Posted on 6 November, 2018
I'm not a ‘size 8 with skimpy shorts and a 6-pack’ kinda girl… In fact I’m a curvy lass of size 18. And, shocking as it may seem to popular social media, I do my yoga and I love it :-) But, I also struggle with maintaining a regular practice and I sure as heaven ain’t going to be standing on my head anytime soon!
Real yoga is about real people living real lives… We’re not gym bunnies, we love an occasional hot chocolate (with whipped cream). We work hard every day to save for package holidays and prefer a cosy night... more
Posted on 1 November, 2018
Can you be a yogi and have money?
Over the years there seems to developed a stigma that money and yoga are mutually exclusive - you can’t have money and be happy… Indeed, that yoga is all about giving - rather than receiving… And yet, conversely, that there is also the Law of Attraction which states you can have anything you want - and be happy about it!
For me, this dichotomy created an inner conflict, a doubt if you will; “Am I truly deserving of wealth and abundance?” The yogi side of me clearly says; “I don’t need money to be happy”. And yet money is what... more
Posted on 15 October, 2018
Balance in times of change
Part 2 - Moving into faith
In my previous blog we touched on how attachment to our emotions, the fleeting senses and yearnings or desires can mislead and de-stabilise us. In this blog we’re exploring and touching upon something bigger than our ‘small’ lives - consciously choosing to expand our awareness and to learn to trust in something bigger and greater than ourselves…
The transient and the unchanging
The Bhagavad Gita is the written record of a dialogue between... more
Posted on 17 September, 2018
Balance in times of change
Part 1 - The path of equanimity
Change can be really exciting - a time of new energy, new growth and anticipation, but it is also inherently unstable. That sense of “not knowing” can make us feel uncertain about what’s coming next in our lives.
Although change is a natural phenomenon, for example we see the seasons constantly changing around us, the moon circling the earth, the water evaporating and returning as rain… There are, in fact, very few things in the manifest world that are in any way stable or permanent. Some... more
Posted on 31 January, 2018
For most of us, a long day on our feet or concentrating on a computer screen can leave us feeling drained and exhausted.
Coming home tired night after night can lead to unhelpful habits as we attempt to nurture ourselves with the wrong things. Sure a glass of wine and your favourite TV programme is nourishing - but every night? This month, why not try a bit of movement to restore your energy and then use your time to do all those things you’ve always wanted to do!
DO have a shower - wash away the day and start your day again!
DO go for a walk round the block - walking activates the kidney meridian point called “the bubbling spring” - it’s literally the source of all your energy!
DON’T - munch on comfort food or take away - try a smoothie or a fresh veggie juice to keep you going... more
Posted on 2 January, 2018
For many of us it’s been a challenging year. We’ve seen political turmoil, economic uncertainty and environmental instability and it's easy to feel depressed about the state of the world.
Yet what really happened? And where are we headed? As yogis we try to look at every situation with an open mind. And the facts are rather surprising – when we examine the actual data, many aspects of the world, from violence to poverty, health to energy production, are actually improving.
Knowing this might do more than make your heart feel lighter. It could help you feel more inspired to make a difference to the world.
It turns out that by historical standards our world is living through the most peaceful, healthy, safe and compassionate time in history. Not only that, neuroscience has shown that... more
Posted on 8 March, 2017
One of my favourite principles of life 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. These movements from Energy Block Release One are a great way to experience this?
Side bends to create inner flexibility
Breathe in and raise your right arm sideways until the hand is overhead, keeping your right hand slightly in front of your shoulders, just on the edge of your vision. At the same time position your left hand in front of your lower abdomen, palm uppermost. Lengthen your spine on that inbreath. On the next out-breath, bend to the left, moving from the base of the spine. As you bend the spine,... more
Posted on 1 August, 2015
We happily go out into the open and nature to appease the dogs in our lives (well we do it, even if we're not happy about it), 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!
1. Lift your mood
Simply by heading out for a 20 minute brisk walk your body starts to release endorphins – or the ‘feel good’ hormones. This then helps us to feel positive about ourselves and our lives and enthusiastic about our day ahead.
2. Get fit
Brisk walking is also beneficial aerobic exercise for helping to promote weight loss. By getting out and about you are naturally using more energy and therefore helping to use up any extra calories from that sneaky packet of crisps!
3. Get a... more
Posted on 9 July, 2015
In a world seemingly obsessed with success, both material and personal, it is easy to become overwhelmed by external and internal pressure to do, achieve and succeed, even in the world of yoga and personal transformation. If you find yourself confused about the direction to choose or are experiencing conflict between your heart's intention and the material world, then practice this Dru Meditation and begin to develop the art of being.
How many times have you heard that life is in the journey and not the destination, and how many times have you forgotten these often spoken words of wisdom? Yet it is one of the truths of life that a life lived in the destination often never arrives.
The allure of a salary, papers published, jobs achieved, promotions etc can be so strong for our egos that... more
Posted on 9 July, 2015
Grief can be experienced for many reasons; the loss (loss of a loved one, of physical wellbeing, of material comfort, of an expected future, of innocence or loss of a close relationship). Grief deposits in layers through our awareness and can surface months, sometimes years after the loss occurred. It is not a sign that you are regressing, going mad or what you have been doing for your mental health hasn't worked, it is just that the next layer is ready to be released and you have worked your way a little further down through the layers.
Today's Dru Yoga tip for life is all about releasing that grief. The first step in releasing grief is allowing it to be there. Our first reaction is often to try and stuff it back in from wherever it came, but the grief will just keep surfacing until we... more