Shadow Yoga is a Hatha Yoga based system founded by Shandor Remete. The term "Shadow' is a direct reference to certain esoteric texts that Remete has been influenced by. Shadow Yoga incorporates rhythmic breathing, bandhas (energy ties), and the use of marmas (vital energy points) to release blockages in the physical, mental and emotional planes of existence. Specific warms ups and the three standing dynamic prelude forms are taught as a way to better prepare the body for the deeper aspects of the Hatha Yoga practice. The preludes consists of non-traditional poses that strengthen and open the feet, legs and core allowing greater flexibility in the spine and hips, emphasized through stance work, spiraling movements and squatting to prepare the integrity of the structure from the ground up. Ultimately, like Hatha Yoga, Shadow Yoga is a healing practice meant to prepare one for meditation and to align with ones souls purpose.
Mandy has permission by the Shadow Yoga School to teach Shadow Yoga.
An opportunity to take pleasure in embodiment and experiment with postures that may take us off our feet! This class is different from our Vinyasa classes in that we will move a bit faster in our exploration of shapes and how they sequence both within the body, and in relationship to each other in progression, in the spirit of playfulness. While we strive to make all of our offerings accessible, this class isn't recommended for folks new to the practice.
The alignment of movement and breath transforms asanas into a dynamic, thoughtfully sequenced flow. How we transition from shape to shape, and by extension, moment to moment, determines the experience we have of all things. Through the alignment of breath and movement we practice the linkage of the mind to the presence of the breath and the body.
In this class we will explore a grounding, well-rounded practice rooted in the intention to feel our connection with the earth and the heavens. A predominantly slow class, we will ground into the breath and the bodymind with asana, pranayama, and meditation, with equal attention given to active and restorative postures.
"So first we need to recognize that the Hatha tradition isn't carved in stone; over it's thousand-year run, it went through any number of changes, just as all of us do as we grow older" (Richard Rosen, Original Yoga)
Can our asana practices inform the way we move our bodies off the mat, and outside of the studio? Can we treat functional movement patterns with a similar regard as the shapes we often describe as being as old as time? This class will explore the way we, in varying degrees, experience embodiment, gravity, and levity; each instructor bringing to the class their own particular curiosity and pace.
Much of our yogic asana practice can be described as Yang. Yang practices are a bit more active, and have the potential to create fire and energy. While the benefits of Yang practice can be active and uplifting, the Yin practice invites in a deeper sense of receptivity. Props are used to support the body so the student can completely relax into a pose, and postures are held longer so the body may surrender and soften more deeply. Similar to our Yang practice, the student focuses on the breath in allowance of the felt sense to supersede the busy mind with a deeper connection to the body, inviting a calm for the central nervous system. Yin invites the mind and body to receive stillness.
Kundalini & Astrology
Kundalini Yoga is an advanced technology designed to help individual's experience their infinite potential. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifiy the blood. Astrology is a remarkable tool for understanding cycles, patterns, and energy in the collective. Kundalini and Astrology pair beautifully together, working in the energetic realm to guide and harness the energy of the moment. Inspired by the astrological forecast for the week, the class will consist of a pranayam breathing warm up, a Kriya (set of exercises) a deep relaxation and a meditation, often with mantra and song. This practice safely awakens the Kundalini life force and creativity within each human being while expertly working on both physical vitality and the expansion of consciousness. Come balance your physical and energetic body as you come deeper into union with the celestial bodies!
Humans of Color Yoga
This class has been thoughtfully created by humans of color for humans of color. Our intention is to provide a safe space for those who identify as a person of color to come together to move, learn, talk, and create community with other humans like themselves.
This will also be a gathering place for connecting and building communities of color. We hope to create support for each other and share our experiences of being in this world with one another. This class will include an opening circle that provides time for each person to introduce themselves, mindful movement and breathing, and a look into the history and different brances of yoga.
We will also address issues that people of color are facing in our current social climate using yoga as platform for release and restructuring.
Inclusive Practice is a space for everyone's body and needs. Each class offers a loose structure with focus on mind-body connections that improve balance, mobility and strength. We'll include meditation and breath practices to support mental and emotional health, and physical movements with plenty of modifications and props to support your body in optimal alignment and joyful movement. We want you to get exactly what you need from your time in the studio and will offer options to move fast if you want to move fast, slow if you like slow, and in anything in between.
By suggested donation $5-$15
These classes are taught by the recent graduates of the Sola School Yoga Teacher Training.
Sarah Trelease is the co-founder of Sola School, and her classes are reflective of the heart of the Sola curriculum.