A one to one yoga teaching lesson has the potential of being a profound experience. On the face of it, an exchange of knowledge between student and teacher. But, look more in-depth, and we see it celebrates a deep-rooted need to inform, teach and cultivate wisdom. Thus, helping humankind to prosper in a perpetual process honouring all our teachers and ourselves.Continue reading
Scaravelli inspired Yoga. What is it?
First of all, Scaravelli inspired Yoga is called so after Vanda Scaravelli. She was an Italian female yoga teacher
Despite that she starting yoga in middle age she went on to become one of the most influential yoga teachers in the west. And because her students were for the most part already yoga teachers, her teachings have inspired or influenced countless yoga teachers and students alike.
Walk from Shanklin to Ventnor over the Downs taking in the beautiful south east corner of the Island.
The path down to the old Ventnor railway station is one of the steepest on the island, so this part is a short but strenuous walk. Mostly on grassy paths. No stiles but some kissing gates.
It Can be slippery in wet weather and muddy in winter so care is needed.
The exposed downs can be very windy. Dogs are welcome, but please keep on a lead around wildlife and livestock, and take any mess home with you. This walk is brilliant for views all over the Island particularly from the top of Shanklin Downs over East Wight and across the Solent to Portsmouth and also towards the West with glimpses of Freshwater in the distance. As you walk along side the Radar station you get a sense of the height you’re at, with views over Ventnor and the Sea.
John Keats is strongly linked to the Isle of Wight, Islanders are proud of their Islands artist heritage.
John Keats was an English Romantic poet who died at the age of twenty five. During his short career he published fifty four poems, ‘in three slim volumes and a few magazines’. Having only become a poet in the last six years of his short life retrospectively he has become one of the best loved and often studied English poets. He stayed on the Isle of Wight during 1817-1819.
During that time, he resided in two houses, one in Castle Road in Carisbrooke and the other Eglantine Cottage in Shanklin.Continue Reading
Krishnamurti, Duality Creates Conflict.
Today’s meditation from Krishnamurti, The Book of Life, is from the section on Energy.
Conflict of any kind —-physically, psychologically, intellectually—–is a waste of energy. Please , it is extraordinarily difficult to understand and be free of this because most of us are brought up to struggle, to make an effort. When we are at school, that is the first thing we are taught—to make an effort. And that struggle, that effort is carried throughout life—that is, to be good, you must struggle, you must fight evil, you must resist, control. So educationally, sociologically, religiously, human beings are taught to struggle. You are told that to find God, you must work, discipline, do practice, twist and torture your soul, your mind, your body, deny, suppress; that you must not look; that you must fight, fight, fight at that so-called spiritual level—which is not the spiritual level at all. Then, socially each one is out for himself, for his family.
What is Scaravelli inspired yoga? & who is Vanda Scaravelli?
Scaravelli Inspired Yoga is a form of Yoga practice that respects the ‘revolutionary’ understanding of yoga shared by Vanda Scaravelli during the later years and through her book ‘Awakening the Spine’.