Shadow Yoga is the application of traditional Hatha Yoga based on the teachings of Sundernath (Shandor Remete), an initiate of the Goraksha Sampradaya of the Kanpatha Yogis, and Emma Balnaves. The practice builds strength, stamina, and flexibility, and enhances bodily functions such as circulation, digestion, and respiration. But its true value lies beyond physical conditioning. Rhythmic movements and unforced positioning of the body help cultivate an open and responsive mind, allowing the individual to critically observe and review habits, behaviours, thought patterns, likes and dislikes. The body is used as a practical tool to turn one’s attention inward.
Like other traditional forms such as martial arts and dance, Shadow Yoga is taught in a course-based format. The teaching is deliberate and sequential, allowing students to build progressively on independent application. Fixed forms, or Vyayama (restraining drills), provide the foundation for the eventual development of freestyle, where the practice is guided by feeling and intuition. In this sense, Shadow Yoga is a truly empowering practice that encourages each person to find their own 'teacher' within.
To see Shadow Yoga in action visit the official Shadow Yoga YouTube Channel.
Apsara Yoga Shala runs regular courses at the Belconnen Arts Centre in Canberra, ACT. We also host holiday workshops in the beach side town of Bermagui on the NSW Sapphire Coast.