Hatha Yoga Shala offers specialized courses based on the teachings of Shandor Remete, founder of the 'Shadow School of Hatha Yoga'.
Teaching began in 1998 in Vancouver, BC under the name 'The Wandering Yogi Studio'. The name was changed to 'Hatha Yoga Shala' in 2010 with relocation to Montreal, QC.
In Spring 2004, after years of experimenting with various yoga styles, Shandor Remete and Shadow Yoga were discovered. We present the first Shadow Yoga teachings in Canada since 2005.
"The problem that beginners encounter today is the premature exposure to difficult asanas. The struggles that result excite their minds but blind them to the natural order of progression in the asanas. Failing to build a foundation, they fall short of their goal. Their impatience is born of ignorance of the simplicity of the system."
© 2006 Zhander Remete, 'Shadow Yoga Chaya Yoga'
Shadow yoga presents three dynamic fixed sequences, known as preludes, based on practical fundamentals of hatha yoga and the knowledge of Marmasthana (the 108 vital points of the body). Preludes developed as the necessary preparation required to lead a practitioner into unobstructed asana work and are used to stabilize the joints, free muscles from tension and synchronize breath. Sequences include prelude (preparation), asana-vinyasa (main component), and conclusion.
The preludes are:
1. BALAKRAMA – STEPPING INTO STRENGTH
Shadow Yoga's preludes have ultimately been designed to lead the practitioner to the practice of freestyle, a practice of improvisation based on inner guidance and appropriate response to the needs of the moment. Rather than operating from a conditioned reaction of likes and dislikes, the advanced student allows themselves to be moved with fluid spontaneity and grace.
Shandor Remete (Sundernath), founder of Shadow Yoga, author of Shadow Yoga Chaya Yoga.
To purchase Shandor's book and DVDs or to find out more about Yoga of The Shadow School visit www.shadowyoga.com
Various Articles on Shadow Yoga
"The movements of the mind are clearly expressed in the external forms and actions of the physical body. But for the individual these movements of mind are hidden in the consciousness like a moving shadow. Because of this, the mind is in a constant state of wandering, changing its attachment from one thing to another and slowly depleting the life force. In the practice of Hatha Yoga the energy of the mind is turned back in on itself and the life force cultivated. The inner intelligence grows and begins to reclaim the center, which the mind has seized.The mind, the source of our habitual patterns of thought and movement fights to preserve the old regime. This struggle can manifest in many kinds of reaction - emotional, mental, and physical. Only by persevering with the practice will these difficulties be overcome. This process is the hidden yoking, the yoking of the shadow. Then our illusory feeling of separateness disappears and we regain the living wisdom that comes from standing in the light."
© 2003 Zhander Remete