Yoga, The Vanda Scaravelli Way - Part II
What to Expect and Anticipate
When you are new to this way of practicing Yoga, you may feel
confusion and doubt as to its value and authenticity. Let yourself
relax around this—the concept is very simple. This way of practicing
requires much more of you than merely positioning your limbs in a
particular orientation, and you may find the practice to be more
challenging at first than what you are accustomed to. It has a
meditative quality. Scaravelli Yoga asks you to remain present in
your experience from moment to moment and from breath to breath. It
asks you to develop patience with yourself and to fully engage your
own witness consciousness.
As you take yourself experientially into this system of yoga
practice, a feeling of freedom and joy emerges from within the body.
It takes time to let go of the inclination to muscle ourselves into
the postures; it takes time to settle into the notion that the
process of undoing provides a place where we can learn much about
our attitudes, our self-judgment, and even our pain.
When we engage all of ourselves in the endeavor, each posture has
beauty and purpose. As we enter a posture and find a place of
greater fullness and space in the body, we discover a profound level
of releasing deeply held tensions, traumas, and injuries. It is as
if the meditative quality of this way of practicing invites a grace
to inhabit our entire being.
In essence we are doing less, relinquishing the struggle, letting
ourselves off the hook of achieving some ideal of perfection, giving
ourselves the gift of time to unfold. When we are able to let go of
externally imposed ideas of what a posture should look like, based
on images from books, videos, or a teacher's demonstration, Yoga
becomes something we can practice from the inside out rather than
from the outside in. Then Yoga becomes truly our own practice.
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