Shadow Yoga In-depth Studies

Shadow Yoga In-depth Studies
Year Three: 
Nṛtta Sādhanā & Asana-angahara Level 1
with Scott Blossom & Chandra Easton

Registration is now open for year three of the program.
See below for more details.


2017 weekend dates

February 3-5 | March 10-12
April 21-23 | May 19-21 | June 16-18


Fridays 6-8pm
Saturdays & Sundays 7:30-9:30am & 11:30am-2pm


finnish brotherhood hall at 1970 chestnut st, berkeley, ca 94702


year three program


Nṛtta Sādhanā (Short Form) and Asana-angahara Level 1
Chandra will join Scott for the third year of the In-Depth Studies program.  They will teach the practice of Nṛtta Sādhanā (Short Form) and Asana-angahara Level 1. Together these are used for the cultivation of the preliminary mudras such as shoulderstand (sarvagasana), yoga mudras (seated postures), and mudras (hand positions). Students who know all three Shadow Yoga Prelude Forms are welcome to apply.

Asana-Angahara is the next phase of practice for more experienced students. It includes both linear and circular modes of practice that build on the foundation of the Chalanas (warm-ups), Vyayamas (restraining drills) or “Prelude
Forms" (linear practices), and the Nṛtta Sādhanā (swaying/circular patterns of rhythmic movement). The asana-angaharas are a bridge to the more subtle practices of mudra, pranayama, and meditation.

Shandor Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga and Nṛtta Sādhanā, states: “The word asana (body posture) is derived from the sanskrit root asa-bhuvi meaning to be, to stay, to exist. This suggests that the application of asana is not about ‘becoming’ something but discovering what is already present, not about ‘gaining enlightenment’, but redeeming the sahajawasta (natural state) which is the abode of the human soul. Of the many asanas some are dynamic and some static but all are physical methods utilised in the early stages of restoring this natural state.The term angahara refers to the sequential arrangements of bodily shapes as well as to the arrangement of the limbs within these shapes.”

Linear arrangements are appropriate for morning practice while the circular arrangements are utilized in the afternoon. Practicing this way provides students with the skillful means to adapt their practice to the time of day and prevents a rigid, mechanical approach to practice. The sequencing, rhythm, and intensity of the arrangements can be modified according to one’s needs and capacity.

In 2017, Shandor and Emma will introduce Asana-angahara Level 2. To qualify for t
heir courses, participants must have completed Asana-angahara Level 1, both linear and circular forms. This IDS course fulfills that requirement.

Nṛtta Sādhanā 

Nṛtta Sādhanā is defined by Shandor Remete, the founder of Shadow Yoga and Nrtta Sadhana, as “practice through which the sadhaka (aspirant) rediscovers the rhythmic life currents hidden in the body’s folds and limbs by means of unimposed natural positioning.” It is expressed as a dance called the Eight Palms that is composed of karana arranged in an angahara. The karanas derive from carvings of the Shiva Tandava (Thunderous Dance of Shiva Nataraja) found on the walls of the ancient Chidambaram Temple in Tamil Nadu. Angahara is a sequential arrangement of the karanas with rhythmic transitions. With roots in the Natya Shastra these practices complement the practice of the Shadow Yoga and prepare one’s body and mind for the subtler practices of Hatha Yoga such as mudra, pranayama and meditation.


Students who know all three Shadow Yoga Prelude Forms are welcome to apply.
We will email you with registration details once your application has been accepted.


In-Depth Studies 2017 payment options
One-time payment option - $1200 paid in full with cash, check or Paypal by 11/29/16. Cost is $1350 after 11/29/16.

Monthly auto-pay option - This option involves one down payment plus auto monthly payments: $500 initial deposit. then five monthly automatic payments of $170 via Paypal at the beginning of each month starting January 15, 2017 and ending May 15, 2017 for a total of $1350.


refund & course withdrawal policy

Withdrawal from the program prior to the first weekend session is permitted; students will receive a full refund minus a $200 cancellation fee.

No refunds will be given for withdrawals after the program has begun nor will any credits or refunds be given for missed sessions.

If you are enrolled in the monthly payment option, understand that you are agreeing to make the scheduled monthly payments until completion in May 2017.


about in-depth studies

Creating a personal practice is essential to maturing one’s skills as a yoga practitioner and is an integral part of studying Shadow Yoga. While persistence and devotion are required, one also needs to have a flexible, creative set of tools and a solid theoretical understanding to meet one’s changing needs from day-to-day and to realize the inner potentials of yoga.

The once-a-month weekend workshop format affords the time and space to delve deeply into the practical, philosophical, and energetic basis of the sequencing of the Prelude Forms, the “seed” asanas, and primary asana-vinyasas. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how to utilize Shadow Yoga for personal growth, preparing one’s subtle body for the internal limbs of yoga and addressing special therapeutic needs such as women’s health and recovering from injury or illness.

The Shadow Yoga In-Depth Studies course is a multi-year program designed to offer students, both local and out-of-town, an opportunity to learn Shadow Yoga in a methodical way that will support a fruitful home practice.

The first year focused on foundational practices such as the three Prelude Forms, the “seed” asanas, and Ayurvedic self-care.

The second year builds on this foundation toward more subtle practices such as primary and therapeutic asana-vinyasa and preparatory work for the practice of inversions.

The third year introduces students to the practice of Nrtta Sadhana and asana-angahara level 1. These prepare the practitioner for the more internal practices of mudra and pranayama.



Please contact Scott at with any questions.