Definition – What does Dru Yoga mean?
Dru Yoga is a type of yoga started in 1978 at Bangor University by a group of yoga enthusiasts: Mansukh Patel, Chris Barrington, Rita Goswami, Annie Jones and John Jones. Its origins and teachings were inspired by the work of Francis of Assisi and Mahatma Gandhi. Its name, Dru, refers to the Hindu deity, Dhruva, who was honored with an eternal abode on the Pole Star. It is so called because the yoga aims to connect yogis with their own “inner star,” or point of stillness.
Dru Yoga works to bring about healing and unity through combining the physical practice of asanas with pranayama, mudras and relaxation.
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Dru Yoga is often more gentle than many forms of yoga practice, but its aims and focus are both deep and subtle. Although it does work on a physical level, it is also said to bring about positive transformation by rebalancing both the chakras and the koshas.
Dru Yoga works with sets of postures, breath work and meditation in sequences known as “energy block release.” These can be tailored to specific needs, such as cultivating more power or letting go of strong emotions. A Dru Yoga class may begin with some warm-up exercises known as “activations” before beginning these sequences.