The Teaching

About Inner Yoga Trust teaching

Inner yoga is movement from the core of our being. The body has the intelligence to know how it needs to move. The classical yoga postures, the asanas, originally developed from this intelligence. The structure developed for the asanas is known as Hatha yoga. Inner yoga takes these classical asanas, together with the philosophy of yoga and its spiritual aspects, and teaches them in a way that can transform the body, mind and emotions, touching the heart of our being.

This teaching asks you to be open, to experiment, to practice and to take yoga into your life. When yoga is taken in this spirit it brings you the ability to remedy all sorts of imbalances in the body, mind and spirit.

‘The practice of yoga is the commitment to become established in the state of freedom.’
Patanjali 1:13 (Translation – Alastair Shearer)

The Inner Yoga Trust has followed the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli for the last 15 years with our teachers Diane Long and Sophy Hoare. Vanda Scaravelli was inspired to move and change the Western posture in a way that brought us more into an awareness of the spine and its connection to the limbs.

The term ‘Scaravelli inspired yoga’ was originally suggested by Diane Long, a student of Vanda’s for 25 years, as being a more appropriate way of describing her own teaching. The focus of this way of movement is based on the movement of the spine and the movement of the hips and shoulders. We bring this awareness of movement into our asana teaching.

Our teachers are taught to work from their intuition – knowledge from within – and to encourage the development of intuition in their own students. Our teaching is firmly rooted in the classical texts of yoga which gives a lot of freedom because as the texts state, there are as many paths to yoga as there are people. The recognition of each unique body/mind/spirit we meet is fundamental to our teaching. Ours is not a yoga of regimental shapes, more an encouragement of each individual on a journey towards movement and vitality.

‘The practice chosen must be learned correctly from and guided by a competent teacher who understands the personal and social traits of the student. If the appropriate practice for a particular student is not provided and followed, there can be little hope of success.’
Patanjali 1:13 (Translation – TKV Desikachar)

Patanjali

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