Nṛtta Sādhanā
Rhythmic dance and its practice

It is important to understand the difference between Natya - Nrttya and Nrtta. The first two terms refer to theatrical performance while Nrtta is defined in the Abhinaya Darpana of Nandikesvara as ‘that dance devoid of any type of emotional mood’.

This corresponds exactly to the explanation of Abhava yoga given by Mahesvara (Lord Siva) in the eleventh chapter of the Kurma Purana. This states that Abhava Yoga is that yoga in which one contemplates oneself as void and without any shadow (manifestation) of anything, which therefore enables one to visualize the Self. Here, Abhava refers to a state free from any emotional support, also exemplified in Nrtta as defined by Nandikesvara.

The eleventh chapter of the Kurma Purana includes a detailed explanation of Pashupata Yoga. Nrtta formed a large part of the corrective Sadhana of the Pashupata yogins. This is clearly indicated in the eighth sutra of the first chapter of the Pashupata Sutras.

Out of the one hundred and eight karanas mentioned in the Natya Shastra, not more than thirty-six karanas are used for the purpose of self cultivation.

Most of the asanas used in contemporary Hatha yoga schools are adaptations of the standing and squatting karanas. The important difference is that in the original practice the placement of the legs was achieved through the cultivation of the inherent energy of the legs whereas nowadays the legs are manipulated with the hands to achieve the same external shapes. Five of the karanas are responsible for restoring the body’s natural energetic responsiveness required for this authentic practice.

Nrtta is that sadhana through which the sadhaka (aspirant) rediscovers the rhythmic life currents hidden in the body’s folds and limbs by means of unimposed natural positioning.

Nrtta and Nata

Nata - the utilization of slight bodily movements is one aspect of Nrtta and is very important for the beginner. The term Nrtta embraces both these slight movements of the limbs, the large bodily shapes termed ‘Karana’ and the Angahara - sequential arrangements of the Karanas with rhythmic transitions. Nata yoga is therefore a part of Nrtta Sadhana.

Shadow Yoga
Yoga of the Shadow Man

The name Shadow Yoga is derived from the 6th chapter of the ancient tantrika treatise ‘The Shiva-Svarodaya’ (the birth of the breath of life revealed by the god Shiva). This chapter, entitled ‘Yoga of the Shadow Man’, deals with the intricate manifestations of the shadow and their significance both inside and outside the human organism.

The Ashtanga Hrdaya of Vagbhata, a primary ayurvedic text, also contains a chapter on the shadow which deals with diagnostic principles. There is also a story about Allama Prabhudeva, the initiating guru of Gorakshanath (one of the famous forefathers of Hatha Yoga), in which he describes the human body as nothing but layers of frozen shadows. According to Hatha Yogic anatomy the body is composed of three discrete bodies and five sheaths, (coverings or shadows). The practice of Hatha Yoga has evolved with the purpose of dissolving these shadows.

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.

The texts also suggest that the set forms should contain within them the following bodily positions and movements for the proper development of the vital breath.

Standing, Pumping, Sitting, Weighing, Lying (face-down, face-up, on sides), Forwards, Sideways(lateral), Backwards, Inversion, Spiral, Turning-Twisting

These twelve kinds of positions and movements have been adapted from the range of human activities including martial arts, dance and crafts of life, and from the plant and animal kingdoms. The appropriate combination of these activities with suitable rhythm and positioning brings about the unfolding of the inner powers hidden in the individual.

Courses
Courses offered in 2014

Nṛtta Sādhanā - Rhythmic dance and its practice

Nrtta is that sadhana through which the sadhaka (aspirant) rediscovers the rhythmic life currents hidden in the body’s folds and limbs by means of unimposed natural positioning.
Out of the one hundred and eight karanas mentioned in the Natya Shastra, not more than thirty-six karanas are used for the purpose of self cultivation.

Mudra

The Mudras have been introduced slowly over the last two years in order that those selected to undertake this study would come to appreciate the necessity of correct leg-work for deriving any benefit from their practice.

In 2014, the full practice formats for the different groups of Mudras, will be taught systematically and progressively. This teaching will begin with the course in Bali.

Group One - Tadagi, Ashwini, Maha mudra, Maha bandha, Maha Vedha (Bheda), Nauli Kriya with Bahya Kumbhaka.

Group Two - Viparita karani Mudras (Sarvanga and Sirsasana) are utilized as Mudras (not asanas). Through this practice, pratyahara will be introduced, using the sixteen adharas and appropriate breathing sequences. This is the beginning of what is referred to as Prasada Yoga in the Shiva Agamic texts. This is followed by Nauli Kriya with Antara Kumbhaka or Paridhana and the much acclaimed Shakticalana Mudra, including Vajroli Mudra.

Group Three -  The preparations for Khecari Mudra - milking, stretching, twisting and cutting. This is followed by instruction in the progressive application of Khechari Mudra (together with  pranayama and supporting mudras) leading to its supreme fulfillment in the Shambavi Mudra.

Group Four - Shiva Yoga, where the system of vowel sounds is used in various arrangements to increase the power of Agni. These will include the Panchakshara Mantra.

Group Five - The practice of Lord Shiva’s Pancha Mukha Dharanas with the five prayers (mantras) of Sadyojata, Vamadeva, Aghora, Tattpurusa and Ishana. These are utilized at the times of Kumbhaka during the practice of Pranayama and lead to Dhyana and Samadhi. 


Individual Asana

The individual asana program utilises two asana angaharas (arrangements). The first angahara is for novices. The second angahara is for experienced students. Each individual will be taken to their natural limit by hands-on adjustment.
The prerequisite for these courses are shadow yoga preludes, the eight palms or the long form of Nrtta Sadhana.

 

Nrtta Sadhana full practice format - Vienna, Austria
August 17-24

Nṛtta Sādhanā full practice format with Zhander & Emma - www.shadowyoga.com

*This course is open to students with prior experience of Nrtta Sadhana.

Location: Schmida Institute - www.schmida.com

Link for Accomodation: Download

*Please note the first class will commence with a lecture on sunday august 17 @4pm. From august 18-24 classes wil be from 8-10am and 4-6pm.

PLEASE NOTE RESIDENTS OF EUROPE WILL HAVE PREFERENCE FOR THIS COURSE DUE TO LIMITED SPACE.

 *THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL AND WE CAN ONLY PUT THOSE WHO REGISTER ON A WAITLIST

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Individual Asana with Zhander & Emma - Vienna, Austria
August 29 - September 7

Individual asana with Zhander & Emma - www.shadowyoga.com

*Individual asana - this course is open to all Shadow yoga and Nrtta sadhana students. Space will be limited in number so early booking is essential for this course.

Location: Vienna, Austria - www.schmida.com

Link for Accomodation: Download

*Please note there is one class a day in the morning. The course will commence with the first class being on friday august 29 at 8am and conclude after morning class on september 7 at 10am.

*THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL AND WE CAN ONLY PUT THOSE WHO REGISTER ON A WAITLIST.

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Corrective yoga therapy with Zhander & Emma - Vienna, Austria
September 1-5

Corrective yoga therapy with Zhander & Emma - www.shadowyoga.com

*this course is open to all Shadow yoga and Nrtta sadhana students. Space will be limited to those students who need yoga treatment. Please email - contact@shadowyoga.com to apply before registering online.

Location: Vienna, Austria - www.schmida.com

Link for Accomodation: Download

*Please note there is one class a day for five days, times starting from 4pm to be allocated upon registration.

*THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL AND WE CAN ONLY PUT THOSE WHO REGISTER ON A WAITLIST.

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Introduction to Pashupata Yoga Sadhana with Emma and Natasha Ahmad
September 26-28

Nrtta and Sound Sadhana with Emma & Natasha Ahmad - www.shadowyoga.com

It is more than a decade ago that we (Shadow Yoga) began the pre-cultivation (Nrtta Sadhana) activities for the proper introduction of the beginning stages of Pashupati Yoga Vidya Sadhana. 

These activities require a happy disposition within the individual for worship that is contained of song and dance and are not conflicting with the sciences of the Ghandarva Shastra, and the convention of dramaturgy of the Natya Shastra. They express the qualities of Lord Maheshvara that are derived from the objects agreeable to him and signify his achievements.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
8-10am: Nrtta Sadhana with Emma
4-6pm: Sound Sadhana with Natasha
* this course is open to those students with Shadow yoga experience. 

Location: Vienna, Austria - www.schmida.com

Please note: Prior to the weekend workshop there will be a lecture with Zhander on Thursday 25th September from 4-6pm, this is compulsory for workshop participants to attend.
Please contact Sabine Irawan to book for the lecture: mail@sabineirawan.com

SPACE IS LIMITED - EARLIER BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL TO SECURE A SPACE.

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Nrtta Sadhana full practice format - Berkeley, California
October 17 - 26

Nṛtta Sādhanā full practice format with Zhander & Emma - www.shadowyoga.com

*this course is open to students with prior experience of Nrtta Sadhana.

Location: Finnish Hall - www.finnishhall.com

*Please note the first class will commence with a lecture on friday october 17th @5pm. From october 18 - 26 classes wil be from 8-10am and 3-5pm

THIS COURSE IS ONLY OPEN FOR REGISTRATION TO RESIDENTS OF USA AND CANADA DUE TO LIMITED SPACE.

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Mudra - Ubud, Bali: 2015
January 11-18, 2015

Mudra with Zhander & Emma - www.shadowyoga.com

This one week course with two sessions per day is a preparation for Nadi-Suddhi Pranayama course that will take place twelve months later (January 2016).
Previous courses have provided a general introduction to the mudras; in this course the mudras will be placed appropriately within the asana and Nrtta sequences and in accord with the sunrise and sunset practice times. Kapalabhati and Nauli Kriya will also be taught in depth.
*Please note that this course will not be repeated.

* the course is open to all practitioners who have completed a prior mudra course and is by selection as the number of participants is limited due to the size of the space for teaching. 

Location: Uma by COMO in Ubud, Bali - www.comohotels.com/umaubud

Double Occupancy:
Available for Terrace Room: US$3200 per person
 
Single Occupancy:
Available for Ubud room: US$3715
Available for Terrace room: US$3805
Available for Water Garden room: US$3920
*Suite rates also available on request*
 
Inclusions:
7 nights stay, Yoga Tuition, Full board, 1 x 60-minute signature massage, Return airport transfers, 21% govt tax and service charge.
*please note there will be a lecture on sunday 11th jan. in the evening at 5pm.
classes will be monday to saturday 7-9am and 4-6pm. 
*departure is on sunday morning after breakfast.
*if you wish to use the complimentary massage please take it on arrival prior to the course commencement or after the course on sunday.
 
MUDRA IN BALI IS NOW FULL. REGISTRATIONS ARE STILL ACCEPTED PRIOR TO APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL FOR WAITLISTING.

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Nrtta Sadhana full practice format - Melbourne, Australia
February 12-15

Nṛtta Sādhanā full practice format with Zhander & Emma - www.shadowyoga.com

*Tthis course is open to all Shadow yoga and Nrtta sadhana students. Space will be limited in number so early booking is essential for this course.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria - thespace.com.au
Accomodation link - www.yogamoves.org.au/accommodation/ 

*Please note the first class will commence with a lecture on thursday february 12@7pm. From february 13-15 classes will be from 7-9am & 4-6pm.

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Individual asana with Zhander & Emma - Melbourne, Australia
February 20 - March 1

Individual asana with Zhander & Emma - www.shadowyoga.com

*Individual asana - this course is open to all Shadow yoga and Nrtta sadhana students. Space will be limited in number so early booking is essential for this course.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria - yogamoves.org
Accomodation link - www.yogamoves.org.au/accommodation/ 

*Please note there is one class a day in the morning.On friday evening each individual will be given their time slot for the morning and appropriate individual asana sequence.

*The course will commence with the first class being on friday february 20th@5pm and conclude after morning class on march 1

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Schmida InstituteAugust 17-24August 17 @ 4pmEUR1200
Individual Asana with Zhander & Emma - Vienna, AustriaDateDetailsCostsSelect
Schmida InstituteAugust 29 - September 7August 29 @ 8amEUR900
Corrective yoga therapy with Zhander & Emma - Vienna, AustriaDateDetailsCostsSelect
Schmida InstituteSeptember 1-54pm (times to be allocated)EUR600
Introduction to Pashupata Yoga Sadhana with Emma and Natasha AhmadDateDetailsCostsSelect
Schmida InstituteSeptember 26-28September 26 @8amEUR460
Nrtta Sadhana full practice format - Berkeley, CaliforniaDateDetailsCostsSelect
Finnish hallOctober 17 - 26October 17 @ 5pmUSD1600
Mudra - Ubud, Bali: 2015DateDetailsCostsSelect
www.comohotels.com/umaubudJanuary 11-18, 2015Sunday January 11th @5pmplease email for your room selection & rate
Nrtta Sadhana full practice format - Melbourne, AustraliaDateDetailsCostsSelect
www.thespace.com.auFebruary 12-15February 12 @7pmAUD770 (incl. GST)
Individual asana with Zhander & Emma - Melbourne, AustraliaDateDetailsCostsSelect
www.yogamoves.orgFebruary 20 - March 1February 20 @5pmAUD990 (incl. GST)

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Calendar
2014 & 2015

EUROPEAN - Courses

Vienna, Austria
August 17 - 24
Nrtta Sadhana full practice format with Zhander & Emma
www.shadowyoga.com

Vienna, Austria
August 29 - September 7
Individual asana with Zhander & Emma
www.shadowyoga.com

Vienna, Austria
September 1 - 5
Corrective Yoga therapy with Zhander & Emma
www.shadowyoga.com

EUROPEAN & OTHER - Workshops

Vienna, Austria
September 25
A lecture on Pashupata Yoga with Zhander
www.hathayogamandapa.com

Vienna, Austria
September 26-28
Nrtta & Sound Sadhana with Emma & Natasha Ahmad
www.shadowyoga.com

London, UK
October 2
A lecture on Pashupata Yoga with Surendranath
www.islingtonyoga.com

London, UK
October 3-5
Nrtta Sadhana with Emma
www.islingtonyoga.com
 

USA - Workshop

San Luis Obispo, California
October 10-12
Nrtta Sadhana & Mudra preparation with Zhander& Emma
*this weekend is open to all shadow yoga practitioners* 
 
USA - Course

Berkeley, USA
October 17- 26
Nrtta Sadhana full practice format with Zhander & Emma
www.shadowyoga.com


2015

AUSTRALASIA - workshops

Adelaide, South Australia
February 6-8
Shadow yoga with Emma
yogashala.com.au

AUSTRALASIA - courses

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
January 11-18
Mudra Retreat with Zhander & Emma
*email to apply and be wait listed*
contact@shadowyoga.com

Melbourne, Victoria
February 12-15
Nrtta Sadhana full practice format with Zhander & Emma
www.shadowyoga.com

Melbourne, Victoria
February 20 - March 1
Individual asana with Zhander & Emma
www.shadowyoga.com

Publications
Natanaga Zhander (Shandor Remete) and Emma Balnaves
Yoga for Women

Shadow Yoga
Yoga For Women
by Emma Balnaves.
8 pages, colour photos.

free download
Shadow Yoga - Chaya Yoga

by Shandor Remete (Natanaga Zhander.)
108 pages, full colour photos.

$39.95

Postage:

Now available for sale through these sites:
www.randomhouse.com
www.northatlanticbooks.com
www.amazon.com

"... Shadow Yoga by Shandor Remete (Natanaga Zhander) provides a gateway to understanding the potential of yoga. The handbook gives a theoretical foundation, in clear and simple language, that is a rediscovery of yoga's dynamic roots.

This book covers the various aspects of the yogic tradition that are little understood, such as the role of marma points and the influence of the zodiac over the body, but essential to progression along a genuine contemplative path.

Shandor Remete has gained a reputation as a profound and inspiring teacher of yoga because of his deep knowledge of the ancient texts and demonstrations of his own accomplishments in the art.

His search for the keys to the yogic path has traversed many centuries and continents and he has drawn his understanding from diverse esoteric traditions that cultivate an understanding of the energetic link between mind and body: traditional hatha yoga, martial arts, ayurvedic medicine and chi kung.

Shadow Yoga is a lavishly illustrated handbook. The text is concise but deals thoroughly and practically with the different steps in yogic training that are largely neglected in popular yoga literature. Although many books on yoga exist, none presents the detailed theoretical understanding and practical applications available in this book. It is the essential compendium for the modern practitioner intent on realising it's true goal. .."

Shadow Yoga - Chaya Yoga

Автор книги-Шандор Ремете
by Shandor Remete (Natanaga Zhander.)
Russian Version
108 pages, full colour photos.

Now available for sale through these sites:

http://shadowyogabook.com

 

Shadow Yoga DVD

Shadow Yoga
Revised Prelude Forms
& Nata Yoga
$25.00 (AUD)

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Shadow Yoga - revised prelude forms
Balakrama (stepping into strength)
Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam (churning of the shadow warrior)
Karttikeya Mandala (garland of light)

This dvd is for the revision of the revised Shadow Yoga prelude forms, it is for those students who have undergone the study of the forms under qualified teachers in the existing schools listed on the shadow yoga website info.page.

Nata Yoga - the mastery of slight bodily movements
Angahara (sequential form of slight bodily movements)

Nrtta Sadhana (Nata yoga) is the prelude activity for the acquisition of the static seated Mudras of Hatha Yoga that are the bridge between the practice of asanas and pranayamas.
On this dvd only glimpses of the Nrtta Sadhana form are shown as one can only learn this directly from the teacher.

The Four Prelude Form

The Four Prelude Form
$10.00 (AUD) 

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DVD features All regions
DVD 10 - PAL one side, NTSC the other
Audio - drum and narration

Enquires for back orders and  bulk orders at wholesale prices for book and DVD's should be directed to Robert Balnaves (bert67@me.com).

Contact
Nṛtta Sādhanā and Shadow Yoga Network

Natanaga Zhander (Shandor Remete) is the founder of Shadow Yoga and Nṛtta Sādhanā.

Emma Balnaves is the director and teacher of Shadow Yoga and Nṛtta Sādhanā. 

contact@shadowyoga.com

The following list of the Shadow yoga teachers teach the first form (eight palms) of Nrtta Sadhana. There emails can be found below under the shadow yoga teachers listing:
AUSTRALIA - Natasha Almeida, Peter Ujvari
ISRAEL - David Malka
UK & EUROPE - Karen Watson, Alexandra Gilbert, Torsten Westermayer, Daphne Strothmann, Andrey Rozhnov.
USA - Matt Pesendian, Scott Blossom, Mark Horner, Andy Matinog

The following is an alphabetical list of recommended teachers of Shadow Yoga. These individuals have shown an understanding of the basic principles of Shadow Yoga and are practising and teaching it's forms with integrity.

ASIA

Sapporo, Hokkaido
Yumiko Obata: www.shadowyoga.jp

Tokyo, Japan
Koyu Terasawa: http://blog.zaq.ne.jp/yoga-shuhari

Singapore, Singapore
Joan Seow: joanmseow@gmail.com 

AUSTRALIA

Adelaide
Gary Mills: www.yogashala.com.au

Melbourne
Louise Goodvach: www.yogamoves.org
Tanya Levy: tlevy70@gmail.com
Peter Ujvari: www.cityoga.com.au 
Matilda Tehan: matilda@fityogalife.com

Sydney
Natasha Almeida: natashaalmeidayoga@gmail.com
Penny Cuthbert: www.hathayogadesha.com.au
Juliet Willetts: Juliet.Willetts@uts.edu.au

CANADA

Montreal, Quebec  
Radhasri: www.hathayogashala.com

ENGLAND

North London, England
Karen Watson: www.islingtonyoga.com
Tim Cummins: www.timcumminsyoga.com
Paulene Morphett: www.dalstonyoga.co.uk

South East London, England
Samantha Sculthorp: www.hathayogalondon.com

West London, England
Caterina Hadjilias: www.yogaangarupamarga.com

Falmouth, Cornwall
Kate Haxton: haxtonkate@gmail.com

Devotional Sound
Natasha Ahmad: www.gandharvayoga.com

EUROPE

Vienna, Austria
Sabine Irawan: www.hathayogamandapa.com
Anna Palastanga: anna.palastanga@gmail.com
Torsten Westermayer: torsten.westermayer@gmail.com

Paris, France
Alexandra Gilbertthanhngalex@gmail.com
Akiko Ueda: akiko@yogadojo.net

Gütersloh, Germany
Daphne Strothmann and Michael Dolan:
www.tulayogashala.com

Dusseldorf, Germany
Michael Calignano: www.yogabhyasa.de 

Amsterdam, Holland
Nicolet Montanus: nicoletmontanus@gmail.com

 

Dublin, Ireland
David Curtis: www.vinyasayoga.ie  
Ruth Walsh: ruth@hathayogadublin.com

Moscow, Russia
Andrey Galitskiy: www.sarpa.ru

Stockholm, Sweden
Frida Lenz: www.lotusyoga.se

Novi Sad, Serbia & Kiev, Ukraine
Andrey Rozhnov: arozhnov@gmail.com

Oslo, Norway
Gaute Waldow: gw@brynmed.no

MIDDLE EAST

Israel
David Malka: dudiyana@gmail.com

Istanbul, Turkey
Defne Suman: www.defnesumanyoga.com 

NEW ZEALAND

Christchurch
Mark Bouckoms: markb@cyberxpress.co.nz

Whangarei
Jaymin Gansell: www.yogawithjaymin.co.nz

UNITED STATES

Los Angeles, California
Matt Pesendian: www.bodhimanda.com
Matt Schwartz: www.goldenmonkeyhealing.com

San Francisco & Bay Area, California
Scott Blossom: www.shunyatayoga.com
Chandra Easton: www.shunyatayoga.com
Mark Horner: www.horneryoga.com
Andy Matinog: www.redcrowyoga.com

San Luis Obispo, California
Catherine Halcomb: www.catherineyoga.com
Shelley Massa: www.into-balance.com 

Portland, Oregon
Lita Batho: www.litayoga.com


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