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Dru Yoga - Natarajasana: the Lord of the Dance

August 11, 2016 - 13:32 -- raphkevdweide

Dru Yoga - Natarajasana: the Lord of the Dance

Natarajasana or the ‘lord of the dance’ is an ancient posture which is indicative of a place of perfect poise and balance.

It is a graceful and elegant posture which helps us to connect to those qualities within us.While at a deeper level, this posture connects us to the energy of Shiva. Shiva, in ancient Hindu mythology, relates to the qualities of letting go – of completion and fulfilment.

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Dru Yoga - Sharva Udarakarshanasana: the maltese cross

August 11, 2016 - 13:17 -- raphkevdweide

Dru Yoga - Sharva Udarakarshanasana: the maltese cross

This posture takes the simple lying twist a step further. It opens and stretches out the chest and pectoral muscles, gives a great twist to the spine. It strengthens the core muscles and frees up the lower back. It also stretches out the gluteal muscles and this helps ease hip and back pain. Not only that, but this posture also aids digestion and helps trim the waist line!

 

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Dru Yoga - Adhomukha Svanasana: the dog

August 11, 2016 - 12:54 -- raphkevdweide

The Adho Mukha Svanasana, the downward facing dog, is a great posture for helping you to settle into the present moment.

This posture stretches out the hamstrings and gastocnemius (calf muscles) and latissimus dorsi in the back. It improves circulation to the head and brain which helps us feel refreshed and invigorated. This posture helps us let go of the past and brings us totally into the present moment. On an energetic level, you may be aware of energy flowing from the base of the spine, mooladhara chakra, and up though all the chakras to the crown.

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Dru Yoga - The seat of compassion

August 11, 2016 - 12:23 -- raphkevdweide

Dru Yoga - The seat of compassion

Dru Yoga is often recognised as one of the most powerful forms of yoga to open up the heart centre in a gentle and flowing way. When you consciously open the heart many beautiful qualities become available to you including compassion, generosity, kindness, loyalty and gratitude. For this reason, the Seat of Compassion is a very important posture within Dru Yoga and it holds the key to one of our most important principles: the opening of the heart centre or Anahata chakra.

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Dru Yoga - Paschimottanasana: the sitting forward bend

August 11, 2016 - 11:38 -- raphkevdweide

Dru Yoga - Paschimottanasana: the sitting forward bend

The sitting forward bend, is great for releasing back tension as it stretches the hamstrings and lower back muscles. It also stimulates the digestive and reproductive systems by massaging the abdominal area. It activates the kidneys, liver, pancreas and adrenal glands and it can help improve diabetes.

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Dru Yoga - Vyaghrasana: the tiger

August 11, 2016 - 11:21 -- raphkevdweide

Dru Yoga - Vyaghrasana: the tiger

Vyaghrasana is especially beneficial for those people who sit a lot as it strengthens the lower back, abdominal and gluteus maximus and medius muscles, which are all important for good posture.

It is also good for women after childbirth as it tones the female reproductive organs. On the mental and emotional level it brings a stronger sense of willpower and determination and the ability to be more flexible in facing life’s challenges is nurtured. On the energetic level your awareness is drawn first to Swadhistana chakra, rising to Manipura (around the level of the naval), Vishuddhi (at the throat) and Ajna  (between the brows.

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Dru Yoga - Utthita Parsvakonasana: the Bhima posture

August 10, 2016 - 16:32 -- raphkevdweide

Dru Yoga - Utthita Parsvakonasana: the Bhima posture

The Bhima is a great side stretch, as well as an excellent toner for the quads, glutes and abdominals.

 

This posture is an extension of the lateral triangle: Utthita Trikonasana and it gives you a long side stretch, opening the intercostal muscles, the lungs and therefore the heart. It provides a much needed alignment between the crown of the head and the lower energy centres.

 

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Dru Yoga - Dhanurasana: the bow

August 10, 2016 - 14:37 -- raphkevdweide

Dru Yoga - Dhanurasana: the bow

Dhanurasana or the Bow gives a complete activation of the whole spine, helping maintain both its suppleness and strength and also of the hips. It is an amazing backward bend, which opens the chest and stretches the pecs and the quads. In the final stage the bow gives a gentle massage to the abdominal organs, obviously aiding digestion.

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Dru Yoga - Pindasana: the child pose

August 10, 2016 - 13:13 -- raphkevdweide

Dru Yoga - Pindasana: the child pose

The child pose, helps to free tension in the area between the shoulder blades and along the whole length of the spine and is a calming posture.

 

Energetically, this posture allows for a resting phase on the earth, creating a wonderful circle of energy flowing over the top of the head and neck, shoulders, arms and hands to the feet, legs and over the back.

On a mental and emotional level you may sense a feeling of security and inner peace, as well as experiencing feelings of humility.

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