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.
“It is imperative to communicate to others what you see and feel. To teach is an urge and a necessity. When you see someone in a cage or a dark room, you cannot help but open the door of the prison.”
“Do not kill the instinct for glory of the pose.”
“Movement is the song of the body.”
“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 spine, is the basis of our teaching.”
“Yoga takes you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on a journey whether you like it or not.”
“Elongation and extension can only occur when the pulling and the pushing stop.”
- 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.