I’m often asked what is Scaravelli inspired yoga????
Most people interested in yoga are familiar with or the term of Iyengar yoga. Vanda Scaravelli was taught by Iyengar, and also Desikachar, when they were visitors to her home in Florence. But note the use of the word visitors; without either teacher to hand for a weekly lesson or two that most of us experience, Vanda continued to develop her own practice.
In Iyengar yoga, postures are often held and propped which encourage the body to develop, move, shift, release, etc. However, many of these postures are hard for some to get into, especially Western bodies which historically had moved in a very different way – hard on the outside but soft on the inside, as Iyengar told my teacher, Jenny Beeken. Through her practice, Vanda awoke her spine by relaxing the outer body to access the spine, it’s deep muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Her teachings encourage us to soften the outer ‘holding onto’ and strengthen the inner body, core of our being. Iyengar could see this, but it needed a western body to feel and understand what was needed. Vanda’s book, Awakening the Spine, is essential reading to all yogis. Vanda didn't wish to have a school or discipline of yoga named after her, hence the use of Scaravelli Inspired Yoga.
The yoga path of Scaravelli is not one of regimental shapes, but an encouragement of individuals on a journey of movement and vitality. Because of this, it is extremely transformative and beneficial to all levels and all abilities.
I personally believe it’s a great way to start learning yoga; the postures in essence are the all the same in any practice – Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Scaravelli – but the teachings of these disciplines is where the difference is and for many, Scaravelli offers a lesser regimented, fluid and therapeutic practice.
Of course the easiest way to understand, is to experience, so if you would like to come along to any of my classes, please do feel free to: my website is www.lotusandlaurelyoga.co.uk and lists all my classes or simply get in touch.