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Vanda Scaravelli

Though she came to yoga later in life, her subsequent 50-year practice and teachings have made a profound impact on hatha yoga.

By Phil Catalfo

The daughter of artistic Italian parents, wife of a professor of philosophy, and an accomplished pianist, Vanda Scaravelli was accustomed throughout her life to meeting creative artists, intellectuals, and literati. The Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti came to stay at the Scaravelli's villa overlooking Florence every year. When Scaravelli's husband died suddenly after World War II, she soon began spending summers with her children at a chalet in Switzerland, where she hosted Krishnamurti during his lectures there. B. K. S. Iyengar would come every morning to teach him yoga; he introduced Scaravelli, then in her 40s, to the ancient discipline, and "a new life came into my body." Thus began her ongoing exploration of what she called allegrezza, "the intelligent heart."

From T. K. V. Desikachar she learned breath awareness; she later formulated her own approach to yoga (in which "you become intelligent and at the same time you are happy") and began to teach others. Her book Awakening the Spine (Harper San Francisco, 1995) became a classic. Since her death in 1999, at age 91, several teachers have carried on her work, most notably Toronto-based Esther Myers. "I practice because it is natural for me to practice," she told Myers in a 1996 YJ interview. "There is no other reason.

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balachandran

when you are ready the master will come

Erna Retter, Austria, Europe

Halolo,

More on the MISSION of the Almighty Force, who was embodied in India, contact

www.kirpalsangat.com (guide the cursur to the maintitles, but donīt click the maintitles,, undertitles will open up).

Link: www.kirpalsingh-teaching.org

I wish you very much Grace from Kirpal.

yours sincerely
Erna Retter

Jane Dawson

I am a yoga tutor of 15 years standing and an advanced diploma in detailed anatomy, as applied to Scaravelli yoga, layering the theory with experiential knowledge. I studied with Gary Carter, well known in the UK for his anatomy of yoga training - he worked with Diana Long. Tom Myers and John Stirk. I will be dividing my time between the UK and the US. So will be offering classes in Portland, Oregon. I am also running a retreat in the UK in October (10 hours of Scarvelli inspired yoga in the beautiful English countryside)

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