Yoga-an offers the Shadow style of Hatha Yoga classes:
According to the traditional Indian interpretation of "hatha yoga,"
"ha" represents the sun while "tha"the moon. The term
"yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit term "yujyu,"which
means to connect.@Thus hatha yoga means to bring the opposing energies
of the sun (ida) and moon (pingala) together.
According to Shadow Yoga Chaya Yoga, the book written by Natanaga Zhander, "the pingala nadi is the channel
of the sun and gives rise to heat in the body," while the ida nadi,
the channel of the moon, "is responsible for the cooling of the entire
system and the supply of energy to the heart."
Practicing hatha yoga requires one to approach these energy channels and
the system in a skillful manner. By attentively cultivating physical functions
in accordance with proper breathing, one can achieve stillness and health
both in the body and mind.
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|@Shadow Yoga is a school of hatha yoga founded by Natanaga Zhander who developed
the shadow style according to the system of ancient yoga.
@Shadow yoga has three prelude forms. Practicing the prelude forms helps
cultivate the function and quality of the lower body as well as the proper
movement of the limbs and spine. Learning the proper movement of those
parts is vital for the free and natural flow of prana; therefore practicing
the prelude forms prepares practitioners for the learning of the yoga asanas.
The Prelude Forms:
(Stepping into Strength)
|This prelude form cultivates strength by engaging the legs and the navel area, builds up major joints of the lower body. It builds the strength of hara (energy of lower abdomen) and improves respiration.
|2. Chaya Yoddha Sancalanam
(Churning of the Shadow Warrior)
|This prelude coordinates the movement of limbs with the breathing. With
the coordination of bodily movement and breathing, the quality of respiration
is improved and the flow of energy (prana) is activated. Consequently the
natural rhythm of the body is restored.
|3. Kartikkeya Mandalam
(Garland of Light)
|This prelude contains spiraling and turning movements. These movements
relieve stiffness and help the flow of energy become free and smooth. Consequently
it releases limitations at a deeper level and brings the lightness of body
>>@Japanese translation of Yoga for Women by Emma Balnaves (PDF file).
@@@(For the English version of this article, please visit shadowyoga.com )