Yoga Workshops Photo Album 2016: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Workshops in Abu Dhabi, UAE

In February 2016, Catherine Annis ran a full weekend of yoga masterclasses in Abu Dhabi, exploring the pioneering teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.

Scaravelli inspired yoga workshops are an opportunity to focus on specific aspects of our yoga practice, and provide plenty of time for students to ask questions.   They are the perfect environment to learn, develop, and take a yoga practice to the next level.

Scaravelli Inspired yoga is a gentle yet demanding form of Hatha yoga which focuses on developing core strength through releasing tension and creating length and space in the spine.  This practice works with breath and gravity to encourage the spine to unfold like a wave, allowing the uninhibited opening and energizing of the whole body.

During the masterclasses we explored how this subtle approach releases and restores the natural flexibility of the body, maintaining overall health and a naturally supple spine.

The primary aims for those attending each workshop was to:

  • Discover a fresh approach to yoga that will radically transform your practice
  • Release unnecessary effort and tension, and help restore the body’s natural health, vitality and energy
  • Deepen your understanding of anatomy and structural relationships, the mechanics of movement and breath
  • Develop gradual, sustained changes in breathing, posture, strength and mobility, building a strong connection between the mind and body.

Yoga Workshop 1:  Backbends

Yoga Workshop 2:  Feet and Grounding

Yoga Workshop 3:  Fascia – The Connective Tissue

1. Backbends:  Open your heart and lengthen your spine

We commonly associate back bending with opening the heart and in particular with opening up our front body – the part of us that faces the world. But if we focus solely on this aspect we may lose awareness of some of the deeper supporting structures of the spine:  namely the diaphragm and psoas.  By exploring these ’emotional’ muscles in a series of gradually deepening backbends, we’ll gain important experience of them and, crucially, how our breath provides the bridge between structure and emotion.

2. Feet and Grounding

Our feet are our connection to the earth – they are our roots.  We rely on them for balance and for carrying us from place to place, and yet they are often overlooked and under-appreciated.  During this workshop, give them some love – explore how to release tight joints to reveal softer, more responsive feet, that elevate even the most simple yoga poses into an almost magical experience.  Begin to open from the ground up; stretch and expand through your feet and legs to create strength and lift through the entire body.  See how, when you wake up your feet, you and wake up your whole being!

3. Fascia – it’s all connected!

Our primary relationship – the first we experience – is the one we develop with our own body as a young child.  As we begin to explore how this body behaves and responds, we inevitably feel pleasure when our limbs easily move in the way we expect, and learn coping mechanisms for dealing with difficulty when things don’t go as planned.   All these experiences are laid down in our connective tissue – our superficial fascia – which reflects our histories, and affects how we move, and therefore how we now experience ourselves as adults.  As adults, the practice of yoga offers us the tools of asana and breath to develop mindful awareness of how we now treat ourselves and respond to stimuli – pleasant and otherwise.  Yoga provides us with a practical approach to movement and to life that can help us let go of old patterns, and develop new, more beneficial behaviours.  Join us to begin to soften and release any old, unhelpful and habitual patterns.  Learn to move with more ease and fluidity, and enjoy a return more youthful, supple and enjoyable movement.