Shadow Yoga is a Hatha Yoga School founded by Zhander Remete that places special emphasis on preparatory forms as basis for a safe, meaningful development of students. These preparatory forms, the preludes, integrate principles common to all the internal arts, yoga, martial arts & dance. The sequencing of positions and rhythm of movement and breath are derived from the anatomical and energetic principles of Hatha Yoga and guided by the 108 points of the Indian marmasthana system.
The preludes consist of warrior (viraparampara) and sun forms (surynamaskaras). They are flowing forms that combine strong stance work with spiraling movements, skillful arm-hand gestures and rhythmic breathing. The warrior forms free the body from tensions and blockages. The sun forms ignite the central power system. Three preludes have been devised, differing in type and level of activity:
- Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam
- Karttikeya Mandala
In the Shadow Yoga practice the preludes are first systematically learned and then practiced for a period of three to seven years. Basic mastery of Balakrama and Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam is prerequisite for working with the Kartikkeya Mandala. Solid grounding in the Karttikeya Mandala is required to proceed with the primary asanas, which lead to the practice of inversions.
“…Yoga is designed to remove the excess of habitual living in order to free this energy so that it can be directed towards a higher order of living. Every human being is endowed with this potential; but usually its presence is masked by the fluctuations of the conditioned mind. The mind only becomes aware of this power when it stops projecting and attains a steady and concentrated state. The perfection of this state is the goal of yoga but, if there is to be a chance of success, beginners must be pointed in this direction from the beginning. The key lies in the right preparation.” Zhander Remete, Founder of Shadow Yoga
Shadow Yoga is taught worldwide by Zhander Remete and Emma Balnaves. shadowyoga.com.
U.S. Teachers qualified to teach Shadow Yoga by Zhander & Emma.
San Luis Obispo, California
Catherine Halcomb: catherineyoga.com
Shelley Massa: into-balance.com
San Francisco & Bay Area, California
Scott Blossom: shunyatayoga.com
Chandra Easton: shunyatayoga.com
Mark Horner: horneryoga.com
Los Angeles, California
Matt Pesendian: bodhimanda.com
Matt Schwartz: goldenmonkeyhealing.com
New York City, New York
Andy Matinog: redcrowyogashala.com
Maya Smeloff: redcrowyogashala.com
Lita Batho: litayoga.com
Zhander Remete, Founder of Shadow Yoga
For info regarding Shadow Yoga Shadow Yoga DVD’s and Zhander Remete : www.shadowyoga.com
To order a copy of the book Shadow Yoga Chaya Yoga by Zhander Remete: www.amazon.com