Shadow Yoga
"HATHA yoga is a system of self-cultivation
by which the individual frees himself from
the burden of the world and its bondage"…

"The teaching of the Shadow School is based upon the ancient Hatha Yogic texts, which state that all fixed forms should be designed to develop the practice of freestyle.
Freestyle is a necessary step in the cultivation of longevity and enlightenment"...
   Zhander Remeté

 

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Shadow yoga is a school of Hatha Yoga founded by Natanaga Zhander (Shandor Remeté).

Zhander has been practicing yoga from the age of six. Shadow Yoga is the culmination of his lifelong studies in Yoga, Martial arts, Kathakali, Bharatanatya, Ayurveda and Siddha systems of Medicine and the application of Varma Kalai.
Through his studies he found that the common principle that was shared by the above traditions /disciplines and which was missing from present day yoga was the preparatory stage, which is essential for the cultivation of the energetic principles of yoga, without endangering the beginner student.

"The prelude forms of the Shadow School of yoga are not a new invention but a resurrection of what is an age-old method of preparing the body, mind and spirit."

This becomes transparent in the way the student is prepared for the long but safe journey of transformation through Shadow yoga.
The preparatory stage begins with simple repetitive movements, strong leg work and arm co-ordination that induce correct breathing.
Three Preludes/fixed forms have been created to take the beginner, step by step to the asana level and from there to the esoteric practices of Hatha Yoga.
The Preludes are dynamic and progressive in the order mentioned below. It takes 3-7 years of patient daily practice and perseverance to master them before starting the asana-vinyasa practice.

1.  Balakrama (stepping into strength)
2.  Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam (churning the shadow warrior)
3.  Kartikkeya Mandalam (garland of light)

The preludes consist of warrior and sun forms which are carried out in a flowing manner and together with the application of the 108 Marmas (vital junctions / obstructions of energy found on the surface of the body), the correct use of breath and Uddiyana bandha, they remove the blockages and dissolve the habitual patterns that exist in the physical, mental and subtle body.
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"Yoga is a spiritual science of practical living".
In this lies the uniqueness of Zhander's teaching. The ability to decipher and to make application of the most profound yogic texts in a pragmatic and practical way as well as his deep knowledge and love for what he is teaching.
"This intelligence guides me along the yogic path like a flaming torch, dispelling the darkness of ignorance".

Shadow Yoga demo video 1 on YouTube (Emma Balnaves)
Shadow Yoga demo video 2 on YouTube (Zhander Remeté)
Shadow Yoga book (by Zhander Remeté)
Zhander Remeté interview video on YouTube
NRTTA SADHANA with Zhander and Emma, "A visual journey" on vimeo

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Shadow Yoga Chaya Yoga
by Shandor Remeté (Natanaga Zhander)
108 pages, full colour photos

For more info on Shadow Yoga please visit www.shadowyoga.com