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an excellent introduction to the spirit of yoga
on 26 May 2000
Some of the other reviewers of this book are disappointed that it is not 'practical' and for this reason have described it as 'useless'. I cannot agree. For those who are thinking about practising yoga or those who are already students, it is a wonderful handbook to the spirit of yoga, explained in simple, short chapters.
Not only that, but it is inspiring to see Vanda Scaravelli, in her eighties at the time, doing amazing backbends. She didn't start yoga till she was about forty - proving that it is never too late to start this amazing practise.
If you want a practical book on yoga, I would reccomend Godfrey Devereux's Dynamic Yoga and Erich Schiffmann's Yoga: the spirit and practice of moving into stillness. But Scaravelli's book is invaluable as an adjunct, and precisely because it is not about things like what to do with your legs in virabadrasana. It is informative without being esoteric. When she writes that to practice yoga you need a teacher she is telling no less than the truth. I have practised yoga for a few years and always return to this book. I also always give it to friends who are thinking of starting and they always love it.
Scaravelli died about eighteen months ago, but her students continue to teach her method which is based on using the power of gravity. She does introduce you to some asanas (poses) in the book; but that is not the point. The only way to learn yoga is to do it, but this book will refresh you and remind you why you are doing it. If the reason you are doing yoga is just so you can do the splits, maybe this is not the book for you. For everyone else: Let go of your ego and your goal-oriented mind and buy this book.