Spring 2020 Workshops
I'm delighted to now offer Shadow-style hatha yoga workshops, developing this graceful, powerful style of hatha yoga in Ireland.
Shadow-style Hatha Yoga
This two-hour workshop is an open session on Shadow-style hatha yoga. It will give participants a full-format practice, from gentle warm up to relaxing finish. Shadow yoga coordinates the movement of limbs with the breath, creating a deeply engaging practice. We will look at standing poses and sequences before moving to the floor for seated asana. A meditative closing and restorative sequence will leave you fully rejuvenated. This workshop is open to all.
This four-hour workshop will begin by introducing foundational movements for the development of strength, flexibility and coordination of breath and movement. After a short break, the Balakrama will be introduced. The Balakrama is the first of three Prelude forms of the Shadow school. "Balakrama" translates as "stepping into strength" or "strength sequence". It cultivates resilience as well as rhythm through the application of the bandhas.
About Shadow Yoga
Shadow yoga is a school of hatha yoga developed by Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves, based on the classic hatha texts. Having practiced yoga since childhood and studied intensively with B.K.S. Iyengar for some years, Shandor began to investigate broader Eastern disciplines including astanga yoga, Ayurveda, the martial arts and Indian dance. This knowledge was instrumental in the development of three fixed sequences (the prelude forms) to develop in students the correct skills for key asanas required for the hatha yoga path to spiritual fulfilment.
Shadow yoga cultivates coordination of the limbs with the breath in a sophisticated and absorbing way. One important principle is that yoga should be practiced in an unobstructed way, and without imposition. These workshops will introduce foundational movements, and the basics of the Balakrama.
“The right tool applied at the appropriate time in a skillful manner is Hatha-avadhuta yoga, which is the manifestation of the yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances). Skillful activity is unobstructed, non-harmful behaviour, which brings about the merging of the two opposing energies of the sun (ha) and moon (tha). This is raja yoga or siddha (attained) yoga.” –Shandor Remete, Shadow Yoga, Chaya Yoga.
Date TBA, Carlow Mandala Studio
This workshop will delve into the fundamentals of alignment for a good and safe practice.
Alignment goes beyond the physical body, so the philosophical underpinnings of yoga will be looked at.
The physical side of alignment will be worked through using standing poses, backbends and seats.
Designed for teachers but open to all, this session will be most beneficial to those with some yoga experience