Shadow Yoga/Nṛtta Sādhanā is a dynamic, traditional Hatha Yoga style. Co-founded by Shandor Remete (Sundernath) and his wife Emma Balnaves, it is taught in stages through the practice of vyayamas (restraining drills).
The six Shadow Yoga/Nṛtta Sādhanā vyayamas
About the vyayamas
All vyayamas use simple repetitive movements. Practiced sequentially they help breakdown the blockages and habits that exist in our physical, subtle and causal bodies.
Various squats, viraparampara (warrior/martial stances) and suryanamaskara (sun salutations) are used before the practice of seats and yoga-asana.
The full practice format includes warm ups, squats, prelude, related seats and yoga-asana, inversions, then conclusion.
Students eventually learn to apply an-argula-reti (freestyle), where the practice is guided intuitively.
Marmasthana and Shadow Yoga
Shadow Yoga uses the principles of Marmasthana, (the Indian system of the 108 vital junctions of the body), to achieve appropriate combinations of positions and rhythmic movements. This cultivates the circulation and penetration of breath and life force.
Teaching Shadow Yoga/Nṛtta Sādhanā
All Shadow Yoga/Nṛtta Sādhanā teachers undergo rigorous training for a minimum of three years and are certified to teach by Sundernath and Emma Balnaves.
Hatha Yoga Desha
Based in Leichhardt, we are Sydney's only school dedicated to teaching Shadow Yoga. All Hatha Yoga Desha teachers are certified Shadow Yoga teachers. We are also registered with Yoga Australia.
Penny Cuthbert, the owner of Hatha Yoga Desha, has thirty years of teaching experience, twenty of which have been in Shadow Yoga.
Penny opened Hatha Yoga Desha (HYD) in 2003. Introduced to yoga by her father, she started regular classes in 1989. Instruction in Shadow Yoga began with Sundernath in 1993. Sundernath and his wife Emma Balnaves continue to guide Penny on the Shadow Yoga/Nṛtta Sādhanā path.
Natasha has been learning with Sundernath and Emma Balnaves for 16 years, completing a three year apprenticeship with them in 2012. She has been teaching Shadow Yoga for nine years and continues to learn under their guidance.
Suzanne began her yoga practice in 1999. A Shadow Yoga teacher, she has been instructing since 2016. Her teaching is enhanced by five years of Sanskrit studies. Suzanne's practice and teaching continues under the guidance of Sundernath and Emma Balnaves.