What is Scaravelli-inspired Hatha yoga?
The yoga that I practice and teach explores the classical postures (or asanas) of traditional Hatha yoga through the natural movements of each individual body. It is not about striving to copy and hold complex physical postures, but rather about learning to feel how your body needs to move today. The experience is at once both gentle and incredibly powerful. With time and commitment, this practice can have a profound effect on both physical and emotional wellbeing.
The approach is inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli who adapted the teachings of her teacher, Sri BKS Iyengar, to address the impact of the modern, sedentary lifestyle on our Western bodies and posture. My own teacher, Jenny Beeken, studied with Mr Iyengar early in her career, and continues to study with Diane Long, one of a handful of people to have been taught directly by Vanda Scaravelli. In 1993, Jenny co-founded the Inner Yoga Trust, the UK’s leading body for ‘Scaravelli Inspired’ yoga teacher training, with which I completed my 3-year, 500 hour yoga teacher training in August 2018.
But I can’t even touch my toes!
That’s the first thing I tend to hear when I tell people I teach yoga – and to be honest, until relatively recently I couldn’t touch my own toes either!
Yoga is not about being bendy. It’s not about stamina. It’s not about age, size, body shape, gender, colour or creed. It’s definitely not about being able to stand on one leg – or on your head or on your hands. It’s not really even about moving…
Yoga is about breathing. It’s about slowing down. It’s about feeling the ground beneath your feet and the air above your head. It’s about (re)connecting with your own body. It’s about creating space around your body, inside your body, inside your mind. And when you do that, when you start to find your way back to stillness, then you can start to move, mindfully, with awareness, listening to what your body needs to do today… here… now. And when you do that, miracles start to happen.
If you practice yoga once a week, it will change your mind.
If you practice yoga twice a week, it will change your body.
If you practice yoga every day, it will change your life.
When, where and how much?
I run weekly classes in and around Petersfield, full details of which can be found here.
I also offer private yoga tuition (usually 1:1 but up to 1:3 by arrangement) in The Conservatory, my yoga studio in Petersfield. Alternatively, I may be able to come to your home or workplace if preferred. Sessions are 1-1.5 hours and include a bespoke practice sheet if required. Further details and prices can be found here (please scroll to the bottom of the page).
Please note that I have a small dog who won’t be present during our time together, but does spend time in the Conservatory when I’m not teaching. If you have any concerns about this, please contact me to discuss them in advance.
What do I need to bring to a yoga class?
Before your first class you will need to complete a short Health Questionnaire which I will email you on request. Please arrive about 10 minutes early for your first class to allow us to go through this form together.
You’ll need a non-slip yoga mat. There are dozens of different options out there but most people tend to start with an inexpensive ‘sticky’ mat. If you don’t already have a mat let me know and I will usually be able to lend you one for your first class as well as providing advice on what to buy and/or ordering one for you at a discounted price.
Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily; layers are always a good idea as venue temperatures can vary significantly. We work barefoot although, if you really don’t feel comfortable with this, a pair of non-slip ‘yoga toe socks’ is a viable alternative. I recommend bringing a rug or blanket with you to ensure you’re warm enough during the relaxation at the end of each class (most people’s favourite part!). You should avoid eating anything substantial for a couple of hours before the class (although I don’t recommend arriving starving hungry either!) and it’s always a good idea to bring some water.
Contact me to arrange your first session now!