Saturday, January 19, 2008

Vanda Scaravelli

An inspiring yogini, who spent time with and learned from B.K.S Iyengar and Krishnamurti and added some feminine softness to the teachings.

...One of the wonderful gifts of Vanda Scaravelli's work is its simplicity. Vanda spoke of three friends, Breath, Gravity, and the Wave. These three principles remain the same regardless of whatever your level of practice. Vanda believed that poses required undoing, having no goal, and going with the body, rather than pushing or telling the body what to do in a linear fashion, which causes movement to be fragmented. Taking time to understand and feel the principles at work in our practice can revolutionize the way in which we work. If uncertainty arises, we come back to the breath, reconnect with the ground and the body will find its steadiness again. This keeps the practice simple. Following the principles helps to understand the natural intelligence of the body; which is designed to move rhythmically in response to gravity and breath. Thus postures emerge from an inner movement without the need to impose or perform postures externally. As we learn to let go and release the outer tension from the body, the postures become a catalyst for the wave of the breath and spine to awaken and dance...
excerpt from Inspired by Vanda Scaravelli by June Durkin

"If you are kind to the body, it will respond in an incredible way."

1 comment:

yogagirl said...

If you head over to you can pick up a free downloadable mini course using this technique.