Level 1 Bala Krama (Stepping into Strength)
This is the first prelude to be cultivated. It begins the process of stabilising the breath through the rhythmic repetition of simple vertical movements. These activities develop strength and flexibility in the muscular-skeletal structure and help focus the mind. The practice of Uddiyana Bandha is also introduced.
Prerequisite: 6 months - 1 year of Intro to Shadow Yoga.
Level 2 Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam (Churning of the Shadow Warrior)
CYS builds on an understanding of Bala Krama. It breaks down restrictions in the hips and shoulders and improves circulation of breath, blood, lymph and life force. Simple seats and yoga asana are introduced.
1-2 years of Bala Krama Prelude Introduction.
Level 2 Karttikeya Mandala (Garland of Light)
This prelude is for experienced students maintaining a regular practice. It frees the spine from the imposition of the limbs and increases the circulation and penetration of breath and life force through circular, spiral and swaying movements. This activity prepares for the practice of more complex seats and yoga-asana and for asana - angahara, inversions and Nṛtta Sādhanā.
2+ years of Intro to Bala Krama and Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam