Why do Yoga?

For so many reasons:  To tone the body, stretch, strengthen and lengthen muscles, improve postural alignment, reduce stress, feel more relaxed, slow down ageing and experience the natural ‘high’ that occurs during and after practice.

There’s no right or wrong reason, so just come, dive in, have fun, and may an amazing journey begin…

Why it’s so good for you

Yoga is an ancient, tried and tested method which can be practised by everyone, regardless of cultural, religious or spiritual beliefs. All the major systems of the body benefit from regular yoga practice, stretching and mobiliising the spine helps keep the back and nervous system healthy, muscles become supple, digestion and circulation improve, and a wonderful feeling of all-round wellness occurs as the nerves and emotions are balanced and you feel “centred”.

Regular practice encourages the ability and opportunity to slow down, to experience gratitude and a long-lasting, transformational and positive effect on health and wellbeing. The more you practice, the more you want to have more of the positive, can-do, calmly capable, and amazing affects that yoga can help bring into everyday life.

As I tread my own path my teaching style has become a synthesis of classical Hatha (Sivananda-based) and Dru Yoga with a few other styles blended in. 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! My sessions finish with a guided relaxation in Savasana to integrate energy shifts (we’re more receptive to positive transformation when the ego is softened).

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).

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.