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.

Aerial Yoga Teacher Training Graduates

We’ve been meaning to post a few pictures of some of the recent Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training graduates — so here are pictures of the three most recent Teacher Training sessions, taken in July, August, and December of 2010:

July 2010 Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Graduates (above, left to right):
Pik Chu Wong (Campbell, CA), Gloria Lee Nash (Monroe, CT), Michelle Dortignac (founder), Angela Alfieri (US Virgin Islands), Megan Kroh (Seattle, WA), Kristina Sorensen (Las Vegas, NV), and Chelsey Estridge [not pictured] (Playa Maderas, Nicaragua)

August 2010 Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Graduates (above, left to right):
Michelle Dortignac (founder), Son Nguyen (Windsor, Ontairo), Wendi Lynch (Honolulu, HI), Ellen Waylonis May (Boston, MA), Carly Bowden (Johannesburg, South Africa), Julie Swart (Johannesburg, South Africa)

December 2010 Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Graduates (above, left to right):
Nicole LaRossi (Statesboro, GA), Heather Shafer (Lewes, DE), Michelle Dortignac (founder), Tanya Popovich (Athens, Greece), Toni Chianetta (Ramsey, NJ)

Unnata Aerial Yoga in The Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Arts

Hey everybody, Unnata Aerial Yoga has been featured in, and on the cover of, this month’s Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Arts!

Writer Stacey Brook’s article entitled “OMMMG: So Many Yoga Studios in the Neighborhood,” explores the many fine Yoga studios in the local Williamsburg/Greenpoint neighborhoods.

In the section about Unnata, Brook describes Aerial Yoga founder Michelle Dortignac as being “supportive, encouraging, and sharp-witted,” recalling an exchange with a fellow student in which Dortignac reassured — “The more you get used to it, the less scary it is. Kind of like living in New york.”

You can read the whole article online at TheWGNews.com.

Unnata Advanced Workshops at the Yoga Studio in Campbell, CA

Unnata Aerial Yoga with Michelle Dortignac

Come and “hang” out with Michelle Dortignac, founder of Unnata Aerial Yoga, to gain a deeper understanding of Unnata Aerial Yoga and moving beyond the basics into some Intermediate and advance Aerial poses.

Jan 22 1:00pm – 5:00pm Unnata Aerial Yoga and Your Chakras
Have you ever felt a jolt, a twitch, or a sudden drop in body temperature while resting in Corpse Pose at the end of your Yoga class? If so, you experienced a movement of Prana (Energy) through what Yogis call the “Energy Body”. In this workshop, we will learn more about the Energy Body and its 7 main intersections called “Chakras”. All students, beginners and seasoned practitioners alike, will be able to feel and understand this subtle side of the Hatha Yoga practice through simple exercises that use the Aerial Yoga hammock.

Jan 22 5:45pm – 6:30pm Donation-based Aerial Performance
Enjoy some light refreshments and attend a donation-based Aerial Yoga Performance by Michelle Dortignac. Not only is Michelle a great Yoga teacher she is an incredible Aerial performer.

Jan 23 1:00pm – 5:00pm Unnata Aerial Yoga – Beyond the Basics
This workshop will focus on Intermediate and Advanced Unnata Aerial Yoga postures. With a slow, methodical progression, we will learn these more physically challenging postures and exercises in a safe manner, even when the fun of the challenge excites us! We will also learn how Intermediate and Advanced Unnata Aerial Yoga postures relate to and support your traditional Yoga practice.

$100 for a single workshop or $185 for both workshops.

Location and Registration for both Workshops:

The Yoga Studio
505 E. Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

408-634-YOGA (9642)

Register early since size of the class is limited by the number of hammocks.

Unnata Aerial Yoga YouTube Channel

Hey! We’ve just launched a YouTube channel for Unnata Aerial Yoga!

In this first video, I demonstrate and explain the benefits of aerial baddha konasana (cobbler’s pose). This video shows how the aerial version of baddha konasana both compliments and helps deepen a student’s understanding of the floor version of the pose.

Stay tuned for more videos!

New Yoga Studio Offering Unnata Aerial Yoga in the Bay Area, CA

Thanks to Pik Chu Wong, Unnata Aerial Yoga will soon be taught in the Bay area of California. Pik Chu, like all Unnata Yoga instructors, is a seasoned Yogini and Yoga instructor of her own right. I’m always excited to introduce Unnata to other Yoga teachers, but it is especially flattering when someone with as much teaching experience as Pik Chu embraces the technique.

Pik Chu recently came to New York City to train with me, and graduated from the Unnata Teacher Training program with ease. Now she is opening her own Yoga center in Campbell, CA, and I hope you’ll go check it out! If you know anyone in the Bay Area, be sure to tell them about Pik Chu’s place, called The Yoga Studio. Even though the grand opening is scheduled for October 23, you don’t have to wait. Classes actually begin on September 27.

For more information:
The Yoga Studio
505 E. Campbell Avenue
Campbell, CA
408-534-YOGA (9642)