Lesson in Freedom

The teaching of  Vanda Scaravelli, friend and pupil of Krishnamurti, Iyengar and Desikachar by Emina Cevro Vukovic 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. The first scene would show Vanda, young and very beautiful, driving

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Eulogy for Esther

by Monica Voss 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 was incisive and perceptive.  She had an expert eye and a penetrating

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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. Can you make those values conscious, and in doing so be clear about what they

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Journey through Breast Cancer

by Esther Myers 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 mother had died of metastatic breast cancer at the age of 54.

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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 I felt I was seeing a backbend for the first time. I watched and listened

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