A blend of Hatha & Dru Yoga
After being named “Sivakami” on my Sivananda teacher training in India I named my Yoga business “Karmiyoga”, not least because it’s a word play on ‘calm-me’ yoga and it is my intention to help others experience the inner peace, strength and bliss that yoga and meditation bring. From teaching traditional Hatha Yoga in the Sivananda style between 2007-10, I was drawn to study and train in the Dru Yoga style in 2010.
What is ‘Dru’ yoga?
Not surprisingly, Dru is often described as the “feeling” yoga, and I love the flowing movements which allow me to ‘internalise’ the experience of asana and movement by working with the koshas (the five layers of the human body); noticing sensations, feelings & thoughts, arriving at what’s known as the ‘Daivam’ factor, a feeling of sheer bliss, blessings and balance.
Transformation and deep relaxation
There’s a continual flow to my classes from start to finish, with mindful awareness of breathing linking each movement, gently working but also challenging ourselves with more advanced variations, but alway, always, respecting and honouring who we are, and what our body is capable of doing at any given time. Inner balance and serenity is achieved via asanas, movement, consciousness, meditation, mantras, affirmations – and it’s a good workout too, in a seemingly effortless way!
Sessions finish with around 15 minutes of deep relaxation, often described as the most important aspect of the session, allowing the mind, the body’s systems and organs and the spirit to rebalance and integrate the energy shifts. Throughout the session and during the relaxation I bring in positive affirmations (we’re more receptive to positive transformation when the ego is softened) because essentially, balance is our natural state, and is what our bodies want us to achieve, despite all the dramas and struggles that ego loves to focus on.
As I tread my own path my teaching style has become a synthesis of classical Hatha and Dru Yoga and I’m grateful and inspired by the many different teachers whose classes I’ve attended within the Sivananda and Dru lineage, in other styles such as Kundalini, Scaravelli, Flow, and Yin, as well as inspirational leaders/speakers such as the Dalai Lama, Louise Hay, Gabrielle Bernstein, Eckhart Tolle, my own life experiences, and my students.
Testimonials for Dru 1:1 sessions:
“I’ve been having one to one sessions in Dru Yoga with Sarah to help my recovery from a spinal fusion operation in my neck. She tailors the session totally to my abilities rather than my disabilities and keeps me mindful of my core stability which has made me feel strong and empowered.
Sarah has a lovely, calm, sensitive and intelligent manner- so I feel safe and nurtured- and I have found the sessions with her profoundly healing. Every session is different and I have made great progress. Dru yoga has been a revelation to me- I have in the past tried every type of yoga there is- in fact I think the more dynamic types led inadvertently to my spinal injury. Dru is, in my opinion, perfect yoga.
We work on the mental, and emotional as well as the physical- working with breath, visualisations, affirmation as well as asana. The flowing movements are both soft and dynamic and at the end of the session I feel like my heart has opened and my mind has calmed. Dru is perfect for anyone of any size or age and very beneficial for anyone with back issues and for depression too- but there is no doubt that it is also a powerful workout. I cannot recommend Sarah highly enough”. Charlotte, script writer, Brighton.
She qualifies as a Life Coach in September 2017, and will be launching her Coaching practice.
Sarah is also a Journalist – for writing and editing enquiries visit her journalism website: www.sarahdawsonjournalist.com.