The benefits of yoga

Yoga focuses the mind so we are not so pulled about by life. Yoga asanas let the breath flow freely through the body so that we can begin to let go of strain and tension.

Vanda Scaravelli, who died in Italy in 1999 at the age of 91, may be best known to many yoga students for her influential and revolutionary book ‘Awakening the Spine’ with its striking photos of her in her 80s performing challenging poses with ease.

The emphasis of this approach to yoga is not on achieving postures but using them to undo tension and find integration. The practice is an ongoing exploration of the relationship between the different parts of the body and between our movements and the breath, the ground and the space around us.

Gradually a new set of muscles is brought into use. Then our movements come from the spine and bring us back to the spine and the whole body pulls them together.

We train our attention so that we can feel more, impose less and allow the intelligence of the body to reveal itself.

The approach is both gentle and challenging as many simple ways of doing things often are and the experience can be both intense and deep, but always inspiring.