Shadow Yoga is a practice of Hatha Yoga, which was founded by Shandor Remete (Natanaga Zhander). It consists of bodily movements that have been adapted from martial arts, ancient Indian dance and the plant and animal kingdoms. They are set out in 3 forms, which are used to free the body from its restrictions, and enhance the digestive fire.
Through work on the body, the mind is also refined, allowing for better clarity of thought and concentration. This offers the student a fundamental base for the practice asana and the more advanced practices of yoga such as bandha, mudra and pranayama. In order to pursue the more refined practices of yoga successfully the body and mind must first be cleaned and brought under control. This preparation work is accomplished safely with the 3 prelude forms.
Balakrama – Stepping into Strength; The first form.
This form is suitable for beginners. A dynamic form, it promotes good breathing and detoxifies the blood. It builds strength in the legs, bones and lungs.
Chaya Yodha Sancalanam – Yoking the shadow; The second form.
Having gained power in the legs this form teaches the student coordination of the limbs.
Kartikkeya Mandalam – Garland of Light; The third form.
This is an advanced form consisting of stance work and twisting movements. It is the best form to prepare the student for asana as it most quickly assists the energy to move freely around the body.