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DRU YOGA as an Holistic Healing System
DRU can be considered an holistic healing system which emphasises working on both the body, mind and spirit so that both energetic and emotional blockages causing spinal pain can be cleared and also the pain caused by postural issues, spinal joint problems and spinal muscle issues can be tended to and healed in the process.
DRU is based on flowing movements which reduces the risk of further stress on the spinal system, controlled breathing which helps stiff, painful bodies to yield gently, and visualisations which can help move the energetic body into places where the physical body is not yet able or ready to enter.
DRU Energy Principles
Dru Yoga works with the flow of energy within our body to access every level of our being. Energy flows freely through the body when our lives are harmonious. DRU’s energetic principles state:
- Energy becomes locked in the spine and in all the joints and from the joints the blockage can go deeper into the muscles and eventually into the internal organs.
- Energy gets blocked when the joints are locked so in DRU all joints are kept slightly flexed; this engages a wider range of muscles.
- All movements originate from the spine. Stiffness in the spine is the main cause of energy blocks and therefore each part should be encouraged to move.
- Every posture and movement comes from somewhere and goes somewhere therefore DRU considers every posture as a sequence.
As DRU focuses on the importance of a healthy spine to whole wellbeing, by practising DRU yoga, it will benefit those with non-specific back pain issues including those caused by energetic and emotional blocks.
DRU has been designed to be practised by people of all abilities, all fitness levels and all age groups. With its roots in hatha yoga, it includes classical yoga asanas, pranayama (breath work), mudras, positive affirmations, empowering visualisations and powerful, flowing, dynamic sequences which not only help release tension and strain from the back body and improve flexibility, it also helps individuals to feel more positive, more relaxed and more rejuvenated which enhances their sense of wellbeing.
DRU Key Features
A DRU yoga class will have all of these DRU key features which will benefit an individual with non-specific pain and include:
- Spinal Waves and Spinal Twists – for re-introducing segmental mobility in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal column and it includes all of the movement types of the spine being lateral flexion, flexion, extension and rotation
- Tri-Spinal Release movement work – releasing tension from the pelvic girdle, the shoulder girdle and the spinal column which tends to build up due to repetitive movement and sedentary lifestyles
- Core Stability Engagement – the importance of the core in maintaining good posture and supporting pain free movement
- Energy Block Release Sequences – flowing movements that help to release tension from all of the koshic layers reducing the effect of pain caused by energetic and emotional blockages. Carefully designed sequences of stretching, twisting, forwards/backwards and sideways bending, and squatting movements that work on every part of your body
- Posture/Sequence work – each has a specific therapeutic benefit for the mind and body eg transform anxiety and fears through chakra work, increase vitality through visualisation etc. Conscious intention takes the healing process deeper when affirmations and visualisations are used with each posture
- Dru Point – DRU creates powerful moments of stillness within sequences and asana work when the mind and body are at ease and all tension drops away
- Activations – dynamic warming up of the body with particular emphasis on the back and mobilisation of key joints which releases stuck energy from the day’s activities and prepares the back and body for the rest of the class
- Stretch and strengthening work of over 30 different muscle groups – each asana has its own range of muscles to be stretched and/or strengthened so that the body and mind are prepared for the work to follow
- Pranayama Techniques – opening up of lung capacity by activation of abdominal, chest and back muscles – back pain can cause disruptive breathing patterns which further enhances pain
- Four stage Relaxation – key to allowing the energy that has been activated to settle, for the benefits of the yoga practice to be absorbed and to bringing the body back into balance and to heal. It triggers the autonomic relaxation response by triggering the parasympathetic system and switching off the sympathetic stress hormones. Stress hormones tend to increase physical tension and perception of pain so this relaxation will also benefit those with non-specific pain.
How yoga affects your brain:
Scientists used to think that we were born with a certain number of nerve cells in the brain and that we couldn’t grow new ones. However, research has shown that neurogenesis or the growth of new neurons can happen at any age and that the brain maintains its ability to adapt across a lifetime.
Yoga’s multi-dimensional approach, reflected in the 8 limb structure, creates key chemicals which assist with this process (pharmaceutical companies attempt to synthesise them in their laboratories) and assists with the breaking of bad habits and negative patterns. Synopsis of key benefits of a yoga practice on the brain:
– brain wave activity increased: alpha waves are associated with relaxation which encourages the activation of the rest and digest Parasympathetic System.
– GABA increased: gamma-aminobutyic acid counteracts anxiety and stress symptons.
– Serotonin increased: serotonin helps regulate our moods. Low levels of usable serotonin are associated with depression.
– BDNF increased: brain-derived neurotrophic factor is a protein responsible for neuron health and neuroplasticity. Yoga can boost levels of BDNF which may help people with chronic pain or depression.
– Dopamine regulated: dopamine acts as our body’s reward system and disfunction is associated with addiction. Research suggests that meditation results in improved self-regulation.
– Cortisol reduced: cortisol is a stress hormone. When your baseline increases and levels are too high for too long, it can lead to inflammation and weight gain. Cortisol is also associated with increased activity of the amygdala, the fear centre, which correlates to reduced activity in the hippocampus which has an adverse effect on memory.
– Norepinephrine reduced: a decrease in norepinephrine or adrenaline means fewer stress hormones in your system.