Spring 2021 Update
The next eight-week session begins Sunday, March 14, 2021 and runs for eight consecutive weeks. Students with experience in Shadow Yoga may take the prelude course commensurate with their experience. New or experienced students may take a Shadow Yoga Practice Session or a private lesson with Lakshmi to determine appropriate placement.
Prelude courses are held outside at Indigo Yoga in Walnut Creek, CA (weather permitting) or via Zoom, and the Shadow Yoga Practice Sessions are generally held via Zoom. Please contact Lakshmi for details and registration
The three preludes form the basis of the Shadow Yoga system.
The first prelude, the Balakrama (which translates as step to strength) corrects blockages in the feet and lower structure, builds strong, rhythmic breathing, and creates a sense of internal firmness and well-being.
Balakrama (the first prelude) Cohort
Sundays, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Chaya Yoddha Sanchalanam (the second prelude) Cohort
Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Karttikeya Mandalam (the third prelude) Cohort
Sundays, 7:30 - 9:00 am
Shadow Yoga Practice Session
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 am via ZOOM
We take the health and well-being of our community seriously, and have postponed all indoor classes for the time being. In-person classes are held outside in a shaded area, with students situated at least six feet apart. Please wear a mask until you are settled on your mat, and register ahead of time as space is limited. Occasionally classes will be transferred to ZOOM due to inclement weather or air quality. We try to make this decision as early as possible, but please check with the studio ahead of time.
What Is Shadow Yoga?
Shadow Yoga is a comprehensive system of yogic sadhana (personal efforts on one's chosen path) developed by Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves, and taught by a network of designated teachers around the world. Like other self-cultivating arts, Shadow Yoga relies on a progressive approach to learning (vinyasa krama) that begins with fixed forms. Shadow Yoga is best learned in a course-based format of anywhere from three to eight weeks. Learn more about the school of Shadow Yoga and its founders, Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves, at www.shadowyoga.com.
Where do I start?
Students may begin with a single introductory session, an open practice session or a course that introduces one of the prelude forms. However, it is through the preludes that one learns the important principles that undergird the system of Shadow Yoga/Hatha Yoga.
Who can do Shadow Yoga?
Generally, Shadow Yoga can be adapted for anyone who is willing to engage it patiently. In the case of chronic or serious injury, however, individual instruction may be appropriate. Lakshmi has additional training in therapeutic yoga, which can be adapted to a wide range of injuries and illness.