So many yoga enthusiasts tell me about their challenges in doing a regular meditation or yoga practice. Despite our best intentions, many of us find that life can get in the way, or we get distracted, and our practice is the first thing to suffer. As an example, here’s a typical morning in my house...
Jane Saraswati Clapham
I always experience an upsurge of joy when I see signs of spring, especially after a harsh winter. I’ve been asking myself how to actively increase that feeling of happiness even when life is challenging or when it’s raining.
According to recent research, meditation seems to be an answer, as it seems to be the only activity which resets the brain’s happiness set point. As a meditation teacher trainer and psychology graduate, my ears always prick up when I hear that we can change our minds in relatively simple ways.
I spent two months at the Dru Yoga Centre in Snowdonia, Wales and I can say those two months were life changing…
As a volunteer I worked in Dimensions health food shop in Bangor and in the accommodation office reception. Working in the health food shop gave me loads of new opportunities to learn new skills and gave me chance to experience a working environment that I hope one day I can reproduce in my own business ventures.
How to re-start your meditation practice
How often do we tell ourselves we'll keep a daily meditation practice going, but it’s so easy to simply fall out of the habit. Maybe you've had an illness or there's a change of routine like the summer holidays or at Christmas, or another life event we can’t control. We might just be too busy or stressed or upset to keep our practice going.
Yoga brings us many powerful realisations, but one of my favourites is that change is the only changeless law. One way to accept the outward changes at this time of year is to make our body more flexible. In Dru Yoga, we use side bends to increase our mental flexibility and openness to change. Why not try these moves from Energy Block Release 1?
Dru Meditation - the Grounding Breath
In today's world we can often feel scattered, not able to find clarity or any certainty in life. There may be nothing particularly traumatic or stressful in our immediate circumstances, but we just feel unsettled and unsure of our direction in life. In itself, this can create stress.
Dru Meditations for the Autumn
Yes, autumn is here again. We so often approach autumn with mixed feelings – it’s a bit like marmite – you either love it or you hate it. On the one hand, it’s the romantic season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’, with beautiful colours in the trees, harvesting fruit, warm evenings and beautiful skies. On the other, it signals the end of the summer and therefore the onset of the colder winter months – and so can be depressing time for many of us.
Dru Yoga - Yoga and walking for health and wellbeing
We happily go out into the open and nature to appease the dogs in our lives, but actually it's also vital for our own full health and wellbeing. Here at Dru, we try to get out and about for a walk every day – read on to find out why!