Vanda Scaravelli is a name familiar to thousands of practitioners who have been inspired by her book, Awakening the Spine, and by those she taught, now yoga teachers in their own right. They are the only ones who ever saw her doing yoga. Now, this video is an extract from the DVD with the same title, that offers a rare opportunity to watch her for 22 minutes at the age of 77, practicing and demonstrating her positions as Elizabeth Lutz Pauncz films her.
A commentary by Elizabeth, follows explaining the three cornerstones of Vanda’s practice: “breath” (at the Etruscan amphitheater at Fiesole), “wave” (at Elizabeth’s studio in Florence) and “gravity” (at Vanda’s garden in Fiesole). The video of Vanda demonstrating these was taken 34 years ago and is the only existent record of her practicing yoga. It is a marvel that others are still learning from her.
There is enormous interest in Vanda Scaravelli’s teachings and her “revolutionary way” to do Yoga. Yet few sources exist to study her methods. This DVD will demonstrate some of them. Vanda would say, “There are no secrets”. As one of the few who worked with her and experienced this generosity, I want to give back some insights into what she taught me. It took Vanda years to convey to some of us the “simple” basics of using the breath and gravity. “”There must be no doubts”, she would say.
In this spirit, the DVD was made to lead viewers to a deeper understanding of how to practice what she offered. Disk one is a lesson that you can follow while watching.
Disk two includes interviews with students and questions that I was asked during my recent course in Goa. With a click, you can also select various ways to experiment practicing some asanas.