Dru Yoga has its roots in hatha yoga, and includes classical yoga postures (asanas), pranayama (the science of breath), mudras (hand gestures), positive affirmations, empowering visualisations and powerful sequences performed in a flowing and dynamic style.
Dru Yoga classes are tailored to the level of the individuals within the class and usually contain Energy Block Release Sequences (EBRs), postures, flowing yoga sequences, pranayama, relaxation and Dru Meditation.
What is unique about Dru Yoga?
- Joints are kept relaxed and soft during movement (as in tai chi). This creates flexibility and a free flow of subtle energy.
- Dru Yoga teachers are trained to make their classes safe and suitable for all levels of fitness – from ‘full sweat’ to ‘no sweat’!
- Energy Block Release sequences – easy-to-practise, flowing movements especially designed to help release tension physically, mentally and emotionally.
- In Dru Yoga all movements originate from the spine because a flexible, healthy spine supports your entire yoga practice.
- The spinal wave and spinal twist are core features of Dru and enhance spinal health and vitality.
- A deep undertanding of core stability is a major focus.
- Dru Yoga works to balance the chakras (energy centres of the body) and access the powerful energy of the heart.
- Within the flow of movement, Dru Yoga creates powerful moments of stillness which we call ‘Dru points’.
So how does Dru Yoga compare with other types of yoga?
There are dozens of types of yoga in the UK. At present, Dru is the second largest British yoga teacher training school. Many people come to Dru Yoga classes as they enjoy the graceful, flowing sequences of this accessible form of yoga. Dru Yoga can be practised by people of all fitness levels and abilities. If you enjoy a gentle sequence of yoga postures, then try a Dru Yoga class near you. If you would prefer something more dynamic, then explore the Dru Yoga classes in your area or try Dru Dance – where the flowing Dru sequences are performed to upbeat music. Dru Yoga really has something for everyone!
‘Having experienced many different forms of yoga over the last twelve years. I find the holistic philosophy of Dru Yoga very appealing and most effective!’- Jill, Dru Yoga undergraduate, UK
Ashtanga, which means “eight limbs” in Sanskrit, is a fast-paced, intense style of yoga. The Ashtanga yoga style uses a set of strong yoga postures which are performed in a set order.
Bikram Choudhury created the so-called ‘hot yoga’ which focuses on 26 poses always being repeated in the same order. Bikram Yoga studios are heated to a temperature of approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit to simulate the climate in India, which keeps the muscles flexible and relaxed.
Hatha (ha-sun, tha-moon) is the most traditional form of yoga, and most yoga schools (eg Sivananda, British Wheel of Yoga and Scaravelli) are based upon the hatha style. It is likely to be reasonably gentle and accessible to all.
Based on the teachings of the yogi B.K.S Iyengar, this style of yoga is most concerned with body alignment. Iyengar yoga usually includes strong static postures, with jumps to get in and out of postures, and the use of props.
Vinyasa yoga (dynamic connecting posture) classes are based around a variation of yoga postures and sequences, such as the Sun Sequence. Movements are done with an awareness of the breath. Vinyasa (or Vini yoga) classes aim to create heat and flexibility in the body.
What does ‘Dru’ Mean?
Dru comes from the Sanskrit word dhruva, which refers to the stillness that can be experienced in Dru Yoga and Dru Meditation. In this stillness we are able to sit back from anything that may be happening around us, and see and act from a point of clarity and inner calm.
‘If you want to physically strengthen your body and emotionally enhance your mind, Dru Yoga will give you the tools to take into your daily life and help you cope with the stresses of modern living.’ - Wendy, Dru Yoga undergraduate, UK