my name is maya.
My yoga practice began in 2004. It was when I felt and knew I was ready to dive in and understand more about Hatha yoga, that I met Dudi Malka who introduced me to the Shadow Yoga school.
Feeling compelled to explore this path more intimately I have continued to learn and practice under the guidance of Shadow Yoga founders Sundernath (Shandor Remete) and Emma Balnaves in Europe, Israel & Australia.
I have been teaching private and group classes since 2009 and am now located in the verdant village of Mullumbimby, Northern Rivers NSW.
My deep respect and gratitude to my teachers who continue opening me to the ancient healing art of Hatha yoga with profound knowledge & light.
A SHADOW YOGA SCHOOL
Shadow Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga developed by Shandor Remete's life-long study and practice of Hatha Yoga. Sundernath (Shandor Remete)is an initiate of Kanpatha Hatha Yogins of Nepal.
This modern practice of preparatory disciplines of dance, yoga and martial arts merge in a freestyle form to cultivate suppleness, strength, blood and breath.
what is shadow yoga?
Three prelude forms merge to ignite your inner power source by freeing the body from physical tension and energetic obstructions.
The process of releasing blockages in the vital system sets the stage for profound inner work of asana, mudra, pranayama, and meditation.
Great emphasis is placed on the preparatory work. The dedicated practice of powerful body poses move into spiralling movements, rhythmic breathwork and bandha.
A well-planned yoga session will reflect the saying that
"all motion ends in stillness while stillness ends in motion".- Shandor Remete (Sundernath)
The teaching of the Shadow School is based upon the ancient Hatha Yogic texts which state that ‘all fixed forms should be designed to develop the practice of freestyle’. Freestyle is a necessary step in the cultivation of longevity and enlightenment.
In Shadow Yoga, warrior (viraparampara) and sun forms (suryanamaskaras) act as preludes for asana-vinyasas.
The first prelude, with consistent practice offers
strength and endurance, whilst building blood circulation and breath. Feet are deeply rooted, knees and limbs kept soft for unencumbered movement and tension is released.
YOKING OF THE SHADOW WARRIOR
chaya yoddha sanchalanam
The second prelude sees us centred in a sequence of warrior stances. Flowing and spiraling movement is integrated with breath and power. The spine is straight but gentle, hip and shoulder tension is released to faciliate circulation of life force.
GARLAND OF LIGHT
The third prelude offers twisting and spiraling full movement. A wax and wane of contracting and expanding movement to free the spine. This is a deeper practice than foundational Preludes 1 & 2.
pure dance of shiva
Unimposed natural movement and postionings cultivate a rediscovering of rhythmic life currents hidden within your limbs. Nrtta Sadhana is a pathway toward cultivating and revealing your true nature.
"Nrtta is that Sadhana through which the Sadhana (aspirant) rediscovers the rhythmic life currents hidden in the body’s folds and limbs by means of unimposed natural positioning”.
Shandor Remete (Sundernath)
16 class pass $300
8 class pass $160
4 class pass $ 88
1 drop in class $ 25
Private class $110 1:15h
All levels welcome.
Passes are valid for 4 months.
Thank you for arriving a few minutes before class begins.
Payment is required prior to class. Please bank transfer or pay on arrival.
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If you have any questions about Shadow Yoga, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to email me or meet me over on Instagram.
The Yellow Church
9 Myokum Street
Mullumbimby NSW 2482
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I pay my respects to the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung nation; elders past, present and emerging. I acknowledge and revere the land, water and sky where I live, work and practice.