As I get submerged in becoming self-employed and making sure the relevant boxes are ticked, it would be easy to forget why I chose this path. After all I left a comfortable job with lovely colleagues to go it alone. There are many reasons - work/life balance (I didn't want to be in front of a computer all day), to improve my own health and to help others. I love meeting new people and seeing the benefit and enjoyment they get from a yoga session.
There is another reason though. As I drifted through my days, teaching yoga on a Saturday and providing the odd cover class; it became clear that I wanted more of this life. Negative thoughts raced through my head - what if no-one comes to my classes, what if people think I'm stupid and laugh at me, what if I completely fail. All these thoughts are enough to put anyone off but the thought that screamed loudest in my head was "what happens to me if I don't do this?"
There comes a point when it's more of a challenge to continue with the norm than to challenge yourself to make a change.
Many people venture to a yoga class not knowing what type of yoga they are heading to. There are lots of different styles and schools but the heart of every yoga class remains the same; giving the participant the time to switch off and the space to be still.
When I walked into Susan's yoga class on a grim January evening I didn't have a clue that it was Dru. She's since told me that the session was a lot more ethereal than she'd usually plan when there was a newcomer but lucky for me I was a last-minute drop-in. I loved the almost meditative, flowing movements of the energy block release sequence she led us through. Six months later I was on the teacher-training course so I guess things are meant to be.
I've heard people comment that Dru is very gentle as though it's a bad thing. Dru comes from the Sanskrit word dhruva, which refers to the stillness that can be experienced in Dru Yoga and Dru Meditation. Stilling the mind and body for even 10 minutes a day is truly the best thing you can do for yourself.
For some people though it is genuinely a struggle to lie still, which I'll be honest came as a surprise to me when I started teaching - I love lying down doing nothing. However, lying prone for even those 10 minutes goes against our natural instinct to always be active. Let's face it, even when we're sat on the couch, we're not relaxing even though we might think we are - watching TV, online shopping, working on laptops or scrolling through facebook are not the most relaxing activities.
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.
Here are just a few of the great things about Dru Yoga:
It's accessible for everyone - don't feel like standing? you can sit down to do a posture. Dru Yoga teachers are trained to modify and adapt the class to be inclusive.
It's great for your back -
In a survey of 450 Dru Yoga students, 72% found Dru Yoga reduced their back pain. Dru is designed to be very safe; balancing your back muscles to bring ease and avoid injury.
You'll find energy that you didn't even realise you had. Dru has developed unique sequences called Energy Block Releases (EBRs), these are a range of movements designed to stretch and tone the whole body, and release energy that is trapped.
The relaxation - each Dru class ends with a 10-15 minute lie-down. Students are free to close their eyes if they wish and focus on their breathing to calm the body down.
Helen teaches Dru Yoga on Thursday evenings (18:30 - 19:30 & 19:45-20:45) at Wollaton Park Community Centre and Saturday morning 9:45am-10:45am at Akasha Yoga Centre, Beeston.