Notes on Yoga: The Legacy of Vanda Scaravelli

Notes on Yoga: The Legacy of Vanda Scaravelli

by Diane Long, Sophy Hoare

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906756451
Publisher: YogaWords
Publication date: 07/05/2017
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,287,619
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Diane Long was the first of Scaravelli’s regular students and studied with her for 23 years. During Vanda Scaravelli’s 40 years of practice she accepted only a small number of individual students, all of whom were teachers. Diane is based in Charleston, USA. She travels all over the world teaching and practising yoga.Sophy Hoare has been practising yoga since 1970 and teaching since 1976. Originally a practitioner of Iyengar yoga, Sophy had a strong desire to free her body of its limitations; it was as though she was searching for an elusive or non-existent key. In 1991 she met Vanda Scaravelli, who invited Sophy to become her student. In her first lesson Sophy knew immediately that Vanda was offering her this long-awaited key. At Vanda’s house Sophy met Diane Long, and recognised in her practice the same freedom that she saw in Vanda. Diane and Sophy meet regularly in London to practise and teach together. Sophy lives in south London, UK.

Table of Contents

About this Book 9

About Us 11

Becoming a Beginner 15

Meeting Vanda

Developing Trust

Establishing a Practice

The Quality of Practice 29



The Brain

Elegant Architecture 39

Inherent Intelligence

Building Connections

Questioning Asana 47

The Limitations of Language

Clarifying Vanda's Instructions

Assumptions About Practice


Rethinking Anatomy 77

Finding Freedom

Rethinking the Spine and Pelvis



The Limbs

The Hands and Feet

The Prominent Symphyses

Breathing 109

Natural Rhythms


The Simple Breath

Visualising the Breath

Beginning Your Pranayama Practice

Teaching 121


Vanda Scaravelli the Teacher

Acknowledgements 133

Illustrations 134

Glossary of Poses 136

References 138

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