I am often asked what Dru Yoga is and why I offer this particular style of yoga rather than other styles that are perhaps more widely known.
Dru Yoga derives from ancient yogic tradition, with the word Dru comes from the Sanskrit word “dhruva” which refers to the stillness that can be experienced in Dru Yoga. This stillness allows us to see our actions and surroundings from a different viewpoint and to act from a more considered place.
Dru Yoga is often described as “gentle yoga” as its’ emphasis is on soft, flowing movements. Whilst it may be gentle Dru Yoga is potent as the flowing moves, breath work and visualisation combine to give a class that nurtures your whole being, body, mind and spirit, leaving you feeling positive, empowered, and energised.
Why Dru Yoga?
When I was introduced to Dru I did not need another physically exhausting and demanding fitness routine. I was seeking a means to revive and restore, to find moments to relax and to better deal with life’s everyday challenges.
The experience of my first Dru Yoga class is forever etched on my memory. Seeking a means to nourish and restore myself, I felt at home instantly. I experienced a quiet and a calmness, yet a sense of feeling stronger. There was no feeling all hot and sweaty with a racing heart after trying to contort my body in shapes it did not fit. Somehow it just felt right and when I left the class I felt as if I had had a big warm hug. I was hooked. I later learned that Dru Yoga is often referred to as ‘the yoga of the heart’, as it delivers an extraordinary feeling of ‘coming home’.
Plus, I found, Dru Yoga aligned with my values and abilities as it is designed to be an accessible form of yoga, practised by people of all fitness levels and abilities. It is a style that can be dipped into or learnt over lifetime with adaptations accommodating those at the beginning of their yoga journey right through to lifelong practitioners, those with health considerations the athletic and more. Whatever your age, fitness levels or health goals, Dru is one of the most adaptable forms of yoga on the planet.
What is unique about Dru Yoga?
- Joints are kept relaxed and soft during movement; this creates flexibility and a free flow of subtle energy.
- Energy Block Release sequences: these are sequences of movements designed to be easy-to-practise, incorporating flowing movements that help to release tension physically, mentally and emotionally.
- In Dru Yoga all movements originate from the spine because a flexible, healthy spine supports your entire yoga practice.
- The spinal wave and spinal twist are core features of Dru, enhancing spinal health and vitality.
- A deep understanding of core stability is a major focus.
- Dru Yoga works to balance the chakras (energy centres of the body) and access the powerful energy of the heart.
- Within the flow of movement, Dru Yoga creates powerful moments of stillness which we call ‘Dru points’.
How can Dru Yoga help?
Through learning its practices, Dru has given me endless gifts. There are those that quieten a stressed mind, those that energize a fatigued body, and those that uplift a dulled spirit to help experience joy.
Consequently, Dru has helped me deal with the aftermath of domestic violence, transitions in my life, loss and isolation. It would be wrong of me to say it has been all sunshine and rainbows, yet bit by bit Dru Yoga continues to help me improve my wellbeing. It has given me knowledge, methods and the ability to bring greater peace into my life, especially during more challenging times. Dru has encouraged me to cherish moments of my life, that perhaps in the past would have been more overwhelming or challenging.
What others are saying.
Results from published trials relating to Dru Yoga have found participants of Dru Yoga report:
- reduce stress and tension.
- help one feel supported when experiencing painful emotions, assisting to transform them into positive.
- reduces anxiety and fatigue.
- notice and tone the physical body.
- aid in the development of greater strength and balance.
- build resilience and positivity.
- bring greater harmony and ease to emotions.
- help one feel more supported in times of transition and challenge.
- feel a greater peacefulness within.
Subsequently, after studying the Dru Yoga Teacher Training program, followed by the Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga and more recently the Dru Breath Coaching Course I have gained wonderful knowledge which I wish to share. I now facilitate Dru Yoga sessions and will continue to study so that I may offer these gifts and inspire a healthier way of living for other women.
I sincerely hope you take the opportunity to discover Dru Yoga at Nourish & Bloom Yoga.
With kindness, Becki