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Selfie for Peace

selfieThis Christmas time we’d love to offer the world the gift of peace and we’d love for YOU to get involved!

Send us your Christmas time ‘selfie’ or any picture of you happy and/or meditating and we’ll create a beautiful web page and a video collage of all our images from around the world. We’re planning to create a beautiful 10 minute ‘Meditation for World Peace’ video which we hope to have ready for sometime in the New Year!

> send us your picture or ‘selfie’ or email it to: anouschka@druworldwide.com

(*by sending us your image, you agree that you consent to the image being used by Dru Yoga on our web site and in a ‘Meditation for World Peace’ video) 

Take a look at some of the Selfie’s so far….

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Secret Three: Top 5 Secrets Successful Living

After exploring Secrets One and Two – working regularly with the ‘light shower’ and inviting the attitude of gratitude into your life  – you should be feeling pretty good every morning!

How would you like to feel empowered, grateful, expanded, healthy and wise every minute of your day? I most certainly do!!! That’s why Secret Three is so crucial to your total health and wellbeing!

book-now-manTo become a master at anything – even living – we need practice. We need small doses of consistent effort.

We all know that going to the gym once a month and doing a 4 hour workout – is not going to get you far in achieving your ultimate fitness goals. But a small amount on a regular basis is what will get you there. The same applies to living a successful life!

In this third secret we’re going to explore how you can – very simply – bring your awareness into your day – helping to prolong the amazing feeling of light and gratitude from Secrets One and Two (if you haven’t done these yet, please follow the links and spend a few days exploring these concepts – it will make this technique even more powerful and effective!).

Have you noticed that things and times of day can become habits? How we brush our teeth, which shoe we put on first, how we make our tea…. Habits are often given bad press – especially if we think they are not ‘good’ habits. However, habits can also be really, really helpful! If we could get into the habit of taking a walk everyday… of attending a yoga class once a week.. or even of checking the diary before you book the holiday… we would be creating a much healthier lifestyle, and reducing our stress levels!

For Secret Three to work we need to create a positive habit to help us expand our awareness beyond those few minutes after waking up. To do this we need some kind of trigger. Here are some examples of triggers we can use:

> TIME OF DAY: Every day at 7.30pm or 15 mins after you get in from work etc.

> PHYSICAL PLACE: Every time I walk into this room, sit on this cushion, walk past this tree…

> BODY SENSES: Every time I see this picture, hear this bell, listen to this piece of music, smell a rose, light this candle…

The second thing we need is an action – a small something we’ll do when triggered by whatever it is we choose. This can be a wide range of things – but keep them small and easily achievable to start with. This action should be tied in with your long term visions, dreams and goals. So if you are actively wanting to work on your health – make your action correspond!

There are 3 main areas of action which can help you get started:

> PRegal-Coby-Runner-300x244HYSICAL MOVEMENT: when you’re working on your physical health think about using a short movement based action for example; a yoga posture or sequence, dancing or a quick run up and down the stairs!

> MEDITATION & PRANAYAMA: if you are looking to focus more on your energy levels and reducing stress, why not have a simple breathing exercise (pranayama) where you focus on your breath for 3 or 4 minutes? This can be done sitting or standing, and is very effective for bringing you back into the present moment and building your inner energy levels.

> AWAREFUL LIVING: when you can’t just ‘stop’ what you are doing, how about choosing to be totally awareful in all your actions for 5 minutes? Every foot step, every word, every mouse click… what does it feel like physically? Then try to feel a sense of gratitude permeating through your body – “Wow! I have hands that can click the mouse!”

Advanced option – a higher purpose

A powerful practice is to dedicate your action to someone/ something else. You can dedicate your action towards a specific person or a group of people. You can also focus on peace between communities and nations and also towards the earth and animals – whatever is close to your heart and needs your energy and love.

How do I hold an intension?
Just before, during and as you complete your action, have an intention that this person/ situation will feel happier, more loved, healthier as a consequence of your action. If you can’t quite ‘get’ an intention simply use words or a feeling of gratitude or giving. You might also be able to visualise the final ‘happy’ or ‘resolved’ situation. This is a very powerful technique in the process of manifestation.

Start small and get good at doing one small action regularly! Try to choose a trigger that you are not going to be doing ALL the time (for example putting on the kettle, getting into the car). Thinsg we do too regularly are not likely to be good triggers as we often won’t have time/ remember to do the action. By not doing the action associated with you trigger – you will dilute the process, and it will no longer be an active trigger. If you find this happening – choose a different, more unique trigger.

radha-tree-300Once you’ve chosen one action and you do it regularly – try adding in another one! Build an array of good habits so that they soon become integrated, natural and spontaneous!

Remember you need to be committed to doing the action EVERY time you see/ interact with the trigger. For example; sitting on ‘that’ cushion means its time for you to do ‘X’ or every time you get the hoover out you take 3 deep slow breaths and fill your home with light and positive vibes for the benefit of your family.


You can also choose to do a certain action for a time period of days or weeks, and then replace it with a different one. This helps you to work with a variety of different actions and can certainly keep you on your toes!!!

This technique is a very powerful way of combining your mind, thoughts, emotions and body. Integration in this way helps us to find a more positive balance in our lives and live a more congruent lifestyle. These small changes on a regular and consistent basis are what will add up to make BIG steps forward in your personal growth.

Good luck in bringing your awareness more fully into your day!


Anouschka Dack

How to re-start your meditation practice

meditation-practiceWe all have the best intentions to keep a daily meditation practice going, but sometimes it’s easy to simply get out of the habit. It could be having an illness, a change of routine in summer holidays or at Christmas, or another life event we can’t control. We might just be too busy or stressed or upset to keep our practice together.

No matter what the reasons for quitting meditation were, here are some simple tips to get you back in the groove.


1. Keep it simple
I’ve found that my mind can exaggerate how complicated it might be to restart my practice, so I keep putting off doing it. So I beat my natural resistances by making it absolutely simple – just light a candle. Just sit for 10 breaths. Just sit on my meditation cushion for 1 minute. The more achievable and easy that first step is, the more likely I am to actually do it.


2. Get support
Talking to your meditation or yoga teacher is often enough to allay any fears or resistance about practice. I always ask my meditation students to drop me a line or ring me when they’re going through these dry periods – it’s not unusual and everyone goes through it from time to time. That reassurance and encouragement might be all you need to restart.


3. New week, new start
It may be a trick of my mind, but I find Mondays a good day to start over. It works for my 5:2 fasting and it definitely helps with my meditation. So – say to yourself that you’ve got a clean slate to start again – and Monday is the day!


4. Love and accept yourself
We can feel guilty, ashamed or just plain annoyed with ourselves for not doing the very things that make us feel better (i.e. meditating!). So let go of the self-judgement. Know that it’s a normal part of any journey of self-development, and start again.


5. Peer support
The most successful meditation training courses I’ve ever taught were those where the students met up regularly between modules. So get in touch with your yoga or meditation buddies, go on a workshop or retreat, or have a mentoring or one-to-one session with a tutor to be re-inspired to restart your practice. It’s going to be easier than you think, so go for it – one step at a time! Good luck!



Jane Saraswati Clapham is a Dru meditation teacher trainer based at our head office in Snowdonia.


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April 1st 2014

Today the Prime Minster, David Hariom, announced the formation of a new government body for the regulation of yoga postures in the UK. The new body, called the Ministry of Asanas, will be, “bending over backwards to ensure increased flexibility and happiness will become main-stream within the next 12 months.”

Increasingly concerned about how certain postures contribute to green house gas emissions, a statement released today by Portia Pretzel, a Ministry of Asanas spokesperson, announced there will be new legislation to monitor and possibly even ban certain postures here in the UK.
“Minimizing the emission of green house gasses is of primary concern to the Ministry of Asanas. It has been scientifically proven that certain postures, when practiced by yogis of a certain dosha, can contribute dramatically to global warming through the emission of green house gasses. Therefore we will be enforcing strict guidelines restricting the use of Apanasana and the Cow Face pose to green belt areas, as well as introducing strong government recommendations for the proper inclusion fenugreek in the cooking of lentils in yogi’s diets.”

Portia Pretzel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Asanas



Apanasana pose is to be restricted to green belt areas due to the increased emission of green house gasses, Ministry of Asanas officials announced today.

 The Ministry will also introduce guidelines on correct alignment, reaching eternal happiness and daily sadhana. On Monday, the UK Shadow Secretary, Ardho Mukswanasana said, “Only postures with a high GHI (Global Happiness Index) would be recommended for daily use by the Ministry of Asanas.” 


Speculation as to the exact criteria for high GHI poses has been strongly debated amongst the Yogic Elders for several thousands of years; however, the Swamis are awaiting extra input from the Akasha before publishing their conclusions.

A document leaked from the Ministry this week indicates that a great deal of time and resources has already been ploughed into researching several ‘Inverted Inversions’ including the Inverted Dog, Inverted Shoulder Stand and Inverted Cobra. Sources concur that these poses are likely to rate very highly on the GHI scale, however official documentation is yet to be revealed.

“The Inverted Cobra Posture became popular amongst Lazy Yogis in the 1990s, and is still practiced widely today.” said Dr Heartfelt a Yoga Researcher at Baaland university. “In modern times the Inverted Shoulder Stand is increasingly seen in workplace yoga sessions, and its more difficult cousin, the Inverted Plough, is performed by 98% of the UK every morning when tying shoelaces…”

Inverted Plough pose


Inverted Cobra posture










For more information contact: Dr U Worldwide, Nan Friendon, Baaland, North Wales

Secret Two: Top 5 Secrets Successful Living

Secret number two – express gratitude for the miracle of your life!

vibrant-lauraOnce you’ve got the Light Shower technique under your belt (from secret no1) – this next stage takes us deeper into how you start your day in the most powerful way. This shouldn’t necessarily add more time to what you do, but it can make it exponentially more potent!

Sometimes we find it so easy to bypass the simple miracle of life. We’re so caught up in work, family, finances, concerns and worries – that we forget the simple pleasures and beauty around us. Have a read through this list and allow a sense of gratitude, love and joy to fill you – I challenge you not to feel warm and fuzzy!

  • Bird song on a crisp spring morning
  • The glory of autumn colours
  • The luminescent green leaves of spring
  • The sound of a babbling stream
  • The joyful laughter of a child
  • The embracing hug of a dear friend

You’ll find that much of the power of this technique comes directly from your gratitude and appreciation for the miracle that is your life, so as we go through, try to ‘feel’ as much as possible.

Discover the “Attitude of Gratitude”DYOS earth

1. Start as before with the Light Shower Technique, by allowing light to bathe your body. As it does, start to become even more aware of all the areas of the body the light is touching. The head and face, shoulders and arms, down into the torso and hips and down through the legs to the feet.

2. As the light touches you – inside and out – allow a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude to flow through you. Thank this incredible body we live in. Enjoy the warmth of self-love as you focus also on the internal organs, the lungs, the breath, the muscles and the brain.

3. Allow your gratitude and appreciation to flow into the space around you. Have gratitude that you have a safe, warm place to live in, that you have clothes and food.

4. Have gratitude for the people in your life. Each person has a message – has a gift, they can share with us. Allow yourself to be open to receiving that gift.

5. Finally expand your awareness out further into the space around where you live. If you are a visual person you could image yourself lifting higher and higher into the air, gradually becoming aware of the magnificence of the earth; a bright blue shining jewel, suspended in space. Now, see if you can enfold the earth, its diverse peoples, cultures, flora and fauna with your gratitude, love and appreciation. You can imagine light, or feel a wave of warmth spreading outward from you.

6. When you feel ready, allow your breath to become deeper, bringing your awareness inward once again. Focus on the coolness of the incoming breath and the warmth of the outgoing breath. Gently become aware of your body once again, and, keeping that sense of gratitude, start your day.



This technique is deceptively simple… don’t let that fool you into thinking that it isn’t effective of powerful – you should find with practice that this “Attitude of Gratitude” can have a profound and powerful effect on your life.

Gratitude is a very powerful secret because it actually puts you in charge of yourself and your life. You can now make a conscious choice as to how you perceive and respond to the situations you find yourself in – and choose to see everything that comes as a gift or ‘learning’, that will help you to grow and change. This means you are now responsible for your life and your emotions!

Gradually, you’ll be able to perceive this sense of gratitude permeating throughout your life – you’ll feel it when you meet an old friend, or go for a walk, or even just looking out at the clouds through the office window!

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed the second of the 5 Top Secrets to Successful Living. We’ll be posting the other 3 secrets at our Dru Online blog so keep posted! If you’ve enjoyed this technique you may enjoy attending one of our yoga or meditation retreats in North Wales, or even joining our Online Meditation Course.

Warm Regards,

Anouschka Dack