Shadow Yoga

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Shadow Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga developed by Shandor Remete. The term "Shadow" is a direct reference to certain esoteric descriptions in source yoga texts that Remete has been influenced by.[1]

Style[edit]

Shadow Yoga incorporates all traditional aspects of Hatha Yoga, including asana, bandha, pranayama, mudra, and meditation aspects.[2] A unique aspect of Shadow Yoga is its prelude forms which dominate the teaching of the general classes.

Shadow yoga practise is often conducted without the use of a mat; schools usually have dense carpet or wooden floorboards.

Preludes[edit]

Shadow Yoga emphases the requirement for learning three prelude forms that consist of dynamic activities to prepare the body for general asana practise.[3] The three preludes are known as[4]

  • Balakrama (Stepping into Strength)
  • Chaya Yoddha Sanchalanam (Churning of the Shadow Warrior)
  • Karttikeya Mandala (Garland of Light)

The preludes consist of non-traditional poses that build strength in the legs and core, and increase flexibility in the hips and spine. These poses culminate in a series of Surya Namaskara that involve spiralling movements without typical "jump-back" movements common in styles such as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

In the full form of each prelude, they continue after the sun salutations with a series of traditional and semi-traditional asanas: samakonasana, atikrantam (a back-bend from classical Indian dance), mayurasana, and hanumanasana.

Geography[edit]

Remete originally started teaching yoga in Adelaide, Australia, before moving to Sydney. He now travels with his partner Emma Balnaves teaching workshops around the world on a revolving basis.

Shadow Yoga schools are distributed widely throughout Australia, USA, Europe, and Asia.[5] In early 2013, there were over 40 Shadow Yoga schools across 17 countries, of which each instructor was personally trained and certified by Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves.[6]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shadow Yoga, Chaya Yoga, Shandor Remete (2010), North Atlantic Books
  2. ^ http://willwont.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/this-is-long-rambling-story-about-me.html
  3. ^ http://www.yogatourtoindia.com/
  4. ^ Shadow Yoga, Chaya Yoga, Shandor Remete (2010), North Atlantic Books
  5. ^ http://www.shadowyoga.com/2014/index1.php#page6
  6. ^ Connell Monette (2013), Mysticism in the 21st Century, Sirius Productions