I am a fully-qualified yoga teacher (UK, 2008), having held many yoga classes in the UK and Auckland. I recently moved to Nelson and am excited to begin teaching yoga in and around this area.
Where: Tahunanui Hall, Nelson. Every Wednesday evening, between 5:30 and 6:45pm, commencing from Wednesday 13th November 2019.
Yoga can be fun. With gentle flowing movements to music, your yoga practise will feel like a dance, and I invite you to experience with me the gentle flow of Dru yoga, incorporating Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. My aim is to guide and assist you in finding your way with your own yoga practice. The primary purpose of yoga is to move energy through and around the body. Yoga helps to balance and harmonise the body and mind, encouraging the observation of energy in and around your whole being. In doing so, you become more aware of being a conduit between your energies and those of the universe. Self-awareness through observation is the key.
A teacher is like a candle –
It consumes itself to light the way for others.
– Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
About the Dru Yoga Element
Dru yoga derives from the Sanskrit word “Druvian”, which translates into finding a “still point” and a balance within. With some elements of Hatha and Vinyasa yogas, the core science of Dru is to work from and connect with our heart (anahatna) centre. Most of the postures (asanas) are designed to activate the heart centre and stimulate the thymus gland, to create a healthy heart and immune system. Widely known as “yoga of the heart”, Dru yoga helps to create an inner sense of calmness, stillness, and an all-round sense of well-being.
Below is a quote from my yoga teachers in Snowdonia, UK, taken from the Dru Yoga manual “Stillness in Motion”
On a much more subtle level, we refer to the “heart center” in yoga. Connected with the heart chakra is the spiritual heart (Hrit Padma). The qualities associated with the Hrit, are kindness, reverence and universal love. Dru yoga works with the flow of energy within our bodies to access every level of our being. Energy flows freely through the body when our lives are harmonious.
If you can breathe, then you can do yoga
Yoga is suitable for most people of all levels of flexibility and fitness, and I teach a very gentle style of yoga. My classes inspire a positive attitude, which encourages the correlation between your body, heart and mind, with soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. The experience is quite subtle yet powerful and perfect for heightening strength and flexibility and creating a strong core and purpose. Yoga is for you whether you are new to yoga, experienced, young or wise.
When you practice yoga regularly, you will feel and notice many positive changes within yourself. You will become more relaxed, sleep more soundly, laugh more, love more, smile and feel more balanced physically and mentally. Your posture will improve, breathing will become easier and your body will feel much stronger.
My yoga classes are very specific and effective, which will guide you into a deeper and spiritual level of awareness, relaxation and inner peace. The postures (asanas) transform health and well-being by balancing the energies of the body, mind and heart through the following set stages:
Begin the session by warming up your body. Flowing activation exercises begin the process of releasing accumulated tensions in preparation for your practice.
- ENERGY BLOCK RELEASE SEQUENCE (EBR)
Carefully designed sequences of stretching, twisting and bending to warm up your body. Incorporating graceful flowing movements designed to help release and dissolve emotional and physical blockages within the body.
- MOVEMENT SEQUENCES
Keeping the body soft and the mind calm. Each sequence is designed to relate the energy flow of our bodies to the flow of life. In doing so, these sequences allow us to tune into and draw upon the earth energies and our surroundings as a whole.
- POSTURES (ASANAS)
Yoga postures help to strengthen, align and tone the body. Breathing techniques are used to create a deeper awareness and understanding of each posture. Some postures will be performed using mudras to help enhance energy levels and emotions. (In particular working with the heart to help harmonise and stabilise every part of your body).
- PRANAYAMA (Breathing techniques)
Guiding you with Pranayama techniques help increase clarity and focus to find your “still point”. Pranayama encourages the correlation between your levels of personal awareness with your mind, body and soul. Pranayama is breathing and breathing is life. Life is energy. Pranayama is an integral part of yoga through asana and controlled breathing exercises. As you become in tune with your yoga practice and familiarise yourself with the technique, its effects will begin to ripple naturally into your daily life.
- DEEP RELAXATION
Happiness comes from within and through the guided visualisation, your body will become totally relaxed. When the mind and body is settled, we start to unwind from the activities of the day by promoting an all-round sense of calm. A natural conclusion to your yoga, allowing you plenty of time for the energies which have been activated to settle in the appropriate places, so that maximum healing can occur. If given the right conditions, the body will heal and repair itself naturally.BENEFITS
- Stress relief
- Restores body to equilibrium
- Body and mind feels more relaxed and calm
- Instils harmony and inner peace
- Helps retain a sense of inner peace and tranquillity
- MEDITATION (Ujjahi breath and visualisation)
A guided meditation will allow your body to steady the mind. You will become more aware of being in the present moment and how your thoughts and feelings respond to this. Meditation expands the perception of yourself by promoting the inner balance, calmness and inner stillness which we have already created in the form of gentle visualisation exercises. Ujjahi breath and mudras may be used to deepen and enhance awareness.
- Settles the mind
- Creates an inner peace
- Enhances concentration
- Helps with breath control
- Helps to find the ‘still point’ within ourself
- Improves spiritual awareness
Learning to be still, to really be still and let life happen –
that stillness becomes a radiance.