Gary Carter in conversation with Catherine Annis
Gary Carter & Catherine Annis
Listen to this hour long podcast as Gary Carter chats with Catherine Annis as part of Gary's In the Raw Podcast Series.
Talking dance, yoga, teaching, language, countryside and much more.
Gary Carter and Catherine have known each other since the 1990's and share a common interest in anatomy and movement of the human body. They have worked with each other throughout the years on various workshops, courses and other yoga related events.
They first met when Catherine attended one of Gary Carter's anatomy workshops in the King's Cross studios and have been friends and colleagues ever since.
In this frank conversation, they discuss how they first found yoga, their backgrounds and explore how their teaching and practice have changed through the years, including in response to Covid and the move to online yoga.
What is Scaravelli Inspired Yoga?
The style of yoga Catherine teaches has been inspired by the pioneering approach of Vanda Scaravelli. This is a gentle yet demanding form of Hatha yoga, which focuses on developing core strength through releasing tension and creating length in the spine.
Scaravelli inspired yoga is a stress-free yoga that benefits everyone. Classes are suitable for all ages and all levels, from beginners to those with many years of experience. Regardless of your level of fitness, you will discover a longer, stronger and more flexible spine, a calmer mind, and begin to enjoy increased energy and ease of movement.
It uses the breath and gravity to allow the spine to unfold like a wave, allowing the uninhibited opening and energising of the whole body. As Vanda explains in the opening page of her book “Awakening the Spine”:
“There is a division in the centre of our back, where the spine moves simultaneously in two opposite directions: from the waist down towards the legs and the feet, which are pulled by gravity, and from the waist upwards, through the top of the head, lifting us up freely”.
Vanda’s teachings are miraculously simple. She encouraged her students to do less, feel more. To unwind, release unnecessary tension, and begin to simply be. “You must only undo. The more you undo, the more you are and the more things come to you. Don’t try to become; you are.”