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Oct 06
2015

 

I was curious and a little nervous about how well my workshop about Scaravelli Inspired Yoga would go down at  yogafair yoga teachers academy in Hamburg. But (thank God) the German yogis absolutely loved it! The energy during the 20 min. freeflow practice at the end blew my mind!!

 

Even though one of my best friends, who I haven’t seen for ten years walked into the room just as I was about to begin, I managed to steer the ship back towards focusing on teaching this difficult to explain style of yoga.

 

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Vanda taught Diane Long (my teacher) ‘not to focus on executing the poses, but instead to cultivate a set of conditions that allow the body’s natural intelligence to awaken; in addition to “rest” and “undoing,” these conditions include a sense of rhythm, which has a coaxing quality.

 

When Diane teaches, she often repeats invitations to certain parts of the student’s body to drop and to others to lighten or widen again and again, always starting over or moving to a new way of engaging the whole body until release, however small or subtle, comes through the spine.

 

She stresses that it is important not to try to hold onto this sensation or push it farther, but instead to begin again with an attitude of receiving. Although there is rhythm, there is no formula, and the attention should never be allowed to become dull.

 

As the body undoes tension, the practitioner discovers a movement of extension along the spine that is sometimes referred to as “the wave” because of Vanda’s repeated descriptions of it as a wave-like motion.

 

Vanda used many natural images in her teaching; in addition to waves, she spoke of whirlwinds and volcanoes, trees whose roots grow deeply down as their trunks and branches grow up, waterfalls that drop powerfully and rebound into clouds of increasingly light spray, flowers that blossom without striving.” (Sandra Sabatini)

 

Doesn’t that sound delicious? I can guarantee it is!

 

It’s a way of undoing asana and being yoga, and it’s very close to my heart (most of my students from the earlier days know this well). It just feels right in my body and my heart, so I will share more of it with you in the future. Promised.

 

Alexa Nehter

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