"Normally in yoga studios I get a little bit bored and start checking the clock after about 40 minutes. In your class an hour and fifteen minutes flew past without my noticing"
Charlotte, Los Angeles
"Anil's teaching style makes yoga so beautifully accessible. I've taken this awareness into my own practice and also randomly through my day. It's like no other class I've done. I happily recommend it to anyone regardless of age, gender, ability or level of experience"
"Your class has been a breath of fresh air. I feel relaxed and refreshed afterwards"
"I really enjoy your classes. I always thought I should try yoga, but I never expected I would enjoy it "
"Anil is one of the best teachers I know. There is a nice progression to the classes and I always feel like I'm learning something"
Anil Rawal is a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher and runs regular classes in Scaravelli Inspired Yoga in Brighton city centre. The classes run from Anil's studio, located just north of Brighton's famous North Laine. Classes are small and friendly, so if you are used to large and anonymous groups, expect something a bit different. Book for any of the classes by submitting the contact form on this web site or by phone.
In addition to scheduled classes Anil teaches private group sessions anywhere in East or West Sussex, and also loves working 1:1 with people managing injuries or particular health conditions, where yoga and/or mindful movement may make a difference as part of an integrated and holistic approach to individual recovery.
More about Anil Rawal Here
What is Scaravelli Inspired Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is an experiential practice. Although people like to discuss it a lot, it is primarily something to be experienced in the present moment on the yoga mat. And once on the mat, whether or not you are "doing yoga" (as opposed to doing a set of exercises) depends on the quality of your attention i.e. are you really present to what you are experiencing?
The italian teacher Vanda Scaravelli (1908-1999) worked closely with her students, using classic Yoga asanas as a context but constantly varying the practice, exploring the unknown, encouraging students to work hard, with a close attention to breathing and sensing, and always with a view to allowing the spine to gently release.
Expect to work safely and within your own limits, resting when necessary; expect to be challenged and to learn through doing. This approach to yoga works away in the background when you're not looking, and will be of interest to people looking for greater fluidity of movement in everyday life.
Hatha Yoga in the western popular imagination is all about tricky stretches and balances - the idea (they say) is that you gradually get more and more "advanced", meaning that you can reach poses beginners can't do. This can give rise to beginners feeling like they can't really do yoga yet because they aren't flexible enough. For me yoga isn't about that.
When we were children, we learned to crawl, squat, stand, hang from branches, move with fluidity and balance between various activities. Then as we grew up we got trained to sit in chairs and ignore our natural impulses to move, with the result that later we feel less versatile, and more prone to injury. Feelings of stiffness aren't all about age - they also happen because we got out of fluid habits just as we got trained in restrictive habits.
I'm not suggesting we all regress. But with an intelligent approach to yoga we can achieve more fluidity of movement in everyday life. Is that worth having?