SHADOW YOGA IN-DEPTH STUDIES:
PRELUDE FORMS WITH
Course Format: 6 Weekend Modules with Richmond Dickson
Program also includes 1 additional weekend course with Matt Pesendian (additional cost at per weekend rate)
CREATING A PERSONAL PRACTICE
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 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 will afford the time and space to delve deeply into the practical, philosophical, and energetic basis of the sequencing of the Shadow Yoga Prelude Forms, the “seed” asanas, and primary asana-vinyasas. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how to utilize Shadow Yoga for personal growth, prepare the subtle body for the internal limbs of yoga, and address special therapeutic needs such as women’s and men’s health and recovering from injury or illness.
ABOUT IN-DEPTH STUDIES
The Shadow Yoga In-Depth Studies course has been designed to offer students an opportunity to learn Shadow Yoga in a methodical way that will support a fruitful home practice. It will focus on foundational practices such as the three Prelude Forms, Kriyas, Bandhas, and Ayurvedic self-care. The Prelude Forms have been developed to overcome the energetic obstructions of the body, rendering the mind sensitive towards the action. This process is intended to prepare the student for further asana and energetic work and, therefore, should come before it. This necessary foundational piece is largely absent from modern-day yoga styles and systems and, without it, the Hatha Yoga methodology cannot yield its intended results completely if at all.
It is recommended that students commit at least two to three years to this process of working with the prelude forms. While much can be learned in the first year, the learning is more intellectual as there is a lot of theoretical information presented that must be worked with over time to understand its uses. The second year and, perhaps, third year will focus on developing mastery of the three Shadow Yoga Preludes and build toward more subtle practices such as therapeutic asana-vinyasa and preparatory work for the practice of inversions. These asana-vinyasas combine with the Prelude Forms to deepen the purification of the subtle body, heal the organs of reproduction, digestion and elimination, and set the foundation for safely and effectively practicing beginning mudras such as Sarvagasana (Shoulderstand) and Sirsasana (Headstand).
While it is very common for practitioners to be introduced to inversions very early in their Hatha Yoga studies these practices carry the risk of serious injury due to over-reliance on muscular effort and technique. The standing work of the Prelude Forms along with rhythmic ujjayi breathing, skillful application of the three bandhas and consistent practice of therapeutic asana-vinyasas (arrangements of seated asanas) are critical for refining the circulation of Prana (vital force) and gaining the skill to avoid creating excessive pressure and irritation to the delicate tissues of the heart, brain, and neck. Until students have mastered these preliminary practices the inversions will yield only superficial benefits and their true power and rejuvenative potential will remain dormant.
2019-20 SEVEN MONTH SERIES SCHEDULE
November 9 - 10 • December 7 - 8 • January 11 - 12 • February 22 - 23 (w/ Matt Pesendian)
March 14 - 15 • April 18 - 19 • May 16 - 17
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 12:00pm, 2:00 - 4:00pm
November 9 - 10 • Shadow Yoga Basics lead by Richmond Dickson:
An Introduction to the preliminary and foundational practices and warm-ups of Shadow Yoga, and self-care consideration for yoga practice and daily living.
December 7 - 8 • Balakrama Prelude lead by Richmond Dickson:
Traditionally Balakrama is the first Shadow Yoga prelude that is introduced to those new to this style of Hatha Yoga. A dynamic bone strengthening form based on endurance, it actively engages one’s feet, ankles, knees, hips, navel and breath.
This course is recommended for students who have completed the Shadow Yoga Basics series.
January 11 - 12 • Balakrama Prelude w/ Seed Asana Vinyasa lead by Richmond Dickson
February 22 - 23 • Shadow Yoga Seed Asana Vinyasa lead by Matt Pesendian
Utilizing standing forms, rhythmic breathing, bandhas (energetic locks) and the system of marma (trigger points) to free the body of its physical, energetic and mental/emotional obstructions, this weekend will focus on the simplicity of unobstructed bodily movement and the minimal effort required to achieve it. Ultimately, like all Hatha Yoga, it will ignite the inner fire for meditation, healing and most importantly, living our path.
Shadow Yoga Warm Ups and Standing Prelude Forms are first introduced to prepare one to safely and effectively practice the more advanced limbs of Hatha Yoga. The Shadow Yoga Full Practice Format consists of primary asana-vinyasas, kriyas, mudras, inversions, pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) and laya (absorption).
March 14 - 15 • Chaya Sanchalanam Prelude lead by Richmond Dickson: This prelude is designed to teach the essence of this foundational energetic principle which lies at the heart of all internal arts. Along with activating the pranic winds (vayu/nadis), this warrior-sun form teaches one the art of graceful coordination.
This course is recommended for students who have completed the Shadow Yoga Basics and Balakrama prelude series.
April 18 - 19 • Chaya Sanchalanam Prelude (Review with Richmond Dickson)
May 16 - 17 • Intro to Kartikeya Mandalam Prelude lead by Richmond Dickson:
This advanced warrior-sun prelude form consists of intricate stance, waist, spine and arm work, which further increases, refines and penetrates the pranic force within. This prelude completes the foundational training required for entering the Shadow Yoga Full Practice Format and Nrtta Sadhana (The Rhythmic Dance of Shiva and its practice).
This course is open to those who have completed the Shadow Yoga Basics, Balakrama and Chaya Yoddha Sanchalanam preludes series.
This course is open to all levels of students. To register, submit completed application form for review. You will be notified upon receipt of application and acceptance into the course.
2018-19 payment options
One-time payment option: $1250 paid in full by October 1, 2019, $1400 thereafter.
Monthly auto-pay option: this option involves one down payment plus monthly payments. $500 initial deposit due by October 1, 2019. Then we will coordinate 5 monthly payments of $180 at the beginning of each month starting November 2019 and ending May 2020 for a total of $1400.
Drop-in Weekend option: students can register for any of the weekend courses individually (with prior approval). The tuition is $250 per weekend. We are not offering any other drop-in classes or partial attendance options.
* Note: an additional 2.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card payments to help offset the cost of processing these payments. To avoid these charges you are welcome to pay with cash, check, Venmo, or direct bank transfer.
REFUND & COURSE WITHDRAWL 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 2020.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Matt Pesendian is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, and Shadow Yoga and Qigong teacher. His primary teacher is Shandor Remete, the founder of Shadow Yoga.
Richmond Dickson is a Structural Integration Therapist, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, and yoga instructor. He was introduced to Shadow Yoga by Scott Blossom and Matt Pesendian, and studies regularly with Shandor Remete.
The New England School of Therapeutics