Yoga Workshops Summer 2015

Category: Article or Blog
Published: Monday, 29 June 2015
Written by Andrea Detchon

Are you enjoying your yoga classes? Do you want to delve deeper into the postures and sequences that Dru has to offer?

 

Starting Sunday 5th July 2015 are Summer Workshops.

 

Delving deeper into the postures and sequences in your Dru class.

 

Each workshop is only £20 for 3 hours of in depth yoga.

 

Increase your technical ability and enjoy your practice more.

 

Sunday 5th July - The Sun Energy Workshop

Learn the Dru Sun Sequence, Experience the Sun Meditation, Deepend your understanding of this energising sequence, how and when to modify and moving into the energetic experience.

 

Coming Soon

 

The Dru Power Sequence Workshop

 

EBR 4, 5 and 6 - Create your dreams come to reality Workshop

 

Transforming Old Patterns to Positive Habits

 

Meditation Stage 1

 

Limited numbers so reserve your space at

 

Where’s Your Focus?

Category: Article or Blog
Published: Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Written by Sarah PJ White

focusFocus can be a major issue for us all, in such a busy, fast paced world. With everything – from our family to the television – demanding our attention, it can be really difficult to maintain focus on what you want, those things you want to change for the better or even cut out of your life and how you generally want to feel.

In order to achieve anything, you need to keep your focus on the positive elements around it… but how can you do that and why is it so important?

Focus on what you DO want

Maintaining focus is a bit like exercising your body or yoga – it takes time and effort. You need to train and mould it to do what you want on a regular basis.

It’s so important that you train your mind to focus on what you DO want, as the Law of Attraction dictates: you get what you focus on.

This can seem obvious to some, however it’s really easy to think you’re focusing on what you want – but you’re actually doing it in a negative way!

For example, “I want to stop smoking” is good, however “I am now a non-smoker” is better. Why? Because, although they’re both focusing on what you DO want, the first focuses on WANTING to stop, whereas the second one focuses on BEING a non-smoker.

On the other hand “I don’t want to smoke anymore” is NOT a great thought to focus on, as it is actually focused on what you DON’T want. Not only that, but your brain doesn’t register the word “don’t” in that statement, so it just hears “I want to smoke”. And, as the Law of Attraction clearly states – you’ll end up getting more of what you’re focusing on.

Overcoming difficulties

Difficulties can arise when you have outside factors trying to change what you’re attempting to focus on. Whether it’s other people and their opinions, or even the views and beliefs of your neighbours, your religion or typical stereotyping, there will always be someone or something that wants you NOT to focus on what you’re wanting to focus on, as they don’t want you to achieve what you’re aiming for!

The problem with those outside factors is, they will often play to your own fears and worries. If you’re not careful, you’ll let your focus wander back to your current reality, rather than the new reality you want to create for yourself.

So how can you improve your focus?

Here are a few tips to get you started on improving your focus:

  • ALWAYS focus on the positive
  • Make sure you’re focusing on what you want – not what you don’t want
  • Ramp up the positive emotions attached to what you want – really FEEL how it will be to have what you want
  • Ensure you’re using positive words whenever you’re relating to what you want
  • Watch what takes your attention and limit the negativity – especially the news, TV, soap dramas and negative people!

Finally, the most important thing to remember is NOT to beat yourself up when your focus drifts to the negative. Just acknowledge it has happened and switch your focus back to the positive.

What can you do this week to help switch your focus from negative to positive? Why not start by simply acknowledging when your focus is on something that has a negative feeling attached to it?

 Image courtesy of Minerva Studio/Dollar Photo Club

How grounded are you?

Category: Article or Blog
Published: Thursday, 28 May 2015
Written by Sarah PJ White

If you practice reiki or some other form of energy work, you’ll have heard the importance of protection and keeping yourself grounded. Whether you’re an energy healer or not though, it’s really important that you ground yourself… to protect yourself from the negative effects of everyday life.

There’s intense energies rushing around us at all times. As energy healers know, this energy (called ‘chi’or 'ki') is the life force for everything – good-bad, heavy-light, light-dark.

How others can drain you

Have you ever been around someone who seems to just suck the life out of you? How about someone who is constantly moaning? How about someone who is constantly hyper and jittery? How do these types of people make you feel? Energies from other people can feel heavy and intense, especially if they’re feeling negative emotions such as pain, guilt, suffering, anger and upset.

We can often feel the energy given off by those people around us and, if you don’t adequately protect and ground yourself, you’ll end up feeling drained and exhausted, for no apparent reason.

Why ground yourself?

Put simply, grounding yourself is the act of making yourself fully present in the here and now, connected you to Mother Earth. Grounding yourself is essential if you want to minimise the negative effects of the energies around you.

Symptoms of not being grounded

When you’re not grounded you’ll feel varying symptoms, including some (or all!) of the following:

  • Feeling lost
  • Feeling slightly off kilter or ‘floaty’
  • Unsure of yourself
  • Forgetful and vacant
  • No flow of energy
  • Ears buzzing
  • Drained
  • Emotionally exhausted
  • Spaced out
  • Off balance

How to ground yourself

There is an easy visualisation you can do to ground and protect yourself:

  • Stand with your feet hip width apart.
  • Imagine a white ball of light, approximately 6 inches above your head (it’s going to go through your centre AND around the outside of you).
  • Imagine that light getting bigger and brighter, as it comes down over your head and shoulders, as well as going down through the centre of your body.
  • Allow it to work down over the outside of your entire body, forming an egg shape around you and, simultaneously, imagine the light going through your centre, going down each leg and foot and through to the ground, as tree roots of a mighty tree.
  • It continues going into the ground, through the dirt, rock and down into a crystalline cave at the centre of the earth.
  • It weaves through the rocks and crystals in this cave, holding fast with its many roots.

If you want a superfast way to ground yourself, take a walk barefoot in the grass or sit on the grass with your back against a tree.

Tips to remember

When it comes to energy, the best thing you can do for yourself is to not get hooked up on other people’s drama in the first place – whether real or on the TV! If you have to go into negative and heavy situations, wait until you are adequately protected and grounded – and always approach them from a view of love. Finally, stop watching and reading the news, as it’ll depress you, make your energy heavy and keep you in a state of fear – if it’s important for you to know, you’ll hear about it!

 

How do you ground yourself? Do you regularly find other people drag you down or leave you feeling drained? How did you find the grounding and protection technique? Why not share your thoughts on grounding in the facebook group!

Laughter, the best medicine

Category: Article or Blog
Published: Wednesday, 03 June 2015
Written by Sarah PJ White

laughterThe debate over the benefits of laughter have long been argued. Advocates of laughter will point out the benefits it has on the body and mind, whilst others will argue that you cannot isolate laughter as the main cause. However, if something has caused so much debate in the scientific world, there has to be something in it, and personally… I think laughter really IS the best medicine for everyone.

Cardio health and blood pressure

The act of laughing increases your pulse rate and blood pressure, and this makes you breathe faster. This is great for your body, as it sends more oxygen to the tissues in our body. If you’re really animated with your laughter (such as waving your arms around) you’ll increase these benefits even more!

Well-being and stress levels

Laughter is like a mini workout. It stretches our facial muscles obviously, but it also affects the other muscles in our body.

This extra mini workout for our body not only helps send more oxygen around our body, but it also helps us to relax too – inside and out. Our posture becomes more relaxed as our muscles get exercised, our diaphragm and lungs relax, aiding our breathing and the blood vessels in our body to relax too – meaning our blood can flow easier around our body.

Laughter and your mindset

When it comes to laughing, the benefits remain with you long after the laughter has ended. Your mood improves, you experience pain differently and burdens become lighter. There’s no doubt that laughter has an impact on your mindset.

Other benefits of laughter include:

  • Feeling lighter and more hopeful
  • Clears the cobwebs – leaving your more focused and alert
  • Helps to energetically ground and centre you
  • Eases anxiety and stress
  • Enhances relationships
  • Helps diffuse conflict

Laughter helps your social life

Let’s face it, a happy person acts like a magnet – we all want some of what they’re on – and laughter truly is infectious! We also find people who frequently laugh attractive; we want to be in that person’s company, so it goes without saying that a happy person is also a more sociable person. If you’re happy you’re more likely to want to be around other people too, as you’ll want to spread that joy.  

Laughter binds people together and helps create intimacy – so whether the scientific community agree or disagree, laughter is free and easy – so get out there and laugh! Ho Ho Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha Hee Hee Hee

Image courtesy Minerva Studio/Dollar Photo Club

 

Look to nature!

Category: Article or Blog
Published: Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Written by Sarah PJ White

The world can be such a busy place. We’re all rushing around – often from the minute we wake up each morning. There’s the journey from home to work (and back again!), taking the children to and from school, shopping, housework and that’s before we even start talking about our actual paid employment. We often eat on the move and do everything whilst set in ‘fast forward’ mode... is it any wonder we struggle to unwind?

look to natureNature, on the other hand, has it all sorted out. It provides us with beauty and shows us how flow should be – from the gentle trickling stream to rustling of the trees – plus it gives us examples of effortless, strength and time. So what else can we learn from nature?

The benefits of getting back to nature

You could argue that you go outside a lot, with trips to the shop, work etc. etc., but when was the last time you went outside – just to BE? Whether you need space to unwind or to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, spending time with nature is good for your health and your soul.

It’s been scientifically proven that spending time outside can ease depression, lift your mood and general outlook. Spending time in nature will also help you focus AND help boost your immune system – without reaching for the medicine cabinet!

Nature for relaxation

Alternative therapists know it, as do yoga instructors, spas and energy healers – the sounds of nature are great for relaxation! Take time out of your day to just go outside and listen. Even if you’re in a town, listen for nature. You have the trees, birds and possibly even water and, if you can’t get outside – bring the outside in! Invest in a couple of nature sound CDs and play them during your work day, to keep you relaxed and focused.

Nature is inspiring

Whether you’re a creative person or more logical based, nature can be inspiring. It provides us with a palette of beautiful colours, shows us how easy growth and change can be and can clear an over-cluttered mind.

Nature teaches us about time. When we’re busy rushing to and fro, trying to do several things at once, nature effortlessly changes her seasons, encourages new shoots to push through that top layer of soil and gently moves forward. No matter how much we want spring and summer to get here, it will happen when it happens – no pushing, rushing or stress needed.

Being in nature can help even the most logic-based person to focus. Add this to the already numerous benefits and, as is often stated – why not go outside and blow away those cobwebs!

How do you interact with nature? Do you take regular time outs to get reacquainted with nature? What do you love most about being outside? Do you prefer to relax to the sound of water, birds or rustling trees? Why not do something today to get you reconnected with nature!

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography/FreeDigitalPhotos.net