Everything starts with ourselves, including self-love. Wouldn’t it be good to realise that self-love is an emotional filter for our world, our own unique individualised perception? Knowing yourself means we can care for others because we are self-aware first.
If you buy into the neurological view point of yoga then yes I think you can.
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Can yoga help manage the ageing process? If your practise enhances your awareness of yourself and how you interact with your world then yes, it can.
Yoga is useful for making changes on the neurological level. So how can that help?
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Blended In-Person & Zoom Yoga Class.
Scaravelli Yoga taught in a small group class of students at my home yoga studio.
I will connect the class and broadcast live on Zoom to my online students. I am mixing the offering with those who can’t be there in person. We will all benefit from being connected and practising yoga together.
My approach to Yoga practice is about developing awareness of yourself in movement and stillness. An embodied awareness. Natural and accessible, regardless of your Yoga orientation. Erling is a 500-hour dip. 2 IYN qualified Scaravelli inspired Yoga teachers with 22 years of experience.
Yoga is not just about stretching
My take on a yoga practice is that it should support our normal human functional range of movement. Yoga should not impede our evolutionary ability to move well and with ease. We need to learn how to listen to our bodies through feeling our felt sensations via our nervous system. If we can do that, we have the chance to undo deeply routed habitual patterns that no end of stretching, pushing and pushing will undo.
Yoga for life
We want to practice and re-habituate movements that complement our everyday lives. These are the simple and often overlooked tasks like getting down and up from the floor without assistance, bending forward to pick things up, and reaching above our heads. Yoga can help you notice yourself and thus create a better life to live into our old age.
In my beginner’s yoga classes, there is no pressure to perform, to achieve significant stretches. I encourage students to feel what they are doing. The feeling of movement, of how we notice ourselves is very advanced yoga. You don’t need to be flexible to be a yogi, beginner or advanced.
Scaravelli inspired yoga
The power of yoga to benefit the practitioner seems to arise- at least in part from nothing more complicated than the release of physiological and psychological tension and the quieting of the mind.William J. Broad
William J Broad concluded this in his excellent book The Science of Yoga (Washington Post Review). I completely agree with his findings; yoga should release tension, and my Scaravelli inspired yoga approach to teaching beginners yoga or advanced has the central aim.
Scaravelli Yoga should feel very natural and intuitive. Human movement is natural, and our yoga practice should support it. Sometimes, in modern postural Yoga, the complete opposite happens. Erling’s approach to teaching encourages you to embody your practice fully. We are noticing what you feel as you move in and out of postures and in stillness.
Our neurological map is revealed because we focus on how we feel, the sensations in all our movements. Therefore, how well we move in Yoga postures or asana depends on it.
COVID-19 Social distancing notice for classes.
Vanda Scaravelli (1908 – 1999) is known for her contribution to yoga in the West.
As a young girl, Vanda met the philosopher Jiddhu Krishnamurti, who became a family friend. He would stay at their home in Florence each year. Another family friend, Krishnamurti and the violinist Yehudi Menuhin invited Tirumalai Krishnamacharya to come to Scaravelli’s home in Gstaad, Switzerland to teach them yoga. Krishnamacharya sent two of his students, B. K. S. Iyengar and T. K. V. Desikachar, to teach them. In this way, she took up the practice of yoga in her 50s. When they left Europe, she no longer had a teacher and had to develop her practice. As this progressed, she developed a focus on breath, gravity and the spine.
My approach to yoga teaching is to encourage students to develop an awareness of their unique body maps. Afterwards, they work to establish intuitive movements, which feel like freedom.
We want to use muscles efficiently and not overwork them. When we can do this, there is less tension, and when there is less tension, you find more ease in movement; therefore, your spine can move more freely. Freedom has always been the goal of Yoga.
6 Week Course Dates Autumn 2021
- 17th September to 22nd October
- 5th November to 10th December
Seniors yoga classes with Erling McCraken 500 hour IYN yoga teacher.
Erling makes the practice of yoga very accessible to students of all ages. Erling teaches Scaravelli inspired yoga. Students are encouraged to gain full control of their functional movements through a gentle but deep yoga practice. The successful integration of whole-body movement patterns are essential to good health and wellbeing in any stage of life but particularly later life.
Social distancing Yoga
COVID-19 Social distancing notice for classes.
Seniors Yoga at any age
My take on a yoga practice is that it should support our normal human functional range of movement. Yoga should not impede on our evolutionary ability to move well and with ease. We need to learn how to listen to our bodies through feeling our felt sensations via our nervous system. If we can do that, we have the chance to undo deeply routed habitual patterns, that no end of stretching, pushing and pushing will undo.
Starting Seniors yoga now will enable you to fully enjoy many benefits and help keep you moving without pain. You don’t need to be able to touch your toes to do yoga, and you don’t need to be young. Far from it, in fact. Yoga can be practised by anyone regardless of their age, physical abilities and body or health conditions. I draw on all my 20 years teaching yoga to deliver a safe yoga practice. Read what my students say!
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3 Week Course Dates Autumn 2020
- 15th September to 29th September
- 6th October to 20th October
- 3rd November to 17th November
- 24th November to 8th December