Shadow Yoga is a Hatha yoga system that employs warm-ups (dasha and jiva chalanam) and dynamic stances to prepare the practitioner for the seated practice of asana vinyasa. Dynamic stance work strengthens the legs, bones, and marrow, and serves to free the circulation of the life force in our limbs.
The first of the Shadow Yoga preludes, Balakrama is a dynamic bone strengthening form, which actively engages one's center (navel region), hands, feet, and breath. This prelude removes marma (energetic obstructions) from the legs and pelvis to free the downward flow of prana, detoxify the blood, and strengthen the lungs.
Students will also be introduced to traditional primary asanas (seats) and their appropriate vinyasas (sequences) to further refine the circulation of the life force through the hips and spine, strengthen respiration, and enkindle the agni (internal fire).
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