Why you love the Tibetian singing bowl

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This morning in class people were touched by the sound of the Tibetian singing bowl, which I used after the yoga nidra (guided relaxation). I love it when people become aware of vibrations and when they open to something bigger then only what their physical senses perceive. Below you find a short explanation why you like it so much….

Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes. They create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of diseased and out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul.

The sounds generated by Tibetan Singing Bowls are a type of energy medicine that promote healing from stress disorders, pain, depression, and most forms of dis-ease.

Healing processes are initiated through entraining our brainwaves to synchronize with the perfect resonance of the bowls. Unique tones create the perfect state for deep meditation, creative thinking and intuitive messages.

The pure sonic waves that ring from Tibetan Singing Bowls wake up our ability to hear with more than our ears. We feel the sound Tibetan Singing Bowls as much as we take it in with our ears.

 “If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.” Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine, the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York

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How and why we use Ujjayi breath in Yoga

breathThe beauty of unifying breath and movement is truly majestic. With the breathing techniques of Ujjayi pranayama we can open a gateway or ride the waves like a surfer. Experience it here …

Yogis are convinced that everything is prana (energy). The breath links the physical and energetic universe. By applying the correct breathing technique you can open a gateway to unlimited energy. The correct breathing technique for Ashtanga Yoga is Ujjay pranayama.

By following these simple steps you can learn the Ujjayi breathing method. (Have someone slowly read you the following text aloud and put in a break after each section.):

Sit down with your spine upright and close your eyes. Inhale slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

When exhaling, produce the sound ‘HHHHHAAAA’.

From now on, keep your mouth closed while exhaling. Generate the same sound as before but this time with your mouth closed. The position of your throat is unchanged and natural. Make sure the sound originates from your throat and not from your nose.

Now maintain the same throat position while inhaling, producing the same murmuring sound.

Begin to balance your inhalation with your exhalation. Balance the sound, quality and length of your breath. You’ll probably notice that your exhalation is longer and stronger. Therefore, expand and emphasise your inhalation. This is the first way to expand your breath.

Feel your heartbeat. Inhale over approximately three to five heartbeats and exhale over the same amount. This is the second way to expand your breath during inhalation as well as exhalation.

Lift your arms while inhaling, and lower them while exhaling. The way your breath adjusts to the movement (Vinyasa) is the third way to expand your breath. Now let your hands rest in your lap while you let your breath flow. Experience the effect of your breathing. By expanding your breath, you absorb Prana (energy). You might even feel a delicate tingling in the back of your throat. As your practice becomes more refined and advanced, the quality of your breath will become more subtle and you will become more in touch with the Prana.

Concentrate on the turning point between inhalation and exhalation. Make sure you keep your breath flowing and your throat open. This is the basis for an ongoing flow of energy.

Now slowly open your breath and return to normal breathing.

You have now successfully learned the Ujjayi pranayama (breathing method). It will take some practice before the quality of this breathing system can be successfully used during your physical practice.

Ujjayi pranayama, also referred to as “the victorious breath”, provides the strength required to master every asana. The absorbed prana (energy) can also be used to facilitate body movement, allowing even Yogis with slight builds to seem able to defy gravity and glide through movements almost effortlessly.

As the waves form the beach, so too does the breath form the Ashtanga Yoga practice. Your inner waves set the rhythm. Like a surfer who rides the waves of a real ocean, your inner surf carries you from asana to asana. Your breath directs each movement.

Ujjayi pranayama is also a very valuable technique from a physiological point of view. Breathing through the nose humidifies the inhaled air, tempers it and removes dust particles. Using Ujjayi pranayama allows you to breathe clean air. The murmuring Ujjayi sound causes the bronchi to vibrate subtly, activating the ciliated epithelium. Dust particles will also be removed from the lungs in this way. During normal breathing, the pressure on the bronchi during exhalation is quite modest. Ujjayi pranayama maintains steady pressure inside the bronchi, even during exhalation. This counteracts the collapsing of the smaller bronchi, allowing the exhalation to be expanded and the amount of residual air in the lungs to be reduced. This breathing technique is especially useful for people who suffer from chronic obstructive lung conditions or asthma.

Medium & tarot reader during yoga retreat Spain

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At the last weekend of May, Brenda Evans will be giving tarot sessions during my next yoga retreat in Alcalali, just a 30 minutes drive from Javea. Besides yoga and soundhealing, I am offering different opportunities to work on yourself on different levels during the retreat. Brenda is another sincere and lovely person that came on my path. She was born with the ability to be in contact with the spirit world and uses this to give guidance on your life path. She is a down-to-earth person with a great hart. I am happy to have her ‘on board’. The sessions with Brenda or one with the other therapists, for massage or flootreflexology, are optional in the program.

For more information about the retreat (29th of May- 1 st of June) and the full programm go to this page.

 

New Yoga beginner class at Thursdays 09.30

This morning we had a great new beginnerclass. With people opening themselves to yoga and to whatever it might bring them. Often beginners in yoga feel a little insecure ( I did!) about what to expect, but mostly they are surprised after their first class. That they actually need to do quite an exercise, but at the same time challenging themselves to find the stillness within. It takes practice and time, but it is very rewarding. To be able to connect to yourself, your energy and strength on a physical, emotional and spiritual level are the great gifts of yoga. This can’t be reached in one class. No it’s an ongoing journey. It’s a great pleasure that some of you have started that beautifull trip this morning with me. I am greatfull to be able to share my joy in yoga with you. So hop on the train, if you like to join as well.

And if you have any thoughts like: ‘i am not flexible enough’, ‘I’ll never be able to sit in al these postures’, ‘yoga is only for slim and fit people’…watch this:

Free Yoga Introduction Class Javea

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Thursday 22th of January at 09.30 am

Do you like to try yoga? There are so many different styles and teachers, so it’s a journey itself to find the teacher and class you like. I open my yoga studio to anyone that is new to yoga and wants to give it try. Use this free class to immerse yourself into yoga and open up to new discoveries. You don’t need any experience or a flexible body, just an open mind and positive energy.

Please send a message to Mireille@zorgtcommunicatie.nl to sign up for the 22th of January. And if you cant’t make that date, i will put you on the list for the next free introduction class.