Shadow Yoga/Nṛtta Sādhanā is a dynamic form of Hatha Yoga co-founded by Shandor Remete (Sundernath) and is wife Emma Balnaves. It is taught in stages through the practice of vyayamas (restraining drills).
These six vyayamas are:
1 Bala Krama (Stepping into Strength) - Prelude 1
2 Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam (Churning of the Shadow Warrior) - Prelude 2
3 Karttikeya Mandala (Garland of Light) - Prelude 3
4 Asana - Angahara linear arrangements
5 Asana - Angahara circular arrangements
6 Nṛtta Sādhanā
All vyayamas use simple repetitive movements practiced sequentially, in order to breakdown the blockages and habits that exist in our physical, subtle and causal bodies.
They combine various squats, viraparampara (warrior/martial stances) and suryanamaskara (sun salutations) which precede the practice of seats and yoga-asana. The full practice format of Shadow Yoga includes warm ups, squats, prelude, related seats and yoga-asana, inversions and conclusion.
Students eventually learn to apply an-argula-reti (freestyle), where the practice is guided intuitively.
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.
Penny opened Hatha Yoga Desha in 2003. Introduced to hatha yoga by her father, she started regular classes in 1989. In 1993, her instruction in Shadow Yoga began with Sundernath. Penny continues to be guided by Sundernath and his wife Emma Balnaves, in 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.