Natana Yoga: Dancing the Asana

Natana means "dance" in Sanskrit. Natana Yoga is the branch of Anukalana that integrates dance with the practice of Yoga.

Through this integration practicing Yopga becomes "danced": Asana and Vinyasa become a succession of harmonious movements and extremely pleasant to practice. "Dancing asana" means reaching the position with movements that have an expressive value as well as functional opening and enlengthening.

Yoga and dance have always been linked in the ancient culture of India and these disciplines can be integrated to allow the practitioner to use the bodily expression in order to achieve mental states suitable for meditation. In ancient times the traditional Indian dance (Bharata Natyam) was used as a divination during ceremonies and rituals in temples dedicated to various deities.

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During the traditional dance many mudras are performed, this gestures full of meaning are able to invite particular attitudes or states of mind. Take one body position is in turn a gesture that means the shape of the body can greatly affect the mental state and life of the practitioner.

For this Natana Yoga is a practice that can lead, if done in the right way, with great benefits to the immense pleasure of moving and express themselves.

The origins of Yoga and Dance are often traced to Shiva who is also called the "Father of Tantra".

The legend (and even ancient texts), says that Shiva revealed Yoga in the form of a dance to his consort Parvati, and this was our starting point for doing a work of integration to take advantage of movement principles from the dance world that have helped us to make the practice of Yoga smooth and pleasant .

Natana Yoga Anukalana

In the practice of Anukalana moments are provided  in which Yoga is practiced by giving priority to the movement in order to give more space to the expression of emotional states through spontaneous openings and intense contact with the body, with the air and with the earth.

Natana Yoga is therefore that part of Anukalana in which the patterns are loosened and the body is free to explore space in the rhythm of breath spontaneously following what happens from moment to moment.

Born from the contribution of Anukalana Teachers with a background as professional dancers, Natana Yoga has helped us to make the practice of asanas and vinyasa also safer and lighter thanks to the principles that help weight shifts and openings in a way that respects the body and joints.