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Posted on 17 September, 2018
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 things like stone and metal may take longer to dissolve and melt away than others, but inevitably everything that is manifest around us is subject to the laws of nature. Now, don’t we want to be in control of our lives? To feel empowered and create our destiny in life… ... 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
Embrace flow  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
Posted on 9 July, 2015
This week's Dru Yoga Tips for life focuses on the Gesture of Inner Security from the Dance between Joy and Pain. It will bring both a feeling of inner security and a positive feeling of warmth for everyone around you. Read on if this seems like a great idea ... If you are comfortable with the Deep Yogic Breath from tip #8, do a few rounds until you feel calm and centred. Otherwise spend a few moments noticing your breath moving in and out of your nostrils. Ideally, it would also be good to do a quick tense and relax through your body so your system is feeling relaxed.   Gesture of Inner Security Interlock all your fingers into clasped hands Close your eyes and hold for at least one and a half minutes Focus on building security within yourself. It's great to do this gesture... more
Posted on 9 July, 2015
Are you so busy in every moment, with thoughts of what you need to be doing next - next hour, day, year .... that you lose your sense of balance and direction? Today's Dru Yoga tip for life is a simple yet effective way to help you step back from the rat race and become a human being rather than a human doing. Get out in nature Go out in nature and stand among the trees. Look at the sky and then look at the earth. Stand in the mountain pose, see Tip 5: feeling poised between the heavens and the earth. Fill your vision with nature: look at it as if for the first time: take in every detail. Smell the air around you: fill your nostrils with nature's fresh, earthy scent. Listen to what is happening around you: birds, insects, leaves rustling with the breeze... Carry this awareness... more
Posted on 9 July, 2015
Sometimes, do you wake up in the morning and already you have that feeling inside you recognise as anxiety? Or in the middle of the day, you've been super busy and things are starting to overload you - you begin to feel anxious? Wouldn't it be great to have a technique in your toolkit that can help ease those feelings of tension in your chest?  This Dru Tip for life, EBR 3 Soothe, combines two movements from EBR 3 (Energy Block Release  3) to do exactly that: soothe anxiety, open your heart and ease the tension in your chest. They can be used independently or together for a more profound effect. Find a comfortable place to sit or stand, so that your spine is erect and your neck and shoulders relaxed. Anahata breath - soothing, calming and relaxing With your arms at chest height... more

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