Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Website redevelopment progress report

Well, I have started to redevelop the Yoga with Mark website. Redevelopment is gonna take a while - I'm still on the home page! The problem is content rather than technical. Both Mark and I wanted a short summary of what our yoga is about for the home page but not being a wordsmith this is not proving easy. I thought that I would try what I have come up with here on you good folks first. Here it is:

The time we spend on the yoga mat is an opportunity to allow the natural intelligence of the body to show us better ways of moving and being. The understandings we gain from our practice remain with us when we roll up our mats and they infuse our everyday activities so improving their quality. We do this by:
  • letting go of ambition (to be proud of our postures is bad taste!)
  • stopping the pushing and pulling
  • releasing tension
  • putting aside ideas about what a pose is and how it 'should' be done
  • making friends with our bodies and treating them with respect
  • becoming aware of our habits and conditioning and understanding them so that we can leave them behind
This way of working was pioneered by the late Vanda Scaravelli. Vanda Scaravelli, a lifelong friend of Krishnamurti, learnt yoga from B.K.S. Iyengar. She also had lessons with Desikachar. After studying with these luminaries her body became her teacher.
"You have to learn how to listen to your body, going with it and not against it, avoiding all effort or strain and centering your attention on that very delicate point, the back of the waist (where the spine moves in two opposite directions). You will be amazed to discover that, if you are kind to your body, it will respond in an incredible way." Vanda Scaravelli in "Awakening the Spine" page 16
Her student of 23 years, Diane Long, continues the work.
Vanda's book "Awakening the Spine" was published when she was in her eighties and it quickly became a classic. At the time her way of working seemed revolutionary to many but it was probably more akin to the way the early yogis learnt about the body and discovered the postures. Links to articles about Vanda Scaravelli and this way of working.

Mark was impressed (he's even less of a wordsmith than I!) and got me to put it on his existing website. 

Friday, 2 July 2010


Awareness will bring you to you one hundred percent intelligence, will make you almost divine. And awareness does not stop there. Awareness helps you to use your intelligence fully.
Osho in "Maturity" page 176

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Osho's three steps of awareness

There are three steps of awareness.

First, become aware of your body - walking, chopping wood, or carrying water from the well. Be watchful, be alert, aware, conscious. Don't go on doing things like a zombie, like a somnambulist, a sleepwalker.

When you have become aware of your body and its actions then move deeper - to your mind and its activity, thoughts, imagination, projections... As you become more aware, there is no energy available for thoughts; they die out. When you are 100 percent aware, the mind becomes absolutely silent.

The third step: to become aware of feelings, moods, emotions.
Osho in "Maturity" pages 179 - 181