Hatha Yoga and Shadow Yoga


Yoga Shala is a boutique Yoga studio in San Luis Obispo. Our classes are personalized and taught to the needs of each student. We teach specialized courses in Shadow Yoga. In addition we offer Hatha Yoga classes, classes for Beginners and Restorative yoga. Our teachers have been teaching yoga in San Luis Obispo for the past 20 years. Please join us!

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Yoga Shala moved to SLO 2074 Parker St. 93401 – inside SLO Movement Arts CenterTuesday and Wednes

      • SIGN UP Shadow Yoga Workshop Feb 24-26 OPEN TO ALL. Beginners welcome.
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      • Join Shelle Ball for Mommy & Baby Yoga February 7-28  10-11AM.  $48 for series or $14/class! Drop in’s welcome! sign up.
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    • Day
      SHADOW YOGA WORKSHOP FEB 24-26 sign up
      Monday 6:00-7:15pm Restorative/Beginner Catherine sign up
      Tuesday 10-11am Baby & Mommy Shelle Ball Feb. 7-28 sign up
      4:45-6pm Shadow Series* Catherine Jan. 3 – Feb. 14 sign up
      Wednesday 7:00-8:15am Shadow Yoga** Catherine sign up
      8:30-9:45am Beginner Yoga Catherine sign up
      4:45-6pm Shadow Basics* Catherine Mar. 1 – 29 sign up
      6:15-7:30pm Yoga Basics Shelley sign up
      Thursday 7:00-8:15am Shadow Series* Catherine Jan. 5 – Feb. 16 sign up
      8:45-10am Beginner Yoga Shelley sign up
      Saturday 7:00-8:30am All Levels Yoga Catherine sign up


Hatha Yoga class card 5x $70 10x $140 $14/class
Shadow Yoga Series* $17/class see flyers for dates & details
Shadow Yoga class card 5x $100 10x $200 $20/class
Private Sessions 1 person $85 2 people $90 4+ people $30/person (in studio)
Shadow Yoga ** must have shadow experience

Shadow Yoga series


Shadow Yoga

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:

  1. Balakrama
  2. Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam
  3. 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

Portland, Oregon
Lita Batho: litayoga.com

Zhander Remete, Founder of Shadow Yoga


For  info regarding Shadow Yoga Shadow Yoga DVD’s, Zhander Remete & Emma Balnaves : shadowyoga.com

To order a copy of the book Shadow Yoga Chaya Yoga by Zhander Remete: www.amazon.com

Intensives & Workshops

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SLO Movement Arts Center

We are very pleased to be partners in movement with SLO Movement Arts Center!

Ryan Lawrence and Maartje Lawrence-Hermans are the owners of SLOMAC. They offer a wide range of dance classes and workshops. We are very impressed by the quality of their programs.

 Please check them out! www.slomac.com




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  SLO Accommodations list          

 location: Yoga Shala @ SLO Movement Arts Center  2074 Parker St in SLO

Seven class weekend
San Luis Obispo, California, USA
October 19-22: Asana-angahara level 2
Commences Thursday @5pm
Classes Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7-9am & 4-6pm
Register: Shadow Yoga
Location: yogashalaslo.com  2074 Parker St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
* Participants may book for both or one course.

Seven day course
San Luis Obispo, California, USA
October 23-29: Individual practice
Commences Monday @7am
Register: Shadow Yoga
Location: yogashalaslo.com     2074 Parker St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

* Participants may book for both or one course.


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    SLO Movement Arts Center

  • ZHANDER & EMMA 2017

    ZHANDER & EMMA 2017


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Mexico – June , 2017

 Intensive . Retreat . Restore

Yoga Retreat with Catherine Halcomb 

Todos Santos, Mexico at Rancho Pescadero

June 27-July 3 2017

contact: Catherine breathe@catherineyoga.com or Phyllis asmatartifacts@gmail.com


print PDF Itinerary and sample schedule

checks made payable to Yoga Shala

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Rancho Pescadero Resort sits on an outrageous, private oceanfront estate an hour north of Cabo just outside the Pueblo Magico town of Todos Santos. Find out why TripAdvisor devotees are calling it “the best hotel they’ve ever stayed in.” Featuring 28 beautifully appointed suites, a two-mile stretch of beach, an amazing chef, and some of the best margaritas in Mexico. Rancho Pescadero is bucking the trend of the traditional boutique beach hotel with a simple motto: “We want them to squeal when they get here and cry when they leave.” Surf at one of the best breaks in Baja just a stroll from the hotel or lounge all day in one of the two pools, or numerous hammocks and daybeds that can be found throughout the property.

Rancho King and Double Queen Suites 
The Rancho Suite is our most spacious accommodation. We’ve delivered all the special Rancho touches here, with two queen-sized elevated platform beds and the gift of ocean views from bed. Step down form the sleeping area onto a full living room. Open up massive floor to ceiling wood sliders and let the ocean breeze waft in. Step out to a generously proportioned private patio with chaise lounges and a dining set for enjoying libations and our delicious room service in the privacy of your al fresco deck.
Double Occupancy $3,300.00  Single $4,950.00 
Standard King Suites
These rooms are far better than the word standard implies. They feature delicious views of the Sierra La Laguna Mountains or the Pacific Ocean plus all the Rancho Pescadero amenities. Anticipate gorgeous living spaces filled with luxury touches.  All Rancho rooms are built to take advantage of our views and climate with outdoor living space. Let the ocean breeze in and enjoy.
Double Occupancy $2,700.00  Single $3,725.00
50% deposit upon booking. Deposits due no later than March 1.
 Final Payment April 1, 2017
Minimum of 10 rooms or 20 people to guarantee pricing.

Includes the following:

6 nights Accommodations

Light Breakfast Basket delivery in your room every morning (Fresh fruit, Coffee, Mexican Pastries, Smoothie of the Day).

All Meals
Meals includes non-alcoholic beverages. Signature drinks are a specialty each evening.

Yoga facilities with mats, blocks, straps and blankets in an ocean view studio.

Daily Morning Yoga classes with Catherine 8AM

3 afternoon Restorative yoga sessions throughout the retreat 4PM

1 cooking class with the Executive Chef/ Farm to table

1 60 minutes massage

3 surf lessons

1 cocktail lesson with Danny our head Bartender

I tequila tasting

1 wine tasting

Fishing equipment, bikes, surfboards, boggie boards available for guest with no extra charge.

Not included:

Extra Spa treatments
Other Activities in the area:
Optional activities can be added: ATV rides, fishing trips, hiking, horseback riding, etc.
Sea of Cortez- Less than an hours drive for fishing trips, paddle boarding, kayaking, kite boarding, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Other Activities in the area:

Sea of Cortez- Less than an hours drive for fishing trips, paddle boarding, kayaking, kite boarding, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Local Fishing

Depending on weather, you can fish for Dorado (mahi mahi), Red Snapper or Wahoo with the local Pangeros. Enjoy a thrilling beach launch and spend up to 5 hours catching dinner. The hotel provides drinks and lunch on the boat. Approximately $275.00 for a boat for up to 4 people.

Fishing Charter

You can arrange a deep fishing charter from Los Barrilles or Cabo san Lucas. Spend the day on the ocean fishing for Dorado, Tuna and Marlin.  The resort provides lunch and drinks.

Surf Fishing

Free use of fishing gear for surf fishing in front of the Resort. Just check with the front desk

Deposit on booking of 50% required to reserve your spot(non-refundable). Deposits due no later than March 1. 

Minimum of 10 rooms or 20 people to guarantee pricing.

Final payment due on April 1, 2017. ( A credit card fee of 3% for use of a credit card).

Rancho Pescadero has a full SPA. Bikes and fishing equipment are available to guest at no charge. Optional activities can be added: ATV rides, fishing trips, hiking, horseback riding, etc.
The resort Executive Chef has a big experience in Farm to Table, Mexican Fine Dining and around the World Cuisine.




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Tassajara May, 2017


Shelley has been offering five day Yoga Reteats at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center for 12 years and will return to this beautiful and peaceful paradise
 May 15-19, 2017Tassajara is nestled in a mountain valley, inland from the Big Sur coast in a remote part of the Ventana Wilderness.
Enjoy morning and evening yoga practice, soak in the hot springs, settle into silent meditation, meander the trails and along the creek, and savor Tassajara’s flavorful vegetarian cuisine. The hand-crafted Japanese-style bathhouse has separate sides for men and women and is clothing-optional. Each side has a tiled indoor hot plunge, an outdoor plunge, steam room, communal showers, and a private bath. 
Shelley has been leading retreats since 2003. Her classes are supportive while challenging & encouraging students to reach their potential.  
For detailed information please visit into-balance.com
To contact Shelley directly: 805 441 4003 or intobalanceyoga@gmail.com




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    Mexico – June , 2017

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    Tassajara May, 2017

Class Descriptions


Beginner Yoga

Learn to build your practice from the ground up this class will introduce proper breathing, build strength, increase flexibility, reduce stress and give foundation to the yoga practice. no yoga experience required.


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Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic style of yoga which utilizes props to make it easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. Practicing poses using props provides a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. The more your body is supported in the poses the deeper the sense of relaxation. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet. Typically, Restorative poses are sustained  for as long as you are comfortable.

Yoga Basics

Each class will explore the fundamentals of the yoga practice. Emphasis on breathing and stilling the mind will be given. Some yoga experience recommended. Beginners welcome.

All Levels Yoga

All Levels Yoga

Open to all levels of students. 6 months yoga experience recommended.


Mommy & Baby Yoga

For Mommy and Baby.  Ages 2-11months welcome! Props and yoga mats provided. No yoga experience necessary. Beginners Welcome!


Yoga Basics

Shadow Yoga Prep

An introduction to Shadow Yoga This 2 hour class will introduce the cornerstones of the Shadow Yoga practice. This is the first step for students who are interested in learning Shadow Yoga. Students who attend this class will be qualified to join any of our Shadow Yoga Basics classes offered at the Yoga Shala. No yoga experience necessary. Beginners Welcome.

Shadow Yoga Basics

Shadow Yoga Basics

Level 1 & 2 – The prelude forms. This series class is for anyone wanting to learn Shadow Yoga and is the next step for students who have taken the Shadow Yoga Prep class. Students will learn one of the three prelude forms and the beginning forward bends and seats. Shadow Yoga is taught in a series format, each class builds on the previous class leaving the student with a solid foundation in Shadow Yoga. Keep in mind that it can take up to 5-7 years to become proficient in one of the prelude forms of Shadow Yoga. Beginners Welcome

Shadow Yoga

Level 3 – Refining the preludes and primary asana . These series classes are for students who already have a foundation in at least one of the prelude forms. Refinement of the preludes will be given and classes will work in the full practice format. Students will be exposed to primary asana work. 6 months-1 year minimum experience with Shadow Yoga is required to attend this class. Classes are taught by Catherine Halcomb-LaBarbera. This form of yoga was founded by Zhander Remete.  www.shadowyoga.com or locally www.catherineyoga.com.

Shadow Yoga – Zhander Remete & Emma Balnaves

www.shadowyoga.com to order Shadow Yoga book www.amazon.com


Catherine Halcomb-LaBarbera


Catherine is the director of the Yoga Shala. She teaches our Shadow Yoga programs and Hatha Yoga Classes. She has been teaching yoga since 1996 and was a previous owner of the Yoga Centre in SLO & AG. Catherine has been studying yoga with Zhander Remete since 1994 and Emma Balnaves. For info about Catherine, Private Yoga, Corporate Yoga and international Yoga Retreats www.catherineyoga.com & www.shadowyoga.com

Shelley Massa-Gooch

RYT 200

Shelley opened the Yoga Shala with Catherine in 2007. She has been teaching since 1997 on the Central Coast. Shelley teaches Shadow Yoga Basics, Yoga Basics, Beginner Yoga at the Shala. She offers an annual retreat at Tassajara Zen Mountian Center. Shelley has studied Yoga with Zhander Remete since 1995.  For more information about Shelley, Private Yoga and her retreats please visit: www.into-balance.com


Shelle Ball

RYT 500

Shelle was born and raised in San Luis Obispo.  Shelle completed her 500 hr yoga teacher training in Encinitas, California and has been practicing yoga for 14 years  and  teaching yoga for 5 years.  Shelle relocated back to SLO to raise her young family. She has been studying Shadow Yoga under Catherine Halcomb -LaBarbera ever since.  Shelle  teaches Mommy & Baby Yoga and Beginner Shadow Yoga  programs at Yoga Shala SLO 



Yoga Shala SLO
@ SLO Movement Arts Center
Students are encouraged to park in the small lot at our main entrance or in the side lot. There is also plenty of street parking on Parker St.

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