Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind and spirit—improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being.
Designed to be practised by people of all abilities, all fitness levels and all age groups, Dru is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learnt in more depth over a lifetime.
Watch Dru Yoga ‘Inner Fire’ Sequence here:
Dru Yoga should be available in every GP surgery.’ Dr Hilary Jones
In 2005, 450 graduates and participants in Dru Yoga Courses all over the world were asked about the effects of their practice.
> 72 % found Dru Yoga reduced back pain
> 93 % experienced improved spine flexibility
> 86% enjoyed increased energy levels
> 89% experienced improved breathing with yoga
> 89% can now reduce and control stress levels
> 81% have greater confidence and self-empowerment
> 84% benefited from enhanced mood since practising Dru Yoga
> 83% felt emotionally balanced
> 91% gained peace of mind by overcoming negative thinking
[Source: Dru Worldwide]
Whatever your yoga ambitions, you’ll find Dru Yoga a fresh, energetic, positive and complete approach to health and wellbeing.
What is the format of a Dru Yoga Class?
The classes start with a gentle warm up of the muscles, it is essential that your body is warmed up before your yoga practice. Fun, flowing movements to music, that release accumulated tension.
2) ENERGY BLOCK RELEASE
Unique to Dru, these are carefully designed sequences of stretching, twisting, forwards, backwards and sideways bending, and squatting movements that work on every part of your body. Joints are kept relaxed to allow energy/life force to flow and remove blockages. Everything starts with a thought, anger, grief etc, these negative thoughts, if not let go off, get stuck within the body and cause dis-ease. These could manifest into disease.. lung problems, irritable bowel, cancer for example.
3) POSTURES AND SEQUENCES
Each posture and sequence has a very specific therapeutic benefit to your mind and body, eg. a healthy spine, beat depression, vitality etc. Conscious intention takes the healing process deeper when affirmations and visualisations are used with each posture.
Relaxation is a natural conclusion to your yoga practice, allowing the energy that has been activated to settle, to absorb the benefits of the yoga, bringing your body back into balance, harmony and to heal.
Energetic Principles of Dru Yoga
Dru Yoga works with the flow of energy within our body to access every level of our being. Energy flows freely through the body when our lives are harmonious. Dru Yoga can affect us on every level of our being and help to speed up the process of deep transformation.
Energy becomes locked in the spine and in all the joints. From the joints the blockage can go deeper into the muscles and, eventually into the internal organs. EBR sequences can reverse this process and play a major role in detoxifying the body.
Energy gets blocked when the joints are locked; therefore it is recommended that all joints be slightly flexed when doing Dru Yoga. You will also notice that you use more of your postural muscles.
All movements in Dru Yoga originate from the spine. Stiffness in the spine is the main cause of energy blocks and therefore each part should be encouraged to move.
Every posture and movement comes from somewhere and goes somewhere. Consider every posture as a sequence.
Yoga for stress and back pain
Recent UK research, published in September 2012 in the Journal of Occupational Medicine, shows that Dru Yoga can reduce perceived stress and back pain at work.
More than 80 participants took part in a recent study – a yoga group who received one 50 minute Dru Yoga session each week for 8 weeks along with a 20 min DVD for home practice, and a control group who received no intervention.
When compared with the control group, the yoga group scores were significantly lower for perceived stress, back pain, sadness and hostility, and much higher for feeling self-assured, attentive and serene.
‘I’ve practiced many forms of yoga, but only Dru Yoga leaves me feeling like I’ve been hugged’ . SC
Sue and her weekly class have had a huge impact on me and my life. Initially I attended after suffering a back injury at work and was advised that I needed to build up my core muscles and try and align my back, a year later I am still attending and I am hooked!
Sues latest knowledge and experience mean classes are always gentle and inspiring, with the soft flowing positions of the Dru yoga I never come away feeling achy or hurting, yet I know I have been challenged and stretched and my soul nurtured. Each session is tailored to the needs of the class, with Sue always checking on individuals.
Physically I am much stronger, toned, improved posture and definitely more flexible. Sue has helped me ‘listen’ to my body, so I know when to push myself and when to step back and look after myself.
It didn’t dawn on me that there would also be emotional benefits as well as physical advantages. I am more relaxed and more confident, and feel I have dealt with some of life’s challenges over the year in a more positive way, using my inner strength gained from yoga.
Relaxing, calming, grounding, healing, stillness, and FUN Sue has started me on a journey that has benefited me immensely; I cannot thank her enough and encourage everyone to try Dru Yoga at least once, like chocolate one square is never enough, you’ll be back for more. HC Carterton, Oxon.
Sue was recommended to me by a friend while I was suffering from a recurrent long term illness. All I can say is that Yoga has transformed my life, not only from a physical but also from a mental perspective.
Sue’s classes are fantastic, challenging and fun, most importantly very relaxing. Yoga is now part of my daily life. EK. Witney.
After attending Sue’s class for the first time I experienced an amazing nights sleep. The following day was the first time in five and half months I hadn’t been in pain, and as a fibromyalgia sufferer this was fantastic for me. I had slight aching in the areas the pain had been, but nothing compared to what I had experienced. Thank you Sue. JC Wantage.
I’ve practised many forms of yoga and relaxation, but Sue’s relaxation at the end of the class is the best I’ve experienced yet! A perfect way to end a yoga session. Sally D, Eynsham