Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, controlled directed breathing and visualisation.
Dru means ‘still point’, it is the refuge we all seek where we can be free from the stresses and strains of our modern world.
With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, it works on body, mind and spirit-improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and rejuvenating your whole being.
The aim of Dru Yoga is simple, to help relieve the enormous stresses and pressures of modern-day living. It is designed to be practised by people of all abilities, all fitness levels and all age groups, it is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learnt in more depth over a lifetime. For more information about Dru Yoga click here: https://druyoga.com/
My love of yoga began in 2006 when I started practicing Hatha yoga to compliment my busy lifestyle working as a nurse and participating in competitive sporting activities. Following a serious illness in 2011, I struggled to recover and in 2013 was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME (CFS/ME). Yoga practice became an important part of my rehabilitation alongside Graded Exercise Therapy and I found that with daily practice I was able to start to manage my recovery and symptoms better. During this time I discovered Dru Yoga and combined with my regular Hatha Yoga class, I started to feel more energetic, relaxed, focused and was hooked! I have personally experienced the healing benefits of yoga and was inspired to train as a Dru Yoga Teacher at the International Dru Yoga Center based in Snowdonia, North Wales. I want to share the wonders of Dru Yoga with others and am particularity interested in yoga for CFS/ME, in the workplace, for sport and for general health and well-being.
I have undertaken a Post-graduate qualification in Caring for the Back and will be running six week ‘Healthy Back’ course’s through out the year. The programme aims to give you the confidence and tools to:
“Thank you for bringing yoga into my life. I have been to classes before and found them to be intimidating. Your class however has been lovely and allowed yoga to become an essential element of my well-being”. Sarah, Witney
“After a few months, with just one hour a week I have experienced benefits to my respiratory condition and have reduced my medication. The sessions are full of fun and relaxing – I have particularly enjoyed the outdoors”. Stella, Oxford.
“Louise is a relaxed and extremely proficient teacher: she is always aware of each member of her class and their capabilities and will adjust positions to suit. She is also friendly, approachable and has superb timing in her lessons. I can highly recommend her.” Jacquie, Eynsham.
“Louise’s yoga sessions are relaxed and supportive. She is able to encourage people to take part in the session at a level appropriate to their ability and how they feel on the day. Louise provides a nurturing environment in which yoga can be enjoyed and where we can improve and gain confidence in trying new postures. ” Helen, Eynsham .
“Thank you so much for last night – 5 hours in the car the other day had left me with a very stiff back for 3 days – now all gone thanks to an hour with you!” Eleanor, Eynsham
“I have found the Back Exercise Course very helpful as I can use them when I am gardening. When I have a break I lie down on the floor and do the knees bent and the Maltese cross . I do some of the other exercises when I have finished gardening for the day.” Evelyn, Farmoor
“I am going through a very stressful time at the moment and I have found Louise’s classes very enjoyable and relaxing. I have trouble with my back and find that the exercises have been very helpful especially the ones that stretch the lower back muscles”. Carol, Farmoor
Introducing the new ‘Healthy Back Course’
Mondays 18.00-19.15 : The Yoga Room, Witney
September 9th- 14th October 2019
Back pain is a very common problem, and 85% of people who report back pain to a doctor do not have a specific diagnosis. They may be told that they have ‘non-specific back pain’, a muscular’ or ‘mechanical problem’ or a sprain. Sometimes aches and pains can last for quite a long time, but it doesn’t mean that they are serious. Research has shown yoga to be a safe and helpful way to manage back pain. This programme has been designed by Yoga teachers, physiotherapists, osteopaths and doctors.
Six-Week Course £54.00 Class size: maximum 8
Each 75 minute class contains:
The programme aims to give you the confidence and tools to:
There are three levels you will progress though as you stretch and strengthen your back. Everyone is different and it is normal to progress at a different rate with some of the exercises.
You will be guided as to which level you will work at during each class and provided with individual modifications to enable you to gain the most out of every class . To get the most benefit from the program you will be asked to do some home practice at least three times a week. You will receive a home practice sheet and asked to practice 3 exercises of your choice from it and access to online video of class warm up, flow sequences and guided relaxation.
To book a place or for more information please email: email@example.com
Mondays: Dru Yoga Class 19.15-20.15
Venue: The Yoga Room, Witney
This class is both energetic and gentle! Suitable for adults of mixed ability and CFS/ME. The class focuses on mobilizing the spine and joints using sequences unique to Dru Yoga.
* This class is now full, please do enquire as spaces do become available from time to time.
Advance booking essential: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays: Yoga in the Workplace 13.00-14.00
Venue: Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. Staff only. Main lecture theatre or local nature reserve, weather dependant.
Tuesdays: Movement, Stretching and Relaxation Class 19.00-20.00
Venue: The Tolkien Room, St Peter’s Church, Eynsham. OX29 4HS
A lovely class for adults of all ages and mixed abilities. This class focuses on spine and joint mobility, gently strengthening and stretching muscles. Deep relaxation and breathing techniques which help you to feel calmer and more relaxed. Postures can be modified to suit the individual and some can be performed seated. Suitable for CFS/ME.
* Weather permitting part of the class is held outside in the garden during the warm summer evenings.
Wednesday : Dru Yoga Class 15.30-16.30
Venue: Farmoor Village Hall, Farmoor. OX2 9NS
Lovely gentle class suitable for adults of all ages, mixed ability and CFS/ME. The class focuses on mobilizing the spine and joints using sequences unique to Dru Yoga, these can be modified to suit the individual and some can be performed seated.
Advance booking essential: Email: email@example.com
*Weather permitting part of the class is held outside in the garden during the warm spring and summer afternoons
Friday: Movement, Stretching and Relaxation for CFS/ME 10.30-11.30
Venue: Tolkien Room, St Peter’s Church, Eynsham. OX29 4HS
Class designed for those with CFS/ME, lying and seated gentle movement and stretching. Classes include breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques. This is my most gentlest class and a good starting point to learn yoga at a relaxed and slow place, in a safe and supportive environment.
* Weather permitting part of the class is held outside in the garden
*Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of class attendance as this class does not run every week.
One-2-One sessions available: Ideal if you are just starting exercise again, are anxious about joining a class, or have CFS/ME .
Gift Vouchers: treat a loved one to a gift of a yoga class, a six week course or One-2-One private session (terms and conditions apply).
It’s amazing what a bit of yoga does when practised outside in the glorious sunshine in the snow!!! I was only popping out this morning to get milk but it was such a glorious morning and the countryside beckoned. After finding a beautiful spot I practised Dru Yoga’s Energy Block Release 4, Salutation to the …
Relax…. Take just a few short minutes to deeply relax and unwind with this simple guided relaxation. Perfect at the end of your yoga practice or anytime you just need a bit of ‘me time’… Dru Yoga Relaxation
Core stability is a key part of yoga and identifying and engaging these muscles can help to improve strength, core stability and protect the lower back. Students can sometime find it difficult to isolate these muscles and the instruction ‘engage core’ is frequently used as a reminder during classes. It would be lovely if little …
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Tel: 07773657853 *new number effective 15th January 2019
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