"We sometimes walk around with our hands tightly clenched, without knowing it. Hands balled into fists we wonder 'why am I not at ease?'. Letting go is a movement akin to a flock of birds leaving the dark of the trees."
In a sense the practice is very simple; a profound invitation to relax, befriend ourselves, attune to the breath, explore how we relate to the ground and the space around us and the subtle relationships between different parts of the body. As we let go of tension and holding we can begin to feel more, rest back and enjoy physical and emotional space. Connecting through the spine and the core of the body we discover that we do not need to use effort to hold ourselves up and together but can trust a different kind of support.
There is no focus on attaining postures and much focus on care, releasing habit energy, challenging our impulse to fix and mend, impose and push so that we can give ear to the intelligence of the body. We find the yoga postures from within, rather than forcing shapes upon the body. It is a practice of awareness, opening inner eyes, the presence of a person in their body which can seem like a gentle breeze blowing in the opposite direction to the complexity of modern life. People transform and their lives change in so many ways as they become more comfortable in their being. They seem to re-align with life. People describe feeling more resourced, embodied, centred, grounded and less stressed. It all takes time but aches and pains do disappear, posture changes and people learn the value of building into their lives much more rest.
Caroline teaches Scaravelli-Inspired yoga, interwoven with meditation and deep rest. She teaches weekly classes and individual sessions in Harberton, close to Totnes, South Devon. She also offers days, weekend and longer retreats in Devon and further afield and is always open to new suggestions.
"I have been practising with Caroline for 12 years. Each practice brings a new joy of discovery, a movement so deep within mind and body that leads me through life with a balance that is my constant companion."
At the end of every yoga session we lie down to meditate so that the whole system can relax. Sometimes people fall into a welcome, lucid sleep. There is a way of approaching meditation that is very kind and allows us to be ourselves. On retreats people are encouraged to experiment with lying down and sitting to discover where they experience most spaciousness and depth.
"The hardest part of meditation can be to give up ways we have been taught to employ effort and do work. Rest allows the cells and mind to renew themselves. Easeful meditation gradually drops us into direct and non-conceptual awareness. There our old habit-energies lose momentum without the drama that occurs when we try to make transformation happen." — Jaya Ashmore