Definition - What does Calatrava Pose mean?
Calatrava is a posture found in AcroYoga, a style in which traditional Hatha or Vinyasa Flow are combined with acrobatics. A key feature of AcroYoga is that it is practiced by two or more people together.
In Calatrava, one person provides the base (in contact with the ground) and two other people are flyers (lifted off the ground by the base).
Yogapedia explains Calatrava Pose
Calatrava is an intermediate level L-base pose, practiced by three people at once. To practice Calatrava, an L-base must support one of the flyers in an upside-down, reverse lotus pose. The base and lotus flyer are hand-to-hand, supporting one another's wrists with two fingers. The second flyer is in bow pose, supported by the legs of the lotus flyer, with their belly resting on the back of the lotus flyer's thighs.
This pose may be held for as long as all three practitioners can remain stable. As Calatrava requires strength and flexibility, it is important to warm up the body prior to practicing this posture. The flyer in bow pose should counter this backbend with a standing forward fold after coming out of Calatrava.