Awakening the Spine, Vanda Scaravelli Yoga

""If you are kind to the body, it will respond in an incredible way."
Scaravelli's yoga places emphasis on gravity (or being grounded to the earth) and breath to gently increase the suppleness of the spine. It is a process of letting go, or "undoing". To use yoga as an inquiry by using the body: listening to it, trusting it, and surrendering to it. The stress is laid not on which yoga pose we do, but how we do them: working with the body creating beauty and harmony. "


Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli
Yoga: the Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
Breath: The Essence of Yoga - Sandra Sabatini
Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer: Yoga Through The Seasons - Sandra Sabatini
Like a Flower - Sandra Sabatini.


Vanda Scaravelli: On Yoga - produced by Esther Meyers

Vanda Scaravelli biography

Trained as a concert pianist. For most of her life she lived in Florence and Rome, Italy. It was whilst hosting Krishnamurti in Switzerland that she learnt yoga. Both Krishnamurti and Scaravelli were instructed for several summers by two yoga students recommended by Krishnamacharya. They were Desikachar and B.K.S Iyengar. Scaravelli learnt the benefits of incorporating breath with movement from Desikachar. Although these were important sources of information, the yoga that Scaravelli developed came from her "inner teacher", by trusting her body and learning from it, developing a softer more feminine approach to yoga She felt she had discovered, or uncovered something worth sharing with the world and passed on her knowledge through her teachings. Vanda Scaravelli died, aged 91, in Italy in 1999.

Scaravelli's yoga teaching continues today through the work of Sandra Sabatini, Elizabeth Pauncz, Diane Long, Erich Schiffmann, Esther Myers Studio, Monica Voss, Mary Stewart and Sophy Hoare. Sarah has also worked with Peter Blackaby and John Stirk

To be sensitive is to be alive