Jacopo Ceccarelli (Yogendra)

Jacopo Ceccarelli introMy first experiences with Oriental Arts began in '77 when I was introduced by a relative to the world of martial arts. Immediately I was fascinated by the philosophy of these disciplines and in later years I became even more interested in the "internal" practices related to the Taoist culture where the development of potential and latent resources is considered essential to achieve comprehensive development of the self.

The strong desire to explore more deeply the nature of the body and mind then led me to begin the practice of Meditation and Yoga in the late '80s but the key moment of this process came when in the early ' 90 I went to live for a period of time in India where I attended monasteries and ashrams and was trained by experienced teachers in a suitable environment to meditate.

In India, I fell in love with Yoga and Tantra culture. I then met a teacher who initiated me on this path (Tantra Vidya) on which my daily practice and lifestyle still rely. In the following years I have been trained as a Yoga and Qi Gong teacher and in '94 I started to lead my first courses in Florence.

The passion for these disciplines and the desire to deepen them took me back in India several times as well as around Europe and America to attend retreats, seminars and specialization courses through which I discovered many ways to connect the discipline of Yoga with the different needs that arise in the life of contemporary humankind. Discovering many ways to approach Yoga has helped me to keep an open mind and to continually renew the passion for this practice. Meanwhile the experience as a teacher made me realize that the Yoga is naturally associated with healing arts which can also be favored by the right approach to lifestyle and the mental attitudes.

So in the late '90s I undertook a course of study to become a Naturopath and then a Counselor. At some point in my career I felt the need to begin to integrate the various knowledge and practices that every day help me stay focused on my path of personal growth. Following the particular criteria that allow you to integrate different techniques that have common goals and principles, I began to develop and test a practice that could adapt to my psychophysical needs and constitution.

In those years, strongly motivated by an intense back pains (by intense back pains oppure meglio by intense back pain) caused by an accident (and form too intense modern yoga practice), I devoted all of myself to find a more natural and safe way to practice Yoga and with the help of my teachers and experienced students in the field of physiotherapy and osteopathy I developed a smooth, light, fluid and natural practice without losing or missing the intensity and depth that asanas can lead to.

Anukalana was actually developed to satisfy some needs that I'm sure you also have (read more)...

After many years of work and research, and with the help and encouragement of students who gave me valuable feedback, I finally began to teach this method by giving it the name Anukalana®, which in Sanskrit means integration.

I have always believed that every human being is internally driven by natural forces that led him/her at times to be dynamic, sometimes fluid, sometimes expanding, etc. the disciplines I have studied and practiced helped me to frame well where these natural forces are originated from and where they tend to go. Being able to channel and harmonize these inner forces has allowed me to feel "unified", "healthy" and I continue today to work to refine the approach I developed to make it suitable to meet the needs of each individual. I firmly believe that Yoga was born for humankind, not humankind for yoga .... I mean that yoga was born to be really suitable for everyone and that is why it continues to adapt to the needs of humans age by age over the centuries renewing itself thanks to the contributions of those who love and practice it.

Today I dedicate myself with passion to refine and teach Anukalana respecting the fundamental principles of Traditional Yoga to give my students a tool that makes them closer to themselves. The research continues with the cooperation of Anukalana Teachers who have completed the training in order to keep this approach open, natural and attractive.


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