Podcast: On and Off the Mat Interview with Michelle Dortignac

Hi Everyone!

Recently, Michelle was interviewed by Erika Belanger of the On and Off Your Mat podcasts. In this interview, Michelle dives deep into what brought her to aerial yoga, how it has changed over the years, as well as some benefits and safety precautions.
Here is a link to the podcast episode on Erika’s blog: Podcast Episode 9: Are you up for Aerial Yoga?

And you can listen to the episode here:

Michelle Dortignac and Unnata Yoga Featured in Yoga Journal

Michelle Dortignac and Unnata Yoga have been featured in TWO articles in this month’s edition (July/Aug 2015) of Yoga Journal magazine!

Michelle Dortignac and Unnata Yoga Featured in Yoga Journal

It’s so exciting to see how Aerial Yoga has grown to become a lasting and legitimate example of the many new faces of Traditional Yoga.

For almost 10 years now, Unnata Yoga has strived to remain a true Yoga class at its core — a class which incorporates the use of the silk aerial apparatus to expand and compliment the traditional floor practice.

In the FIRST article, entitled Learn to Fly with Aerial Yoga, Yoga Journal writer Karen Macklin explores the ways in which an Aerial Yoga practice such as Unnata Aerial Yoga can help practitioners “find more length 
in your spine and safe 
in your poses” on the floor.

One of the most important points emphasized by our own Michelle Dortignac, is the way in which Aerial Yoga can support and inform your floor practice. “When a new student drapes over the hammock, in Down Dog, for example, gravity does the work for them,” she says. “The hammock helps with lengthening and creating internal space. Once we give students that feeling in the hammock, they’ll have the memory of what that was like, and take it with them to their floor practice.”

The SECOND article was written by Michelle Dortignac herself — especially for this edition of Yoga Journal magazine.


In The Aerial Yoga Sequence: 9 Poses to Defy Gravity, Michelle takes us through the process for warming up to, and preparing to get into the hip-opening One-Legged King Pigeon Pose.

This article also features Colorado-based Unnata Teacher (and Unnata Teacher Training leader) Raven Clemente demonstrating Michelle’s 9-step sequence for warming up to, and getting into the One-Legged King Pigeon pose.

See full article, and all pictures here. »

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(Photos for Yoga Journal by Joe Hancock)

Warning! How To Purchase An Aerial Yoga Hammock

IMG_2283Those of us in the Unnata Aerial Yoga community are happy to see the increase in popularity of Aerial Yoga, and the increase of locations where one can practice Aerial Yoga. It should be noted, however, that this increase in popularity has also brought along an increase in suppliers of Yoga hammocks, some of whom have not done the necessary research to fully understand safe hammock installation. Hanging a Yoga hammock requires more thought and care than hanging a television/bookshelf on your wall, or of hanging a chin-up bar.

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Unnata Featured in Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal May 2014 CoverUnnata Aerial Yoga was featured as one of New York City’s “classes to check out” in the May 2014 issue of Yoga Journal. What an honor!

Ours is one of only 2 classes selected for all of New York!

By the way, we also highly recommend the other featured class – Nite Sweats®, at friend-of-Unnata, Bikram Lower East Side.

Thanks Yoga Journal, for recognizing us both among the thousands of Yoga classes in NYC.

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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!

Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, March 2013: Turku, Finland

Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, Turku, Finland
Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training,
Turku, Finland

Group photo of the Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training students; with host Vesta Sariola (center, front), and Michelle Dortignac.

Fuego Lounge Yoga Studio: Turku, Finland – March, 2013.

Rear row: Ville-Johannes Moilanen, Arja Heinilä, Lotta Lähteenmäki, Lauriina Nevala
Middle row: Katja Kiuttu, Charlotta Savander, Elisa Kuuttila, Petri Linnankivi, Marjut
Front Row: Salla Oksanen, Clare Gates-Sjöblom, Vesta Sariola, Sari Hellman, Michelle Dortignac

Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, October 2012: Saint Petersburg, Russia


Pictured above: Yelena, Lyuba, (Olga G.), Marina, (Michelle D.), Valentina, Olga, and Zulfia. (New Unnata teacher Elvira was not at the studio for the above image, but is pictured in the photo below.)

Congratulations to the 7 new Unnata Aerial Yoga Teachers here in Saint Petersburg, Russia!

Event hostess Olga Gunina became an Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher at the Oct. 2011 training in Ciudad Real, Spain. She’s now opened the first dedicated Aerial Yoga studio in Saint Petersburg, Russia! See: http://aeroyoga.ru.

Big thank you to Olga Gunina for being such an amazing teacher, leader, and host for this training at her studio. Our trip to Russia went so smoothly thanks to Olga’s caring oversight; she really went above and beyond to take care of us and all of the Unnata Aerial Yoga teachers who had travelled to Saint Petersburg for this training.

Pictured above with diplomas: Lyuba, Elvira, Zulfia, Marina, and Valentina. (New Unnata teachers Olga and Yelena had already traveled home before this image was taken.)