How can Dru yoga nourish your soul?
Dru yoga is holistic yoga practice that incorporates soft flowing movements, breathwork and meditation, to create powerful and rejuvenating experience that works on the body, mind and spirit. Unique to Dru yoga is the fundamental pattern that is followed in any Dru yoga class. This includes five composite stages: activation, Energy Block Release Sequences (EBR), flow sequences, relaxation, and Dru meditation.
‘Dru’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘dhruva,’ meaning still and unchanging. In essence, the stillness that is cultivated during this experience allows us to detach from our surroundings, and act from a place of inner calm and clarity.
This inclusive and dynamic practice is designed for people of all abilities, fitness levels and ages. As such, practitioners tailor the class to the ability of the individual, incorporating effective techniques to manage the individual’s well-being at the level of the body, mind and spirit.
Dru Yoga Australia is a not-for-profit organisation offering Dru yoga workshops, online classes, teacher training and other resources in the Australasian region.
Benefits of Dru yoga
The benefits of Dru yoga reflect its core philosophy of a mind-body-spirit practice.
Dru yoga benefits the physical body by improving strength and flexibility, and increasing core stability. But equally as important, it is said to enhance mental and emotional well-being by heightening positivity and promoting relaxation.
There is also compounding research confirming yoga offers numerous benefits for occupational health. In a recently published systematic review it was shown that yoga, including Dru yoga, is an effective tool to improve resiliency to work-related stress. Furthermore, the National Health System (NHS) in the United Kingdom have launched an evidence-based workplace programme that uses Dru yoga for preventing and relieving back pain.
Clinical studies have also reported that Dru yoga can be used as an effective tool to improve the psychological well-being of first time mothers.
Dru yoga may assist in relieving symptoms related to:
- Back pain
- Balance, stability and coordination
- Energy and vitality
- Flexibility, endurance and strength
- Love and Relationships
- Mobility and movement
- Muscle spasm, tightness and cramps
- Respiratory and breathing issues
- Stress and tension
- Weight control and obesity
What to expect from a Dru yoga session
The practice begins with the activation phase, which incorporates stretching and strengthening movements that warm up the body and activate the subtle internal energy systems. The activation phase is followed by Energy Block Release Sequences (EBR). This component is unique to Dru yoga, with each EBR aimed at releasing physical or emotional blockages in the body.
Following the EBR sequences are Dru asanas (postures) and sequences, which focus on soft, gentle flowing movements. Students are encouraged to keep their joints soft and relaxed to create flexibility, allowing the free flow of energy, and promoting relaxation. This is an empowering phase, with the flow of movement creating moments of stillness, or ‘Dru points.’ The practice is closed with Dru meditation, enabling students to relax into stillness and find the quietness within.
As with any exercise or wellness program, it is always advisable to consult a qualified medical professional before commencing Dru yoga. Importantly, if you have an injury or underlying health condition, speak to your Dru yoga instructor who will address these concerns and tailor the session to your individual requirements.