Author: raisinloaf

Dru yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic massage in Bicester – Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape!

Tree Meditation

Today I thought I’d offer you a meditation which you can do in Tadasana or seated in a chair. It’s extra special to do it outside!  Stand or sit on a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Take a deep breath in and sigh it out. Feel the body and mind relaxing with…
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Improving non-specific back pain with Dru yoga

In the last few posts, I’ve been looking at the spine and today I want to share with you how Dru Yoga made a difference to my back problems. My journey with back pain I have always had issues with back pain due to a series of incidents in my younger years (accidents and self-inflicted!).…
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Common problems associated with the spine

Back pain is a common problem associated with the spine and surrounding muscles. In today’s blog, I’m getting my geek on and looking at specific and non-specific back pain! Specific back pain Specific back pain is the diagnosis when the problem with the spine or surrounding muscles can be attributed to a particular condition. Table 1…
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Tips for a healthy spine

After yesterday’s interlude about reflections on the miracle of life, I’m back to looking at the spine! In previous blogs we have explored the structure of the spine and its surrounding musculature. From this we can see that the spine has many functions: Movement Support/posture Protection of the spinal cord and associated nerves Reservoir for…
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Reflections on the miracle of life

Do we stop and appreciate life? Do we celebrate every breath? Probably not…especially when life doesn’t go as we planned. Yesterday, I was given an incredible lesson – one which I will deeply cherish for the rest of my life. I experienced the miracle of life. I should probably give you a little background to…
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Pull up that pelvic floor

In a yoga class you will probably here expressions like “pull up your pelvic floor” and “engage your core”…but what does that mean? In today’s blog, I’m having a look at core stability muscles and hopefully making it a bit clearer on how to find them! The core stability muscles The core muscles are essential…
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Musculature surrounding the spine

Dru Yoga is an excellent way to help look after your back. In today’s blog, I’m looking at some of the muscles that surround the spine. The muscles of the back play a key role in the flexibility and mobility of the spine and can be divided into superficial and deep muscles 1. The deep…
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Introducing the vertebrae

Our spine is an amazing structure! Yesterday, I looked at the overall structure of the spine and promised I would blog about the vertebrae…so here we go! Vertebral structures There are 33 vertebrae in the spine, of which 24 are articulating (movable) and nine are fused (in two segments). The articulating vertebrae make up the…
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The importance of a healthy spine

During the next few days, I’m going to be looking at the importance of a healthy spine – something that is a key element of Dru Yoga. Over 2,400 years ago, the physician Hippocrates (460-360 BC) said “look well to the spine as the cause of all disease”.  Centuries later, the vital role of the…
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Magical music to enhance your practice

Using music that inspires you during your yoga practice can really make it so powerful. I love using music during my own Dru yoga practice – here are some of my favourites! For activations Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness from the Album “Tales of the Inexpressible” by Shpongle (available from Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.co.uk/albums/B001N9E9KE?do=play&trackAsin=B001N9E9X6&ref=dm_sh_UzPRsnSkgSjMJeke5t7rsl9px)…
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