Who am I

My name is Paolo Alessandro Alì, and I am a yoga teacher and psychologist. My relationship with yoga began when I was 8 years old, when I started practicing meditation and Yoga Nidra. I started almost for fun, reading manuals and books given by my parents. Only after many years I started practicing yoga under the guidance of teachers. At the age of 18 I approached Tantra yoga and began a more dynamic practice. At the age of 20 I started practicing Anusara® yoga. In 2022 I completed the 200-hours teacher training and I became an Anusara Elements yoga teacher. I also perfected my knowledge of Yoga Nidra with an additional 50-hours course.

Kalagni Studio

Kalagni Studio is an online yoga studio. Kalagni is a Sanskrit term consisting of two words. Kala (काल) means time, while agni (अग्नि) means fire. Both terms have very deep philosophical meanings. Time is one of the building blocks of reality, and it is itself a manifestation of Shiva, of the supreme Consciousness. Fire is a physical representation of the light of Consciousness. Kalagni therefore means "Fire of Time", and it is one of the names with which Shiva is identified. Kalagni represents the sacrificial fire which purifies reality by destroying it, giving start to a new cycle of rebirths. I chose this suggestive name, since yoga is a powerful instrument. Yoga is a functional instrument for breaking down and cyclically recreating our awareness. Yoga is revolutionary. Through it we can reconnect with the Whole and change different aspects of our life.

Anusara Yoga

Anusara® is a yoga style born in the 90s as a union between dynamic Hatha Yoga, a more recent practice, and the tradition of the non-dual Kashmir Shaivism tantric philosophy. This approach conceives all reality as an emanation of the Universal Consciousness, which, initially undifferentiated and contracted (Shiva), expands and differs itselft dynamically (Shakti). It is not necessary to follow specific practices, rituals or moral precepts in order to rediscover one's deeper nature. Tantra says that is rather through experience, logic, and intuition that we get to unrevel our intimite identity. It is therefore not necessary to transcend reality, while the opposite thing is fundamental: we need to dive into the physical reality for then rising at deeper levels of awareness.

Anusara® yoga teacher licensing is provided by the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, and the process includes three levels of certification:

  • Anusara Elements , obtainable after 100 hours of immersion and 100 hours of teacher training
  • Anusara-Inspired ™, obtainable by those who previously got licensed as Anusara Elements teachers with at least 2 years of teaching experience
  • Anusara Certified®, obtainable by Anusara-Inspired teachers, with at least 2 years of experience who followed 300 hours of advanced teacher training

I always loved Anusara because of the balance and harmonization between the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects. It is a very complete style, which allows us to fully explore our identities and also to balance our minds and bodies. Each lesson includes a theme related to philosophy , which is taken up in relation to the sequence of asanas (positions) developed during the lesson, in order to recreate philosophical concepts through physical practice and breath. The connection between the philosophical and physical component is possible thanks to the recall of heart qualities associated with the concepts to be experienced, and thanks to the Universal Principles of Alignment , principles based on biomechanics, functional to align mind and body in every posture. Mantras, meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises) and relaxation can also be present. After the theme has been introduced, the lessons starts with a a sanskrit invocation to Shiva; analogously, at the end of each lesson, it's common to sing a mantra for peace. For more information on the invocation and other aspects of Anusara, I refer you to the official page of the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, at the following link.

Regarding my lessons, each lesson lasts 1 hour and a 30 mins, and it has the following structure:

  • 30 minutes including theme, invocation and warm-up 
  • 30 minutes with more intense poses
  • 30 minutes including cooling-down and conclusion
  • Pranayama exercises and meditation are often included in the lesson

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a practice systematized in the 1970s by Satyananda Saraswati. The term has ancient origins, but its meaning was unrelated to the practice as we know it today. The different distinctive features of Yoga Nidra have been inspired by different original tantric practices, which have been harmonized by Satyananda. The practice lasts from 20 minutes to over an hour. The purpose of Yoga Nidra is to extend the hypnagogic state of consciousness, the phase halfway between wakefulness and sleep. In this state, the body is completely relaxed, but the mind is fully awaken. The practitioner is guided by the teacher through verbal instructions, according to a very precise sequence and logic. In particular, the practice of Yoga Nidra is characterized by 8 steps:

  • Preparation , during which participants mentally prepare themselves to practise
  • Resolution , during which an intention, a specific will, is mentally expressed
  • Rotation of Consciousness , during which the attention is focused on different parts of the body
  • Breath awareness , during which participants focus on their breath
  • Awakening of opposite sensations , during which the teacher evokes several opposite sensations, such as hot-cold, light-dark
  • Visualizations , during which the teacher describe images, symbols and scenarios
  • Resolution , during which the previously expressed intention will is recalled
  • Conclusion , during which practitioners are brought back to the waking state

Course schedule

Anusara Elements Hatha yoga lessons are held on-site (in Italian) at the Istituto Prana Yoga di Genova, located in Via Fiasella 4-4.  

For further information it's possible to contact me by filling in the form, otherwise by contacting Istituto Prana.

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