How To Respect Your Body

We all know it but we don’t do it….Vanda Scaravelli lived practising yoga until she was 91.

A beautiful soul who devoted her life to yoga.

She wrote:-

“The way we live is destructive to the body; there is no respect towards its needs and demands. We destroy little by little, that precious, complex, vital vessel of life we received at birth. Why? For Ambition? For a final cause? For the sake of our children, family, for the ‘superior’ mind, the ‘higher’ self, the glorification of the brain, enlightenment…? All religions encourage self-sacrifice, but when we are ill we pray to God to heal us. How inconsistent we are! To be simple, to appreciate what has been given to us, and to take care of our body, is an act of humility. A group of people after a seminar asked me about death. To die is natural. We all have to die sooner or later, but what we must not do is allow the body to degenerate while living. By doing yoga in the proper way, we should be able to maintain its purity until the end.

Do not fight your body. Do not carry the world on your shoulders like Atlas. Drop that heavy load of unnecessary baggage and you will feel better. While practising yoga do not kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose. Do not look at your body like a stranger, but adopt a friendly approach towards it. Watch it, listen to it, observe its needs, its requests, and even have fun. Play with it as children do, sometimes it becomes very alert and swift. To be sensitive is to be alive.” Vanda Scaravelli


What a beautiful sentiment and what a thought to take with us through the day. Listen to your body, respect it and it will respect you. Come practise with us. Try our Summer Offers 30 days for £24, or get an extra pass on your 10 class pass , and get into the spirit of yoga, goyoga, just keep on going.



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Published by Sophie Bickerdike

I came to yoga with a bad back and a full mind, lots of constant chatter, no different to anyone else... after 15 years of teaching... my mind still goes all monkey on me, the so called wild horses are still there... but I have it under control, I am aware of it..... my body has never felt so strong... yoga really solves so much...mind body and soul...

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