April 12

Dru yoga

Since leaving clinical psychiatry more than 20 years back, my journey has offered me numerous chances for my inner awakening. I’m enchanted to have this chance to share with my psychiatric colleagues some of the delightfully simple, however incredible, helpful developments that I have found as a component of Dru Yoga. I have used these techniques personally to heal a back injury and in the process have become aware of their healing potential for those with emotional issues.

Dru Yoga was introduced to the U.K. by Dr Mansukh Patel more than twenty years ago. He had been encouraged by the standards of this delicate style of yoga by his father in East Africa and he instructed it to a few companions at Bangor University in North Wales. They then went on to form the Life Foundation, of which Dru Yoga has become an international hallmark. Their point was to make a platform in a bustling existence where anybody of all ages, cultures, or capacities could investigate yoga.

The word Dru comes from the Sanskrit Dhruva, meaning still and unchanging. Generally, Dhruva is the name given to the North Star, which stays fixed while any remaining stars seem to move around it. In Dru Yoga, awareness is developed in a place inside ourselves, called the Dhruvakasha.

Dru Yoga has today developed into a powerful series of techniques, capable of transforming health by balancing the energies of body, heart, and psyche.

One of the standards of Dru Yoga is that the body and the feelings are directly connected. Dr Candace Pert has illuminated the ramifications of this connection in her work on neuro-peptides, the so-called messenger molecules, in her book ‘Molecule of Emotions’. Distinct gatherings of these molecules have been shown to correspond to emotional states, for example, anger. Pert shows that there is no distinction between body and feeling and that the entire body is run by feelings. This modern research validates the ancient principle that our bodies, emotions, thoughts, and self are all inextricably linked. The Dru Yoga Energy Block Release (EBR) sequences make use of this principle, acting upon the places in the body where our emotions get trapped and releasing emotions by changing their energy.

Another standard of Dru Yoga is its ability to activate heart power. In Yoga, the heart chakra is known as the psychic centre of change. The electrical field produced by the heart is 60 times greater than that of the brain, according to research from California’s Heart Math Institute. When our energy is engaged through the heart place, then creativity and compassion abound. Numerous famous researchers, including Dr Dignitary Ornish, are now showing how, when we feel loved and have close caring relationships, our immune systems are stronger and we can more powerfully resist diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and many degenerative conditions. Dru Yoga is often called the yoga of the heart because many of the postures and sequences are designed to work with the heart centre. This is a major factor in its therapeutic efficacy.

Yoga theory depicts five layers of our being. The grossest layer is the physical body, more subtle is the layer of prana or energy, which relates to our emotional energy. Next comes the emotional layer and deeper still is the layer of intellectual thought. The fifth and deepest is the layer of soul-force or self-awareness. This philosophy of the layering of being is not unique to Dru Yoga and is described in many ancient yoga texts. However, in Dru Yoga, each layer is targeted and so transformation takes place quickly. Traumas and emotional distress rise like bubbles through the layers of being, surfacing and being released through the physical body.

Dru Yoga centres around energy flow through its sequences and visualization, thus enhancing proprioception and directing awareness. The ability to physically perfect a posture is not all-important. It is better to use the maxim: ‘perfection is the best you can do at any moment. All the sequences can be modified to suit the old, the infirm, an excitable child, or someone with disabilities.

Since 1995, these delicate procedures have been offered in detraumatisation workshops in war areas to help labourers, field staff, therapists, and counsellors manage stress and overcome burnout. In turn, they then offer the techniques to those suffering from the emotional trauma and painful emotions associated with living under such conditions.

Dru Yoga works since it:

· offers a self-improvement “tool stash” of procedures and abilities which are available to everybody

· offers an all-encompassing methodology which coordinates physical, mental, enthusiastic and otherworldly parts of our being

· is autonomous of culture, language, or religion

· works alongside conventional

counselling

· heals pain without stirring up the past

· encourages emotional self-reliance

Dru Yoga, through its delicate developments, permits us to access and deliver the impeded energy that leads to mental and enthusiastic problems.

It is almost as if by not focusing attention specifically on the mental or emotional levels but by just using therapeutic movements, we can sneak up on the mental issues. Almost everybody can move their body and because of the interconnectedness of the various pieces of our being, the release of physical tension in our joints and muscles resulting from these movements leads to a release of emotional trauma and mental distress. With the use of visualization, affirmation, and hand gestures (mudras), it is conceivable to change negative contemplations and feelings into their good partners.

I presently recommend Dru Yoga as my treatment of choice for most common mental health problems:

· de-stress procedures for stress-related problems e.g. chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome

· detraumatisation methods for post-traumatic stress disorder

· relaxation techniques for anxiety and phobic disorders

· relaxation, meditation, and specific posture sequences for depression

·specific sequences and movements for emotional transformation e.g. fear, anger, guilt

· programs for managing addictive

behaviour

I should concede that I have consistently been worried about medication results. As far as I know, there are no side effects or contra-indications for Dru Yoga but because it is a self-help therapy, it only works if it is practised!

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