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.
Yoga and Meditation to support Long Covid Recovery
Yogic breathing exercises, stretching, relaxation and meditation are recommended as being part of the long covid recovery tool kit. Practice can help calm and support the body and mind during this time of healing. It is a lovely was to help establish ‘effective’ rest and sleep patterns. Please visit my CFS and Yoga page for more information and for free online classes designed for those with long covid to aid recovery.
Healthy Back Course
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:
- self-manage and reduce back pain
- strengthen the core & gluteal muscles
- improve balance
- help you to move more freely
“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
“I found attending the back care course really beneficial, it came along
just at the right time! Not one to usually suffer with a bad back I felt
ill equipped on how to manage it. However the class enabled me to focus on
the most beneficial stretches and exercises for back strengthening.
I was able to progress at my own pace and provided with helpful handouts to do exercises as homework. These handouts will also be useful to refer back to should I need them again! Louise is a great teacher and I’m sure this 6 week course really helped my back pain to improve.” Alison, 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