Unnata Yoga Featured in Yoga & Ayurveda Magazine

Yoga-Ayurveda-May-2013-CoverUnnata Yoga has been featured on the cover on Yoga & Ayurveda Magazine, an online magazine based in Madrid, Spain!

In an extensive interview, founder Michelle Dortignac answers questions about the origins, benefits, and differences of Unnata Aerial Yoga.

You can see/read the entire Yoga & Ayurveda article here (in spanish).

Or scroll down to read the interview in english.

What is Unnata Aerial Yoga?

Unnata Aerial Yoga combines a traditional Hatha Yoga class with the use of a Yoga hammock prop to assist students with elongation of the spine and proper alignment so that they can find Yoga.

There are other styles like antigravity yoga, aerial yoga, yoga swim… that uses hammock; What is the difference between, these yoga styles and Unnata?

I am not familiar with all the styles/brands that use a Yoga hammock, so I can only make a very general observation: Unnata Aerial Yoga enhances a traditional Hatha Yoga class, but does not attempt to replace it. Many of the movements and/or exercises of Unnata Aerial Yoga continuously reinforce deep breathing and the stilling of the mind that allows for Yoga to arise.

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Unnata Aerial Yoga: Nippon Television – Woman on the Planet

JAPAN / Nippon Television
Woman on the Planet (Feb 2013)

Nippon TV (one of the major networks in Japan) has featured Unnata Aerial Yoga, and Sacred Sounds Yoga in New York City, in their weekly reality show / documentary entitled: “Woman on the Planet”!

The program features a female individual that has decided to come to a foreign country to start her second life; pursuing her dreams and ambitions. In addition to following her daily life, the program introduces some aspects of daily living in her country of choice. The female subject (Asuka Sato) is interested in organic, vegeterian/vegan foods and yoga.

The timing of this piece couldn’t be better, as we’ve just scheduled an Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training in Japan!

Unnata Yoga teacher Misato Taniguchi of Aerial Yoga Japan will be hosting this Teacher Training program in Tokyo, and we are so very excited to be working with her there in her home town. More information can be found on the Tokyo Teacher Training page of this website.

Yoi ichi nichi wo!

Michelle Dortignac (and Unnata) Recognized By Alma Mater

Cornell Alum MagI’m honored to be one of two alumni featured in the Alumni Profiles of the Cornell Alumni Magazine this month.

Cornell University student Jillian Knowles (’15) interviewed me to find a few interesting and inspiring tidbits about the Unnata Aerial Yoga technique and this Cornell Alum of ’91.

…Dortignac splits her time between teaching at a studio in Manhattan’s West Village and training other yoga enthusiasts to become instructors in her discipline. Unnata Aerial Yoga is now offered around the globe, including in Brazil, Italy, Germany, and Russia. “People should never be satisfied with just a plain old fitness class,” Dortignac says. “Go for something that will change your whole life, not just the shape of your body.”

See Full Article in Cornell Alumni Magazine. »
(It’s the second article on the page.)

Unnata Aerial Yoga Featured in American Fitness Magazine

This is a fantastic article and a must read! Journalist, Zoie Clift, asked some really interesting questions that help to highlight what exactly is the difference between Unnata Aerial Yoga and some of the other “Aerial Yoga” classes out there.

Here’s an opportunity to look deeper into the physical practice of Unnata Aerial Yoga and Yoga in general.

According to Dortignac, some people think that this practice aims to replace traditional yoga. “Rather, it’s trying to enhance a traditional practice,” she clarified. “Most people are surprised to find we practice floor yoga asanas in class in addition to using the hammock prop. The air and the floor are not mutually exclusive – they are complements to teach other. Yin and Yang. To have a fully enriched yoga practice we need both.”

Thanks so much, Zoie!

Click here to read/see the whole article (PDF format)

“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 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!

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!