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 train in the Dru Yoga style in 2010, qualifying in 2012.

What is ‘Dru’ yoga?

warrior morocco smallDru Yoga is a very accessible form of yoga, for all ages & abilities. ‘Dru’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘dhruva’ and refers to the stillness that is felt when practising this graceful, flowing, gentle – yet powerful – yoga style.

The basis of Dru Yoga is the ancient yogic traditions, and the flowing therapeutic style defines it along with the accessibility and the subtlety of the movements which replenish the chakras and koshas. Dru Yoga is also a very safe form of yoga as it was developed with input from osteopaths and back specialists making it suitable for all abilities, fitness levels and ages, especially those experiencing back problems – and stress.

Positive affirmatations, visualisations, mudras, mantras, breath work, meditation and relaxation all help relieve the pressures of modern day life – and based on the idea that nothing is static in life the flowing movements, with soft joints and directed breathing, help to re-balance the emotions, shift stale energy, improve strength, flexibility and create core stability (essential for preventing and alleviating back issues).

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 in a Karmiyoga session

As I tread my own path my teaching style has become a synthesis of classical Hatha and Dru Yoga with a few other styles blended in. I’m eternally grateful and inspired by the many different teachers whose classes I’ve attended within the Sivananda and Dru lineage and in the many other forms and styles of Yoga that I’ve experienced.

In a Karmiyoga class you can expect a continual flow, from start to finish, with mindful awareness of breathing linking each movement, gently working but also challenging ourselves with more advanced variations, but always, always, respecting and honoring who we are, and what our body is capable of doing at any given time. Inner balance and serenity is achieved via Asana, 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.

Testimonials for 1:1 sessions:

“I’ve been having one to one sessions 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.  This style (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.

Sarah is also a certified Life Coach, and a Journalist, visit her writing website at: Sarah Dawson Journalist.