Secret One: Top 5 Secrets Successful Living

So… what’s the first secret?

This is one of the biggest and best-kept secrets around! Secret One of a successful life is how you ‘start’ your day. Those first few minutes are crucial to how your day (and therefore your week, and month and year… and even life) unfolds and manifests around you.

In this first secret, let’s explore how you can, very simply and quickly, ‘set’ the energy of your day to help you to get the most out of your life.

meditate-in-bedAbout the technique
Jumping out of bed (or even dragging!) as soon as the alarm goes off and going through the mechanics of getting up and dressed can often feel like a chore, something to ‘get done’ before ‘life’ starts.

This is technique is about pausing for a moment and setting your intention for the day ahead BEFORE you get up. By regularly using this short meditation technique, you’ll be able to perceive a conscious shift in your daily awareness towards that intention you set in the morning.

The Light Appreciation Society
Today, I watched the sun as it rose over the mountain side here at our Dru Centre in North Wales. For what felt like an eternity, I was standing in shadow and waiting – it felt as though I was waiting for the light to bathe my soul – just as water bathes the body… The next moment a sparkle of light peeped above the horizon, swiftly followed by the rest of this wondrous disc of light. My appreciation for that light and what it ‘IS’ took my breath away. Bottom line: without the sun – there would be no planet earth. They’d be no ‘me’ or ‘you’ at all!

As we go through the Light Shower technique below – see if you can hold that sense of appreciation and wonder at the beauty of light, and what that light means to you.

The Light Shower Technique

1. As you wake up – gently move (without opening your eyes) into a comfortable seated position.

2. See if you can begin to visualise sunlight touching the crown of your head, your face, shoulders and body. You could imagine light streaming in through the window and touching your body.

light-shower3. Allow that light to flow down over the crown of your head and down towards the shoulders, chest, abdomen, hips, legs and feet. See if you can ‘feel’ it as it pours over you like a warm, soft, healing, river of light.

4. Have an intention for that light to fill you body internally with light. You can use this affirmation: “My body is filled with light, health and energy.” If you are a visual person you can try to imagine that every cell of your body has a little sparkle of light making you glow with radiance.

5. Now that you are totally filled with light, use these three affirmations from Energy Block Release 4 to set a general intention for the day:

  • Focus your awareness around your head: “May all my thoughts be filled with light and highest purpose”
  • Focus on the area of the hearts and throat: “May all my words be filled with light and compassion.”
  • Focus on the abdomen, hands and legs: “May all my actions be filled with light and be for the benefit of all beings”

6. Spend a few moments in quiet contemplation before gently stretching your body and starting your day.

Advanced option:
Once you’ve been practicing this for a while, and it becomes second nature to wake up in this way, why not start to modify and change the affirmations to suit you and what you are going to do during that day. If you’re ill, you can have an intention for that light to heal you. If you know you get angry, you could hold an intention to have more patience today.

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed the first of the 5 Top Secrets to Successful Living. We’ll be posting the other 4 secrets here Dru Online blog so keep posted! Next in this series we’ll be exploring Secret Two – helping you to take the power of the Light Shower Technique and amplify it and turn it into a powerful tool for success!

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

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Top 5 Secrets Successful Living

Do you wish you could enjoy your week days as much as the weekends? Do you feel as though you don’t have time to enjoy your life to the full? Does your life lack direction and purpose?

We all want to lead a balanced lifestyle, with enough time to enjoy our family and friends as well as pursuing hobbies and taking time to relax and unwind. However, even though most of us would say these are the most important things to us – they are also the easiest ones to throw out the window when times get tough.

So how do we find our perfect balance and live a successful life?

In this series of blog posts we’ll be exploring how to find your perfect life balance through a wide range of techniques and contemplations. Each area has a practical ‘to do’ section so you can put it into action – today – now!!!

Work through these secrets one at a time, see if you can anchor them into your life, making them into your new positive habits!

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Dru Yoga tips to help you deal with Christmas Stress



Christmas is meant to be a time of peace and joy and giving. For many of us, however, it has become a time which is far from peaceful. Our stress levels rise as we count off the days. Shopping takes over our lives and the ‘giving’ can become obsessive anxiety about whether we have spent enough on our gifts, or got enough food in for the big day. The message of peace and love which is the essence of Christmas can get well and truly lost.

So how can we get back to the essence? How can we bring to Christmas that sense of peace and genuine (rather than commercial) giving that it really represents?

Dru Yoga, of course, has all the answers, as it will always bring us back to that place of stillness within us. Dru Yoga postures and sequences will restore our bodies and minds, releasing blocked energy.

Simply standing in Tadasana (the Mountain Posture) connects us deeply to the earth. Visualise a tree, with its roots firmly anchored into the earth, giving a wonderful sense of stability. Using the breath, lengthen through the legs, keeping the knees soft. Engage the core stability muscles slightly to support the posture. Lift the sternum, relax your shoulders, lengthen the back of your neck. Feel tall and relaxed.

At this time of year the earth is dormant, but a lot is happening under the surface to prepare for the renewed growth of spring. It’s the same with this posture. As we stand on the earth in this focused way, an amazing well of energy can rise up through our spine.

The vertical alignment breath can help this process. Visualise breathing in from the core of the earth, letting the breath flow up your legs and up through the spine to your heart. Then as you breathe out, imagine the breath flowing upwards from your heart, out of the crown of your head and up into the heavens. On the next breath, repeat the process, drawing energy down from above to you heart as you breathe in, letting it flow down from your heart and out of the soles of your feet back down into the earth as you breathe out. Repeat this process for as long as it feels comfortable, as you become a connection between heaven and earth. Finish by drawing energy to your heart from above, then offering it out horizontally to bless the world.

Winter is a time for stillness and reflection, for preparing and making plans for the year to come. Complement your yoga practice with introspection, looking at the direction you want your life to go in, considering how you can best strengthen and help yourself, those around you and the wider world.

For more Dru Yoga poses to keep you calm, visit the Dru Yoga Online Studio or visit the Dru Yoga Centre in Snowdonia for a stress- relieving yoga retreat!



Healing MS with Dru Yoga and Dru Meditation

Meditation Group“From wheelchair to walking in under a year? Even as a seasoned observer of yoga’s tremendous health benefits,I wouldn’t have thought it likely that someone could use yoga to make such a dramatic change in their health in such a short time.” Andrew Wells, Co-Director Dru Australia; Foreword, A Journey to Peace through Yoga.

Lynnette Dickenson is an inspirational Dru Yoga and Meditation graduate from Australia who’s been visiting the Dru Yoga Centre in Snowdonia for the past few days. Here’s her story.
I first discovered the healing benefits of meditation in 1998, when I was liberated from a lifelong struggle with bronchial asthma during a meditation retreat in Byron Bay, Australia, but without the support of an ongoing program my practice soon lapsed and then disappeared altogether.

Then in 2004 living in Britain and in hospital in excruciating pain, I again discovered the deep peace that can be experienced in the stillness of meditation. I continued my practice after leaving hospital, using it to relieve the angst of a life with Multiple Sclerosis; transforming emotional and physical pain and dysfunction into peace. Although it was still difficult to independently maintain a personal practice.

However, an MS exacerbation in 2006 left me in an electric wheelchair, exhausted and again unable to maintain my practice. I was unable to attend classes and felt isolated, like I had lost my best friend.

At the beginning of 2007 I attended a Dru Meditation weekend and again in excruciating pain, I felt the healing deep peace of meditation. I knew that if I could learn how to live in that place, I could accept and manage the traumas of MS and the rest of my life; and then I could teach the same skill to other people in crisis.

I decided to enrol in the Dru Yoga Teacher Training (DYTT), being promised I could effectively take part in the course by visualising the physical postures. In May 2007 I began the DYTT and rediscovered the peace of Dru practice.

I went home and visualised, meditated and relaxed to experience that peace in my everyday life. The structure of being in a course with a list of practices and homework, supported my home practice in a way I had not experienced in my previous attempts to develop a personal practice.

Within twelve months of visualising, meditating and relaxing, I had returned my wheelchair and was teaching in the local high school. During this time I had begun to shed layers of emotional trauma and rediscover my body and energy system in a way, I had previously not thought possible.

I felt it was now time to systematically approach my meditation practice with the same depth as I had my yoga practice, and enrolled in the Dru Meditation Teacher Training (DMTT). I began DMTT in May 2008. Again the structure of the course supported my daily meditation practice and gave me a direction to directly explore the layers of my being.

By the end of 2010, I had completed both the DYTT and the DMTT, and developed a deep and complete understanding of my kosha system and a full toolbox for managing the flow of energy through my system, and a language to express my understanding.

The structure of the course has supported me to continue my personal practice and I now teach Dru yoga and meditation to a wide range of students around Australia, specialising in students experiencing chronic illness, depression, disability and PTSD. My story is chronicled in A Journey to Peace through Yoga, available at Dru Worldwide.

In praise of all things green!

blossom-for-blogIn praise of all things green – awakening the Anahata Chakra. Jane Clapham explores her love of spring’s verdant colours, and shares a technique to open your heart centre.

It’s May in Snowdonia, and finally spring is on its way after a long, hard winter. Seeing the signs of new growth fills me with hope and energy. This morning, I sat on the mountain side to do my meditation practice, and marveled at the new shoots of grass peeping through the frost-burned land. Verdant dandelions and sorrel were showing their new leaves, and cheeky blue tits perched on the blossoming apple trees near where I did my yoga, hopeful of a crumb or two from my breakfast.

I can honestly say that at this time of year, I adore everything green. The new hawthorn leaves fill me with delight, and when the sun shines through the horse chestnut and rowan leaves, my heart sings. The emerald grass reminds me of my childhood on a small farm, when we would anxiously wait for the spring grass to emerge for our hungry cows. Grass to me isn’t a luxury lawn, a square of decoration in front of my house, but the source of my family’s livelihood, years ago.

In Snowdonia, winter’s freezing touch renders everything brown or grey in varying shades. And so, even now, over twenty years later, I get excited at the coming of spring, when all things green emerge after the long winter sleep.

But why in particular does the colour green feel so therapeutic?

In colour psychology, green is associated with feelings of harmony, balance and growth. A study at the University of Essex found that people exercising outside experienced more benefits than those attending a gym indoors. According to the researchers, being exposed to shorter-wavelength colours, such as blue and green, evoked feelings of calmness, whereas red and yellow were more stimulating. This could be because lush greenery signalled abundant food and nearby water to early human ancestors, resulting in positive feelings toward the colour green becoming hardwired into the human brain over the course of evolution.

In Dru Yoga, green is associated with the colour of the heart centre (anahata chakra), which is at the very centre of our bodies. When the heart centre is balanced, we can give and receive love and form healthy relationships. On the meditation training course, we do meditations on the anahata and associated hrit chakras, which help us awaken to a deeper sense of warmth and peace. The anahata chakra is the place from which we can hear the ‘unstruck sound’ or music of the soul, which we explore on advanced meditation courses.

Try this Dru meditation technique to awaken the heart centre, awakening your potential for unconditional love:

Relax for a few moments and focus on your breathing, watching the natural rhythm of each inhalation and exhalation. Focus on your heart centre and visualize an emerald green light in the centre of your chest, bringing balance and healing to your body and mind.

Imagine a situation in your life that needs healing. Create an image of that situation in front of you, as if it were on a video screen. As you breathe in, draw some of the stress of the situation into your heart and immediately send it upwards and out of the top of your head as you breathe out. Feel that above your head is a region of golden light in which you have full access to your healing potential. Imagine the stress entering this region and visualise the situation being completely healed.

On an in-breath, draw this newly transformed situation into your heart and breathe it out into the scene in front of you, bringing peace and a good solution to that situation. See smiles of relief on the faces of everyone concerned.

Repeat steps 2-5 until you feel relaxed, calm and full of joy. Gently allow yourself to awaken, moving your fingers and toes then having a good stretch before you get up.

If you’d to experience Dru meditation in Snowdonia this summer, combining therapeutic meditation with walks in the beautiful green mountain scenery, then join us from 16-18th August for a Dru meditation retreat. More details on the Dru website here.


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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.

Dru Pre-natal yoga

DYOS-jenni-jonesCalling all you pregnant ladies…yoga has a gift for you!

Why is it that some women swan through pregnancy and childbirth without a care in the world, relishing every moment of it, and other women struggle every step of the way, swearing that “nobody needs more than one child anyway” when asked if they are going to do it again! It has been postulated that stress and tension levels have a little something to do with it…

Cue the pre-natal expert… Jenni Jones, Dru Yoga Teacher, from Liverpool!

Jenni Jones is Liverpool’s very own Florence Nightingale. Specialising in pre and post natal pregnancy yoga, Jenni helps the Mums of Liverpool through the trials and tribulations of pregnancy and childbirth through her amazing business ‘Yoga Bumps and Babies’

Q. So Jenni…..what is the gift that yoga has to offer pregnant women?

A. From fertility, conception and pregnancy through to birth and crawling babies – yoga can support you every step of the way! Many believe there is an inner wisdom within us all, a body wisdom if you like, a huge resource available to us as women and as mothers – to find it we have to step out of the busyness of life and connect deeply with our body.

Q. How can we connect with that inner wisdom?

A. You have to listen to your intuition, strengthen the bond with your baby and breathe deeply through your day. Through your yoga movements, breath awareness and deep relaxation you can find you inner connection and a deep sense of peace.

Q. How can we stay happy through pregnancy?

A. Oxytocyn is the hormone which supports our relaxation. It’s our feel-good, relaxed, happy, love hormone! It helps us to create our babies, to enjoy the pregnancy and helps us through the birth. The great news is that yoga helps to promote and support the production of Oxytocyn in our bodies – filling us with a great feel good factor!

Q. What’s your top tip for women during their pregnancy?

A. Take time each day to breathe deeply connect with your body and your baby. Make yoga part of your daily ritual. Pregnancy and birth is a journey you make together make it easier and more delightful by nurturing yourself with prana through yoga practice and foods that really nourish you both deeply, Taking care of yourself is a beautiful way to take care of your baby.

Jenni is a pre and post natal yoga expert in Liverpool, teaching classes, workshops and baby massage. Find out more at



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