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.
“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, and from the waste upwards, through the top of the head lifting us up freely.”
“Yoga must not be practiced to control the body; it is the opposite, it must bring freedom to the body, all the freedom it needs.”
“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 teaching.”
“Do not kill the instinct for the glory of the pose.”
“An attentive mind makes an intelligent body; a dull mind – a dull body.”
“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.”
“Yoga is an effortless dance with breath and gravity.”
“You have to learn how to listen to your body, going with it not against it, avoiding all effort or strain and centering your attention on that very delicate point, the back of the waist (where the spine moves in two opposite directions).”
- 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.