Hatha Yoga Shala
Shadow Yoga with Mark & Judy
A note from Mark & Judy
Good news! After an over 2 1/2 year break from in-person teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also forced the closure of our Yoga Shala, we are now teaching in person again in Berkeley, CA.
We are happy to resume direct in-person teaching which has always been the best means of transmitting Hatha Yoga between guide and student. Signup now for Fall 2022 courses and workshops, and check back later for more offerings for 2023 and beyond. In order to support our students who do not live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and as a complement to our in-person teaching, we may hold online courses in the future as well, beginning in 2023. Make sure you've joined our email list so we can keep you posted!
We send you our best wishes for health and happiness, and hope to see many of you in our courses this Fall. We are looking forward to seeing our students in person, after such a long absence!
Mark & Judy
We teach Shadow Yoga and Nrtta Sadhana with a variety of offerings for both new and experienced students alike.
Foundations of Shadow Yoga
Shadow Yoga Prelude Forms
Special Focus Yoga Courses and Workshops
Yoga Practitioner Training
Private Yoga Consultation
Yoga Teaching Mentorship and Apprenticeship
In-person courses and workshops are taught at the Alembic in Berkeley, CA and other locations around the San Francisco Bay Area.
We also offer on-line courses and workshops as a complement to our in-person teaching.
Our regular courses are scheduled quarterly with new sessions starting each season:
WINTER session starts in JANUARY
SPRING session starts in APRIL
SUMMER session starts in JULY
FALL session starts in SEPTEMBER
Hatha Yoga Shala is a school of Shadow Yoga where we aim to provide a supportive setting and context, and a comprehensive yoga training program for the discerning student.
The teaching of yoga is a process of transmission from guide to student. The understanding and embodiment born of years of personal practice within the guide is the power which ignites this process.
Our focus is on quality, in-depth teaching that builds within the student a proper foundation coupled with discernment to allow the teaching to unfold organically from within.
Shadow Yoga and Nrtta Sadhana are taught in a course-based, pre-registration format, so the teaching can be built up progressively from class to class. This requires a greater commitment on the part of both student and teacher, yet the reward is a more profound depth of learning and understanding.
Mark has been teaching Hatha Yoga since 1990 and is an acknowledged Shadow Yoga teacher. He has studied closely with Sundernath (Shandor Remete), the founder of Shadow Yoga since 1994, as well as Emma Balnaves. Mark's teaching is enhanced by 8 years of bodywork practice as a Certified Rolfer as well as many years of classical piano study, rock climbing, and the study of Ayurveda.
Judy is an acknowledged Shadow Yoga teacher since 2011. She has been a dedicated practitioner of Shadow Yoga since 2006 when she met her teachers Sundernath (Shandor Remete) and Emma Balnaves. From her first introduction to Shadow Yoga, Judy was immediately drawn to the intelligence, depth, and effectiveness of the approach. She co-directs Hatha Yoga Shala with her partner, Mark.
About the Practice
What is Shadow Yoga?
Shadow Yoga is a hatha yoga system which utilizes prelude forms for training and places great importance on preparatory work as the foundation for meaningful progress. The Shadow Yoga prelude forms combine strong stance work with round, spiraling movements, rhythmic breathing, and bandha. The three Shadow Yoga prelude forms: 1. BALAKRAMA: Stepping into Strength 2. CHAYA YODDHA SANCHALANAM: Churning of the Shadow Warrior 3. KARTTIKEYA MANDALA: Garland of Light Shadow Yoga was developed by yoga master Sundernath (Shandor Remete) to make use of the methods and practices common to classical Hatha Yoga and the self-cultivating arts (both martial and dance). This skillful, systematic preparation frees blockage in the Marma System (Vital Junctions), leading to the unobstructed circulation of the life force. This sets the stage for the inner work of asana, mudra, pranayama, and meditation. See shadowyoga.com for more information
The teachings of Shadow Yoga are based upon the ancient Hatha Yogic texts which state that ‘all fixed forms should be designed to develop the practice of freestyle
What is Nrtta Sadhana?
Nrtta Sadhana is the pure dance of Shiva. The forms in the Nrtta Sadhana contain the karanas for self-cultivation and restoring the body’s natural energetic responsiveness. The four forms of Nrtta Sadhana: 1. ASHTA MATRIKAS: Eight mother palms 2. LASYA: Kali’s creative dance (long form) 3. ANANDA TANDAVA: Shiva’s dance of dissolvement The Shadow Yoga Preludes prepare the student for the smaller, more subtle and refined movements of the Nrtta Sadhana. See shadowyoga.com for more information
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