Vanda Scaravelli Yoga Quotes
A selection of some of the best Vanda Scaravelli Yoga Quotes from her book Awakening the Spine: Yoga for Health, Vitality and Energy.
“Understanding leads to independence and to freedom.”
“Teaching is not an imposition of the teacher’s will over that of the pupil, not at all. Teaching starts with freedom and ends with freedom.”
“Elongation and extension can only occur when the pulling and the pushing comes to an end; this is the revolution.”
“Yoga takes you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on a journey whether you like it or not.”
“To absorb the teaching requires infinite time and no ambition.”
- Vanda Scaravelli -
Awakening the Spine: Yoga for Health, Vitality and Energy (Paperback)
B. K. S. Iyengar (forward), Vanda Scaravelli (Author)
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.
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.