Yoga classes – what to expect in your first Dru class

Yoga classes – this phrase might fill you with joy if you’ve been to lots of classes and love yoga! However, if it’s your first ever class, you might be feeling a little nervous. In today’s blog, I’m going to guide you through what to expect in your first Dru Yoga class!

What to expect in your first Dru yoga class

So the day has arrived of your first class – you might be feeling nervous…that’s totally normal. I’m used to people feeling a little anxious and I’ll be there to greet you at the door as you come in…I always like to welcome people to the class. So here’s what to expect!

  • A warm welcome. I’ll come and introduce myself and invite you to take your shoes off and come in.
  • Health form. I’ll ask you to fill in a short health form. This is to make me aware of any health considerations you may have. This helps me plan my classes and offer modifications. Everyone works to their own ability during a class and it is non-competitive.
  • A cosy yoga room. I’ll invite you in to my cosy yoga room which has a lovely soft floor, colourful wall hangings, salt lamps,and crystals. During the darker months, there are little lights to keep a warm, inviting glow. I also sometimes diffuse essential oils. Let me know if you have any sensitivity to essential oils and I will make sure these aren’t diffused during your class.
  • A yoga mat will be ready for you. There’s no need to bring your own yoga mat as there will be one ready and waiting for you. No one has a set place so you can come and stand wherever you want.
  • Small classes. Sometimes it can be a bit scary coming into a class where you don’tknow people. The good news is, I teach small classes so you only ever need to meet up to four other people. I typically teach four people per class and only ever teach a maximum of five. I like to keep classes personal and friendly. I’ll introduce everyone by name so you can get to know one another.
  • Activations. The class starts with some light movements designed to get your muscles warm and ready for yoga. The music is usually upbeat and flowing and we often have a giggle!
  • Energy Block Release (EBR). After activations we flow through one of the EBRS. These are easy-to-practice sequences designed to ease physical, emotional, and mental tension as well as preparing the body for postures.
  • Sequences or postures. The next stage of the class is performing flowing yoga sequences or poses (called asanas). These are adapted to your body type and flexibility so are suitable for beginners and also more experienced yogis. As the class sizes are small, I can come and work with you individually to help you get the most from your practice. I will always ask your permission before I touch you to offer an adjustment. I will never pull you around, sit on you, or force you to do something you are not comfortable with.
  • Breath-work. We sometimes do breath-work (pranayama) at the end of a class to get us ready for relaxation. These are simple guided breathing techniques.
  • Deep relaxation. Every class ends with at least a 15-20 minute guided relaxation. This is your chance to switch off, release, and relax. I’ll help you find a comfortable position with bolsters, cushions or chairs, and you can drift away listening to relaxing music or nature sounds. During the quieter phases, I channel reiki/pranic energy and offer silent mantras for the group – this is done in silence so you won’t be disturbed at all.
  • Grounding. At the end of the relaxation we spend a few moments grounding and chatting to make sure you’re ready to go out into the world! This is your chance to book more sessions.
  • Goodbye. I’ll wave you off and if you’re a huggy person, I’ll give you a big hug goodbye.

Other useful info

  • Comfy clothes. Wear comfy clothing suitable for exercise, such as leggings or jogging bottoms and a t-shirt or sports top. Yoga is typically done bare foot.
  • Bring a blanket or warm jumper and socks. At the end of each class there is a deep relaxation. As you relax, your body temperature tends to drop so it’s important to feel cosy and warm. I have some blankets available but it’s always nice to have your own snuggle!
  • Drink. I ask that you bring your own drinks bottle to the class but if you have forgotten, I can give you a glass of water, so don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Toilets. A toilet is available at the side of the class – no need to ask, just use it if you need to.
  • Parking. There is ample parking on the main road before you turn into my street. It’s best to park there as there is lots of room.
  • Book in advance. Always book your place in advance as my classes are small and can fill up quickly. People with block bookings get priority.
  • Let me know in advance if you can’t come. As my classes are small, I really appreciate it if you let me know in advance if you can’t come. That way I can offer your place as a drop-in for someone else.
  • Ask questions. If you are finding something challenging or would like more information – ask away. I’m always happy to answer questions.

Dispelling some yoga myths

  • You need to be flexible to do yoga…this is so not true. Doing yoga is a way to improve your flexibility but this comes with practice. Dru yoga is taught with modifications and props so that everyone can enjoy a pose, regardless of their flexibility or experience.
  • Yoga classes are expensive…I try to keep my prices as low as I can. I offer concessions for over 65’s, students, and people on benefits. Karmically there has to be some sort of exchange though. I am even known to do therapy swaps for my classes.
  • Yoga is always serious…ha ha, if you come to some of my classes you would definitely disagree with that myth! Often my classes are full of giggles and smiles. I like to keep my classes relaxed and friendly. I’ve had lovely feedback saying people feel like they are meeting with a group of friends.
  • Yoga teachers are stuffy…my classes would agree that’s definitely not me – I like to make a joke and make people feel relaxed. If you’re happy with hugs then you will definitely get one from me!

Have a wonderful day! Namaste (the light in me recognises the light in you) and hopefully you won’t feel nervous next time you think of yoga classes!

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.

 

Fantastic response

Thanks to a fantastic response to the easing stress, anxiety, and depression courses on Monday are fully booked. I will be adding more courses in future so please get in touch if you missed out this time. Try out the Friday class if you would like to find out how wonderful Dru Yoga is stress relief.

I’m truly blessed to be able to share Dru Yoga with people and training at the Dru centre in Snowdonia has been an amazing experience – one I can highly recommend! For more information on the centre go to www.druworldwide.com

They also offer an amazing online yoga studio at www.druyogaonline.com and often post free classes!

Another 6 week easing stress, anxiety and depression course!

I’m really pleased to announce another 6 week easing stress, anxiety and depression course starting on Monday March 7th at the Back in Line Complementary Therapy Centre in Bicester. After the popularity of the Friday night course, I decided to add a small class (maximum of 6 people) at the new venue near Bicester Methodist Church. I really want to use Dru Yoga to help people living with with stress, anxiety, and depression and you don’t have to be flexible or fit…it can be adapted for anyone. There are already only a limited number of spaces left so get in touch if you want to join this lovely course!

New 6 week course on easing stress, anxiety, and depression

I’m really excited to announce a six week course for easing stress, anxiety, and depression starting on Friday 26th February at West Bicester Community Centre (6.30pm to 8.00pm; see class details for more information). It’s long been my desire to help people coping with such issues and I feel that mental health is often poorly treated in the UK. If someone had a broken leg, you wouldn’t tell them to get a grip and pull themselves together – the mind is no different. People with stress, anxiety, and/or depression don’t want to feel that way and there is often a lot of fear and guilt about what is happening to them. What these people need is support and kindness – not someone to drag them out of their nest – but someone to get in their nest with them and understand.

I know what it feels like to be stressed, worried, and depressed – but Dru Yoga gave me the tools to cope with these difficulties and to make my life better. I had a piece published in Om Yoga magazine in December about how yoga changed my life. I really want to make Dru Yoga accessible to everyone – you don’t need to be flexible or super-fit. Dru Yoga can be modified for anyone of any shape, size, age or fitness level! Come and join me and find out for yourself!