- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 2 edition (October 11, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062507923
- ISBN-13: 978-0062507921
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awakening the Spine: The Stress-Free New Yoga that Works with the Body to Restore Health, Vitality and Energy Paperback – October 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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Vanda uses the spine as the human epicenter for all human experience/s. These experiences are our inter and intra-connections (yoga, union, yolk) with all (nature, worlds, universes, selves). Although not detailed in Vanda's book the chakras support this. Many of BSC Iyengar's descriptions can be interpreted as using the diaphragm where Vanda uses the spine for union. Using body organs is a wonderfully easy way for humans to 'see' links within ourselves and beyond ourselves that other species innately accept and fully experience naturally when not over humanized.
If we do not agree with all Vanda's beliefs we are free to expand our own. Illustrations from nature have been carefully chosen to mirror asanas and both appear simultaneously on adjacent pages, coaxing the reader to explore the links more.
This is not a book on how to do asanas and does not include comprehensive coverage of these, the author clearly states that was not her intention. It does not contain the most accurate or detailed diagrams of human anatomy, that is not the intention either.
Whilst reading this book I experience all eight limbs of yoga. I didn't have the yoga words to explain this when I first read this book years ago. I just felt a very strong connection with it, warts and all and often let it fall open where ever and got lost there in wonder. I lent it to a friend recently and reread it before hand which prompted this review.
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