History

Lesson in Freedom

The teaching of  Vanda Scaravelli, friend and pupil of Krishnamurti, Iyengar and Desikachar. If a film director wanted to make a historic film on the fascinating first steps of European yoga, I would suggest to tell the story of Vanda Scaravelli.

Eulogy for Esther

I met Esther Myers in July 1978 at the insistence of my friend Helen Kohl.  Helen urged me to try yoga with this specific teacher, Esther Myers, because she was exacting, precise, she understood form, she understood the body, she

Esther Myers, in Memoriam

“There are values implicit in any style you are teaching. ‘No pain, no gain’ is one extreme. ‘If it hurts, don’t do it’ is another extreme. ‘Stay on the edge and still keep a steady breath’ would be another value.

When Movement becomes Meditation: The Legacy of Vanda Scaravelli

I first learned of Vanda Scaravelli when someone showed me a photo of her in Light on Yoga demonstrating Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend) with B. K. S. Iyengar balancing in Mayurasana (peacock pose) on her back. I was surprised to

An Interview with Esther Myers

Esther Myers has been practising yoga for over 30 years, including 10 years with Vanda Scaravelli who was and continues to be her primary inspiration. She is the author of Yoga and You; Hands-on Assists: A Guide for Yoga Teachers,

Coming home to my body, to myself by Esther Myers

Thirty years of practice have taught me that yoga offers no guarantees. It has not guaranteed me health, a beautiful body or longevity. In 1994 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy along with the removal of

Three Interviews with Esther Myers

The Feminine Critique Most ancient scriptures were written for and by men. Nischala Joy Devi and Esther Myers question their relevance for modern women. By tradition, only the males of India’s upper castes could study the sacred texts. These were

Journey through Breast Cancer

A yoga teacher reflects on her passage through the illness millions of women face each year. My doctor’s words were simple: “There’s something there, and I think it should come out.” At that moment, my world started to crumble. My

Applying Vanda’s Ideas in Your Practice

By Esther Myers One of the wonderful gifts of Vanda Scaravelli’s work is its simplicity. The three basic principles-the breath, gravity, and wave-remain the same throughout practice, no matter what your level. Once you clearly understand these principles, myriad details

Awakening the Spine

[Esther Myers on Vanda Scaravelli] Still strong and supple at 88, Vanda Scaravelli continues to practise using gravity and the breath to ride the body’s own wave. I’ve watched Vanda Scaravelli do backbends for over 10 years, and each time

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