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 that accompanies 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 the early ' 90 I went to live for a period of time in India where I could attend monasteries and ashrams and be trained by experienced teachers in a suitable environment to meditate.

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

The passion for these disciplines and the desire to deepen them took me back several times in India and around Europe and America to attend retreats, seminars and specialization courses through which I discovered many ways to bring the discipline of Yoga in touch with the different needs that arise in the life of modern man. Discovering many ways to approach to 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 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 loosing or missing the intensity and depth that asanas can lead to experience.

Anukalana was actually was developed to stify some needs 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 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 and from what 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 man, not man 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 themself. The research continues with the cooperation of Anukalana Teachers who have completed the training on order to keep this approach open, natural and attractive.


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