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Posted on 14 January, 2018
Ayurveda Yoga Villa, Kerala, India - from Chandra Goswami, senior Dru Yoga teacher trainerChandra Goswami introduces you to Ayurveda's cellular health - literally, from the inside out!  Some of you may know that I’m here in India, in the Southern state of Kerala. We are perched up high in the Nilgiri Hills (or India’s Blue Mountains) on the edge of a stunning forest. It took a mere 3 hours and 11 hair pin bends to arrive here after our flight landed at Calicut! It’s been a fascinating journey... more
Posted on 23 December, 2016
The 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. In life, our foundations are our core principles, our moral values. They are your feeling of security in yourself and the material world around you, which leads to a sense of deep trust that everything is OK (regardless of circumstances). In essence this chakra is about your security - including money, abundance, shelter, food and your trust in the world and people around you.

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Posted on 23 December, 2016
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. Here is a list of them: the muladhara -  base or root chakra - last bone in spinal cord - coccyx the swadisthana  - sacral chakra - ovaries/prostate the manipura - solar plexus chakra - navel area the anahata - heart chakra  - heart the vishudha/visshudi - throat chakra - throat and neck the ajna - brow or third eye chakra - pineal gland or third eye the sahasraha - crown chakra - top of head  
Understanding the Swadisthana chakra - also known as the sacral... more
Posted on 11 August, 2016
Natarajasana or the ‘lord of the dance’ is an ancient posture which is indicative of a place of perfect poise and balance. yoga-pose-lord-of-the-danceIt 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. With autumn nearby, this posture is perfect to help us ‘tune in’ to the rhythm of the earth as it begins it’s... more
Posted on 11 August, 2016
Are you ready for this one… Sharva Udara-karshan-asana! A long sanskrit name for a fantastic posture! yoga-pose-maltese-crossThis 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!   This posture is great to help keep... more
Posted on 11 August, 2016
The Adho Mukha Svanasana, the downward facing dog, is a great posture for helping you to settle into the present moment. yoga-pose-dogThis 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... more
Posted on 11 August, 2016
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. yoga-pose-seat-of-compassion In this posture you are... more
Posted on 11 August, 2016
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.   yoga-pose-sitting-forward-bendThis posture helps us by calming the nerves, releasing fears and amplifying courage. It also helps bring control over our desire-dominated senses. Paschimottanasana a very powerful asana for... more
Posted on 11 August, 2016
This posture brings flexion and extension to the entire length of the spine. yoga-pose-tigerVyaghrasana 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... more
Posted on 10 August, 2016
The Bhima is a great side stretch, as well as an excellent toner for the quads, glutes and abdominals. yoga-pose-bhima 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. This posture, particularly if used as part of a sequence such as the Inner Fire Sequence or the Vitality Sequence, really helps shift energy up through the spine... more

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