- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harperone; 2 edition (Oct. 11 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062507923
- ISBN-13: 978-0062507921
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Awakening The Spine Paperback – Oct 11 1991
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About the Author
Vanda Scaravelli was born in Florence, Italy. She studied for many years with B.K.S. Iyengar and trains teachers who teach her new form of yoga all over the world.
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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.
I met this book in the guestroom of a friend, where I browsed the remarkable pictures and felt immediately the freedom and relaxation of this teacher. Vanda Scaravelli rose to the occasion of writing her one book by packing it with myriad moments of access to her life vision, especcially the possibilities of old age. Any page is worthy of repeated attention, and can serve as a breath of inspiration during a busy day.
The text can be read in one sitting. The book does not take your time, it gives you a way of being in time that floats above the ordinary.
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.
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.
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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