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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; 2 edition (Sept. 26 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062507921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062507921
  • ASIN: 0062507923
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 19 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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THIS IS NOT REALLY a yoga book nor a book on yoga, for yoga has been written about so much in recent years. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Barranco on July 2 2000
Format: Paperback
There have been a number of reviews of this book already. Why add one more?
Well, the existing reviews seem to fall into the "love it or hate it" category. I read just about the whole of this book in a very understanding bookshop in Sydney. I did not buy it then; I was looking for more "instructional" books. But I remember more of the content than I would have believed possible on so short an acquaintance, in fact I was quite sure I had bought a copy until I had gone through everything we shipped back from Australia. Alas it is not currently available, otherwise I would certainly be buying a copy right now.
The book is valuable for its reflection of a life inspired by yoga, and as a demonstration of what can be achieved by someone who came to yoga relatively late in life. Her anecdotes of meetings with the 'giants' of modern yoga underpin the theme that finding the correct teacher is crucial to a student's development. And none of this is presented with the self-serving egotism which, I'm afraid, disgraces many well-known writers on yoga (even some of the best).
Not a book to buy if you are short of cash, but certainly one to read - and to lend to your friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss Pam on Nov. 10 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the only book I own which I never lend out. I never know when I'm going to need a boost in my yoga practice and in my consciousness. Scaravelli was an extraordinary women. Her grace and intelligence permeate every page of this book.
I would not recommend this book for instructional purposes, except as an addition to ones practice. Scaravelli's techniques are unusual, but they are the techniques I find myself returning to over and over. This book makes sense on many levels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hummingbird on July 26 2003
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This is not so much a technique, how-to book. It is more about the spirit of yoga. It's beautiful pictures and wonderful meditations on the meaning or intentions of the poses illustrates and deepens an understanding of yoga and meditation. There are three parts to the book. The first part takes up the majority of the book (125 pages). It's called "the Story of Stories" and is about the philosophy of yoga. The second part called "The Asanas" is about 34 pages. It is where the poses are illustrated through drawings and photographs and described in short paragraphs. I would not recommend it as the sole source for beginners, however, it would make a great supplement to a yoga class or videotape/dvd. The third section is called, "Breathing" and is 8 pages long. It has excellent pictures that illustrate the concepts described in this section. A list of references and an index greet you at the end. The reference lists 32 books. Ranging from "Disc Regeneration" by O.J. Ressel to Deepak Chopra's "Quantum Healing," to "Symbolism in Greek Mythology" by Paul Diel, to " The Revival of Qui." by Kunio Miura, to F.J. Bueche's "Understanding the World of Physics," and Elisabeth Ripely's "Leonardo da Vinci. A Biography."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7 2001
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This book is the only one Vanda Scaravelli has written. Her work has been appreciated as well as influenced by Iyengar and Desikarchar. Although few asana illustrations are included, it is a masterpiece in understanding how the breath and gravity and the spine are centerplace to our work in yoga. We have lost Vanda but this book is a fine connection to her brillance. Bravo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Jessie Kerr Halls on Oct. 20 2010
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Awakening the Spine has been re-released...Thank goodness. Vanda Scaravelli wrote the most beautiful and informative book about yoga and life...and maybe death. She has left this earth and her book has left behind the essence of what she had to share with others. Reading this book, I discovered much about the physical side of yogic practice, and even more about how to live a life. Don't miss this book, if you are interested in the yogic life.
However, if you are interested only in an instructional book for Hatha (physical) yoga poses, this book may not be for you. I am one of those who has chosen yoga as a way of bringing peace to my body and thus my life. In this quest, Vanda S. teaches beautiful and useful lessons. As we align our bodies, we align our spirits.
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Format: Paperback
I own a LARGE number of books on "Yoga". This is one of the most worthless books I've ever read. If I had not paid for it I never would have finished reading it.
Vanda Scaravelli may have been a wonderful person but I found this/her book neither informative, inspirational nor meditative. Anything of potential value was piece meal. The most interesting page you can read for free on Amazon's "Look inside" Introduction. It does not claim to be a book on yoga and rightly so.
For a book on Yoga Read; Ray Long, Mark Stephens, Michael Stone, Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark, Donna Farhi, Gary Kraftsow, Judith Lasater, Desikachar..
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Madaffer on May 10 2000
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This is a wonderful book. I've read it cover to cover and also open it up occasionally for reflection and guidance. I've never met Vanda, but I take yoga instruction from one of her students. Vanda was a wise woman and it shows in her writing and through her students. Some of the customer reviews posted here are rather negative, but I realize where they are coming from. The editor's note implies that this is a book on yoga instruction. It is not. Vanda even says in her book (not a direct quote) that it seems to be a fad now to write yoga instruction books, and she didn't want to do that. But she had many people press her into sharing her wisdom in writing. I'm so glad that Vanda shared her gentle wisdom in this book before she passed on. This book is an excellent addition to one's current yoga practice, as well as a primer for someone who wants to get started with yoga. Really, any person of any age or gender will benefit from this easy to read, inspired, wise, and thoughtful book!
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