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Mouli MacKenzie, Senior Dru teacher trainer, Dru Centre, Snowdonia

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Dru Yoga - Muladhara Chakra: the base centre

December 23, 2016 - 21:01 -- AnneSmale

Dru Yoga - Muladhara Chakra: the base centre

sThe Muladhara chakra is our foundation chakra. We often go through our ‘yogic’ life, do our yoga and our meditation, but without conscious effort and directed intention, so our chakras and their imbalances can remain largely unchanged. It is also said to be a centre of rhythm - so things like walking and drumming are said to be very good to establishing balance and regulation in this centre.

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Dru Yoga - Swadisthana chakra: sacral chakra

December 23, 2016 - 20:13 -- AnneSmale

Dru Yoga - Swadisthana chakra: base chakra

The seven chakras of the human body
The 7 chakras are the energy centres in our body through which energy flows. The word 'chakra' is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning 'wheel'. Literally translated from the Hindi it means 'Wheel of spinning energy'. A chakra is like a whirling, vortex-like, powerhouse of energy.

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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 - the extended runner

August 10, 2016 - 16:03 -- raphkevdweide

Dru Yoga - the extended runner

There are many ways to work with this posture to gain long term health benefits. Here are some of them! 

This posture is used within the Sun Sequence and also as a great body preparation for the illiopsoas muscle for postures like the Lord of the Dance (Natarajasana ), the Camel and the Bow.

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