The day of the longest sunlight

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As thousands of Pagans gather at Stonehenge for June 21st, the Summer Solstice is also special day in the yogi calendar.  June 21st is the International Day of Yoga.

At the Prana Vashya Yoga Studio we celebrated the Summer Solstice with our 108 Salutation Practice. This energizing practice includes intention setting, chanting, and then maintaining breath-to-movement connections while flowing through the postures of each Salutation.  Throughout this practice you to sink into a meditative state of mind as you turn your senses inwards.

Venerated by the ancient sages of India, the Sun has 1008 different names in Sanskrit including Hraam, Hreem, Hroom, Hraim, Hraha, etc.  Today we chanted 6 mantras between sets of Salutations in celebration.  Just as the Summer Solstice represents a turning point in the earths cycle of life; yoga, and life, ever changes, evolves, opening-up new opportunities to grow and improve.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  To book a class with Damian you can contact him by:

Email: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com

Tel: 0777 900 1896

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

 

 

 

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Free Kundalini Yoga Workshops

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As part of ArtBeat; Clarendon Parks’ Art Festival, there are three Kundalini Yoga workshops being held at The Cabin, 80 Stanfell Road LE2 3GB on the Summer solstice (next Friday).  The workshops will be: 10 am -11 am, 11am -12 midday and 2 pm – 3 pm.

Classes followed by herbal tea and vegan cakes.

Kundalini yoga activates your inner energy through a series of exercises, relaxation and mediation, reducing stress and increasing vitality.

Booking essential: contact Leah Golde on 07905568283.

Veerabhadrasana (A)

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Veerabhadrasana a.k.a. “Warrior Pose” gets is name from the great warrior Virabhadra; incarnation of Shiva. It is part of the Prana Vashya Primary Series standing sequence series of postures which are designed to work all the muscles that support the pelvis.  The sequence also prepares you for back-bending.

How to get into the position

From standing at the top of your yoga mat, inhale and turn to the right with your feet apart by 3-4 feet and your arms extended; level with your shoulders.  Turn your right foot to the right by 90 degrees and turn your left foot to the right by about 45 degrees so that both of your feet are turned right.  Then, as you exhale, square your chest and hips forward and bend your right knee so that the thigh is at a right angle to the floor.

With every inhalation, extend your arms to open your chest.  With every exhalation, try to square your hips further to bend the knee.   Hold for five full breaths.  Repeat on the other side.

If you are struggling to hold this pose you can take your hands to your hips to begin with.

Benefits

Veerabhadrasana (a):

  • Dissolves body fat from the waistline
  • Strengthens and stretches the inner thighs
  • Increases stamina
  • Helps with backache
  • Therapeutic for flat feet, infertility and sciatica

Contraindications and Cautions

Avoid this posture if you have issues with high blood pressure.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  To book a class with Damian you can contact him by:

Email: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com

Tel: 0777 900 1896

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

 

 

Prapadasana

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Prapadasana aka ‘tip toe pose’ requires balance, flexibility, and strength.

How to get into the position

Starting from a squatting position, balancing on your tip toes/ the balls of your feet (with your heels lifted), take your right heel directly under the perineum so your foot is lifted and placed in lotus position on top of the left thigh (with the sole of the foot facing up). Then you can bring your palms together into prayer position in front of your chest. Be sure to fix your vision on a single point on the floor to maintain balance.

Hold this position for five full breaths.  On every inhalation, straighten your spine and with every exhalation try to lower your pelvis.  The posture is then repeated on the other side.

Benefits

Prapadasana:  

  • Improves balance and concentration
  • Develops core strength
  • Keeps the reproductive system healthy
  • Opens the hips

Contraindications and Cautions

Avoid this posture if you have any recent or chronic injury to the feet, ankles or knees.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  To book a class with Damian you can contact him by:

Email: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com

Tel: 0777 900 1896

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

 

 

Parivrutha Trikonasana

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Parivrutha Trikonasana aka ‘revolved triangle pose’ prepares your for forward-bending and twisting postures and it is one of the opening positions in the Prana Vashya Primary Series.

How to get into the position

Starting from standing position at the top of your mat, turn to the right and step your feet apart by 3.5 to 4 feet with your arms outstretched parallel to the floor; palms down. Turn your left foot in by about 45 degrees and your right foot out to 90 degrees.

Align the right heel with the left heel (however, if you are a beginner then it can help to have your feet waist width apart to assist with your balance).  Then turn your right thigh outward and place your right palm on your lower back.  Finally, twist your torso to take your left hand to your right foot (or ankle or shin or knee to begin with) and roll your upper shoulder to extend your right arm above the shoulder.  Fix your vision point on the raised hand.

Do not look at the floor coming into the position as that will affect your alignment.  Also, be careful not to put too much weight on the lower palm or else your hip will collapse, and proper alignment compromised.

Hold this position for five full breaths.  On every inhalation, extend the upper arm to open your chest and with every exhalation try to turn your chest further to the side.

Benefits

Parivrutha Trikonasana:  

  • Helps with digestive problems and asthma
  • Helps to relieve the symptoms of sciatica
  • Helps cure alignments of the lower back

Contraindications and Cautions

Avoid this posture if you have issues with blood pressure or if you suffer from migraines or insomnia.  If you have any issue with your neck, then fix your vision point on the floor instead of looking up.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  To book a class with Damian you can contact him by:

Email: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com

Tel: 0777 900 1896

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