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Entrepreneur Combines Exercise Techniques for Healthier Lifestyle

Entrepreneur Combines Exercise Techniques for Healthier Lifestyle

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This is a feature on the new age movement and upcoming holistic health exercise technique, aerial yoga.
This is a feature on the new age movement and upcoming holistic health exercise technique, aerial yoga.

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Entrepreneur Combines Exercise Techniques for Healthier LifestyleEmma_KWAround the world, individuals gather to better their health through various ways. Someindulge in spiritual meditation and others fancy eating a nutritional diet…then there is agroup of exercise junkies.For Michelle Dortignac, the everyday meditations and exercise routines weren't enough.Michelle wanted to think outside of the box and explore a new practice that would helpincrease a healthy lifestyle through a combination of traditional and nontraditionalexercise techniques.Health is certainly important. But, how does one practice living a healthy lifestyle?Through the New Age Movement, a movement devoted to spiritual and self-growth,individuals around the world develop their own unique ways to take charge of their health. Michelle did just that. She combined her dancing and performing background tocreate her own practice, a practice that has individuals around the world eager to return tothe next class.The New Age Movement followers strive to maintain aholistic lifestyle. A holistic lifestyle is having a healthy take on all aspects of one's life. The individual’s "whole"lifestyle is based on the mind, body and spirit.During Michelle's dance and yoga studies, she combined some of the basic mind, bodyand spirit techniques to create a truly holistic approach to exercising. Michelle createdUnnata Aerial Yoga (Unnata, meaning "elevated" in Sanskrit).
What is aerial yoga?
Unnata Aerial Yogais a combination of yoga, acrobatics, mediation, dance andchoreography. This form of yoga is similar to the traditional form; however, aerial yogais practiced from atrapeze (hammock) that is mounted to the ceiling. Students are  provided a trapeze that is appropriate for their height and weight. Keeping the names of traditional yoga poses, incorporating acrobatic style and ending by wrapping each studentin their trapeze for a calm meditation, aerial yoga is the newest New Age Movementtrend. Encouraging those who practice aerial yoga to eat a nutritional meal for better results, the practice keeps all areas of the student's life holistically balanced.According to aerialyoga.com, "Unnata Aerial Yogais an organic hybrid that has grownout of a lifetime of study on movement and meditation."Michelle is not only the founder of Unnata Aerial Yoga; she is a founding member of Suspended Cirque, the first New York City acrobatic theater. With a grasp on acrobatictechniques, Michelle's passion for body movement techniques is prominent. Michelle'sskills align with aerial performances, such as aerial acrobatics and other circus related performances.
 
Aerial yoga takes an individual to a different flight of yoga abilities. The traditionaltree  pose, for example, has a different effect upside-down as the blood rushes to one’s head.Yogis, regular yoga students, feel strong from their inner core and out while practicingthis technique.To get an idea for some of these basic yoga stretches in the form of aerial yoga, avideo was created. Thisvideo helps one see the true combination of various exercise routines. The individuals that practice aerial yoga are seeking a calm place to stretch andmeditate. The inversions help them relax and keep a healthy lifestyle.During aninterview, conducted by dailybrink, Michelle said, "Even with traditional yoga,you have to adjust the practice based on your own physical limitations. For example, pregnant women won’t be doing poses that put pressure on their stomachs. With aerialyoga, it’s the same. We just make adjustments to your practice based on your physicallimitations."Aerial yoga has a “playground feel" to it. Do you remember hanging from the monkey bars at recess? Aerial yoga gives the same feeling; however it offers more options for flexible moves and traditional yoga poses. Students are able to wrap their bodies aroundthe trapeze (hammock) that hangs from the ceiling.Michelle wasn’t the first to spot aerial yoga; however she was the first to implement itinto a classroom setting and work to make it a growing phenomenon. Some individualshave even set up their own aerialyoga practice in their homes. Having the right ceilingsupport, properly hanging the trapeze and placing a mat below the trapeze will allow for asafe experience.Looks easy, huh? It takes time to develop the flexible body to practice some of the poses;however, even if one can’t perform a move to its fullest, the student is still taking thetime to develop the healthier lifestyle!
 
It is recommended that individuals do not eat two hours prior to practicing aerial yoga.Some poses require going upside down and spinning the body in various directions.Students should also be prepared to alternate the pose to best fit their own level of aerialyoga. No one should feel that a pose must be performed to it’s fullest the first time! Nomatter how a student demonstrates the pose, their health is improving by taking the timeand energy to engage in this type of exercise.
What is a typical aerial yoga class like?
The start of an aerial yoga class is a general time for students to stretch and prepare for the yoga practice. The class will start off in unison and gradually climb into their trapezethat hangs from the ceiling.A normal aerial yoga class ends with the students wrapping themselves in the trapeze for a deep meditation. As will a traditional yoga class, the class will meditate for 1-5minutes. The class can engage in short “hmmms” and “ummms” and close the class withtheir hands to their hearts in the prayer position.As Gryphon Adams, an aerial yoga student, mentions, “A balanced approach to fitnessmay be the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth.”

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