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?