How can yoga change my outlook on life?

Yoga helped me when I needed it the most.   Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the death of my beautiful wife; Kristy.  Kristy was my everything.  When you lose your soul mate in life, it forces you to face your own demons.   In the aftermath of my wife’s death, my thoughts were killing me.  With the help of a regular yoga practice, I came to realise that nothing else can really hurt me; no one can hurt me- that’s my job!   The cause of my suffering, therefore, was the way I was treating my thoughts.  Yoga helps you to put thoughts in perspective by teaching you to stay present and let go of unhealthy traits.  In this way, the sense of well being experienced during practice gradually transfers to your daily life.

Yoga, then, gave me a sense of inner peace in the turmoil and ended up changing my perspective on everything.   Before I knew it, I had quit my lucrative job as a high flying lawyer and started teaching yoga.

In Prana Vashya Yoga the main emphasis is your breath.  By concentrating on the breath – joining and expressing your every movement with each inhalation and exhalation – your body automatically starts to relax.  The parasympathetic nervous system is triggered so the muscles soften and the mind calms. Your thoughts become less and less and appear to slow down and you feel centered in your inner being.

So ask yourself: what are you spending your spiritual currency on in this life? Do you want to improve yourself? Do you want to be the change that you would like to see in the world? Or do you want to suffer or stay inactive – watching TV and playing violent computer games?  Personally, I think we can all better ourselves if we just take action now.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  Damian will be opening a Yoga School at 250 Queens Road, Leicester, LE2 3FU in February 2017.  Spaces will be limited so please register your interest by contacting Damian: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com  Tel: 0777 900 1896

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Damian Cadman-Jones

In December 2016, I completed the grueling 500 hour teacher training course at the Prana Vashya Yoga Shala in Mysore, South India, under Master Yogacharya Vinay Kumar (pictured below).  I am convinced, after much searching, that I have found a style of yoga that works for me and could massively benefit others.

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Despite years of practice of yoga asana both in India and in the UK, I was almost overwhelmed by the intensity of the Prana Vashya teacher training course.  The day would begin at 3 am.  This was the only time one could sensibly squeeze in some self-practice / homework (as will be be explained).  The first two hour asana class began at 5 am; immediately followed by the second two hour class at 7 am.  After a 10 minute break, there was chanting and pranayama (breathing exercises) for little over an hour.  After another 10 minute break came the theory class for an hour or two.  Every practitioner was expected to fast until the end of the classes (so no food or water for the first 8 or 9 hours of the day).  In addition, everything said during the theory class had to be memorised and then written up each day as homework (to be handed in and later assessed).  It would often take me between 4 and 6 hours to write up these notes each night.  Finally, there was the practical side of the homework: new adjustments or postures to master by the next day.

One  of the students on the Prana Vashya teacher training course was a clinical pharmacist (with 2 degrees in clinical pharmacy).  He remarked to me that he learnt more in one day on the Prana Vashya teacher training course about anatomy, than he learnt about the same in all the time he was at university.  We certainly looked at things in detail!

Ultimately, only 3 people passed this years’ Prana Vashya teacher training course.  I won best student.

Prana Vashya Yoga is a fairly intense / dynamic style of yoga that can be practiced by almost anyone.  There are numerous variations to each asana which cater for all levels of yoga practitioner from beginner to advanced levels.

I will be converting my home into a yoga shala.  I expect to open the Prana Vashya yoga school at 250 Queens Road Leicester LE2 3FU in February 2017.  I will run a whole range of class times (including before and after usual work hours).  This will be the first Prana Vashya yoga shala in England.  My mission is to share this amazing yoga practice with anyone who is serious about improving themselves.   Spaces at the yoga school will be limited so please drop me an email to register your interest (first come; first served) : damiancadmanjones@gmail.com