Scaravelli Yoga

Scaravelli Yoga is the stress-free new yoga that works with the body to restore health, vitality and energy.


By working with Gravity and the Breath, we can allow our bodies to open at the waist, with a drawing down into the ground, and a releasing upwards, through the Spine.
This natural process is ever-present, not only in humans but in every upright living thing. The roots of a tree are pulled down into the earth, while the branches reach skyward. The deeper the roots, the taller the tree.
Each Yoga pose is accompanied by the Breath, particularly the Exhalation, where the Spine can lengthen without effort. These elongations can only happen when the pushing and pulling has stopped. This is the revolution.
Vanda Scaravelli discovered this through her own Yoga practice, having started her Yoga journey when she was nearly 50. She was introduced to Yoga through her friend J. Krishnamurti, and her neighbour Yehudi Menuhin who invited T. Krishnamacharya to teach them at their summer home in Switzerland. He declined as he didn’t like to travel, but sent B.K.S. Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar in his place. 
Vanda Scaravelli practised daily and had private lessons with Iyengar and Desikachar for several summers before she began to work and teach on her own in her native Italy. 
I was fortunate enough to discover this way of working when I met John Stirk in Brighton. He was covering a class for Pete Blackaby, who had become my teacher, and it just clicked for me. I went on to work with John and Pete, for several years, before moving to North Devon to spread the word.