Awakening the Spine

Awakening the Spine : Stress Free Yoga for Health, Vitality and Energy

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For more than twenty-five years, until her death at the age of 91, Vanda Scaravelli was transforming bodies and lives with her innovative approach to yoga through the proper alignment of the spine. She listened to the body and worked with instead of against it. She used gravity, grounding, and breath to achieve dramatic improvements in health and well-being. Scaravelli reminds readers that: "if you are kind to your body, it will respond in an incredible way." Awakening the Spine offers a gentle way to achieve and maintain overall health and a naturally supple spine - at any age. Lovingly revised by Vanda's daughter Paola Scaravelli Cohen, based on the extensive notes Vanda left behind, Awakening the Spine is published for the first time as the author intended. With a new foreword by B.K.S. Iyengar, this is the definitive edition of one of yoga's all-time classics. With photographs of Vanda Scaravelli by Rob Howard
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 190 x 210 x 14mm | 567g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Illustrations (some col.), ports.
  • 1905177267
  • 9781905177264
  • 33,956

Table of contents

1 Foreword; 2 Introduction to second edition; 3 Yoga, Science and Medicine by Dr. Lorenzo Cohen; 4 Awakening the Spine; 5 The Story of Stories; 6 The Asanas; 7 Breathing; 8 Biography
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About Vanda Scaravelli

Vanda Scaravelli was born in Florence into an intellectual and artistic family on January 15, 1908. She died in 1999. Her father, Alberto Passigli, a great lover of music, was instrumental in founding Florence's first chamber music society, Societa degli Amici della Musica (1919), as well as its annual opera festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1933), both of which remain amongst the liveliest and most prestigious cultural institutions in Italy today. Her mother, Clara Corsi, who graduated with a degree in teaching, was among the first group of women in Italy to attend university. She was also a talented pianist, studying under a pupil of the great Anton Rubinstein. Vanda's younger years were spent surrounded by musicians and other artists who visited Il Leccio, her father's villa outside Florence. Family guests included violists Bronislaw Huberman and Adolf Busch, pianists Artur Schnabel and Rudolf Serkin, guitarist Andre Segovia, cellist Pablo Casals and conductor Arturo Toscanini. Impromptu concerts often took place in the music room, where in the silence of the night the song of a nightingale could be heard between the notes of Bach, Mozart or Beethoven. Vanda herself was an accomplished pianist with a degree from Florence's Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini. In 1940 she married Luigi Scaravelli, a professor of philosophy at the Universities of Pisa and Rome. An eminent scholar, he published several books on philosophy including Kant e la fisica moderna (Kant and Modern Physics) and La critica del capire (Critique of Understanding). Many of his writings are still used as textbooks in universities today. Vanda's home was always open to artists and scientists from around the world. Among her guests were Bernard Berneson, Wolfgang Pauli, Benedetto Croce, Aldous Huxley, Frederick Leboyer, Buckminster Fuller, Federico Fellini, Jacques Copeau and Terence Stamp. In later life, Vanda lived on a farm in the hills of Fiesole, near Florence, surrounded by groves of cypresses and organically cultivated olive trees. Most of her time was spent helping students and teachers of yoga by introducing them to a serious and enjoyable approach to yoga. Her work was always to restore suppleness to the spine, and so allow the body to regain and maintain its original health, strength and vitality. Vanda's way of teaching yoga has transformed many lives and many bodies.
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