'The moon is the shadow body of the sun, yet it reflects the life-supporting light of this star. Shadow yoga (chaya yoga) is a synonim for hatha yoga, that emphasizes this truth.'
Shadow yoga introduces a dynamic and progressive approach to yoga practice built upon the ancient principles of hatha yoga. It combines breathing, rhythm of movement and consideration of energetic points and circuits of the body. Distinctive about Shadow yoga is the re-introduction of important preliminary activities that release the blockages of the energetic body before introducing asanas. These activities prepare the responsiveness of the body tissues, tone the muscular-sceletal system and activate the joint function. They are of vital importance for establishing an unobstructed flow of prana (life force) and for our practice to bear fruit.
The preparatory activities are given in the form of three preludes:
Balakrama (Stepping into Strength)
Chaya Yoda Sankalanam (Churning the Warrior)
Kartikkeya Mandalam (Garland of Light)
After a practitioner has adapted the body through the preparatory activities, Nrtta Sadhana (dance) and Asana Angaharas (asana arrangements) are introduced.
More on www.shadowyoga.com.
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
I am presently teaching only introduction courses and workshops dealing with the preludes activity. The first prelude, Balakrama, is the source of most of material for the introduction courses and workshops. It is characteristic for building strength, developing resilience and cultivating flexibility.
The courses and workshops are meant as introduction into material and encouragement for your own (ideally daily) practice. They are open for beginners as well as people with some yoga experience.
In the Netherlands I mostly teach in English, although I speak and understand Dutch fluently. In Slovenia I teach in Slovene.
If you live in (or close to) Amsterdam, Houten or Heemstede and you are interested in Shadow yoga, you can get in touch with Nicolet Montanus, who is teaching there.
Due to the COVID-19 situation all classes and workshops have been cancelled since March 2020. For verious reasons I have presently decided to focus on my own study and not offer any classes and workshops in the near future. Keep an eye on the website for news or get in touch for a privat class, if there is a need or interest for. Wish you all patience and persistance.
Blocks of 7 introduction classes
5, 6 or 7 classes for €35,-/€42,-/ €49,-
€5,- for a test-class
€10,- for a pop-in class
€80,- or €60,- for istratIt is recommended to not eat 3 hours prior to any class. early bird registrations 1 month before each workshop.
*The open class on Friday on donation (please register).
If you really really really want to do the workshop, but you are f**ing too late for the early bird, get in touch via the contact form under as well.
My name is Mojra Vogelnik Škerlj, I am originally Slovene, since 2010 based in The Netherlands, nowadays in Breda. Although an architect by degree I have been for the past 10 years active in the international field of contemporary dance and performing arts. Presently I am the artistic co-director of dance/performance collective The100Hands.
Hatha yoga has been a part of my practice for many years, yet a deeper intuitive understanding of it started to emerge only after I began studying in London Islington yoga, under Karen Watson in 2015. In 2018 I took my first workshop with Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves, the founders and directors of Shadow yoga and this year I have been given the trust to start sharing the basics of the knowledge I've received so far for which I am immensely grateful.
I am presently teaching only introduction courses and workshops dealing with the preludes activity. As I am a beginning teacher the classes are small. Feel very welcome.
Foto: A. van Kooji
Invite a guest is a short film (by shadowyoga.com) about the practice, that keeps being an inspiration no matter how many times I have seen it…
Balakrama (Stepping into strength) by Emma Balnaves
Agniyogana trailer, a movie about Hatha yoga that Emma directed and released in 2019