Hatha Yoga and Shadow Yoga


Yoga Shala is a unique 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 and Nrtta Sadhana. In addition we offer Hatha Yoga classes, classes for Beginners and Private yoga instruction. Our teachers have been teaching yoga in San Luis Obispo for the past 24 years. Please join us!

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  • Due to Coronavirus the studio is on break until further notice. Stay safe, take good care and see you on the other side!
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  • Day Time Class Teacher Notes  
    Classes are cancelled due to the Coronavirus we will update you when classes resume.
    Winter 2020
    Tuesday 7-8:15AM Shadow Series* Catherine sign up
    Wednesday 7:00-8:15am Shadow Yoga** Catherine sign up
    8:30-9:45am Beginner Yoga Catherine sign up
    Thursday 7:00-8:15am Shadow Series* Catherine sign up
    8:45-10am Beginner Yoga Shelley M. 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 & Nrtta Sadhana Series



Shadow Yoga

Shandow Yoga is a Hatha Yoga School founded by Sundernath (Shandor Remete) 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.” Sundernath (Shandor Remete) Founder of Shadow Yoga.


Shadow Yoga is taught worldwide by Sundernath (Shandor Remete) and Emma Balnaves.  shadowyoga.com

U.S. Teachers qualified to teach Shadow Yoga.

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



For  info regarding Shadow Yoga Shadow Yoga DVD’s, : shadowyoga.com

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

Intensives & Workshops


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Tassajara July 12-16, 2020

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
July 12-16,2020. Tassajara 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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  • Tassajara July 12-16, 2020

    Tassajara July 12-16, 2020

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.


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. This form of yoga was founded by Zhander Remete.  www.shadowyoga.com or locally www.catherineyoga.com.


Catherine Halcomb


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  Sundernath (Shandor 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  Sundernath (Shandor 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 ever since.  Shelle  teaches Mommy & Baby Yoga and Beginner Shadow Yoga  programs at Yoga Shala SLO 


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