This way of practising awakens gradually in the body. The quality of attention that we bring is what matters most. Patience and openness in our exploration of the body and the asanas open up new understandings and connections that give clarity, rest and a feeling of wholeness.
We explore the classic poses – on the floor, sitting, standing and balances – that allow the spine to bend forward, extend backwards and twist. With an attitude of not forcing the body in any moment, we use gentle and circular movements to release tension. This allows us to appreciate more subtle pathways in the body and become interested in how the body responds to this kind of exploration. We develop a capacity to feel how our body and the ground relate to one another and learn how to support the body’s weight better. Force or impulse can be conducted through the bones more efficiently, which helps bring more lightness. The extremities of the body are guided back to the spine as a place of rest. By allowing intuition to be present, new or forgotten pathways show up and what is discovered on the path is as important as, or sometimes more than, getting to the actual pose itself.
The body becomes a landscape rich in poetry and metaphors, teaching us a language we have forgotten but that is our own. Freeing and creating space for the spine and breath is a key focus of the practice and in that sense, the vitality of the body and bones are cared for.
A brain that knows all the answers is a dead brain: from an inquiring, questioning brain arises a healthy curiosity where there will be freedom to explore, freedom to understand, freedom to discover, and in which the looking will be the seeing.
Vanda Scaravelli, Awakening the Spine, p. 74