The story of me and Dru Yoga

I often get asked – “how did you get into Dru Yoga?” – so here’s my story!

I’ve loved yoga every since I was a teenager. Back then I was inspired by a contemporary dance teacher who used yoga during our warm ups. In one session, we got to show a stretch to the group and everyone tried it. One girl did an amazing stretch – a feat of balance and strength. I thought it looked amazing and began to practice it. Years later I discovered it was the dancer pose (Natarajasana). This is me doing a gentle Natarajasana by an amazing waterfall in Snowdonia!

I started teaching myself yoga from Iyengar’s “Light on Yoga” and entered the world of ploughs and shoulderstands. I discovered a variety of yoga poses (asanas – which means comfortable seat). Although I was practicing physical yoga – I had no idea about anything else yoga-related. It was the in the days before social media, mobile phones, and more then four TV channels! It was years later that my true yogic path began and I discovered Dru Yoga.

I had been suffering from severe anxiety and depression for many years. I had experienced two nervous breakdowns and was feeling at the end of my tether. It was around this time, I was introduced to Dru Yoga. I was invited to a Dru dance weekend in Snowdonia (home of the residential Dru centre). I hadn’t combined yoga and dance since my teen years at school doing contemporary dance. I loved it! Instantly I felt that I was experiencing something life-changing and before the end of the weekend, I signed up to the Dru yoga teacher training course in Snowdonia. I haven’t looked back since!

Over the next two years, I began to learn yoga as if for the first time. I learnt to get deeper into my poses – not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. I learnt to work with the breath in pranayama and how to use poses almost like a first-aid kit to ease stress, tiredness, and depression. My life began to change and I am deeply grateful.

I feel that Dru Yoga saved my life. I have become a stronger, adaptable human being and anxiety and depression are a thing of the past. I didn’t start the course with the aim of teaching – I did it as a personal journey. However, by the end of the course, I knew I had to share this amazing style of yoga with as many people as possible.

Now I teach Mondays to Fridays at my home yoga room, at festivals (like Om & Bass in Oxfordshire), and at workshops whenever I can. I volunteer regularly with the Dru team and take additional Dru courses when possible! My journey continues to evolve and I feel like I have blossomed as a person.

Dru Yoga gave me the tools to transform myself – and it can help you too! Are you ready to start that amazing journey?

Meditation classes in Bicester!

In preparation for my meditation teacher training assessment in July, I will be starting to run meditation classes on a Monday morning in Bicester. If you would be interested in taking part please let me know (email me at raisinloaf@yahoo.co.uk or via Facebook). The classes will run on a “pay what you feel” basis while I am a student!

Hygge

Welcome to Hygge Dru Yoga!

Hygge is a Danish word and means a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being! That’s what I was aiming for with my yoga room. It’s so cosy in the evenings and there are even waves on the ceiling to accompany the sound of waves during relaxation! Why not come an treat yourself to a nurturing class and have a bit of time for you!

Making a guest appearance at an amazing workshop!

I’m really excited to be teaching at Jo Padmini Badger’s Yoga Workshop with Shamanic Drumming for Energy and Balance. I will be teaching an empowering Dru yoga session designed to help you set goals and bring back your power!
The workshop will also include Hatha Yoga and Dynamic Yoga taught by two amazing teachers.
 
Venue: Swalcliffe Village Hall, OX15 5EQ
Free off-road parking is available nearby
 
Tickets are available by messaging Jo Padmini Badger
 
For further details please go to the events page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/280778342347495/
 
Here are some brief details:
Please bring a yoga or camping mat and a warm blanket for relaxation! Wear loose, warm and comfortable clothing. Thank you!
 
Bring and share vegetarian lunch! Please bring something simple and tasty to share!
Soft drinks provided.
 
TICKETS available from Jo Padmini Badger – please see Facebook events for further details or drop me a message and I will send you Jo’s contact details: https://www.facebook.com/events/280778342347495/
 
VIP TICKET £45 to include a complementary 45 min 1-1 Hatha Yoga class with Jo Padmini Badger
 
STANDARD TICKET £35
 
EARLY BIRD TICKET before May 14th £30
 
Payment on Booking please. No refunds given. Thank you.