Dru Yoga has evolved from the original Indian yoga called Hatha Yoga, so the postures and breathing are very familiar to Hatha students. But there is a subtle difference in the way the postures flow in and out; postures are not static and held. The joints remain soft and the spine moves in a wave-like motion in postures like the Cat and the Bridge, maintaining a healthy spine. We also work with the hips and shoulders to relieve tightness and tension here. There is a gentle dynamism to a Dru Yoga practise, which utilises the breath as the bridge between the mind and the body. And so, our practise quietens the ‘monkey mind’, stretches and strengthens the body and gently re-aligns our mind-body relationship. A class can finish with breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. A very holistic practise and experience, not to be missed!
New to Dru Yoga?
A natural progression from Hatha Yoga, Dru honours and upholds the ancient heritage of Hatha Yoga combined with movements and sequences designed to specifically target modern day stress points in the body, typically the lower back, shoulder and neck tension and all-round strength and flexibility combined with visualisations and affirmations to bring the mind into alignment with the body.
Dru Yoga has Seven Key Principles that are specifically designed to activate the body’s healing mechanisms and keep all systems in balance.
1. Flow – the movements and sequences flow with the breath. The posture work is not static, as stamina is built by moving in and out of the asanas. In the process, latent energy is released and becomes available to us.
2. The breath works with the body in a very natural way and we raise awareness of the power of the breath with moving pranayama. In the postures, we generally move in with upward and outward movements and breathe out as we return to centre.
3. The joints come off the lock, we keep them soft to allow the benefits of the postures to access all areas!
4. Core Stability is key! We teach how to access and strengthen the core muscles in the lower abdomen and we show you why that is so important. Great for improving posture, reducing low back pain and improves correct spinal alignment.
5. The Spinal Wave features in many postures as we increase the mobility of each vertebra the spine, which gives rise to a healthy spine. The nervous system originates in the spine, so a flexible, mobile spine increases your general health and well-being.
6. We start our Spinal Twists from the base of the spine. This helps with mobility but also stretches and tones the back muscles for improved posture and a decrease in lower back pain.
7. Dru Yoga is named after the North Star (Drhuva in Sanskrit) and we aim to reach the 'Dru point' within postures, pranayama and meditation. As the North Star is the still point in the sky, the one constant around which everything else spins, when we are in this amazing stillness, we develop a much deeper awareness of our own star quality :)
This style of Yoga is very beneficial for people with back pain, sciatica, stress and general aches and pains. The physical practise balances out the different muscle groups in the body, as it is often an imbalance that causes general aches and pains. The focus on synchronising the breath with the movement, keeps the student very much in the present moment. So it becomes a beautifully mindful journey through the stretches and postures.
The relaxation at the end of a class allows the benefits of the movements to be assimilated at a deep level before students step into the rest of their day revitalised and re-energised.
My students find that their weekly class is an oasis of calm in the busyness of life and regular weekly sessions with some home practise is at the centre of a healthy lifestyle. They find a safe space to step off of the merry-go-round of life just for 60 or 90 minutes and find their true selves within the quiet ‘stillness in motion’ that is at the centre of a Dru Yoga practise.