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Beginning Shadow Yoga, for New and Old

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Shadow Yoga is a different approach to Hatha Yoga than what is commonly seen in yoga studios so I’m writing this short guide to welcome new (and old) students.

The first thing you need to know is that Shadow Yoga was developed by Shandor Remete, the school of Shadow Yoga is run by him and his partner, Emma Balnaves. For decades they have worked tirelessly on their craft and school. They are a limited number of teachers in the United States – this is one of the reasons why it is not as well known as other styles. For more information, I refer you to their website, Shadow Yoga.

Instead of organizing a class around a playlist, intention, or a feeling; our classes are based on a Shadow Yoga Prelude. These are set sequences of stances and movements similar to Vyayamas, they are challenging and teach you how to move in and out of asana. We discourage drop-ins so that students focus on learning a prelude. Each movement of the human body is full of detail and the ability to experience the detail without getting lost in it is an important skill. So in our classes we take the time and energy to guide students to their own discovery and not just tell or explain the “yoga”.  It might not be a thrilling or exciting one in the normal sense but yoga is not and should not be a normal endeavor.

 

Beginner’s Series for January

This month, Maya is teaching two series for beginners: Balakrama I and Shadow Yoga I. We  continue building on these classes throughout the year. Even if you do not continue with this practice, you will find a different way of approaching yoga that will strengthen your practice.

Balakrama I with Maya
Balance Arts Center, 34 W 28th St, NY 10001
Mondays, January 9 – 30, 6:15pm – 7:45pm, $80 for 4 sessions
Stepping into strength is the first prelude in the shadow yoga. This prelude builds strength, stamina, and coordinates the breath with movement. This class is perfect for beginners to shadow yoga and those wanting to refine their knowledge of the Balakrama.

Shadow Yoga I with Maya
The Yoga Collective, 135 West 29th Street, Suite 603, NYC 10001
Wednesdays, January 4 – 25, 7am – 8:30am, $80 for 4 sessions
This class will introduce the foundational framework of the Shadow Yoga practice. Emphasis will be placed on the warm-ups and stance work found within all three shadow yoga preludes. All levels are welcome to attend this class.

When you show up for a class with us there is no need to bring a yoga mat. Wear whatever is comfortable for you for yoga that will not distract from the practice. Please come in with an empty belly and an open mind. And be ready for something new this year!

Further Resources

www.shadowyoga.com – This is your first stop if you haven’t checked it out before.

Shandor Remete’s book on Shadow Yoga is available from the website above and on Amazon.

There are also Shadow Yoga learning apps on the iTunes store: Shadow Yoga and Nrtta Sadhana.

As always, please email us if you have any questions.

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