Scaravelli inspired yoga with Sophie Whiting (London)
~Awakening the Spine~
The intention of this workshop to introduce each student to a new way of working with their body.
The participants will learn how to approach and work with their bodies in a more collaborative manner and will benefit insofar as they will be better equipped to work with their bodies in a way that doesn't stress or strain the body; a way that doesn't require the usual pushing and pulling. This, in turn, will result in them having a quieter and more peaceful mind.
Read more about Vanda Scaravelli Yoga and Sophie Whiting at http://vandascaravelliyoga.com
In Vanda's words-
‘The adult spine is rigid and heavy and yoga, as intended here, consists in breaking bad habits and in re-educating the spine so as to bring it back to its original suppleness.’
So many of us have become accomplished jailers of our spines; we have been unwittingly complicit in the gradual imprisonment of our spines. The spine should be light, free, able to move. But so often it isn’t. The many muscles, ligaments and tendons that surround the spine are frequently jammed together, so knotted, tense, tight and rigid that they cannot help but prevent the spine from moving freely; from moving as it would were certain other conditions to obtain.
Our job is to reverse this state; to work in such a way as to undo and remove all the tension surrounding the spine. We need to give our spine as much space as it needs. We don’t have to move it about:, it’s perfectly capable of moving itself. We need to learn to let it do so.
About Sophie Whiting-
"I first tried yoga because I had an extremely painful lower back and was desperate to try anything to sort it out. Over a period of about fifteen years I went to various yoga classes, sometimes as often as five times a week. In these classes, my aim was not so much to achieve this or that pose, although I tried my best, but rather to rid myself of the crippling pain in my back. Despite my dedication I knew I was getting nowhere — even if I often felt physically better after a class. It never lasted. I was trying to force my body to do what I thought I wanted or what my teacher thought I needed. The result was that I wasn’t paying any attention to what my body was screaming to tell me; that it hurt even more, rather than less.
It was only when I started working with Diane Long and Sophy Hoare in 2005 that I began to understand that this Scaravelli approach to yoga is fundamentally about allowing yourself the freedom to move. It’s about putting in place and cultivating the conditions – both physical and mental – for developing a freely moving body. It’s about making space for the new, the undiscovered, the unknown.
My approach to yoga is now based on the principle that a yoga practice is an exercise in learning to let go of tension and pain in your body and not an exercise in endurance as you try to achieve a set of rigid poses. It means being kind to your body and not trying to discipline it. It’s about learning to work with and not against your body and enjoying its new movement. One way of trying to describe this approach to yoga is that it’s about recognising and then ridding yourself of obstacles to what’s already there."