Review: Shadow Yoga, Chaya Yoga by Shandor Remete

Shadow Yoga, Chaya Yoga is an introduction to Hatha Yoga. Unfortunately, to claim this book as an introduction to any yoga principle is misleading. Remete describes the facets considered imperative to becoming enlightened through Hatha Yoga, but he does it in such a convoluted jargon-laden way, the reader becomes lost and confused trying to piece each principle together.I feel terrible that I haven’t even been able to finish this book. I’ve tried several times, but each time I start reading I become so overloaded with terms that my mind becomes distracted and I lose interest. The parts that I was able to understand easily were based on my prior knowledge of yoga gleaned from other readings and a Religions course. He speaks of various positions and methods, but never elaborates or provides tutorials on performing them. The author focuses on theory, but not implementation.What I was able to absorb is that Hatha Yoga is made up of many layers of accomplishment, and none can be achieved until its precursor is mastered. Remete tries to emphasize the need to take the practice in segments and master each segment before moving on.

Shadow Yoga is Remete’s own personal derivation of Hatha Yoga, to which his father introduced him at age six. I played around a bit on his website,, and following the videos allows the practitioner to put some of Remete’s instruction into practice. However, piecing everything together in the order and depth the author encourages is still quite elusive based solely on the text. From what I can tell, the objective is to provide enough information that the reader signs up for some courses, but can never fully grasp the practice on their own.

I’ll keep trying to unlock the potential this book has. I’m sure there is some beneficial information contained within its pages that will guide me in mastering Yoga techniques. However, for a novice or beginner, there are better books available.

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Sabrina Brawley

I'm an avid reader with a serious self-improvement and motivation addiction!

  • avisannschild
    Posted at 14:13h, 10 November Reply

    This was one of the books that piqued my interest from the list of books available for the Green Books Campaign. Too bad it was too esoteric and jargony to keep your interest. It seems to me that the point of yoga is not to be obscure! For a good book on the principles of yoga (not posture-oriented at all), I’d recommend Stephen Cope’s Yoga and the Quest for the True Self.

  • Serena
    Posted at 20:17h, 10 November Reply

    I’ve really enjoyed the yoga courses I’ve taken. Sounds like a good book for those that do not know much about it.

  • Yoga
    Posted at 02:56h, 11 November Reply

    Thanks for the information in your blog posted great to share.

  • Alyssa from Good Books for Teenage Girls
    Posted at 16:52h, 07 August Reply

    Yoga has some magic in it I’ve yet to unlock, I think this book might be the key though.

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