The Prana Vashya Sequence

The first Prana Vashya Sequence (‘the Primary Series’) is taught by Damian at the Prana Vashya Yoga School.  The main goal of the sequence is to increase flexibility and reduce the stress on the foundation of the body’s structure.  The Primary Series therefore begins with a sequence of standing postures that are designed to improve the muscles that support the pelvic and shoulder regions.  The pelvic and shoulder regions, which are mainly responsible for providing the body with strength and stamina, are trained to behave independently.  Training your muscles to work independently reduces your body’s reliance on the stabilising muscles (which, when fatigued, transfer the load to the available joint causing strain and injury).   The yoga sequence therefore begins by creating flexibility and strength in the shoulder and pelvic regions strengthening the associated limbs.

If, for example, you have (or develop) any problems in any of the joins of the legs (ankles, knees, hips) so that they do not function properly then the pelvic region bears the strain which eventually leads to weakness in the lower back or lumbar spine disorders.  Strengthening the muscles that support the pelvic region will allow you increased capacity to work without getting tired.  This reduces strain on the pelvic region during work.

Practising any physical yoga postures (‘yoga asana’) creates an artificial and stressful situation.  By stabilising the breath during this physical and dynamic practice the nervous system is trained to resist stress and the mind is able to focus for longer.  Keeping the breath constant and in rhythm during physical activity demands psychological strength to control the breath.  This helps you face life in a confident way.

The Prana Vashya Primary Series also includes an arm balancing sequence of postures to strengthen the arms and reduce strain on the shoulder joints.  The back bending sequence of postures aims to reduce rigidity in the strengthened shoulder area by increasing its flexibility.  This sequence also activates the back extensor muscles (preparing you for the forward bending sequence which increases flexibility in the back) and develops strength in the waist and lumber region.  This developed strength in the waist and lumber region will help you remain confident in every work you do.  The stronger the waistline and core muscles are, the more confident you can feel about yourself.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  The Prana Vashya Yoga School on Queens Road in Leicester is now open.  Please contact Damian for class time details, etc:

Email: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com

Tel: 0777 900 1896

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/queensroadyoga/

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Make yoga your routine

There is a general concept which has us believe that we need to eat to be energetic and strong.  How much of it has actually been proven? You may develop stresses, aliments and stains from work or from training.  Why does this happen if food alone had sufficient strength to provide energy for you to work or do other physical activity without strain?

If you work in an office you may complain about weakness in the lumber spine from sitting down for most of the day.  Nurses often complain of lower back pain, mostly as a result from transferring patients.  If your work involves a lot of writing or typing, you may complain about strain in the shoulder(s) or wrist(s) due to the continuous use of the arm(s).  Construction workers can develop carpal tunnel syndrome due to overuse of the hands and frequent use vibrating power tools.  Indeed, if your work involves a lot of physical activity, you may complain about extreme stiffness or rigidity in various muscles.  What helps a person do things without negative side effects?

The only way to avoid aliments or stresses is to change the idea of eating to work and to develop the muscles in your body naturally.  Any kind of work or physical activity can be done without the negative side effects from it once the body learns the way to adapt itself to the work.  Your body better learns when you perform physical activity before you eat in the morning (or, at least 4 hours after eating if, for example, you do the physical work later on in the day or evening).   In this way, a person can explore their full potential in a fasting state.  If you eat before physical activity, then the warmth (and oxygenated blood) go to your stomach and not the muscles that are being worked.  The muscles that are being worked then become more easily fatigued.  This is why yoga should be practised on an empty stomach.

Your body also quickly adapts itself only when your brain recognises the demand on the body is a constant one.  So, if you want to change your body then it is best to work or train more often than not (that is, at least 4 times a week) or else your brain simply concludes no change is necessary as you are in a state of rest, more often than not.

The basic aim of Prana Vashya Yoga practice is to ensure that every muscle group works independently reducing its influence over the stabilising muscles.  This reduces the possibility of alignments or strains in each muscle and supports stamina.  The support of the individual muscle groups, in turn, reduces the negative influence over the stabilising muscles which bear the strain most of the time.  It is very important to train your muscles to behave independently with maximum stamina to avoid such problems.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  The Prana Vashya Yoga School on Queens Road in Leicester is now open.  Please contact Damian for class time details, etc:

Email: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com

Tel: 0777 900 1896

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/queensroadyoga/

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The importance of chanting

Chanting is more than a warm-up before yoga asana/ exercise.  To understand the importance of chanting you must first know a little about the amazing properties of water.  Water is the most the unique known element in our universe.  The human body is about 60% water.  The effects that sound/vibrations have on water almost beggar belief.

Scientists have experimented with water by paying music to water and then flash freezing it and examining the patters formed by the water when it turns to ice.  The results are remarkable. When, for example, classical music is played, the results look like beautiful snowflakes and crystals that can be seen in the ice.  By comparison, when death metal music is played the results in the ice look like something you would imagine to see in Dante’s circles of Hell!  The same applies when tears of joy and tears or sadness are captured, flash frozen and analysed.

Scientists have even used radio waves / vibrations to split water apart into oxygen and hydrogen and then use it as fuel; setting fire to sea water!

There is still much to learn about this unique element which is the key to life on earth.  One thing that seems clear, however, is that sounds / waves / vibrations clearly have a massive impact on water (and, by extension, the human body).

When chanting, you combine sound/ vibrations with breath and melodious rhythm which channels the flow of energy along the nadi (the channels through which prana flows) that run throughout the mind/body circuit.   This triggers the parasympathetic nervous system (the body’s ‘rest and digest’ response) and induces Alpha rhythm balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, leaving you feeling energised and relaxed.

Chanting can also deliver us from our sense of dependency on external / material things.  Given the conditions of modern life, we all too often define ourselves by the material things we buy and we all too often rely upon external energies like eating at certain times.  These choices and habits are, ultimately, rooted in our subconscious.  Chanting is a way to re-programme your unconscious bad habits with good ones.

Chanting has even been said to provide a connection to God by your spiritual energy being awakened.

Yogic science tells us that chanting stimulates the shushumna nadi which runs along the spinal cord and which is the main nadi through which para flows.

Starting Prayer

This first verse is a peace prayer as it ends with the line: “Aum Shanthihi shanthihi shanthihi” and is as follows-

Aum asatho ma sadgamaya

tamaso ma jyotirgamaya

mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

Aum Shanthihi shanthihi shanthihi

 

This means:

Lead me from untruth to truth.

Lead me from darkness to light.

Lead me from death to immortality.

 

The second verse shows gratitude towards the Teacher:

Yogena Chittasya Padena Vacha

Malam Sharirasya Cha Vaidya Kena

Yopakarotham Pravaram Muninam

Patanjali Pranjali Ranatosmi

 

and this means:

I salute the great Master Patanjali. He taught Yoga to heal the mind. He taught Ayurveda to heal the body. He taught the Mantras for healing on all levels. I salute him again and again – may I attain freedom.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  The Prana Vashya Yoga School on Queens Road in Leicester is now open.  Please contact Damian for class time details, etc:

Email: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com

Tel: 0777 900 1896

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/queensroadyoga/

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