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Lakshmi Norwood Yoga


Lakshmi has been a practitioner and teacher of yoga for almost 20 years. She sees yoga as an intimate, highly leveraged process of self-inquiry, discernment and realization for the committed student.

Early life as a family therapist, community social worker and parent to two daughters has given Lakshmi a broad, multi-faceted perspective. She has worked with students and individuals from many backgrounds and a wide range of injuries. She has been a certified Structural Yoga Therapist for over ten years.


Lakshmi believes in the wisdom and intelligence of Shadow Yoga, and has been given permission directly from its founders, Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves, to teach. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to continue studying with Shandor and Emma regularly (

Chakri, one of the karanas in the Balakrama



Mark has been my primary teacher since 2001. His conviction, guidance and support have deeply influenced me and shaped my perspective as a student, a teacher and a human being. He lives and demonstrates the depth and potency of Shadow Yoga, both in teaching and in life.

Mark Horner, Hatha Yoga Shala, East Bay
Mark in Paschinimudra 

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I have the good fortune to study regularly with Shandor Remete (Sundernath) and Emma Balnaves, the founder and co-founder of the School of Shadow Yoga. Shandor started yoga as a child in Hungary, and has spent six decades cultivating a deep understanding of a lineage available to few practitioners today. He is the author of Shadow Yoga and an initiate of the Kanpatha Hatha Yogins of Nepal. Emma is also the director of the School of Shadow Yoga, an internationally respected yoga teacher, book author and award-winning filmmaker. She produced her first film, Agniyogana, in 2019. More information on both of these revered teachers can be found at




Based on study of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and physical therapy training, Mukunda Stiles developed an approach to teaching yoga based on philosophical principles and individual adaptations. Structural Yoga Therapy considers specific needs of each person, whether the pain is related to muscle tension or life stressors. Mukunda trained and certified me directly as a recognized Structural Yoga Therapist® in 2007.  Although he no longer inhabits a body, Mukunda's presence remains a powerful influence in my work with private students.

Makunda Stiles and Lakshmi Norwood
Mukunda Stiles, Founder and Author of
Structural Yoga Therapy, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Tantra Yoga Secrets
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