Long has been developing and refining yoga for most of her life.
She was born in North Carolina and moved to Italy in the early 1970s.
While living in Florence, Vanda Scaravelli invited her to become her student. She was
a devoted student of Vanda's for the next 23 years. This meeting
with Vanda introduced her to a new form of consciousness in the
study of yoga and body/mind awareness. At Vanda's urging, Diane
began teaching in the late 70's in Italy and later in Canada, England
and the United States.
Scaravelli, who died in Italy in l999 at the age of 9l, may be best
known to many yoga students for her influential book Awakening
the Spine with its striking photos of her in her 80s
performing challenging poses with ease. Vanda's knowledge developed from initial study with
Iyengar and Desikachar. Her own distinctive approach to yoga evolved
throughtout the rest of her life.
intuitive yoga of Diane Long is a progressive physical practice
with the intention of leading one to the vital core, the spine,
and is based on the concept that the spine divides at the 4th and
5th lumbar vertebrae. It is here that strength grows into lightness.
The base of the position is where one is rested and anchored into
the earth. Refining the awareness opens the vision to wholeness
and harmony, guided by this intention and concept. This becomes
a way of being, a form of meditation, which allows for new sensation
and a different approach to asana.
yoga is clearly visible in Diane's body teachings. In her classes
and workshops, she demonstrates and helps participants to experience
the particular subtle quality of movement, breath and attention
that Vanda taught, working hands on as much as possible with
Diane is now based in Italy (Toffia) holding daily classes. She also teaches regularly in the US with visits to the UK, Mexico and Canada. Students of all levels are welcome.
Photo credit: Claire Wilson, 2020
yogin gratified by the ambrosia of the awareness, who has
done all there was to do, has nothing to do; if there is something
he must do, then he is not a connoisseur of reality."
Jivanmuktiviveka, Liberation in Life
Read Wendy Jacobs' Our Yoga Journey (pdf file) from Spectrum, Autumn 2015
Read Chiara D'Ottavi's article on Awakening the Spine.
Read article: Le corps comme maître Le “yoga intuitif” de Diane Long et l’enseignement de Vanda Scaravelli (word file)
Read Anna Crowley's Your Body as Teacher - The Inspiration of Vanda Scaravelli (pdf file)
Read Anna Crowley's A Soujourn with Diane Long in Varanasi, India
Read Ed Fellows' What is This Way of Working?
Nan Wishner's When Movement
Becomes Meditation: The Legacy of Vanda Scaravelli.
Jane Sill's Inspired
by Vanda Scaravelli, from Yoga & Health
magazine [pdf file].
Sharon Steffensen's article, The
Teachings of the Late Vanda Scaravelli; A Workshop with Diane Long.
Elizabeth Irvine's Making Space.
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