It’s bone chillingly cold in our little Dru Yoga Studio. The gales have blown out the central heating and no amount of resetting will persuade it to light again…
The water is frozen and every few minutes the wind blows open the doors and slams them shut, spraying a fine layer of snow everywhere. I can see my breath and my feet are getting numb.
Not quite the time and place to practice yoga, right?
Cancel, cancel, cancel that thought! Another cold snap (blizzards and temperatures down to -10 … unusual for Wales) has chilled me to the bone. Yet, as a Dru Yoga teacher, I look for the lesson in everything. I notice that I’m tightening my jaw and neck muscles as I walk in the wind. My shoulders have tensed up in the blizzards. There’s a general sense of stiffness and tension as I can feel my body fighting the unwelcome cold.
And the solution – is Dru Yoga, of course. In my little yoga studio the heating isn’t working, but I can be creative. I hum to myself as I move through dynamic activations (the way we always start a Dru Yoga class) – cross activation, bouncing, dancing – anything to get the circulation going and warm up the muscles. As my heart rate increases I feel a slight warmth moving through my body.
Next, time for the Energy Block Release (EBR) – those wonderful Dru Sequences that unlock pockets of tension in my muscles, joints and energy body. I move gently through EBR 1 – noticing my body unfolding as I twist, bend and stretch – and I can feel the tension starting to melt away. I’m still not completely warm, so it’s time for something serious from my Dru Yoga ‘arsenal’ – the Sun Sequence. The oldest exercise sequence known to humanity, Surya Namaskar releases a powerhouse of dynamic energy. So, I start one sequence and my feet slip – so I take off my socks – brr… and resistance arises. Just keep moving, I tell myself, and I repeat the flowing Dru Yoga style sun sequence four times. At last – I can feel the energy of the warm sun pulsating in my veins!
My mind is clearer, my mood is better, and I’ve reminded myself that when the weather is cold, it’s the perfect time to gently work with yoga, to release the tension that silently builds up in the body.
In the Northern Hemisphere, we aren’t always blessed with warm temperatures (I can’t believe that 10 days ago I was in 33 degrees C India!) so, it’s even more reason to be kind to our body and mind, get out the yoga mat and start our yoga practice. Hooray for Dru Yoga!
Jane Clapham is a Dru Yoga and Dru Meditation teacher trainer, who started doing Dru Yoga at the tender age of 15 and hasn’t stopped since! She now teaches Dru yoga, meditation and sound courses in the UK, Europe, India and Australia. She runs Meditation teacher training courses in Snowdonia, Wales as well as meditation retreats worldwide.