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Welcome to the #PracticeWithClara Podcast, where Clara and Stephanie discuss philosophy, yoga, and all things related to the practice.
We sat down to discuss Shadow School—the theme for October’s 30-Day Virtual Yoga Challenge in this week’s episode. With seven themes to anchor in the wild and intense emotions of the shadow, Clara and Stephanie shared their perspective of the shadow self and why exploring the darker aspects of the self is so important. 
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In this episode:

  • A definition of the shadow
  • Archetypes and why they are important
  • A brief description of Addiction to Perfection by Marion Woodman
  • The individual and global experience of the shadow
  • The contrast between the darkness and the light 
Themes of Shadow School
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“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” — Carl Jung.
Shadow School is your summons to acknowledge your wild side, surface intense emotions, and expunge the parts of yourself you no longer need. You are ready to face the core beliefs, motivations, desires, and aspirations that bring darkness and lightness into your life.
We must eat our own shadow—haul it up from out of the pit and develop a conscious connection with it. Doing so not only prevents our unacknowledged darkness from haunting our thoughts and distorting our relationships; it also liberates tremendous psychic energy.  — Excerpt from Rob Brezsny’s Shadow School.