There's often a theme to the class such as keeping the back healthy, goal setting, stronger core muscles or relaxation. Newcomers and complete beginners are always given a very warm welcome. Below is an example of a typical class.
The class usually begins with standing warm-ups called Activations. These often focus on warming up the spine and preparing the body for yoga postures. Typical moves might be shaking – fingers, wrists, arms, toes, legs; getting some lovely movement into our body. Spinal twists – twisting the spine from side to side, using the arms to propel you around sending lots of blood and oxygen to those spinal discs, and not forgetting spinal waves; stretching up and then folding into forward bends.
Energy Block Release (EBR) or Sequence
Dru Yoga has some great sequences known as Energy Block Releases (EBR) designed to unblock tension and create a lovely flow of energy around the body.
These vary each class and we’ll also cover sequences inspired by nature; Salutation to the Sun, Earth Sequence and Moon Sequence, and many others.
If you have tried other yoga styles, you will recognise asanas such as the Tree, Cat, Dog etc. but they’re always done with a Dru twist and we often flow through the moves rather than hold a posture for a long period. For those with health issues variations and modifications are suggested to help you feel as comfortable as possible. The emphasis is on listening to the body; no good ever came from forcing someone into a yoga posture that hurt or felt completely alien.
Each class always ends with at least 5 minutes (more if possible) of guided relaxation designed to help the mind and body switch off. Giving yourself the space and time to relax is one of the most important things you can do to reverse the negative effects of stress and a busy, demanding lifestyle.
About the teacher – Helen Trubridge
“I am passionate about giving people the full yoga experience. For me, it’s not just about racing through postures, the full benefits of yoga are only achieved when someone is completely in the moment, and taking the time to notice what is happening in the mind and body. I always include the benefits of each posture and sequence to help you connect and understand the effect it’s having on the body. Who knew that the Cobra also helps keep your organs healthy as well as giving your spine and shoulders a lovely stretch? It’s these little nuggets of information that help keep me hooked on practising and teaching yoga.”
Helen offers classes at Wollaton Park Community Centre, Akasha Yoga Centre in Beeston and Impact Physiotherapy Clinic in Long Eaton. I am also available for 1-2-1 classes.
Contact for more information: 07887734920 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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: