Yoga in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli, trains our capacity to be truly present. As we focus our attention inside the body, the outward movement becomes an expression of our unique internal current. Our practice is a process of undoing, of removing blocks to our health, vitality and authenticity.
We are required to surrender fixed notions, habits and tendencies. If we can start every practice session with a beginner’s mind then we are truly awake and alive to our body in the present moment.
With kindness and attention the body unfurls, opening like a flower, without coercion or force. One is delivered into greater integrity and an embodied experience of our symbiotic connection with all of life.
The power and integrity of these teachings are maintained by the ongoing student/teacher relationship. Vanda worked selectively and intimately with several key students over many years. Students of this practice are required to embody and awaken the teachings from within, thus sharing from their direct experience.
Born in Florence, Italy in 1908, Vanda was a concert pianist and long term friend and student of Jiddu Krishnamurti. She was introduced to yoga by B.K.S Iyengar in her 40s and later studied with T.V.K Desikachar, both of whom were students of T. Krishnamacharya.
Vanda melded her musical prowess into her explorations with the body.
She uncovered an innate power that could be accessed and harnessed through regular practice. Her intuitive approach to classical asana is steeped in Earth wisdom, it places us amongst the beauty of nature’s cyclical processes.
Photo Credit: Rob Howard
Diane moved to Florence in the 1970’s where she first met Vanda, with whom she studied for over 20 years until Vanda’s death at the age of 91.
When I met Diane in 2019 I was inspired by the unique freedom of her body and her vital, playful mind.
Caroline has worked with Diane since 2000 and is also inspired by another of Diane’s students, Christine Borg.
I have worked with Caroline since 2019, undertaking weekly private classes and several retreats. She is my primary teacher and the inspiration for my offerings.