10-Week Course: Shadow Yoga
with Alexandra Kreis
Aug 17-Oct 19, 2018
Please register here.
Traditionally speaking there are only two kinds of yoga: The left-hand and the right-hand path. The right-hand path is known as Hatha Yoga with the goal of achieving Raja Yoga (the highest yoga). Shadow Yoga refers to the traditional view of Hatha Yoga and its groundwork (forms that are also termed preludes) build to assist the practitioner in climbing the mountain of Raja Yoga slowly, persistently and steadily. As you can imagine being able to climb a mountain, you have to prepare the body and mind bit by bit to not get lost or to get exhausted before you arrive.
How do we get prepared? Legwork in all forms is encouraged. Deep stances and fluid movements that are partly taken from martial arts and Shaolin Qi Gong become an excellent base to enliven the breath. Breath awareness and, appropriate use is used to sharpen the practitioner’s attention as not to stumble and fall when the asana work becomes more intense. To avoid pushing yourself, you use the breath to guide you deeper into postures.
What you will learn in this course
How to use a fluid form to destress and relax. The overall sensation is that both your female and male side become equally strong. You will get homework to take this practice into your own life and lifestyle. All classes are balanced to feel that your body has been moved appropriately and robustly while the mind will have time to absorb information that is giving through demonstration and time for Questions and Answers.
If you inform us in advance, you can book this course as a Präventionskurs for the price of 135 €. If you attend a minimum amount of 8 classes, Alexandra will provide you with a certificate which will allow you to get a partial refund from most of the German public health schemes (not possible with private insurances). Usually it is only possible to do this twice a year. Please check in advance with your health insurance company if they offer to pay for Präventionskurse.
Alexandra Kreis was born in Germany and moved to Ireland for 14 years where she owned a studio and massage clinic. In her 20s she picked up yoga due to her critical health. In her 30s she got introduced to Ayurveda and its common health practices. After her first teacher certification (2002) she deepened her studies with Natanaga Zhander (Shandor Remete) and his wife Emma Balnaves through the Shadow Yoga practice. In 2009 she completed her Shadow Yoga Teacher training and is a dedicated teacher.