Vanda Scaravelli, the most influential female European yogi of our time


Movement is the song of the body.

This song, if you care to listen to it, is beauty.

We could say that it is a part of nature.

We sing when we are happy, and the body goes with it like waves in the sea.

Vanda Scaravelli 


The Roots Of Yoga in Europe

110 years ago, arguably Europe’s first yogini, Vanda Scaravelli was born in Florence, Italy. 

Her yoga path, her teaching that is based on freedom, simplicity and undoing, and her legacy are incredibly expansive sources of inspiration.

In her fourties, through a close friendship with J. Krishnamurti, Vanda Scaravelli had the unique opportunity to start practicing yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar and T.K.V Desikachar. 

Read about how this all came to be, and a bit on her life and legacy at Yoga International, and delve into more information at EstherYoga. 


Vanda Scaravelli’s Place In The Yoga Realm

The late Esther Myer is one of only a few people who had the chance to practice yoga with Vanda Scaravelli. Diane Long, her main student, studied with her for 23 years, and teaches around the world in an effort to pass on her own refined knowledge of yoga and the teaching of Vanda Scaravelli. Both long time students, Rossella Baroncini and Sandra Sabatini are dedicated to pass on Vanda Scaravelli’s wisdom.

Vanda Scaravelli died almost 20 years ago, she only had a handful students and never founded a school in her name. Yet, her legacy is one of unwavering strength, humbleness, dedication, and also one that clearly identifies her as an artistic soul. Vanda Scaravelli was influential in her lieftime, and she remains relevant today.

Like flowers, she said, we send down roots and grow up toward the sun to blossom.

Nan Wishner on Vanda Scaravelli’s Legacy, read the full article here.

In  August 2018, located in Tuscany, Italy, Tracy Bickley of Yoga Waves organises a four day yoga festival celebrating the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, Celebrating Vanda

Pinter&Martin publish both AWAKENING THE SPINE and NOTES ON YOGA, the two most relevant book publications from and about Vanda Scaravelli.