'Is there anything more attractive in life than making the impossible possible?' Vanda Scaravelli, Awakening the Spine
Vanda and Scaravelli Inspired Yoga.
I am living in London, practicing and offering yoga guidance influenced by the work of Vanda Scaravelli.
Yoga to me offers a blueprint of how we can conduct ourselves in the outer world by being aware of our inner world. We can learn to be honest and curios; opening up possibility for right action and regenerative growth very time we practice. We give ourselves a chance to realise our physical relationship with nature. For me through a vigilant practice yoga opens the connections that allow us to do this. We create ‘an independently intelligent body’ in sync with our primary environment.
I was first introduced to yoga by my aunt as a young teenager. She was yoga teacher and I was encouraged to join her on the odd sunny morning to salute the sun. As a young adult I struggled to find yoga classes in London (would you believe that!?) when I finally did I wouldn’t describe it as successful but, I persisted and the course that has lead to the yoga I practice today was initially varied.
In 2001 I discovered Scaravelli Inspired yoga. A way of appreciating movement with in the context of traditional yoga shapes that spoke to my body, held my interest and brought my search inward. The teachers I met were so nurturing and consistent with their knowledge that I knew teaching in honour of Vanda Scaravelli's legacy was inevitable for me.
Scaravelli Inspired yoga offers a considerate approach exposing the body's innate ability and natural connections alongside its response to gravity and the breath; there is a kindness in the effort required to liberate ourselves from conditioned external movement. It is not an andragogy dictating prescribed outcomes but, instead suggests movement guided by key principles that will give the receiver an opportunity to find their ability to understand movement that is personal to them.
Now in my forties I have over 8 years of teaching behind me and a clear tradition that I follow. Having studied with many principle Scavarelli Inspired mentors I have developed a supportive and inclusive disposition. I believe in the inevitable effort needed to effect change but, practice in contradiction to 'no pain no gain' culture. I am totally committed to sharing the joy of yoga through my continuing realisation of what the body can enjoy.
Vanda and Scaravelli Inspired Yoga
Vanda Scaravelli was an Italian born musician who came to yoga in her 40's. Initially a student of Iyengar and Desichaychar and friend and confidant of the philosopher Krishnamurti.
Vanda was eventually left to her own yoga practice without the guidance of her teachers and discovered three under pinning principles; breath, gravity and what she termed as the wave.
Vanda never wished for her yoga to become a labelled system but, simply an invitation for individuals to understand their own natural patterns within the body; accessing a personal independence and joy at the deepest level.
From what I have read and gathered Vanda's music and aesthetics influenced her percipience of yoga. She understood the body as a thing of beauty to be recognised as a whole instrument to be played in order to find its absolute potential and liberty. She often described movement in musical terms.
Like her great friend Krishnamurti she called on us to meet each moment afresh, to dissolve our conditioning and to enquire constantly making every action unveil something new every time we practise.
The Spine and principles of Scaravelli Inspired Yoga
Inseperable from our experience of yoga is the spine.
This is a tensegrity model of the spine from www.tensegritywiki.com. Instead of the traditional 'Stack model' tensegrity shows a truer version of the spine. Here rigid and semirigid segment are held up in space by tensioned flexible segments. These revelations allow for more intrinsic movement in different directions which is coherent with Vanda Scaravelli's personal discoveries.
The principles of Scaravelli inspired yoga which closely adhere to the natural purpose of the spine are important these principles should influence all Scaravelli Inspired enlightenment and give it purpose beyond simple expressive movement. IT is the spine that always sets the posture.
3 key factors guiding these principles are relationship to gravity, facilitation of the breath and the wave; two way felt movement
If I have done dog once, I have done it one thousand times. The clue is in the title 'practice' and that is exactly what is needed.
It is important to do this somehow without the asanas (shapes) becoming a mechanical habit. In my experience the poses and articulations are never the same twice.
If we bring our absolute attention to the practice using our breath and attention to detail to investigate the shapes we are making. We pick up on ever nuance; exploring them until a recognisable end. Then our practice will offer us something new and revealing every time we visit it.
Space and Time...
Meditation a holiday for the mind.
In this modern and stimulating age I will not promise you enlightenment through meditation but, will encourage you to take 15 minutes without distraction, noise and smart technology. It is in rest and peace that we are offered moments of clarity, creativity and solutions.
"a relaxed mind is a creative mind' Constantin Stanislavski