ReAwakening the Spine: Yoga in the Lineage of Vanda Scaravelli
With Diane Long and Robin Stamm
May 16 - 21, 2021
Experience how re-awakening to spine and breath may be a physical liaison to a deepening realm. Yoga, or unity of body and mind, is about increasing sensory awareness. However, without attention and freedom even asana (yoga postures) can distract from true listening. Whether you are just beginning yoga or are a longtime practitioner, join us to learn how embodiment must be accompanied by simplicity and a willingness to start anew. We will break habits that are not useful and, with quiet discipline, substitute newness. To be simple is never easy, but a playful simple practice just may entice you back to a kind and easeful relationship with your body.
Vanda Scaravelli, author of Awakening the Spine, is legendary in the world of yoga. J. Krishnamurti‘s best friend for sixty years, Vanda began to explore yoga and movement late in life to help Krishnamurti develop more ease in his body. Vanda’s initial study was in music as a classical pianist, and with this understanding of music reflected in her yoga, she shunned methodology and celebrated the creative. With her revolutionary approach, and a synergistic mentor-mentee relationship, Vanda taught Diane Long how to train in such a way that body/mind relationship is transformed without seeking a particular position or asana.
During these five days together, we will explore this intuitive, yet sometimes elusive, way of working with Vanda’s longest student, Diane Long, in the morning, and Diane’s devoted student, Robin Stamm, each afternoon.
There is no age limit and all levels are welcome as the program is tailored to the students in the room.
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Diane Long has been developing and refining yoga for most of her life. She was born in North Carolina and moved to Italy in the early 1970s. While living in Florence, Vanda Scaravelli invited her to work with her. Diane was a devoted student for the next two and a half decades, until Vanda’s death in 1999. Diane’s meeting with Vanda introduced her to a new form of consciousness in the study of yoga and body mind awareness. Working one on one with a teacher, who continuously questioned the simple biomechanics of the body until she was brought to a…
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Robin Stamm has been immersed in the worlds of movement, biomechanics, and body mind consciousness for over twenty years. In 2007 her search came to an end when she met Diane Long and observed something completely different in Diane’s body and teachings. She dedicated herself and her practice solely to this way of working and has since organized her life around the study and sharing of it. Robin’s work, both as a physiotherapist and yogi, proceeds with the conviction that our bodies are much wiser and more splendiferous than we realize, and that if we remain simple and curious, we will learn of the…
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