Vanda Scaravelli Yoga Quote
“To follow the way the spine functions
during the process of breathing
is of the greatest interest.
The wave of expansion
while exhaling, originating
from the spin, is the
basis of our teaching.”
~ Vanda Scaravelli ~
Vanda Scaravelli has inspired many people, and continues to do so even to this very day. Her style of yoga was pioneering, and many yoga teachers today base their practice on what is referred to as ‘Scaravelli Inspired Yoga’.
I would highly recommend the following book to anybody who would like to read more about Vanda Scaravelli and her approach to yoga.
A long awaited reprint of this classical work revised by Vanda’s daughter and based on extensive notes left by the author allowing the book to be published for the first time as Vanda intended. Even if you have the first edition, it’s still worth investing in this one to see how Vanda’s ideas subtly changed. Superbly illustrated with iconic pictures of Vanda as well as inspiring photographs and images to set the tone. A book to treasure.
About Vanda Scaravelli
Vanda Scaravelli (1908 - 1999) is known for her contribution to the practice of yoga in the West.
As a young girl, Vanda met the philosopher Jiddhu Krishnamurti, who became a family friend. He would stay at their home in Florence each year. Krishnamurti and the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, another friend of the family, invited Tirumalai Krishnamacharya to come to Scaravelli's home in Gstaad, Switzerland to teach them yoga. Krishnamacharya sent two of his students, B. K. S. Iyengar and T. K. V. Desikachar, to teach them. In this way she took up the practice of yoga in her 50s. When they left Europe she no longer had a teacher, and had to develop her own practice. As this progressed, she developed a focus on breath, gravity and the spine.
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