere, a su amor. Creo que quiere decirme que, en unas de éstas, ya no volverá más y mi menopausia abrirá la puerta a otra fase de mi vida. Son muchos años recibiendo con amor su visita y aún recuerdo que en mi juventud  escuché muchas veces cosas como que con la menstruación no debías ni lavarte el pelo, ni ducharte, ni hacer mayonesa y una larga lista de cosas, unas más absurdas que otras, la verdad… Confieso que las hice todas, al principio con miedo de que me pasara algo realmente grave a mí o a mi mayonesa y, con el tiempo y mi propio criterio, las hice con la confianza de que solo eran cuentos de miedo, limitantes, que mantenían a la mujer bajo “control”.

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Menstruación y Yoga – English

What?  I’ve just seen it… An advertisement about a sanitary pad that absorbs even when upside down!  I can’t believe that a large company of intimate hygiene products has designed pads with that wonderful feature! And suddenly I ask myself, who in their right mind turns upside down during menstruation? Apart from the gorgeous young women appearing in the commercial, with their stunning long hair cascading to the ground, swinging in a trapeze with their nice legs…. Yogis certainly don’t –well, I must confess, I do-. This type of sanitary pad has probably been designed for trapeze artists, gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, firewomen, soldiers, astronauts… but not for yogis. Practicing inverted postures during menstruation, as we all know, is a huge mistake. And, another question is, doesn’t the blood come out? It puzzles me and invites me to reflect and search.

I am 52 years old and my menstruation has been appearing and disappearing for a couple of years as it pleases. I think it is trying to tell me that one of these days it won’t come back and my menopause will open the door to another stage in my life. I still remember that in my youth I often heard things like, “when you’re menstruating you shouldn’t wash your hair, or take a shower, or make mayonnaise, and a long list of other things even more ridiculous. The truth is I did them all. At first with fear that something really serious could happen to me or to the mayonnaise and over time and my own judgment, I did them thinking that they were only scary stories, limiting factors that kept women under control.

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The Evolution of Unnata® Aerial Yoga

I grew up in Colorado where my family and I spent a large part of our time in the Rocky Mountains hiking, camping, and contemplating the silence of nature. I’m sure it came as no surprise to my family, then, when I became a teacher of Hatha Yoga. Like hiking among majestic mountains, Hatha Yoga uses strength, endurance and flexibility to seek an inner calm and peace. My practice of Hatha Yoga is therefore a natural outgrowth from my own personal history.

Many people ask me where aerial yoga comes from, or who invented it. Just like my own study of Hatha Yoga was the natural evolution of my childhood upbringing, Aerial Yoga evolved naturally over time through contributions from many yoga and movement teachers, each using their ingenuity to contribute a puzzle piece to the whole picture of what aerial yoga is today.

As far as I am aware, BKS Iyengar (1918-2014) was the first yoga teacher to hang students off the ground upside-down. He was looking for a way to help his students achieve the king of poses, headstand. Over time, he and his teachers created a whole system of using ropes attached to a smooth wall to suspend a student in a variety of asanas, including a supported headstand. He developed exercises using the rope wall to relieve stress on the joints, and improve postural alignment within asana practice.

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Aerial Yoga, Benefits & Psychology

There have been numerous studies in the last ten or so years that have researched the effects of individuals who practice yoga. Some studies were focused on mental influences, some on health benefits, some were more interested in physical benefits and some even wanted to prove cognitive improvements which resulted when practicing yoga.

It is beyond a doubt that a regular yoga practice can improve overall physical well-being, including an increase in flexibility, strength, balance and mobility. It is also a powerful tool to tame anxiety and depression by reducing stress and reconnecting our minds and our hearts with our bodies.

Interest in this field is constantly growing and researchers are looking into possible benefits for many issues that affect millions of people worldwide.

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Deepen Your Understanding of Yoga Through a Reflection on the Yamas and Niyamas (Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras 2.30-2.45)

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is a guide to the practice of Yoga. Compiled prior to 400 CE, it is still studied in depth today. In the text, Patañjali lists the Yamas and the Niyamas as the first two steps on the path of cultivating Yoga. Asana, or the postures we usually associate with Yoga classes, is the third step.

If we were to place a seed on a plate, water it and place it in the sun for warmth and energy, even with careful tending, the seed still will not develop far. Without soil to take root in, and draw nutrients from, how is a plant to grow?

The Yamas and Niyamas are the soil for the seed of our Yoga practice. If we do not “plant” our daily Asana practice in the rich and fertile soil of the Yamas and the Niyamas, then true health will not grow out of our efforts.

Dale Chihuly at the NY Botanical Gardens

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