AcroYoga with the Anukalana style: a fluid and natural approach to acrobatics

AcroYoga Anukalana Inspired

It is a way to learn and practice AcroYoga that keeps focus on three important aspects:

  1. Keep doing Yoga with all it's aspects while flying,
  2. Using special techniques to avoid fatigue,
  3. Facilitate learning with innovative and entertaining solutions.

Over the years we have developed a method that makes it soft and light the acrobatic experience and gives much space to the typical subtle experiences of Yoga and in the air may become very special.

But what is it? ...

The C.A.L.M. method

After years of practice and experience we were convinced that practicing AcroYoga is much nicer if you manage to stay centered on certain aspects for long enough to bring out interesting psychophysical states such as mental introspective calmness associated with a slow, deep breath. But also mindfulness (being in the here and now) physical awareness (constant contact with the body) and non-competitive attitude (practice without ambitions or expectations).

In the first phase of the AcroYoga experience, when most of the practitioners discovers for the first time they are able to do acrobatic stuff that they had never thought of, it is normal and functional to get excited and be caught by the adrenaline rush that drives us to do more and more, to fly higher and higher. But there is (and is especially good to have it) a stage where you want to go deeper, to slow down the pace and discover the gateways that lead to the deepest inner spaces. It is a stage where you want to discover the most refined techniques that make it less tiring to fly and establish a more real and synergistic connection with the flight companion.

By giving more space to this phase we developed the C.A.L.M. method which is based on a methodical and sequential study of four important areas for practice:

C.A.L.M. is a system based on a mandala that permits continuous progress by studying the 4 areas at various levels in an orderly and progressive way. It optimizes the learning curve and accelerates the understanding of the technical principles. This mandala creates a real spiral of learning.

  • Contact: everything related to the management of the points and of the ways to get in touch with your partner. how many and which points of contact? with what intensity? Here you will learn to recognize how to calibrate the position and weight transfer through the perception of physical sensations at particular points of the body.
  • Alignment: the study of the principles that allow to reach the positions so as to make it easy to keep and to avoid unnecessary side effects and useless efforts. This is also studying some anatomy to understand how to express in flight the natural shape of the body.
  • Leveling: the art of maintaining the delicate balance through fine adjustments that take place in some parts of the body. Here you will learn little precise and delicate movements that make the big difference
  • Movement: the study of the kinetics and biomechanics to encourage shifts in weight so they are lighter and are carried effortlessly in a natural way. Here we study the centers of gravity and motion hubs along with an anatomical basis for understanding the synergy of the muscles involved. One of the funniest parts

Where does AcroYoga come from?

Although the first traces of Acrobatic Yoga date back to a video of Krsnamacharya shoot in the '50s, the AcroYoga born gradually and formally from the period of the 80s onwards when Ken Scott coined the term "Contact Yoga", then Benjamin Marantz starts practicing a form of in-flight massage inspired by Thai Yoga massage, calling it "acrosage". From then on AcroYoga has increasingly developed due to the happy encounter between Yoga, Thai Massage, the various elements of acrobatics and dance. The Canadian school before and the California to follow, since the late 90's have made a huge contribution to the development of this integration. The fast gowing comunity of Acroyogis gave life to the stimulus for the estabilishment of other schools in various parts of the world. Today there are several schools capable of training teachers of AcroYoga according to various styles and approaches.

These disciplines combined together give a practice that makes it possible to experience yoga, massage maneuvers and suspended choreographic sequences, supported by a companion. Is an healthy and fun practice that having its roots in the ancient disciplines of wellbeing, brings benefits both physically and mentally. With AcroYoga many people have the opportunity to discover new inner resources that often remain unused. This leads to gain more confidence in themselves and to expand their physical and mental experience. Unlike traditional yoga (or other styles of modern Yoga) the AcroYoga leads practitioners to work together, out of the limited space of the mat, favoring the emergence of new friends and a very strong team spirit.

The Acrobatic Flight

Developing balance, alignment, communication and ability to smile, The AcroYoga leads us to experience the interchangeable roles of the "Base" and "Flyer". Asana (yoga positions) are performed in "flight mode", supported by the legs and arms of the Base who, receiving the weight of the Flyer with harmony and grace, facilitates the transition from one position to the other creating spectacular sequences and flows (vinyasa). The benefits of this side of AcroYoga are reflected on both partners in various ways. Body awareness, sense of balance, confidence, ability to communicate and listen harmoniously ... and of course it offers experiences for a strong excitement and joy. This is definitely the fun part of AcroYoga.

The Therapeutic Flight

When the first technical basics necessary to support the partners on their own feet and arms are acquired, you can enjoy many of Thai Massage inspired maneuvers in "flight." This is the time when the Acrobatic becomes a tool to use the body weight and the force of gravity in order to stretch and loosen the muscles and create space and relaxation in the joints. This practice is accessible to everyone and is preparing for the most acrobatic side by developing the ability to let go in the "Flyer" and confidence in their ability to support in the "Base."

The Anukalana Flight (integral)

Anukalana means "integration" and in this style we have sequences in which the acrobatic yoga and therapeutic flight are integrated to really make a yogic practice. In a series of passive positions alternating with more active asana and acrobatic holds, the base and the agile (flyer) come together through the breath, fluid movement and communication based on a tactile language to achieve an almost hypnotic state capable of giving intense experiences.




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