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.
Shadow School Yoga Challenge asks that you be open to receiving all parts of yourself; the sticky, uncomfortable, and undesirable.
You are ready to sit in all of it.
You will be supported by a community AND prompted to reflect with meditation, journaling questions, and classes themed on the emotions we’d rather ignore.
Fear, Grief, Anger, Shame, Guilt, Duplicity, Illusion, Attachment; you will tenderly examine and express each emotion in a Lila Flow Yoga class featuring original music by Pete Wonder.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” — Carl Jung.
It’s your DAILY reminder to commit to 30 days of yoga—
with short, 20-40 minute practices that target the entire body to lengthen and strengthen specific muscle groups.
Lila Flow Yoga provides:
- Dynamic and flowy classes to get you into your breath and body.
- Build to peak postures with peak flows featuring Wave Theory sequencing.
- Ground AND stimulate the nervous system through your breath.
- Equal parts strengthening and lengthening muscles.
- Themed for the chakras, emotions, and body parts.
- LoFi music by Pete Wonder to dance through each flow.
Why Shadow School?
Inspired by one of her teachers, Rob Brezsney, Clara themed the latest Lila Flow Yoga Series to unearth the darker emotions we experience.
Shadow School takes this concept one step further to consider the unconscious aspects of the psyche, or as Carl Jung calls it, the Shadow.
“It is by going down into the abyss that you recover the treasures of life,” wrote Joseph Campbell. “Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
Jungian psychologists believe that you must confront your Shadow and bring it to the Light to awaken your inner divinity.
Rob Brezney writes: “Neuroscientists at Britain’s Bristol University have concluded that playing in the dirt can make you feel really good. That’s because most soil is crawling with species of bacteria that interact favourably with the human body, strengthening the immune system and stimulating the brain in the same way antidepressants do.
Let’s hypothesize that this is an apt metaphor for playing in the dirt of the shadow.”
The Shadow School Yoga Series includes 7 Classes
Each class relates to one of the seven chakras for you to connect to its energy.
A faster-paced and fiery class that builds heat and strength in the body. This class includes twists, leg balancing, hip and hamstring opening, and backbends.
Body Part: Legs
Chakra: Root – Muladhara
A dynamic class with simple transitions that features side waist, hamstring, and hip opening. This class is great for runners and cyclists as it lengthens the leg muscles and chest.
Body Part: Hips
Chakra: Sacral – Svadhisthana
A fluid class with playful transitions that keeps you guessing as to where this sequence is headed. Focusing on the core and back muscles, this class equally strengthens and lengthens the muscles attached to the spine.
Body Part: Core
Chakra: Solar Plexus – Manipura
This class creates space to move through and express grief. Open your practice by shaking the arms, legs, and entire body to release stagnancy and physical tension.
Body Part: Heart
Chakra: Heart – Anahata
A short class that creates space in the side body, shoulders, and chest to prepare for deep twists and backbends. The theme of this class is duplicity; what’s living in your heart may be different from what you’re communicating.
Body Part: Neck/Shoulders
Chakra: Throat – Vishuddha
A playful class that moves through leg balancing poses such as eagle, half moon, and standing hand-to-foot poses builds strength and tests your balance. This class is themed for Maya, illusion, and asks that you breathe deep and call upon your divinity—your relationship to your soul.
Body Part: Meditation/Visualization
Chakra: Third Eye – Ajna
This class is great for anyone who works at a desk or commutes to work. With core and back body strengthening, you’ll release the muscles strained by sitting. Twists, heart-opening, lunges, and hamstring lengthening are featured.