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Unlocking the Power of the Vagus Nerve

Due to the Covid19 situation, this Vagus Nerve Yoga Workshop will now be delivered online, via live stream on Zoom.  It seems particularly relevant to be offering this material now, at a time when the calming and soothing effects of yoga are more in demand than ever.

Have you ever wondered what the Vagus nerve is and why it’s so important?

Playing a fundamental role in the parasympathetic nervous system, the so-called “wandering nerve” is responsible for our rest and digest capacities, and when stimulated, produces a calming and soothing force in our bodies.


Join us on this Vagus Nerve yoga workshop to explore how we can stimulate vagal tone to help:

∗  harmonise the systems of the body,

∗  lower our blood pressure

∗  lower heart rate

∗  reduce anxiety

∗  reduce inflammation

∗  increase our sense of trust, compassion, acceptance, and joy


We’ll learn some simple techniques to access the Vagus to help us unwind and let go.  And whilst many of us enjoy those sensations of increased openness, we’ll also explore how we can balance that relaxation by creating a sense of stability and containment, working to centre and strengthen our physical and emotional selves.

The Vagus Nerve Yoga Workshop will include a short presentation and at least 1.5 hours practice followed by 30 mins Q&A.   All attendees will also receive a recorded copy of the workshop.

Date and Time

Online via Zoom

May 9th, 2020
Saturday 1 - 3.30pm
(GMT London time)

suitable for all levels



To reserve your place, please contact the workshop administrator Gillian Russel
07973 575 597 or

How to join live streaming workshops via Zoom

I will be using Zoom, a free online platform to live stream this workshop.  You will be able to connect directly to us from the comfort of your own home either through your PC, laptop, mobile or tablet.

It's easy to set up - please follow these simple instructions:

Download and create your free Zoom account.  Please do this well in advance to make sure audio and video are working.

Once Gill (who is administering the workshop) has received payment, she will send you a unique Zoom link so you can register for the workshop well ahead of the start time.  You will then receive an email confirming your place with a link to the workshop.  Follow the simple online instructions.  Please log in 10 - 15 minutes before the start of class so we can begin on time.

How to join Zoom Cloud Meetings for online classes:

If you’ve never used Zoom before, please take the time to download the free Zoom app on whichever device you use for joining live classes (on iPads and smart phones it is 'Zoom Cloud Meetings' from the App store). On computers and laptops it is: Follow Zoom's simple instructions to set up your account.

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Thanks so much for the Monday Scaravelli Yoga class tonight, that was a lovely way to wind down from the week.

It was great just what I needed.


Thank you Catherine, that was a beautiful online yoga class.

Will try and get another class in before I get drawn into the real-world next week.

More people should try Vanda's style of yoga.  I think they would be pleasantly surprised.


It was such a sense of community - it provided strength, safety, continuity and hope in times of immense challenge.

Catherine used all her senses and skill to bring us into a shared virtual space - where we could practice yoga alone but feel connected.

Thank you for our Monday Scaravelli yoga classes.


Catherine is a highly experienced teacher and a keen student of anatomy. She has a sense of humour, is always well-prepared and treats her class as adults with a minimum of yoga jargon. Experienced yoga practitioners can learn from her and beginners will not be intimidated. Highly recommended.


I have been practising yoga with Catherine since 2014. Mostly in person and more recently in her live online classes. Moving and breathing with Catherine is an invitation to feel, to sense and to just be. Her presence is warm, attentive and feels endlessly supportive. The subtle observations of the body and the clarity of language comes from years of her own movement explorations. I find practise with Catherine to be very nourishing and soothing, which is much needed during the unsettling time of the pandemic.

Her last Monday Scaravelli yoga class was fantastic!

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