Courses

The Shadow Yoga teachings encompass different levels of learning. There are various paths from which to choose as one ascends to the heights of knowledge and experience. Each individual will choose the path that they feel most drawn towards.

Shadow Yoga Preludes

The three forms of Shadow Yoga are the combination of various warrior (viraparampara) and sun forms (suryanamaskaras) which act as preludes for the asana-vinyasas.

Nrtta Sadhana – Pure Dance of Shiva

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. This is termed Karana (cause). The four forms of Nrtta are: Ananda Tandava (Shiva’s dance of dissolvement), Ashta Matrikas (the eight mother palms), Lasya (Kali’s creative dance or Long form), Shiva Tandava (Wild dance of Shiva).

Shadanga Yoga

The Shadanga Yoga courses are the first step in establishing the Antahkarana 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.

Mantra Sadhana

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.
This course with Emma Balnaves includes the following parts:
– Pranams: Invocation & Salutations
– Yogininyasavidhim
– Chakras
– Japa & Conclusion 

Khecari Sadhana

This is for the select few that have qualified for the development of the Khecari Mudra (the gesture of roaming in the sky).
In this course Sundernath will impart the first of the six limbs (anga) required for its cultivation.

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 within their daily practice.

Taranyali Tridha Dhyanam

This is an ancient and complete meditation system from the tradition of Tantric Hatha Yoga. This threefold system has been revived and revised by the yogin Sundernath (Shandor Remete) for use by present day practitioners of the art and craft of Hatha Yoga.
This is a complete system of meditation from first step to final mastery.

Taranyalikrantam: The Emergence of the Thunder Dragon
Taranyalikriya: The Proceeding of the Thunder Dragon
Taranyalidipadhyanam: The Floating Lamp of the Thunder Dragon

The first stage, Taranyalikrantam, is a full-practise format involving standing, seated and meditative activities.
The third and final stage of mastery is Taranyalidipadhyanam. This form is passive and is the giver of Mahasukhadhara – the subtle form of great ease. This bestows the light of the soul in all its fullness – a state that has always been referred to as Kundalini Yoga.

Suitable for beginners of any style of yoga.

The Method of Re-absorption (Laya Krama)
The Laya Krama of the Hatha system is a process of cultivation that facilitates an internal transition into the work of reabsorption through the arts of pranayama, mudra, pratyahara and dharana. The required tools for Laya Krama are Nrtta Sadhana – Pure Dance of Shiva and the Weaving Jade Lady, together with their charanas (warm-ups) and vyapakas (rub-downs).
Deha Shuddhi Pranayama (cleansing of the body)

Deha Suddhi Pranayama refers to the method of cleansing or purifying (shuddhi) the body (deha). However indirectly, Deha Shuddhi also refers to the purification of the mind, as the mind lives within the body and is an extension of it. The Deha Shuddhi practice is offered for the establishment of the necessary and correct body-mindset required for the journey ahead—the path of Laya Krama (the process of reabsorption) that lies beyond Deha Shuddhi.

Adharas (support centres)

The process of reabsorption (Laya Krama) is not possible without the knowledge and support of the sixteen adharas (support centres) that make up the hidden path of Shiva’s moon. This course will disclose the hidden art of utilising the moon’s energy during the fluctuating light and dark phases of waxing and waning, and will offer instruction to harmoniously harness the fluctuations of the mind by adapting to the ruling energy of each day and night in this cycle.

Yoga for Women

Emma Balnaves takes you on a journey to understand the three phases of a woman’s requirements on the hatha yogic path.
This lecture series for women is about the three important stages of her life.
Topics covered: Introduction, Menstruation, Pregnancy, Menopause, Practice, Q&A & Conclusion

Sundernath’s Discourse Programmes

Pranayama Discourses
LIVE from October 2021 followed by Q&A in May 2022.
The Correct Application of Pranayama and the Perils and Pitfalls of its Misuse.

This series of seven one-hour discourses with Sundernath will be held on consecutive full moons and is suitable for mature practitioners of Hatha Yoga. Sundernath will cover the five activities that are each penetrated by, and all interconnected through, the application of pranayama according to its different rhythmic modes of Adama (low), Madyama (central), and Uttama (high or intense).

Hatha Yoga Discourses
Now available as a set of twelve lectures. A monthly online discourse (at the time of the Full Moon) where Sundernath (Shandor Remete) shares information imparted to him and gives guidance on how to proceed on the path of yoga.
The discourses consist of the hidden instructions within the prayers, the technical keys to Nrtta (pure dance), Asana, Mudra, Pranayama, and more.

Consultations with Sundernath and Emma
Recognising the growing need for a consultative service where students can get advice on parts of their Sadhana, we are offering consultations online or in-person where we reside in South Australia. Practitioners will have the opportunity to ask questions based on their personal sadhana, where they might be struggling or having difficulties in the practice etc, on a personal one-to-one basis. Open to all levels of yoga practitioners. In the 60 minute consultation we offer guidance on your practise offering amendments where required. Where appropriate lifestyle and women’s issues can also be discussed with Emma.
To Register
Please select from the course list below. Payments can be made via PayPal or Stripe (credit card). 10% discount for Shadow Yoga teachers applies (not in addition to other discounts).

In person courses

Individual Asana

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 practice.

  • Willunga
  • 29 November–3 December
  • Open level

Online courses

Mantra Sadhana – Live Q&A
LIVE
NEW

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Emma Balnaves will host an interactive Zoom Q&A in November where you can pose questions relating to the Mantra Sadhana course.

  • Live Q&A
  • 7-8 Nov (2 days)
Free Instagram Q&A: Yoga for Women
LIVE
NEW

Emma Balnaves, co-founder of Shadow Yoga, will host a 30 minute live Instagram meet to respond to your questions regarding Hatha Yoga's approach to the important stages of a woman's life including menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

  • Free live event
  • 3/4 December
Full Moon Discourses: Application of Pranayama with Sundernath
LIVE
NEW

This series of seven one hour discourses with Sundernath will be held on consecutive full moons and is suitable for mature practitioners of Hatha Yoga.

  • Open level
Adharas (Support Centres)

This course will disclose the hidden art of utilising the moon’s energy during the fluctuating light and dark phases of waxing and waning, and will offer instruction to harmoniously harness the fluctuations of the mind by adapting to the ruling energy of each day and night in this cycle.

  • Open level
Deha Shuddhi Pranayama

Deha Shuddhi Pranayama refers to the method of cleansing or purifying (shuddhi) the body (deha). However indirectly, Deha Shuddhi also refers to the purification of the mind, as the mind lives within the body and is an extension of it.

  • Open level
Yoga for Women with Emma Balnaves

How to utilise the female energy and understand the three phases of a woman’s life.

The Method of Re-absorption (Laya Krama) – Full Course

The Laya Krama of the Hatha system is a process of cultivation that facilitates an internal transition into the work of reabsorption through the arts of pranayama, mudra, pratyahara and dharana.

  • Open level
Discourse programme with Sundernath. Twelve part Lecture Series

Sundernath (Shandor Remete) shares information imparted to him and gives guidance on how to proceed on the path of yoga.

  • Open level
Hatha Yoga  – the Internalised Tantric Rite

This lecture and demonstration reveals and elucidates the process of this embodied ritual.

  • 1–2 hours
  • Open level
Hatha Yoga – 3 lectures with Sundernath. Online streaming

Three Lectures with Sundernath (Shandor Remete) for the Shadow Yoga community.

  • 2 hours
  • Open level
Shadow Yoga Preludes. Online streaming

You will have 1 years access to the following Shadow Yoga prelude forms: Revised Prelude Forms & Nata Yoga, Preludes Forms with Shandor Remete & Emma Balnaves, Chaya Vivaranam with Shandor Remete, Balakrama with Emma Balnaves and Yoking the Shadow.

  • 5 hours +
  • Open level

Mantra Sadhana

with Emma Balnaves
Course information

The Mantra Sadhana course will be given in a series of four private consultations at suitable times agreed to by the teacher and the student. You will receive notes for review.

The course includes the following parts:

– Pranams: Invocation & Salutations
– Yogininyasavidhim
– Chakras
– Japa & Conclusion

Information about the course

– Application is open to experienced Shadow Yoga practitioners.
– Padmasana seat is a requirement
– A mala of 27 beads is required

Four classes: Cost US$400

To apply: contact@shadowyoga.com

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Khecari Sadhana

with Sundernath or Emma Balnaves
Course information

This course is for the select few that have qualified for the development of the Khecari Mudra (the Gesture of Roaming in the Sky) and will impart the first of the six limbs (anga) required for its cultivation.

Pranam – Siddha (adept) and sadhak (student) together salute Khecari saying: ‘Khecari I bow to you, that you may enable me to realise and experience the truth of transformation.’

The practice of Khecari is the hidden prayer of Rudra, the Lord of Tears.

The Khecari Sadhana course will be given in a series of private consultations at suitable times agreed to by the teacher and the student.
Because of the nature of the practise you will be required to execute a disclaimer.

Those selected for this course must have a practical understanding of the science of the 16 adharas and have completed the Mantra Sadhana.

PDF notes will be available for your review.

Three classes: Cost US$360

To apply: contact@shadowyoga.com

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Individual Asana

Willunga Studio, South Australia

If you wish to study for longer periods we are able to tailor a Sequence Building programme for one, two, three for up to four weeks.
The price per week is AU$700 (incl GST).
Early-bird discounts are available and are more generous for the longer programmes.
Please email for more information: contact@shadowyoga.com

Taranyali Tridha Dhyanam

The Threefold Meditations of the Thunder Dragon

Further information

In yoga parlance the human form is often referred to as ‘pinda’ – the sonic egg. In which the innate power of kundalini shakti exists in two phases: dormant and awakened.

The dormant one exists in all beings as the nature of consciousness being responsible for the world of varied thoughts and actions. Therefore it is of a distorted nature.

The awakened phase is the diligent form that lives in the master yogins where it curbs the disturbances due to her rising awareness. Since she is the material cause of all beings, she is supreme and referred to as ‘vimarsharupini’ (the nature of thought).

Within her two phases she occupies three relative positions within the human form and is known under three different names: ‘adashakti’ (the lower) or outgoing form. It is this energy that is cultivated and internalised through the first form of ‘the emerging step of the thunder dragon’ whose activities give rise to the divine inner form called the ‘madyashakti’ (the subtle inner form). This is further developed via the activities of the second format ‘the procedures of the thunder dragon’ bringing forth the subtle form of divine speech (resonance) out of which rises the ‘urdhvashakti’ (the subtle form of the divine mind) leading one finally to the supreme state of ‘dharmamegha samadhi’ (the nourishing equanimous state of the thunder cloud). This is achieved through the practices of the third format: ‘the floating lamp meditations of the thunder dragon’.

Therefore the three formed activities of the thunder dragon aid in harnessing the energies of divine form – speech and mind, where they dissolve into a single pillar of light, the source of all existences.

This course introduces Taranyalikrantam, the first format.

The Times They Are a-Changin.

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:

‘For the fullness of Khechara (the roamer of the pathways 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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Online Consultations

with Sundernath and Emma

To make the process as efficient as possible, please provide us some background regarding your experience :

  • Your name and age
  • Who is your primary yoga teacher
  • What style of yoga are you practicing
  • The nature of your query
  • The preferred day & time for the consultation (and your timezone)

Preferred method of consultation is: Zoom
Time slots for consults will be 60mins in duration.
Available times will be co-ordinated with you.

Please email us consult@shadowyoga.com

Once we receive your email and agree the day & time, we will send you an invoice to be paid before the consultation. 48hrs notice is required to change or the appointment will be cancelled. By implementing this service we aim to provide ongoing support to yoga practitioners.

Cost per consultation is: USD160
3 consults USD360
5 consults USD450

In the event that you are suffering financial hardship, please make us aware of that in your email and we will be able to accommodate you.

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