For our 9th episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Michelle Dortignac. Michelle is the founder of Unnata® Aerial Yoga. She’s been a yoga teacher for nearly 20 years and a professional aerial acrobatics performer for almost as long. Since 2006, she grew Unnata Aerial Yoga into a worldwide phenomenon with teachers in over 30 countries. Although she’s not the inventor of Aerial yoga in general, she contributed immensely to its popularity in the US. Today we sat down to talk about Aerial yoga in general and her journey through it all.
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QUESTIONS SHE ANSWERED
- What brought you to yoga originally?
- How did your yoga practice evolve toward aerial yoga?
- What’s the difference between anti-gravity yoga and aerial yoga?
- Is there a difference between an Unnata class vs another aerial class
- How did this new practice impact or changed your life?
- Why would you recommend people to try Unnata aerial?
- What are the biggest benefits of this practice compared to a regular yoga practice?
- I’ve heard it’s really good for back pain. In what cases can it help and how?
- I know some people might be concerned about safety. What are some of the contra-indications or risks associated with this practice?
- How about hypermobile students? Is it a better/more risky practice for them? Active vs passive stretch?
- Any tips for a hypermobile practitioner?
- Any tips for first-time students that want to try aerial yoga?
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Michelle Dortignac is a life-long movement artist who founded Unnata® Aerial Yoga in 2006 from the synthesis of her passion for aerial acrobatics, and deep reverence for Yoga. She is a Master of Aerial Yoga who has trained many Aerialists and Yogis offering teacher training throughout the world in a precise, and purely Yogic Aerial Yoga methodology. Then she returns home to teach private and group classes in NYC.
In the 20+ years that Michelle has taught Yoga, she has studied with many great Masters, who continue to inform her teaching and personal practice, and the evolution of Unnata® Aerial Yoga. Legendary Sri Dharma Mittra has taught Michelle for over 15 years, and in 2018, she will earn 500-hour certification in Dharma’s extensive Life of a Yogi TT program. She also studies regularly with Yogiraj Alan Finger and was initially certified in Vinyasa Yoga in 1998 at the OM Yoga Center, NYC by Cyndi Lee. Through all of the books, conferences, workshops and trainings she’s absorbed over the years, it’s Michelle’s personal practice since 1991 that has been the foundation for a life of Yoga.
Find out more about Michelle : AerialYoga.com
Find out more about Unnata® Aerial Yoga : Unnata.com
Find out more about her training with Sri Dharma Mittra:dharmayogacenter.com