My approach to yoga teaching is to encourage people to explore being in their body, to develop an awareness of their breathing and to approach asana or posture work from a position of acceptance of where each student is with their own yoga practice. It is important to fit the yoga asana to the individual, not the other way round.
My teaching is rooted in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli, which is centered round the relationship between gravity, breath and the spine. This tradition adapts the yoga asanas to each individual physique in a grounded and hands-on exploration of the body’s natural movement patterns, working with gravity and the breath to release tension, free the spine and experience greater flexibility, strength and balance.
Yoga can teach us how to inhabit the body more intelligently, to develop greater awareness of our self and others through being both stable and yet adaptable. Practice becomes a personal inquiry, thus releasing our potential for integration and individual creativity both through the cultivation of movement and, paradoxically, the ability to be still.
Who Was Vanda Scaravelli?
Vanda Scaravelli was born in Florence in 1908. She was in her forties when she began to study yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar. She subsequently developed her own independent practice and found a way to reinterpret the classical yoga postures as taught by Iyengar through her discovery of the profound relationship between gravity, breath and the spine.
Scaravelli-inspired yoga is the term I prefer to describe the way I practise and teach. Read more about my Vanda Scaravelli inspired yoga here: Q&A With Bridget Thornborrow