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Posted on 9 July, 2015
Sometimes all tools and techniques your have mastered seem to desert you and the light seems to have disappeared. It can happen to anyone, even for those of us who have done many hours of practice and 'mastered' many tools; suddenly the toolbox is empty. This week's Dru Tip for life has been written precisely for these times - Let the beauty of life rest in your heart. To look out and simply be with the beauty of life is one of the most soothing yet effortless tools for lifting the darkness and allowing some light to penetrate your inner fog. Follow these simple steps to bring yourself back to the light. Stop. Look up and out - you may like to look out of your window, step outside, or find a beautiful picture and place it above your normal line of vision. Lift and open your chest,... more
Posted on 9 July, 2015
Would you like to change something about the way you act in the world? We can start today using positive affirmations to help create very real changes in our life. Today's Dru Yoga tip for life can help you achieve almost anything: using affirmations. In Dru Yoga we often use affirmations, so we thought we would explore the power of this simple technique. Did you know that there are about a hundred billion neurons in an average adult brain, each of which can make perhaps 5,000 to 10,000 synaptic connections with other neurons, which makes a total of about five hundred trillion to a thousand trillion synapses? Incredible huh!? Every thought we think, alters the connections within that vast network as does every sensation we experience. Synapses are strengthened or weakened or formed anew... more
Posted on 9 July, 2015
Do you find yourself hunched over a desk all day and experiencing a sore back and little energy as a result? Maybe your job involves a lot of driving or you spend a lot of time in a wheelchair. If so, this week's Dru Yoga tips for life is all about stretching your upper body. . . while sitting in a chair. When we sit a lot our posture can get out of alignment very quickly. The results can be; reduced lung capacity, squashed internal organs, lower, middle and upper back problems, neck issues and headaches, fatigue, reduced creativity, grumpiness and sluggish digestion. Sound familiar? The good news is the answer is quick and easy. Firstly, remind yourself about the first step - sitting position (see Dru Yoga tips for life #6). When you re-adjust your position, concentrate on lifting the... more
Posted on 9 July, 2015
So, you want to have a meditation practice, because you've heard about the many benefits, but where do you begin? This week's Dru Yoga tips for life will get you going with some practices from the *Dru Meditation online course. First of all, here are the benefits so you definitely know you want to start meditating, straight away. improves wellbeing reduces stress reduces reactivity, enabling more positive relationships enables clearer decision making increases creativity And that's an abbreviated list! So now, how to begin? When you start a meditation practice you only need to set aside 10 - 15 minutes, which you can build it up gradually, as you want to. Find a quiet place where you can sit in comfort. In Dru meditation, there are three stages Movement - this reduces restlessness... more
Posted on 9 July, 2015
We all experience headaches at one time or another, but for some the pain can be so great that they cannot function. The pain literally brings tears to their eyes. If this is you, try this Dru Yoga tip for life, Meditation for Headaches. Pain medications can be effective, but often carry side effects or work for a limited time and with a limited dosage, so it is useful to have other ways of managing the sensations. In her book, A Journey to Peace through Yoga, Lynnette Dickinson describes a meditation that has helped her to manage the intense headaches that have frequently threatened to overwhelm her life.  She tells her story of managing the symptoms of MS with Dru Yoga and meditation. Meditation for headaches Sit very still, as upright as you can (supported by cushions is good) or... more
Posted on 9 July, 2015
What happens when we are not able to do some of the physical yoga practices? Maybe we have a chronic illness, are in hospital or have other challenges, whether that's long term or temporary? This Dru Yoga Tip for life, focusses on visualisation.  It's a powerful tool as Lynnette's story clearly demonstrates. Most of us are already aware of the extraordinary range of benefits we can gain from a regular yoga practice, but what if we are nurturing an injury, don't have the time for a full practice or find ourselves in a confined space? What if we have chronic illness or are in hospital? The answer is to use the power of your mind to practice yoga. Lynnette Dickinson, attended a Dru Meditation weekend in early 2007 in a motorised wheelchair, her disability resulting from multiple sclerosis... more

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