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Programs require pre-registration and can be offered in weekly courses, workshops or intensive format. Limited class sizes ensures detailed instructions and personal attention. Classes are adjusted to suit students' individual needs.

 

Our Hatha yoga courses are designed to educate the body and mind through basic movement principles while developing the vital breath in preparation for the deeper methods of yoga practice.

Emphasis is placed on the groundwork and preparation necessary before entering the practices of Asana (postures), Bandhas (locks), Mudras (seals) and Pranayama (control of the vital wind). These tools are then used as means of getting the body prepared for the even more advanced stages of Pratyahara (non-distraction of the senses), Dharana (concentration) and Dhyana (meditation) in order to acheive Laya (absorption).

By building Jathar Agni, the internal digestive fire, the Yoga practitioner begins to clarify the 'shadows', the different bodies or layers of the human being. The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to dissolve obstructions and heal imbalances in these shadows, eventually making them transparent to the true light of the SELF.

Course content is delivered progressively, in stages that lay the foundation for the next. To rush or skip stages out of impatience or misunderstanding creates difficulties and setbacks in the student's development. Therefore patience, faith and steady practice are required on the part of the student.

The complete Shadow Yoga forms can take anywhere from 3 - 10 years to master depending on the student's capabilities. There are no quick fixes, fast results, short cuts, tricks or easy answers.

The material presented is intended for daily practice (sadhana), twice daily if so inspired. Rest is taken one day a week. Students are expected to practice their course material at home. Questions are encouraged and addressed as they relate to the practice. Without this level of commitment the benefits spoken of in Hatha yoga will be superficial and temporary.

Method:

INTRODUCTION TO SHADOW YOGA
BALAKRAMA
CHAYA YODDHA SANCALANAM
KARTTIKEYA MANDALA
PRIMARY ASANAS
NRTTA SADHANA & ANGAHARAS
INDIVIDUAL ASANA & ADVANCED PRACTICES

Course Descriptions

INTRODUCTION TO A SHADOW YOGA PRACTICE

Principles of SHADOW STYLE HATHA YOGA will be introduced through dynamic preparatory movements known as ‘Dasa Chalana’ (ten churnings) along with basic stances. This simple yet challenging practice helps free up the joints in the body, releases muscular tension and encourages the proper flow of vital energy. The work has the specific purpose of correcting imbalances in the feet, legs and hips while reducing what is in excess in the body and mind. Students will be taught how to source their power in the feet, trigger it in the legs, control it through the waist, channel it through the spine and express it out the hands.

This course acts as the introduction to and the first stage of entering Shadow Yoga forms. A must for all those new to this unique style of hatha yoga, regardless of prior experience, as it forms the basis for the next levels.

Mandatory for beginners to yoga and for students coming from other disciplines or styles.

Pre-requisites: None

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BALAKRAMA – STEPPING INTO STRENGTH

Shadow Yoga's first prelude is a demanding fixed sequence that directly works on the body’s skeletal and muscular systems. It builds internal heat, physical strength and proper bone alignment. It develops power and endurance in both body and mind while regulating the breath to develop unobstructed rhythm and form. The results are the cultivation of courage, self-confidence, lightness, strength, flexibility, and integration, all of which are prerequisite to asana practice.

Pre-requisites: Introduction to a Shadow Yoga Practice. Students should be comfortable holding a 'horse stance' for 5 minutes.

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CHAYA YODDHA SANCALANAM – YOKING/CHURNING OF THE SHADOW WARRIOR

Shadow Yoga's second prelude works on coordinating the lower limbs to their core through intricate hand and footwork. It develops skills in forward bending using fluid spiraling movements to help gain power in the legs and move it through the waist and inner organs. Narrow, tight stances and deep squats help free the pelvis and access the shins and feet while developing proper balance. It brings the practitioner inward with exhalation emphasis, cooling and soothing the body and mind. It builds self-acceptance and mental stability cultivating states of trust and surrender.

Pre-requisites: Introduction to a Shadow Yoga Practice or Balakrama.

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KARTTIKEYA MANDALA – GARLAND OF LIGHT

Shadow Yoga's third prelude works on integrating the upper limbs to their core. Wide stances teach positioning and centering. Deep twists and spiral actions train the practitioner how to source their power in the feet, trigger it in the legs, control it through the waist, channel it through the spine and express it out the hands. It cultivates skills in twisting, coiling, sinking, rising, inverting and balancing. It strengthens mental stability while developing physical coordination, self-awareness, intuition and sharpness.

Pre-requisites: Balakrama and/or Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam.

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2017 SCHEDULE

WEEKLY COURSE DATES

Courses require advance pre-registration

Monday

4:30 - 6:00pm

 

6:15 - 7:15pm

 

6:15 - 7:15pm

Asana (by selection only)

 

Intro - DROP IN BASIS

 

Absolute Beginners

Nov 6 - Dec 11

 

Sep 11 - 25

 

Nov 6 - Dec 11

Tuesday

5:30 - 6:45pm

 

 

 

7:00 - 8:00pm

 

All Levels/Sancalanam

 

 

 

Intro - DROP IN BASIS

Intro to Shadow Yoga

June 20 - July 25

Aug 22 - Sep 26

Nov 7 - Dec 12

 

Sep 12 - 26

Nov 7 - Dec 12

Wednesday

9:30 - 11:00am

9:30 - 10:30am

 

6:00 - 7:30pm

6:00 - 7:00pm

Intro to Shadow Yoga

Intro to Shadow Yoga

 

Balakrama Intro

Balakrama Intro

September 6 - 27

Nov 8 - Dec 13

 

September 6 - 27

Nov 8 - Dec 13

Thursday

6:00 - 7:30pm

6:00 - 7:00pm

Intro to Shadow Yoga

Intro to Shadow Yoga

September 7 - 28

Nov 9 - Dec 14

Friday

7:00 – 8:15am

7:00 – 8:15am

7:00 – 8:30am

Sancalanam II

Sancalanam II

Asana (by selection only)

June 23 - July 28

Aug 18 - Sep 22

Nov 10 - Dec 15

Saturday

8:00 – 9:30am

10:00 - 11:00am

8:30 – 9:45am

10:00 - 11:00am

Intro/All Levels

Intro - DROP IN BASIS

Balakrama 2

Intro/All Levels

July 8 - 29

September 9 - 23

Nov 11 - Dec 16

Nov 11 - Dec 16

Sunday

see workshops

 

COURSE PRICES

1 drop in class: $20/hr (returning students only are permitted in pre-registered courses, advance notice required)

4 week course - 1.5 hours = $108/ $95 (retake)

6 week course - 1 hour = $108/ $95 (retake)

6 week course - 1.25 hours = $115

6 week course - 1.5 hours = $130

*2 courses per session - 15% off

*3 courses per session - 20% off

REGISTER HERE and view the PARTICIPANT GUIDELINES

 

Private Sessions

Yoga can be taught one on one, teacher to student, so that the unique requirements and goals of the individual can be addressed directly. It is an effective method of teaching only if the student does the necessary work on their own between sessions. In order for any significant changes and progress to occur, practice (sadhana) must be consistent.

Single or 6 week customized programs are designed for local students. 2 - 6 day intensives can be booked for those who live out of town.

By Appointment Only.


$80 - 1st single session of 1 hour
$70 for follow ups of 1 hour sessions
$360 for 6 x 1 hour sessions (valid for 6 months from date of purchase)
$300 for 3 x 1.5 hour sessions (intensives for out of towners and those with experience)

Please inquire for your booking interest. Email Radhasri or call 514-813-2660.

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2017 WORKSHOPS

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

October 14 & 15, 2017 - Intro

Saturday - 8:00 - 10:00 am
Sunday - 8:00 - 10:00 am

Pre-requisites: None
Fee:  $70

 

November 3 - 5, 2017 - prelude

Friday - 6:15 - 7:30 pm
Saturday - 7:00 - 9:00 am and 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Sunday - 7:00 - 9:00 am

Practices and principles of SHADOW STYLE HATHA YOGA will be taught according to class level. The work is based on preparatory movement, stances and sections of preludes, which have the specific purpose of correcting imbalances in the feet, legs and hips while reducing what is in excess in the body and mind.

The workshop is open to all regardless of prior experience.

Pre-requisites: Intro
Fee:  $125

INTENSIVES

Asana Intensive (intro or 1 yr yoga required)

July 31 - August 4, 2017
Monday to Friday at 7:00 - 8:15 am
$108

 

5 Day Balakrama Intensive (intro or 1 yr yoga required) - $108
Monday to Friday at 7:00 - 8:15 am, February 20 - 24, 2017

5 Day Balakrama & Asana Intensive (Balakrama Required) - $108
Monday to Friday at 7:00 - 8:15 am, February 27 - March 3, 2017

$190/ 2 intensives in February
$270/ 3 intensives in February

 

5 Day Sancalanam Intensive (intro required) - $108
Monday to Friday at 7:00 - 8:15 am
March 6 - 10, 2017

REGISTER HERE and view the PARTICIPANT GUIDELINES

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MITAHARA AND YOGA LIFESTYLE WORKSHOP

Saturday, June 3, 2017

12:00 - 2:00pm (final 30 minutes are for participants in the 6 day Intensive)

“When told what they need to do in order to heal, people who will heal say ‘is that all?’ People who will not heal say ‘I have to do all that?' " Carolyn Myss

We are made of trillions of cells which have different functions who all rely on appropriate oxygenation, elimination, and nutrition to function effectively. Cellular health is an individual’s journey. To cleanse and nourish the cells may be the most important thing for long-term health. A balanced diet regulates blood, nervous and digestive systems. Not only is it about food but also anything that affects our work, our play, our relationships...

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika emphasizes the importance of practicing the Yama of Mitahara, the appropriate intake of food, as determining success in Yoga practice. The practitioner should only consume those foods that are conducive to easy digestion and in quantities that can keep the body and mind clear and light.

The body performs a lot of the house cleaning while we sleep, centralizing most of the waste in the bladder and colon and some in the mouth and nose. Removing these wastes or toxins is the first priority of the day. This workshop will introduce simple self-healing routines based on yoga practices (dhautis) and ayurvedic principles.

Open to All. Given in English.

Pre-requisites: None. Mandatory for those participating in the 6 Day Intensive.

Fee: $30 / $20 for those who have previously participated or registered in the 6 day intensive

REGISTER HERE

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MITAHARA AND SHADOW YOGA 6 DAY INTENSIVE

June 12 - 17, 2017

7:00 - 8:00 am (Saturday's class 7:00 - 9:00 am)

Spring time is most conducive to making changes to diet and lifestyle as the nature of the season supports the birth of new habits.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika emphasizes the importance of practicing the Yama of Mitahara, the appropriate intake of food, as determining success in Yoga practice. The practitioner should only consume those foods that are conducive to easy digestion and in quantities that can keep the body and mind clear and light.

The focus of this Intensive is to facilitate the release of deeply held toxins and habitual patterns that may keep us stuck in destructive behaviors, not allowing us to recognize clarity or to experience the depth of our potential energy.

Cleansing works on many different levels. Toxins occur in the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the emotions we harbor. Cleansing our cells must be our biggest priority for long-term health.

This intensive is for those interested in understanding the cycle of illness and dis-ease, motivated to heal themselves through diet changes and physical practice of yoga. Basic eating principles from Ayurveda and a specialized diet will be utilized along with Shadow Yoga movement.

 

"By controlling the palate one gains control over the body and the mind,
the blood is cleaned,
the breath becomes powerful
and one gains good bones, marrow and gentle speech."

- Zhander Remete

Pre-requisites: Attendance at the Mitahara and Yoga Lifestyle Workshop (additional cost).

Fee: $125

REGISTER HERE

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WORKSHOP for WOMEN

Sunday, January 29, 2017

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

A women's yoga practice needs to adapt every month as well as during her ongoing years to her many changing cycles of transformation. Through menstruation, pregnancy and menopause each woman can alter her practice to suit that period of time. Respecting these fluctuations can greatly help ease her way into the later years of her life.

Sequences will be demonstrated as well as explanations of Ayurvedic doshas. Bring a notebook and pen.

Open to women only. Given in English.

Pre-requisites: Being female. Having a yoga practice is not necessary. All women may attend.

Fee: $40

REGISTER HERE

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"Yoga is a system of education that imparts the secrets of controlling the complex energy fields of the human form. Through the dissolving and merging of these opposing energies into one whole, the body is made fit for the journey of life. It is not a fancy exercise programme dressed in spiritual clothes, as many of its present day practitioners view it. Yoga is a spiritual science of practical living. It is imparted by teachers who have encountered this wisdom. Their love of this knowledge provides the spark that lights the torch of wisdom for the student.

 

The mastery of yoga has always been achieved through the combination of three sciences. From the knowledge of Marma sthana (the 108 vital points of the body), one gains control over the bodily functions through the practice of asanas (bodily positions). Mastery of the science of Nadis (subtle channels) gives rise to inner light through the practice of pranayama (breath control). The science of Vayus (internal currents of wind) enables the practitioner to hear the quiet whispers from within that teach the secret names of the one who is the source and support of everything in this world.

 

These three sciences have, since time immemorial, been revealed to students through a series of uncomplicated body movements. Their simplicity allows the natural responses of the body's hidden intelligence to surface without the excitement triggered by excessive muscular effort. Excessive muscular action induces vata (disturbed wind), a condition that manifests as structural and psycho-emotional instability. This leads to kapha (mucus) which causes heaviness and depression. This in turn will disturb the element of fire, giving rise to obsessive and ultimately destructive behaviour.

 

Unless the sciences of marmas, nadis and vayus have been communicated well by the teacher and correctly applied, the student will start off in the wrong direction and move inexorably towards a state of profound disharmony. The outcome of correct practice is harmony, which is the true state of wisdom called Yoga.

 

The teacher only exists to prepare the student so that the steady light of the student's own wisdom will illuminate his own path. There are no guides to the path of life and the same path can never be walked twice since it is personal and unique. The laws of this journey are that each step is unrepeatable and unforeseen. One has no option but to respond to the demands of this real adventure. Everything is constantly moving and changing as one stage dissolves into the next to reveal new configurations, climates and landscapes."
 
© Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga

                                          

 

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