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.

The three forms of Nrtta are: Ashta Matrikas (the eight mother palms), Lasya (Kali's creative dance) and Ananda (Samhara) Tandava (Shiva's destructive dance).

 


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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.


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Courses
Courses offered
NEW Courses offered for 2016
 
Asana-angaharas (asana arrangements)
The word asana (body posture) is derived from the sanskrit root asa-bhuvi meaning to be, to stay, to exist. This suggests that the application of asana is not about ‘becoming' something but discovering what is already present, not about 'gaining enlightenment', but redeeming the sahajawasta (natural state) which is the abode of the human soul. Of the many asanas some are dynamic and some static but all are physical methods utilised in the early stages of restoring this natural state.The term angahara refers to the sequential arrangements of bodily shapes as well as to the arrangement of the limbs within these shapes.
Over the last two decades we have introduced the chalanas (warm-ups), vyayamas (restraining drills), the prelude forms (linear practices) and the Nrtta Sadhana (swaying patterns of rhythmic movement). All these prepare the ground for the asana-angaharas which themselves form the bridge to the Samadhis (internal states of equanimity).
The asana-angaharas are used in two modes of application, linear and swaying in semi-circular or circular patterns.The linear modes of practice are carried out at sunrise when the energy is predominantly within the nerves and the aim then is to drive the prana into the blood through the exercise of the bones and joints. At sunset, when the prana is in the blood, the swaying, circular patterns are used to restore the prana in the nerves so as to overcome the stresses incurred in satisfying the demands of daily life. The skilful use of the asana-angaharas helps to maintain an equanimous state of the mind so that the health of the body is not reduced as a consequence of impulsive behaviour.
There are seven such asana-angahara forms and their secrets are now little known in the world of popular yoga. Each of these seven forms stems from a single seed asana. Inherent in each of these primary shapes is a pattern of evolution to be unfolded from its most basic form, through intermediate to the most intense, according to the ability of the practitioner. When the practice is carried out in this manner there is no room for goal-oriented mental projections. Instead the process relies on the intuitive responsiveness of the inner consciousness. Implicit in each asana-angahara is a corresponding mode of pranayama and corresponding mudras (karanas) that together can guide the swimmer safely to the other shore beyond the constructs and desires of the mind. For safe passage however it is vital that one proceeds with tremendous patience and perseverance and without greed. 
In the morning sessions linear arrangements are taught and in the afternoon sessions the swaying arrangements.These formats will be taught either in group classes or on an individual basis.

Individual asana
Individual asana practice is open to all Shadow yoga students who study regularly with one of the teachers listed on the contact page of the shadow yoga website.

Workshops
Weekend workshops will consist of general practice formats and will be open to all students with Shadow Yoga experience.
 
Nrtta-asana Angahara - Melbourne, Australia
April 7-10

Nrtta-asana Angahara with Zhander & Emma
*open to all shadow yoga students
The first class will start with a lecture at yogamoves.org on Thursday April 7th @5pm
Classes will be at Prahran RSL from Friday to Sunday - 7-9am & 4-6pm 

Location for Lecture on April 7: yogamoves.org
Location for workshop: prahranrsl.com.au/prahran_where.htm

Link for Accomodation: Melbourne Accomodation
For further information about the area please contact Louise Goodvach: info@yogamoves.org


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Asana-angahara - Melbourne, Australia
April 11 - 15

General level Asana-angahara with Zhander & Emma
*please note the pre-requisite for the 5 day Angahara is attendance at the preceding 7 class weekend: April 7-10.
Classes will be dail from 7-9am daily at Prahran RSL, April 11-15
*open to all shadow yoga students

Location: prahranrsl.com.au/prahran_where.htm
Link for Accomodation: Melbourne Accomodation

For further information about the area please contact Louise Goodvach: info@yogamoves.org

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Individual Asana - Adelaide, South Australia
May 8-15

Individual Asana with Zhander and Emma
Adelaide, South Australia
Course starts Sunday May 8th and Finishes Sunday May 15th
One class a day. Space is limited.
*course is open to all Shadow yoga students.

Location: yogashala.com.au
Link for Accomodation: Adelaide Accomodation Links
For further information about the area please contact Gary Mills: gmills@internode.on.net

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Niseko Yoga Retreat in Hokkaido, Japan (FULL)
July 3 - 10, 2016

Niseko Yoga Retreat in Hokkaido, Japan with Zhander and Emma 
Introducing Shadanga yoga, the first four limbs - asana - pranayama - mudra/bandha and pratyahara in full.
This course is restricted to a selected group of experienced students.

*7 nights. Starting Sunday 3rd July @ 5pm, Monday - Saturday 7-9am & 4-6pm, departure Sunday 10th July 2016.
*Cost - USD2280 tuiton & single accommodation OR USD1940 tuition & twin share accommodation. Accommodation is shared in three or four bedroom chalets, please email your room preference.
*please note meals are not included.

Location for Accommodation and Yoga studiotheorchardsniseko.com
Link for Restaurant and food Market shopping: Download PDF

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Primary-angahara one - Lavenham, Suffolk, UK
September 9-16
Seven day course of Primary-angahara one
The seven day course will consist of the Primary-angahara one (morning Linear arrangement and afternoon Circular arrangement)
Starts Friday 5pm. Classes daily 7-9am &4-6pm. Finishes Friday 9am.
(*please note preference for registration is for UK & EU and surrounding region residents only)
 
Link for Accomodation: UK Accomodation
For further information about the area please contact Karen Watson: info@islingtonyoga.com

PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION FOR -
Covent Garden, London: September 22-25: Seven class weekend of Nrtta Sadhana
*open to all shadow yoga students
Register with Karen Watson @islingtonyoga.com
register now
Primary-angahara one - San Luis Obispo, California
October 2-9

Seven day course of Primary-angahara one
The seven day course will consist of the Primary-angahara one (morning Linear arrangement and afternoon Circular arrangement)
First class is 5pm. Classes daily 7-9am & 4-6pm. Finishes 9am.
(*please note preference for registration is for USA and surrounding region residents only)

Link for Accomodation: US Accomodation
For further information about the area please contact Catherine Halcomb: breathe@catherineyoga.com
 
register now

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Shadow Yoga Courses Registration Form

Please complete the registration form to secure your place.
Make sure you clearly mark the course for which you are registering.

Your registration will only be confirmed once we receive a 25% non-refundable deposit or payment in full

Nrtta-asana Angahara - Melbourne, AustraliaDateDetailsCostsSelect
Prahran RSL Memorial Hall, PrahranApril 7-105pmAUD770 (includes GST)
Asana-angahara - Melbourne, AustraliaDateDetailsCostsSelect
Prahran RSL Memorial Hall, PrahranApril 11 - 157amAUD550 (includes GST)
Individual Asana - Adelaide, South AustraliaDateDetailsCostsSelect
yogashala.com.auMay 8-155pm - Sunday May 8AUD770 (includes GST)
Niseko Yoga Retreat in Hokkaido, Japan (FULL)DateDetailsCostsSelect
theorchardsniseko.comJuly 3 - 10, 2016Sunday July 3 @5pm*please email to confirm room category
Primary-angahara one - Lavenham, Suffolk, UKDateDetailsCostsSelect
lavenhamvillagehall.comSeptember 9-16Friday 9th @5pmEU1400
Primary-angahara one - San Luis Obispo, CaliforniaDateDetailsCostsSelect
yogashalaslo.com/#contact-usOctober 2-9Sunday 2nd @5pmUSD1600

PERSONAL DETAILS

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Please select which course you would like to register for then click the submit button.

REGISTRATION POLICY FOR COURSES ORGANISED BY SHADOW YOGA. YOUR REGISTRATION WILL ONLY BE CONFIRMED ONCE WE RECEIVE A MINIMUM 25% NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OR PAYMENT IN FULL. FULL PAYMENT FOR COURSES IS DUE SIX WEEKS PRIOR TO COURSE COMMENCEMENT.

CANCELLATION POLICY: A FEE OF 50% WILL BE CHARGED IF CANCELLATION IS MADE WITHIN 3 MONTHS OF COURSE COMMENCEMENT DATE. AFTER THIS TIME PERIOD THE PAYMENT IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

Calendar
2016

Please Note there will be more courses offered in Australia in the second half 2016. Dates to come....

AUSTRALIA & ASIA

Weekend workshop
Adelaide, Australia
February 26-28: Angahara (asana arrangements) with Emma
*open to all levels of shadow yoga students

One class Lecture
Melbourne, Australia
April 7: Angahara lecture with Zhander
*compulsory for those attending the weekend workshop & open to the public 
yogamoves.org

Seven class weekend
Melbourne, Australia
April 7-10: Nrtta-asana Angahara with Zhander & Emma
*please note attendance at this course is a pre-requisite for the 5 day Angahara
*open to all shadow yoga students
shadowyoga.com
 
Five day course
Melbourne, Australia
April 11 - 15: Nrtta-asana Angahara with Zhander & Emma
*please note this course is open only to those who attend the preceding weekend
 
Seven day course
Adelaide, Australia
may 8 -15: Individual Asana with Zhander & Emma
 
One class Lecture
Melbourne, Australia
May 26: Yoga for Women with Emma 
*ladies only
 
Weekend workshop
Melbourne, Australia
May 27-29: Angahara (asana arrangements) with Emma
*open to all levels of shadow yoga students
 
Hobart, Tasmania
June 11 & 12: Shadow Yoga with Zhander & Emma
*open to all yoga students with experience
 
Sydney, Australia
June 16: Yoga for Women with Emma 
*ladies only
hathayogadesha.com.au
 
Sydney, Australia
June 17-19: Angahara (asana arrangements) with Emma
*open to all levels of shadow yoga students
 
Tokyo, Japan
June 24-26: Angahara (asana arrangements) with Zhander & Emma
*open to all levels of shadow yoga students
ktyoga@jcom.home.ne.jp
 
Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan (FULL)
July 3-10: Shadanga Yoga with Zhander & Emma
*please note this course is only open to a selected group of experienced students of Shadow Yoga.
shadowyoga.com 
 
Ngee Ann City, Pure Yoga Studio, Singapore 
September 2-4: Shadow yoga with Zhander & Emma

UK
Seven day course 
Lavenham, Suffolk
September 9-16: Seven day course of Primary-angahara one
*please note registration opens end of January 2016 - preference for registration is for UK & EU surrounding region residents

Seven class weekend
Covent Garden, London
September 22-25: Seven class weekend of Nrtta Sadhana
*open to all shadow yoga students


USA
Seven day course 
San Luis Obispo, California
October 2-9: Seven day course of Primary-angahara one
shadowyoga.com 
*please note registration opens end of January 2016 - preference for registration is for USA and surrounding region residents


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Publications
Surendranath (Shandor Remete) and Emma Balnaves
NATARAJA - The Lord of Multiple Forms
A Limited editiion book available for sale exclusively on shadowyoga.com

$39.00
*for bulk orders of five books or more please contact: bert67@icloud.com for wholesale pricing. 

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'Nataraja - The Lord of Multiple Forms is a visual representation of the inner stages of the Shadow Yoga Sadhana created by Emma Balnaves. The accompanying text by Surendrananth provides an insight into the imagery and significance  of the visual narrative.’

 
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Yoga for Women

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

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Shadow Yoga - Chaya Yoga

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

$39.95

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Now available for sale through these sites:
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... Shadow Yoga by Shandor Remete (Surendranath) 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.

Shadow Yoga DVD

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

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This DVD is for the revision of the 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.

Nrtta Sadhana 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.

DVD features All regions

Enquiries for back orders and bulk orders at wholesale prices for book and DVD's, direct to -
Robert Balnaves: bert67@icloud.com


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Contact
Nṛtta Sādhanā and Shadow Yoga network

Surendranath (Shandor Remete) is the founder of Shadow Yoga and Nṛtta Sādhanā. He is also an initiate of the Goraksha Sampradaya of the Kanpatha Yogis.

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 - Ashta Matrikas (the eight mother palms) of Nrtta. The emails can be found below under the Shadow Yoga teachers listing:
Australia: Natasha Almeida, Peter Ujvari, Israel: David Malka, Europe: Karen Watson, Alexandra Gilbert, Torsten Westermayer, Daphne Strothmann, United States: Matt Pesendian, Scott Blossom, Mark Horner, Andy Matinog, Chandra Easton

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 its forms with integrity.

ASIA

Kobe, Japan
Akiko Ueda: akiko@yogadojo.net

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

Sapporo, Hokkaido
Yumiko Obata: shadowyoga.jp

 

AUSTRALIA

Adelaide
Gary Mills: yogashala.com.au

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

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

CANADA

Montreal, Quebec  
Radhasri: hathayogashala.com

ENGLAND

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

South East London, England
Samantha Sculthorp: hathayogalondon.com

West London, England
Caterina Hadjilias: yogaangarupamarga.com

EUROPE

Vienna, Austria
Sabine Irawan: hathayogamandapa.com
Torsten Westermayer: nagayogashala.com

Paris, France
Alexandra Gilbert: dragonyogashala.com

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

Dusseldorf, Germany
Michael Calignano: yogabhyasa.de

Amsterdam, Holland
Nicolet Montanus: nicoletmontanus@gmail.com

Dublin, Ireland
David Curtis: vinyasayoga.ie

 

Moscow, Russia
Andrey Galitskiy: sarpa.ru

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

MIDDLE EAST

Israel
David Malka: dudiyana@gmail.com

Istanbul, Turkey
Defne Suman: defnesumanyoga.com 

NEW ZEALAND

Christchurch
Mark Bouckoms: markb@cyberxpress.co.nz

Whangarei
Jaymin Gansell: yogawithjaymin.com

UNITED STATES

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

New York City, New York
Andy Matinog: redcrowyogashala.com
Maya Smeloff: redcrowyogashala.com

Portland, Oregon
Lita Batho: litayoga.com

San Francisco & Bay Area, California
Scott Blossom: shunyatayoga.com
Chandra Easton: shunyatayoga.com
Mark Horner: horneryoga.com
Judy Yu: horneryoga.com

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

 

Creative Credits
Film & Sound Editing
Umut Gunduz - umutgunduz.com

Photography
Coneyl Jay - coneyljay.com

Nrtta Illustration
Caterina Hadjilias - yogaangarupamarga.com
 
Clothing
Alexandra Gilbert - thanhngalex@gmail.com
 

Website Developer
Matthew Aldous - matthewaldous.net

Design
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