Posted on 18 November, 2019
Poor posture is the cause of approximately 90% of neck and back problems, resulting in weakness in the postural muscle groups particularly around the trunk, shoulder blades and neck.
Recent research has shown that many people who have had episodes of lower back pain still have significant muscle weakness many months after the pain has gone. This tends to be in the deep stability muscles, including transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus.
The Complete Spinal Alignment Sequence is an effective sequence of movements to strengthen these deep postural muscles. It can, therefore, help to eliminate spinal pain resulting from faulty posture, as well as to maintain strength and health in the spine of any individual. This preventative action is especially important nowadays when we spend so... more
Posted on 29 March, 2019
I went from a ground-breaking 20 year career in engineering to a Dru Yoga teacher quite seamlessly. There weren't many women in my field—I was an engineer and then production manager and then one of the first senior managers working in change management.
Once I had the kids there was something inside of me that wanted to nurture them. There was a lot of travelling in the kind of work that I did and I couldn’t continue to do that unless my kids were in day care or with a nanny. So I decided to park my career and train as a Dru Yoga teacher while a stay-at-home mum.
When I was looking to do the Dru Yoga course my... more
Posted on 27 March, 2019
A car accident left 35 year old Jess Ward from Bradford in despair with severe back pain for 3 years.
“The side effects from strong painkillers were unbearable,” says Jess, “So I went in search for a more holistic methods of healing. Dru Yoga’s effectiveness against back pain has since been scientifically proven, but I found out about it by chance.
“Before I tried Dru Yoga I would wake in agony. I bought chopped vegetables as I couldn't stand up to chop them, I couldn't sit down for more than a few minutes without being in pain. Walking slowly and laying down were my best options.
Posted on 1 August, 2018
One of the most famous sequences that everyone knows, across all styles of yoga, is Surya Namaskara. Why? On a physical level it stretches, tones, and strengthens our body AND it also brings light and vibrant energy into our mind and emotions too.
It’s said to be a very therapeutic sequence due to the healing qualities of light, and, with our focused intention we can enhance the power of light within us. Here at the Studio we have many variations of the Sun Sequence – indeed you may have noticed we’ve... more
Posted on 12 March, 2018
Brain health is definitely the topic of the day. With the number of people with dementia in the UK forecast to rise to 1 million by 2025, and not just within our older population, actively maintaining a healthy brain and sharp memory is essential.
A recent study has found a new link between a lower fitness level and faster deterioration of vital nerve fibers in the brain. The deterioration results in cognitive decline, including memory issues characteristic of dementia patients.
In today's video Louise talks about one of the best daily workouts - Surya Namaskar - the Sun sequence. This dynamic 12 posture sequence strongly aids in preventing memory loss, builds focus and concentration and improves the functioning of the brain. It also refreshes all the body organs and body systems... more
Posted on 25 January, 2018
What if your mind could reach the shores of your body and turn your consciousness inward, to explore the true experience of Dru yoga? Then the Extended Lateral Triangle pose is one way to bring this into reality for you.
We stand on them every day, yet can be surprised by how much we take our legs for granted. It’s easy to forget their power and grace, especially if you have bad knees or tight hamstrings or aching feet. I have found that during those times when you’re feeling disconnected from your lower half, Trikonasana (triangle pose) can help bring you back.... more
Posted on 14 January, 2018
Chandra 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... 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.
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... 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.
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.
With autumn nearby, this posture is perfect to help us ‘tune in’ to the rhythm of the earth as it begins it’s... more