The Core Intelligence Series 

 The innate wisdom of the breath and spine 

Next-level Development Courses for dedicated teachers & practitioners.

The third of a new ground-breaking series of Online Courses that explores the potential that arises when we listen to the innate intelligence of our sensory feedback systems... 

  • The full course comes with direct 121 support sessions.

 8 workshops
~ 75-90 mins each.
(2 x intro workshops + 6 x course)

Course workshops


Core Intelligence:

“ Our sense of self  is a multi-layered animal that can be divided up in yoga terms as physical, emotional, and intellectual, and beyond that, through the causal bodies, considered as the soul, spirit and universal field.

On  both a practical and esoteric level, the spine is at the centre of our being, and if we can find ways that liberate it, we develop not only freedom in our movement, but freedom in our sense of ourselves.  

The  spine can ONLY be truly liberated when it is free of conflict... There is a famous quote by Vanda Scaravelli that states simply  'Elongation and extension of the spine only occurs when the pulling and pushing stop'.   


How free we are in our spines and ourselves is to do with how we feel about life itself - how we feel is reflected in how we breathe - and how we breathe is determined by how the deepest part of the core of our body responds to our environment...  


The WAY that we can physically create the conditions that lead to liberation of the spine, is sourced in the body's natural core responsiveness to the contact we make with the earth and with the space that we occupy  -  If we can find the presence of mind to refine these physical relationships, we get to experience what it means to be free of conflict at the centre of our being, and the spine is liberated in surprising ways in the process" 

 - Marc J Acquaviva - 


The course itself is be a 6-week intensive, and will consist of weekly 90 minute sessions, covering in depth this, the third  fundamental theme of Marc's  approach to body work - Enviro-Somatic integration,  the Acquaviva method.


If you book for the full course the two introductory workshops are free of charge.  

About Marc

Marc J Acquaviva has been passionate about yoga since his early childhood (since 1968), and from 1991 he studied and practiced exclusively with people that have worked directly with Vanda Scaravelli, such as Diane Long and Sophy Hoare, as well as with the highly respected osteopaths that have been called to further understanding of her work, such as Pete Blackaby and John Stirk.

During his intensive yoga study years, in the spirit of following Vanda Scaravelli's influences, Marc also explored and has drawn from other wellbeing practices, such as Feldenkrais  Qi Gong and Thai yoga massage.

After 8 years or so he eventually decided to teach, and qualified in 2000 with Natural Bodies of Brighton, doing Gary Carter's anatomy for yoga course.  He developed his own unique take on the work after suffering from a prolapsed disc during training.

The prolapse meant he wasn't able to walk, but he found that it was possible, through his own innate somatic sense of the body-relationships involved, to relieve the symptoms and restore function... He 'healed' the prolapse for himself within a few weeks, and has been developing and using his unique approach to help others ever since.

Early 2020 Marc J Acquaviva decided to change the description of his work, and he coined the term Enviro-Somatic. as a way of defining how he applies himself to both practice and body work with others.  More information about this on the home page.

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