One of the most popular forms of yoga in the UK, Dru Yoga is a holistic practice designed to reduce stress, increase flexibility and strength, and create a heightened feeling of positivity. Dru combines classically-rooted yogic techniques such as pranayama (directed breathing), mudras (symbolic hand gestures), and asanas (yoga postures) with contemporary elements such as positive affirmations, empowering visualizations, and unique Energy Block Release Sequences (EBRs) to refresh and uplift the body, mind and spirit. Dru Yoga asanas are dynamic and flowing, but joints are kept soft and relaxed, as in tai chi, to encourage the flow of subtle energy. Emphasis is placed on spinal flexibility and core stability to support movement without strain. The name Dru, derived from the Sanskrit word dhruva, refers to the stillness found at the center of movement when the mind becomes a quiet witness. This is the goal of Dru Yoga.
What to expect
Dru Yoga is designed to be accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels, and classes are tailored to the needs of the students. The asana practice consists of gracefully flowing movements that are dynamic, yet gentle. All movements originate from the spine, and joints are kept soft and relaxed. Some of these movements will include Energy Block Release Sequences (EBRs), which are easy, flowing sequences designed to release physical, mental and emotional tension. Not just a physical practice, Dru will also incorporate breathwork, meditation, and visualizations to refresh and uplift the mind, heart, and subtle energy of the chakras.
Dru Yoga was first taught in the UK by Mansukh Patel and a group of his colleagues at Bangor University in the 1970s-80s. This small group had learned the technique from Mansukh Patel's parents, who had spent time in India participating in Mahatma Gandhi’s campaigns. Today, the Dru Yoga teacher training program is the second largest in the UK, and has produced more than 1000 Dru teachers worldwide.