Courses Offered

Course description
Asana-angahara

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.

Individual Yogasana 

In the Individual Yogasana courses the participants are taken to their natural limit based on the sequence of the Shadow yoga sadhana they are currently working with in their daily practice. To qualify for Individual yogasana courses participants must have completed a Shadow yoga course with Emma and Sundernath or one of the qualified Shadow Yoga teachers listed here and be maintaining a personal practice.

Nrtta Sadhana

The Nrtta is that Sadhana (way of accomplishment) by which the sadhaka (aspirant) rediscovers the rhythmic life currents hidden within the body by means of unimposed natural positioning and this is termed Karana (cause). The three forms of Nrtta are: Ashta Matrikas (the eight mother palms or eight palms), Lasya (Kali’s creative dance or the Long Form) and Ananda (Samhara) Tandava (Shiva’s dance of dissolution).

Shadanga Yoga

The Shadanga Yoga courses are the first step in establishing the Athakarana or Sukshma Sharira (the subtle inner body), without which fulfillment of the Yogic path is not possible. Padmasana is required for automatic qualification but Swastikasana may be acceptable in some cases.

Workshops

Weekend workshops will consist of general practice formats. Open to all levels of practitioners with Yoga experience.

To Register

Please select from course list below. Once your registration is approved you will be invoiced by email. Payments can be made via Stripe or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). 10% discount for Shadow Yoga teachers applies.

Current Online Courses & Instruction

Sundernath’s Live Discourse Programme

A monthly online discourse (at the time of the Full Moon) where Sundernath (Shandor Remete) will share information imparted to him and give guidance on how to proceed on the path of yoga.

“These secrets are only imparted to initiates and even then not to all.” The extremity of the present time has forced us to give now at least a theoretical guidance of how to proceed upon the path of the Nath Yogins. The discourses will consist of the hidden instructions within the prayers, the technical keys to Nrtta [pure dance], Asanas, Mudras, Pranayamas and more. It will be the first time I reveal, in accordance with the level of those who participate, the information given to me by my Guru.

If you are unable to watch the discourse live, it will remain online after the event.

Supplementary Q&A session

Upon each New Moon, Sundernath will host a live Q&A session for those subscribers registered. It will be free of charge and a link sent to interact.

Note that these discourses will only be relevant to Shadow Yoga practitioners.

Yoga Sadhana Consultations Online

Do you have a question? Ask Emma or Shandor. We recognise a growing need for a consultative service where students can ask questions and get advice on parts of their Sadhana where they are struggling or having difficulties. By implementing this service we feel we can provide some ongoing support to practitioners of Shadow Yoga. 10% discount for Shadow Yoga teachers.

Emma’s Mantra Sadhana course

The internal work for the subtle energy power of kundalini is incomplete without mantra sadhana. Mantra gives the inner shape and changes the resonance of the entire being. Due to limitations of travel and not being able to be together with our international community, Emma will introduce the mantra sadhana in this online course. For the advanced practitioner.

To Register

Please select from course list below. Once your registration is approved you will be invoiced by email. Payments can be made via Stripe or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). 10% discount for Shadow Yoga teachers applies.

For the times, they are a changing...

The year was 1964. I wonder how great the change was that Dylan saw when he wrote this timeless song. Did he see the distortions that would arise in human beings as the machine age, the Kali Yuga, swept over them? Now is the time to start swimming or the machine will sink us since those who installed the machine are themselves the slaves of greed and deceit. Now is the time to take a firm stand in one’s chosen path, without fluctuation, and to pursue it in the way Matsyendranath describes in the 17th chapter of his Samhitha; ‘ForthefullnessofKhechara (theroamerofthepathways of heaven), one must be ready to take risk without the mind deviating from the path. There are two types of men. The first is the one who is in constant change due to doing in order to gain mastery is a Sadhaka (practitioner). The other is the one who observes Melanam (gathering) without doubt or its wickedness. That one is a doer, a governor and a destroyer, happy and without disease. He perceives the world as moving and unmoving, not distinct from his soul, a siddha (adept) and a learned person. Therefore the state of Khecari Melanam (roaming gatherer upon the pathways of heaven) should be attained through effortful exertion.’ 

Those who are slaves to their own machines are turning the earth into hell, lulling all into a false sense of hope that leads inexorably through doubt and disappointment, to the greatest darkness in the heart of humanity. For that reason and, much as it goes against my nature, I have decided to use the machine for the good of our Shadow Yoga community in these trying times. I will run a discourse programme of 12 sessions, extended over a period of 12 months on the full moon day of each month. Each session will last for 50 mins. The first session will be given next month (May). 

The most unique and far reaching contribution of the Nath Yogins is Kundalini Yoga. It is not a term we can find in the Vedas, Upanishads or even the Gita. It came down to us from the Nath traditions and was incorporated into the tantras; hence the term ‘Tantric Hatha Yoga’. The Nath were heterodox in their theology, unorthodox in their practices yet supremely orthodox in their upholding of the principles handed down uncorrupted from the beginnings of time. The goal of Tantric Hatha Yoga is the awakening of the hidden power within, that rising, grants the eight faculties by which detachment is realised; for one can only dispense with what one has attained not with that which lies outside one’s grasp (a truth unseen in modern yoga). 

We have slowly been preparing you over the years for these secrets are only imparted to initiates and even then not to all. Unfortunately the extremity of the present time has forced us to give now at least a theoretical guidance of how to proceed upon the path of the Nath Yogins.The discourses will consist of the hidden instructions within the prayers, the technical keys to Nrtta [ pure dance], Asanas, Mudras, Pranayamas and instructions on how to use the guidance of the crescent moon in the daily practices and the building of the Chakra systems. 

The 19th chapter of the Matsyendra Samhitha states; 

‘In Baddha padmasana, practice Dridhata (strength and firmness), meditate upon the unity of the body that is free from the turbidity of time and healthy.” 

And some wisdom from Manu, the first teacher, about the power of endurance. 

‘Whatever is hard to be traversed, whatever is hard to be attained, whatever is hard to be reached, whatever is hard to be performed, all may be accomplished by austerities, for austerity possesses the power which is difficult to surpass. Its action rids the spirit not only of grief but also of joy by using the barest minimum of means or equipment.’ 

The reason for holding the live discourses on the full moon day is that the practices of Khecari Mathana and Melana (churning and gathering) are only undertaken at this time. I would like you all to know that these discourses will be the first time I reveal, in accordance with the level of those who participate, the information given to me at my initiation by my Diksha Guru, Narinath. 

And now, as food for the journey ahead, something whispered from the clouds of the Himalayas; 

‘Courage and particle are of the nature of body and speech; while darkness is that of the mind.’ 

May the Lord Shiva, the lord of Yogins on the path, protect you through these troubled times. 

Sundernath (Shandor Remete) April, 2020 

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Yoga Sadhana Consultations

Regular emails to Shandor and Emma have shown that there is a growing need for a consultative service where students can ask questions and get advice on parts of their Sadhana where they are struggling or having difficulties. Because all are at different stages on the path of yoga these questions are often personal and individual.

To satisfy this growing need and since traveling is currently curtailed and group yoga classes discouraged, we have decided to implement a system where these questions can be asked personally, on-line, to Emma or Shandor.

The process

Please email us: consult@shadowyoga.com

To make the process as efficient as possible, we need some background regarding your experience, we need to know the following:

  • Your name and age
  • Who your primary Shadow yoga teacher is?
  • The nature of your query – this can be as specific or general as you wish
  • The preferred day/time for the consultation
  • Preferred method of consultation is: Zoom, Skype or Face time.
  • Time slots for consults will be up to 30mins in duration.
  • Available times will be co-ordinated based on country location with Adelaide, Australia as the primary time zone.
  • Once we receive your email and agree the day/time, we will send you an invoice to be paid before the consultation.
  • At the same time we will send you details of how we will communicate.
  • 24hrs notice is required to change or cancel the appointment.

By implementing this service we feel we can provide some ongoing support to practitioners of Shadow Yoga. Cost per consultation is: $70 USD. Shadow yoga teachers receive a 10% discount.

Mantra Sadhana with Emma

Course information

The course has pre-requisites (see below)

  • Each class will be available for review for 1 week
  • There will be time for questions at the conclusion of each class
  • Once the course is complete, students are to maintain the for 6 weeks on their own afterwhich we will offer a free live Q&A on 28 January 2021 for further questions (to be submitted by email beforehand)
  • Instruction given during this course is implemented by the practitioner daily prior to retiring in the evening.
Requirements for the course
  • Application is open to all Shadow Yoga teachers & experienced practitioners who have completed any of the week-long or retreat setting shadanga yoga courses since 2017
  • All participants need to have a long-standing relationship of learning with Sundernath and Emma
  • Padmasana seat is a requirement
  • A mala of 27 beads is required
  • The week before the course commences (November 12th) we will email a link with instructions of how to prepare for each class.
Course schedule
  1. Salutations, Dakinis, Nadis
  2. Yogini nyasa vidhim (part 1)
  3. Yogini nyasa vidhim (part 2)
  4. Mantra Raja
  5. Conclusion

Images will be sent with written material for study

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