Legendary yoga teacher Vanda Scaravelli, who died in 1999 at the age of 91, developed an approach to yoga that is radically different from most forms of yoga taught today. The nature of the practice she taught is subtle, and therefore difficult to grasp, and her own book, Awakening the Spine, inspires through its philosophy and images but does not go into detail when describing the practice of asanas. Notes on Yoga is the first book to explain Scaravelli’s approach in full, and is bound to be an indispensable guide to Scaravelli yoga for both students and teachers.
During Scaravelli’s 40 years of practice she accepted only a small number of individual students, all of whom were teachers. Diane Long and Sophy Hoare were both long-term students; Diane Long was the first of Scaravelli’s regular students and studied with her for 23 years.