Tuesday, March 7, 2017

You don't need downward dog in every yoga class

I love teaching and practicing Dru yoga. As you will see from the previous blog post I have had a few experiences lately with other yoga styles that left me a bit concerned. 
Having just completed 2+ years of study in Restorative Exercise with Biomechanist Katy Bowman I have a changed my personal practice and my teaching of yoga.
With this knowledge now of alignment, there are a few poses I won't be teaching, at least not in a conventional way. I have learned to modify some poses/asanas to be more user friendly, and leave some out all together as I feel most people I teach don't have the strength needed to do these postures with out some kind of damage occurring if not immediately accumulative. I cringe every time I hear of a student of other yoga modalities tell me they hurt their shoulder, or pulled a muscle in their groin, or other body parts. I never want to hear of anyone hurting them selves while practicing Dru yoga with me.
That is why I take care in my lesson planning and use the gradual stages of postures. That is the kind of training you get when you learn to teach Dru yoga. It helps that Dru yoga is a gentler style of yoga, and I find this useful in achieving my goals in my teaching practice. It's not unusual to have students that lead a very busy, fast paced life, and it is a breath of fresh air for them to be able to attend a Dru yoga class and be allowed the space to actually slow down and become mindful. By the way gentler doesn't make the practice less beneficial I feel it is quite the opposite. 

So do I teach downward dog? Yes occasionally we do practice this in class, but not with out warming up the appropriate muscle groups. It is a feel good posture, that most people have done in some point of their yoga practice, and it also comes with some health considerations. Keeping these in mind I have been taught to take people into different stages of the dog, and also give the beautiful cat as a replacement posture.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Yoga style differences

  When I started my Dru yoga training I didn't have much experience in other forms of yoga.
Last year I tried several different yoga classes just to see how they differ from Dru yoga.

Now I haven't tried All the different styles of yoga! What I did sample gave me an idea of the differences between Dru yoga and other styles of yoga.

Here is what I found to be different:

In Dru yoga we do an activation in the beginning of the session to help warm up the body and the muscles. In all of the other classes I did there wasn't any kind of physical warm up.

In Dru yoga we do body preparations to ready the body/muscles for a pose/posture or asana. In all the classes I did not one of them did any kind of body preparation.

I found that Dru yoga caters to all body types and gives different stages of a posture, so that the participant can do the movement safely and in their own range of movement. I didn't find this in any of the classes I did.  (Dru yoga is VERY safety conscious)

Dru yoga classes are set up to do an activation, an Energy Block release, body preparations for pose, asanas/poses, a sequence and a relaxation usually 15/20 mins. The other classes I did were a bit all over the place and none really had the flow of Dru to me.

In my experience none of the yoga classes helped me emotionally.  I find so many emotional benefits from my Dru yoga practices. My Dru yoga sessions can help me to feel more grounded, centred, energetic, relaxed, focused, enthusiastic, joyful.  What ever it is I want to achieve Dru yoga can be used as my emotional toolbox.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Awesome exercise

Well, it has been a while since my last blog post. One of my goals in the up coming months is to be more active here.

I am writing to share with you an Awesome exercise I have been taking part of. I know some of you are reading this me being a Dru yoga instructor you are thinking what are we doing with our physical bodies now? Well guess what this exercise doesn't require physical movement. ah ha

I get regular emails from Hay House. If you like to get information about spiritual growth I can highly recommend you sign up for their news letters. Just in the past few weeks they have been offering free ebooks. I now have a couple of them myself. ;o) Okay I strayed here, but there is a point to this.

One of the news letter had an exert from a book that is written by Pam Grout best selling author of E-Squared. In her new book "Thank & Grow Rich" Pam gives a 30 day experiment on how to grow your abundance through joy and gratitude. Hay House and Pam Grout were kind enough in their news letter a couple of weeks ago to offer a taste of what you can find in the book.

Well, this little exercise really resonated with me so I thought what the heck I'm going to start trying this, and I did. It is very simple to do: Below please find this taken from the Hay House news letter dated 11/09/2016 written by Pam Grout:

  • "STEP #1: Admit that… “something amazingly awesome is going to happen” to you today. First thing every morning, before you throw off your covers, before you leap out of bed, before you fire up the old Mr. Coffee, proclaim to the world that something unexpected, exciting, and amazingly awesome is headed your way today.

    It takes, what, three, four seconds? Yet it’s one of the most important things I do each morning. The first few minutes of every day pre-paves the next 24 hours with positive expectations. It sets up a powerful intention, a forecast on which I choose to focus.

    And it never fails to come true.
  • STEP #2: Come to believe… in blessings and miracles. Pretend to be a private investigator assigned the task of finding all the beauty and largesse in the world. The dominant paradigm might suggest it is lacking, but practiced with regularity, this ritual will allow you to see things in a whole different light. Instead of looking for problems, be on the hunt for blessings. You’ll find, to paraphrase the line about the old radio character Chickenman, “They’re everywhere. They’re everywhere.” 

  • To make sure your thoughts don’t return to their slacking tendencies, text (or tweet or post them on Facebook or Instagram) three blessings (aka amazing awesomeness) each morning. The only stipulation is the items on the list have to be different every day.

    I often liken myself to Lewis or Clark, scouting important new territory. Because we get out of life whatever we focus on, practicing these two simple steps has radically changed my life. It will change yours, too.

    Try it for the next 30 days. Feel free to switch it up a bit, if you desire. For example, you could say, “Something magical is going to happen to me today.”

    But each morning, no matter how you feel, no matter what is happening, say your phrase (if you want, add a fist pump) and text three blessings (new ones, no repeats) to a group of friends. Text it to your mother, if you have to. Or write it down. Just don’t repeat."
Like I said I told myself I was going to give it a try after reading the email I closed my eyes and repeated this phrase, "Something Awesome is going to happen to me today." Well that afternoon in the post I received 2 checks in the mail from my insurance company. They owed me a discount for signing up a second car last year and had only realised that hadn't given me the payment for it. Well, since then I have practiced every morning. It's been 10 days for me and every single day I have had something awesome happen! Instead of writing my grateful statements in the morning though I have been writing them at night in a journal. It works for me as I think to myself all day what 3 things will I be thankful for today? Especially since you can't repeat your grateful statements.

I just wanted to share this as I found it very useful, and hope that you will give it a try yourself.  Please feel free to share any of your awesomeness in the comments below once you try this exercise your self.

Until next time.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Saying goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016!

Saying goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016!

Something I have been doing now for quite a few years, something you may like to do, is reviewing the year that has just passed. Credit for this inspiration comes from Leonie Dawson and her incredible workbooks.

 I like to look at the year writing down the lessons the year taught me.
Which of my dreams came true, was I transformed by anything, did I let go of anything, what did I learned about myself? I reflect and write it all down as a release. I rant and rave and celebrate too, it is good to get it all out, so I can look forward to the new year to come. After I have written it all down I sit quietly, I do some breathing, giving thanks for all that transpired, acknowledging and letting go of that which no longer serves me. Knowing as I release this year I make myself ready for the year to come.

This gives me a clear head to start to think about what it is I want to create in the year to come. Once again with pen and paper I start to write what I would like this year to bring me. What do I want to feel? Do I have any affirmations I would like to use to describe the year to come? I like to have separate goals for my personal life, my business life, my spiritual side, and my body. How do I want to relate to my family and friends? How do I want to give back to the world?
 What are some of the things I want to achieve this year?

A vision board is also nice to do.
This year during the Christmas holiday we had plenty of poster board and magazines about, and those that visited with us had time to do a vision board. Cutting anything that grabs your fancy, words, pictures, etc and paste create what it is you want to achieve. My vision board this year took me a few days to create as I took my time cutting and collecting. Once it is complete hang it somewhere that you will see it everyday. A most powerful way to create!!

Okay that is all from me now. I am off to clean the yoga studio getting it ready for the year ahead.
I love to organise and downsize and rearrange it makes the space so much better..... but I will save this topic for another time.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The new web site is live and now free of any teething issues - enjoy