3-Week Morning Challenge: Shadow Yoga with Alexandra
May 22 – Jun 6, 2017
mo – fr 8.30 – 10.00
During this 3-week morning intensive you will become familiar with the terms and works of Shadow Yoga, while giving you the tools to sink deeper into a yogic lifestyle based on Ayurvedic principles.
- Learn one basic ayurvedic principle to assist you with the course and its content
- Form a good habit and start implementing it during the day to boost your energy both during and beyond the course
- Become accountable for yourself through simple measurable techniques
- Engage in a new way of preparing the body for your physical practice
- Learn a full shadow yoga form (prelude)
- Become familiar with asanas that will increase the freed up energy
- Learn a closing sequence that energetically seals you
Week 1: Building the foundation. Ayurvedic habit evolution and why it is important to have. Get to know the basic habits that support a yogic lifestyle and practice (with homework). On a physical level: how to create a non-harmful ujayi that leads naturally into the 3 locks (bhandas). Exploring the kanda (centre of self). Through various warm-up options, creating a sequence and rhythm that sets up the mind and the body to engage with the shadow yoga form. We will also start to working on the form.
Week 2: Implementing another good habit from ayurveda. Reflecting on the changes that are already happening. Learning the shadow yoga form in depth, step by step. Finishing off with a simple, but stabilising asana sequence.
Week 3: More input on a balanced morning routine that keeps you connected to yourself while leaving you more deeply engaged with world around you. Moving into the deep rhythm of the shadow yoga from to create a dynamic and empowering asana vinyasa sequence plus closing sequence.
Shadow yoga is an unusual practice format as it is derived from Shaolin monk practices, Indian classical dance and martial arts. It uses the common energetic preparations of these self cultivating practices to lead the practitioner to its deeper art form – yoga. So that you not only practice with the intention to have a supple and lean body, but to engage with the deeper anatomy of a yogi. Understanding nadis and vayus through practice, not just through theory and imagination. This is supported with practical tips from ayurveda that you will implement and be able to trace in its effect on your daily energy levels.
Alexandra 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.
Please register here (please note the name of the course you want to register for and your name, surname and mobile number + if you like to register as a Präventionskurs)