Vibrational Healing Tibetan Singing Bowl & Yoga Nidra Sound Bath

Sunday 26th August 2018 @ Prana Vashya Yoga Studio, Queens Road

Tibetan Singing Bowls an ancient practice to aid healing and meditative states of healing. These hand-crafted bowls are fine tuned to the chakras and help realign and restore the normal vibratory frequencies of your body, mind and soul. And in turn calming and promoting healing.

Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping; a.k.a. “yogic sleep”.  It is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.

The combination of yoga Nidra and sound bathing creates a very relaxing type of energy medicine that promote deep healing from stress, pain, depression, and most forms of dis-ease. By vibrating the water relaxing the body into deep states where it naturally repairs and heals.

Damian Cadman-Jones – certified and highly respected teacher of yoga nidra, yoga asana and healing therapist, having spent the best part of two years training under world-renowned masters in South India.

Ash Meraki – sound therapist, crystal worker and reflexologist. Has been working with music and sound for many years as a musician, practicing aromatherapy and studying metaphysics and spiritual orientated subjects he naturally grew in the direction of Sound therapy.

Important So come join us at the Prana Vashya Yoga Studio, Queens Road, Leicester for a 90 minute healing Sound Bath at 13.00 hours on Sunday 26th August 2018; cost £15 per person.  Places are limited so advance bookings are essential. Contact Damian to reserve a place:

Email: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com

Tel: 0777 900 1896

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

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Prasaritha Padothasana C

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This position is the third variation to the “Intense Split Leg Stretch” series of postures. Prasaritha Padothasana C increases your flexibility when practised correctly.  Correct alignment is essential to avoid injury and it is therefore advised to practice under the guidance of a qualified teacher.

How to get into the position

From standing at the top of your yoga mat, turn to the right with your feet apart by twice your hip width, inhale and place your palms on your hips ensuring you elongate your spine and open your chest by moving your shoulders away from your ears.  Then exhale and reach forwards keeping the spine straight by looking forwards as you take your chest inside your legs by leaning your torso forward from your hip joints. Finally, release your head down, without collapsing your neck- keeping it long; you can then place the crown of your head on the floor (vision point up at the sky, to tilt the pelvic bone forwards).

Do not arch your back and do not let your hips go behind your ankles.

When in Prasaritha Padothasana C: with every inhalation, lengthen your spine and lift your hips up.  With every exhalation, press the inside line of your feet to fold further forwards; tensing your buttocks and hollowing your belly, pulling it into your spine.   Hold for five full breaths.

Benefits

Prasaritha Padothasana C:

  • Increases proprioception
  • Stretches the back and inside of the legs including the calves and hamstrings
  • Increases flexibility in the spine and hips
  • Prepares your body for back-bending yoga asana
  • Helps relieve mild backache

Contraindications and Cautions

Avoid this posture if you have arthritis of the toes, ankles, fingers or wrists and approach this posture with caution if you suffer from sciatica.

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/

Instagram: damiancadmanjones

 

The School Of Life!

You may ask why, as a yoga teacher, I am concerned to share information about food, massages and other subjects rather than just talking about yoga postures.  The answer, of course, is that health is not only about yoga postures,  it’s also about the way we live, we eat, we drink and we love.   I was reminded recently about this having attended a retreat in Spain at Yoga Sutra Shala : http://www.retreats-yoga.com/ The following beautiful words are written by Didier Thomas, director at Kaikki massage, Valencia :

https://www.facebook.com/pages/biz/alternative_holistic_health/Kaikki-Massage-1479435058848633/

The School Of Life!

I got there very early, I don’t really remember. I grew up observing something every second, since I had nothing else to do. At the time, I didn’t have many questions but had rather countless answers that I didn’t understand. Everything’s there at the School of Life: First smile and first tears at this never-ending school programme. There are core classes, but I may not have attended all of them. It often starts with Carefreeness, very inspirational and useful for providing confidence. And just right after, there’s a Responsibility class – was it optional? Maybe I was too busy attending the Curiosity class. There, I didn’t make many friends. They were probably at school, at the school made of walls. I understood at early stage that if schools had walls, it was perhaps because something hazardous could happen. And then the few hours spent there taught me to get away from unsafe places like schools made of walls. While I stayed out of them, I made a promise: Always attending the Weakness class, that’s where I became stronger. At the school of life, there’s no difference between learning and teaching. You can hear everything, do anything… and this is where I was the best paid. Not with money but with generosity, because life doesn’t pay with greed. All along the endless lanes of the School of Life there are countless doors. One day I thought I got lost, but that was before I discovered a breakthrough: the doors of life are always open – I’ll try to get through all of them.

In the Mistakes class, I had an “A”, I didn’t even know I could fail. In the Hope class… well, it looks like the Survival class made me forget about it. I don’t know what class helped me the most, I’m hesitating between the Lying class or the Honesty class – anyway, I mostly attended the Naivety class. Every course is useful, especially the Solitude class, this is where I made the most friends. We were attending together the Mess class, thus ranking it best for its good ambiance. Then the Sex class started when the Friendship class ended, while the Sadness and the Loneliness classes were taking place. These four classes were full of fools thinking that they were attending the Love class. I spent many hours along the lanes to find the Equality class – without success. Instead, I went to the Music class, there, highs and lows combine to make beautiful harmony. I bled a lot in the Fall class… or was it in the Success class? Then in order to better understand the world, the Wonder class was a perfect match for me – I found it just after stumbling upon the Chance class. I passed by the door leading to the Happiness class pretty often. It was always open but I never saw any teacher there. Instead, a certain magic was sending me back to the Survival class. I really liked the Reading class and its paradox – the more books in my hands the lighter I felt. Some of my friends from the Mess class invited me to the Drugs class. I asked them if they’ve already been attending the Curiosity or Knowledge classes but it seemed the noise in the Mess class had made them deaf and they couldn’t hear my question – I lost them in the Unconsciousness class, where lies the biggest crowd ever! So, after some classes of Reason I could attend the Drugs class (which was happening at the same time as the Learning class). Throughout the lanes of the School of Life there weren’t any signs pointing me towards the right paths – nor towards the wrong ones either. Out there, there were many unfound classes that I wanted to attend, like Self-confidence class. Around me, it was like most of the people were already proudly carrying this diploma while I was still looking for that class. At that point I already had attended the Shame and Disappointment class quite often. Then, when I got across a very useful class (I’m going to talk about it now), it didn’t take me too much time to get in. How surprising! I finally did find the main class! It was the biggest class I attended. This crowd, I couldn’t believe it! Everyone was there: people from the Commitment, Courage, Kindness, Trust, Joy, and Love classes were all gathered in the same class: the class of Make-believe. Pretending to be and not to be. All the answers were there, right or wrong, never mind, a very few cares anyway! In just one class it was just like attending all of them. I thus understood that it was a question of time for everyone! It’s not lying, it’s pretending. The difference? Lying is aimed towards others while pretending is aimed towards one’s self. Self-confidence, here I am!

I therefore decided to stay in the Make-believe class until I understood that I rather should have called it the Expectations class, in which everyone waits for the others to be true – so I waited a long time. I waited for commitment, courage, trust, joy and love to come but pretending to have understood them brought me fear, anger, sadness and disgust – until a wise one passed by and told me about the Freedom class.

I left the Make-believe class and started to look for the Freedom class, and since then I’m becoming healthier with the way I live, I eat, I drink and I love.

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/

Instagram: Damian Cadman-Jones

 

 

Prasaritha Padothasana B

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This position is the second variation to the “Intense Split Leg Stretch” series of postures. Prasaritha Padothasana B increases your flexibility, when practised correctly, by teaching your body to rotate from the hips when forward bending.   Correct alignment is essential to avoid injury.

How to get into the position

From standing at the top of your yoga mat, turn to the right with your feet apart by twice your hip width, inhale and raise your arms straight up in the air to elongate your spine; extending from the backward line of your body.  Then exhale and reach forwards, keeping the spine straight by looking forwards as you take your chest inside your legs by leaning your torso forward from your hip joints; by lifting your hips up to fold forward from your hips.  As your torso approaches parallel to the floor, grasp your big toes with your first finger and thumb; avoid pressing your thumbs against the floor.  Finally, release your head down, without collapsing your neck- keeping it long; you can then place the crown of your head on the floor (vision point up at the sky, to tilt the pelvic bone forwards).

Do not arch your back and do not let your hips go behind your ankles.   Avoid trying to pull yourself towards the floor to go deeper into the posture.  If your force the position then your likely injure your groin or ankles and, as a result, become demotivated.

When in Prasaritha Padothasana B: with every inhalation, extend your spine and lift your hips.  With every exhalation, press the inside line of your feet to fold further forwards; tensing your buttocks and hollowing your belly, pulling it into your spine.   Hold for five full breaths.

Benefits

Prasaritha Padothasana B:

  • Stretches the back and inside of the legs including the calves and hamstrings
  • Increases flexibility in the spine and hips
  • Prepares your body for back-bending yoga asana
  • Helps relieve mild backache

Contraindications and Cautions

Avoid this posture if you have arthritis of the toes, ankles, fingers or wrists and approach this posture with caution if you suffer from sciatica.

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/

Instagram: Damian Cadman-Jones

 

Prasaritha Padothasana A

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Prasaritha Padothasana a.k.a. “Intense Split Leg Stretch” will increase your flexibility ten-fold!   There are four variations to this posture (A to D) which are practised, in order, as part of the standing sequence of postures in the Prana Vashya Primary Series.

How to get into the position

From standing at the top of your yoga mat, turn to the right with your feet about 4 -4.5 feet apart, inhale and raise your arms straight up in the air to elongate your spine; extending from the backward line.  Then exhale and take your chest inside by leaning your torso forward from your hip joints and fold forward from your hips.  As your torso approaches parallel to the floor, press your palms onto the floor directly below your shoulders ensuring that your fingers and toes are in one line.  Finally, release your head down, without collapsing your neck- keeping it long.  For the full posture, you can then place the crown of your head on the floor (vision point up at the sky, to tilt the pelvic bone forwards).

Do not arch your back and do not let your hips go behind your ankles.

With every inhalation, extend your spine and lift your hips.  With every exhalation, press the inside line of your feet to fold further forwards.   Hold for five full breaths.

Benefits

Prasaritha Padothasana A:

  • Stretches the back and inside of the legs including the calves and hamstrings
  • Increases flexibility in the spine and hips
  • Prepares your body for back-bending yoga asana
  • Helps relieve mild backache

Contraindications and Cautions

Avoid this posture if you have arthritis of the toes, ankles, fingers or wrists and approach this posture with caution if you suffer from sciatica.

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/

 

 

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana a.ka. “Half Bound Lotus Standing Forward Bend Position” is part of the  standing sequence in the Prana Vashya Primary Series which are designed to work all the muscles that support the pelvis.

How to get into the position

From standing at the top of your yoga mat, inhale and raise your arm and bind the foot by reaching your other hand around your back and catching hold of the foot.   Then fold forward on the exhale using your torso and lift your hip (on the opposite side of the standing leg) and hold your body in one line so that the pelvic bone supports the hip / remains with the leg.

Do not collapse your hip or else you will strain your knee; your hips tendency is to come forward as you fold forward.

If you cannot bind —reaching around behind your back to catch your foot in Half Lotus- then your hips will require more opening and your hamstrings lengthening to build up t o this pose.  As an alternative to this posture, try Half Lotus whilst standing in Tree Pose.

With every inhalation, extend your spine and lift your hip.  With every exhalation, try to move your opposite shoulder towards your standing foot until your rib cage is pressed upon your thighs.   Hold for five full breaths.  Repeat on the other side.

Benefits

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana:

  • Opens the hips and stretches the hamstrings
  • Tones abs
  • Increases stamina and core strength
  • Increases focus
  • Stimulate digestives organs

Contraindications and Cautions

Avoid this posture if you have issues with your shoulders or hips or if you are suffering with diarrhoea or headaches.

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/

 

 

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/

 

 

 

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/