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 Wisdom in Every Day

 

Helping you to revisit themes covered on the day retreats and cultivate a healthy outlook when you go home :) 

 

Rachael- Yoga Teacher

BA (Hons) GDip SLT PTDip DYT

 

I have been practising different styles of yoga since I was 16 but it was during my late twenties that I found Dru Yoga and decided I wanted to be able to teach this type of yoga. Prior to this, I trained as a personal trainer and speech and language therapist. Dru Yoga contains all the key postures and sequences you might expect to find but with all the added wellbeing benefits of breathwork, visualisations and affirmations. I am passionate about making yoga accessible to everyone! I try to make my yoga fun and creative. I like to challenge people's perceptions by showing how softness and strength can go hand-in-hand. 

I studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia and my dissertation was about the healing power of writing. I have a strong interest in the benefits of journalling and post a blog on this site to share some reflections that have come from being present and observing.  

I am currently training as a back care yoga specialist as part of my commitment to holistic wellbeing. I work part-time as the Performance Yoga Instructor at Norwich School. 

 

 

"I really looked forward to Rachael's Friday lessons - they came at a point where I really needed some relaxation and stress relief! I found I left the sessions calmer and feeling psychologically stronger - setting me up well for the weekend! It was great to have someone spend a little time with everyone in the class to find out if they had any physical (or other) problems or expectations of the yoga sessions; and she immediately put newcomers at ease - thank you!" Linda (Primary School Teacher)

What does ‘Dru’ mean?

Dru comes from the Sanskrit word dhruva, which refers to the stillness that can be experienced in Dru Yoga. In this stillness we are able to sit back from anything that may be happening around us, and see and act from a point of clarity and inner calm.

 

What is Dru like?

Dru Yoga has its roots in hatha yoga and includes classical yoga postures (asanas), pranayama (breath work), mudras (gestures), positive affirmations, empowering visualisations and powerful, flowing, dynamic sequences.

 

What is unique about Dru Yoga?

  • Joints are kept relaxed and soft during movement (as in tai chi). This creates flexibility and a free flow of subtle energy.
  • Energy Block Release sequences(EBRs) are easy-to-practise, flowing movements that help to release tension physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • In Dru Yoga all movements originate from the spine because a flexible, healthy spine supports your entire yoga practice.
  • The spinal wave and spinal twist are core features of Dru, enhancing spinal health and vitality.
  • A deep understanding of core stability is a major focus.
  • Dru Yoga works to balance the chakras (energy centres of the body) and access the powerful energy of the heart.
  • Within the flow of movement, Dru Yoga creates powerful moments of stillness which we call ‘Dru points’.

 

When 450 Dru yoga participants were asked about the effects of their yoga practice:

72% find that Dru Yoga reduces back pain

93% experience improved spine flexibility

86% enjoy increased energy levels after their yoga practice

89% experience improved breathing

89% can now reduce and control stress levels

81% have greater confidence and self-empowerment

84% benefit from enhanced mood after their session

83% feel emotionally balanced

91% gained peace of mind by overcoming negative thinking

 

Whatever your yoga ambitions, you’ll find Dru Yoga a fresh, energetic, positive and complete approach to health and well being. Come on a day retreat and experience the power, joy and stillness of Dru Yoga!

www.druyoga.com

Day Retreat

Phone: 07847478208

Email: rachael@yogacitybrakes.co.uk

 

 

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Paul- Wellbeing Support Tutor

BSc (Hons), PTDip

 

I am a calm and friendly influence in life. I graduated from Napier University, Edinburgh with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science in 2008. Since then I have continued to work in the sports and exercise field, working as a swimming coach and more recently, as a personal trainer and with GP referred populations. I have a keen interest in helping people with their health and fitness and supporting them in achieving their goals, whatever they may be. I have a strong belief that mental and physical wellbeing are interconnected.  

I am first aid trained and am national pool lifeguarding qualified.  

I am fluent in Spanish so can offer some translation throughout the day if you only speak a little English.  

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Feedback about City Brakes

 

Space to slow down in the heart of Norwich.

You think it's a typo for 'breaks' and your logical left brain is in full swing. But what if you let your intuitive right brain into the driving seat for just a minute? 'Brakes'. How about learning to apply your own brakes in Norwich? Whilst the city is peaceful in parts, it also replicates some of the busy activity that also goes on in your 'real life'; the life when you get home. This makes it easier to apply your new skills.

 

City Brakes is about helping you to find tranquility without having to go to an isolated location. Whether you're new to yoga or an experienced yogi, we can adapt all postures to suit. The flexibility of the days mean they lend themselves to Norwich residents and visitors who want to make the day part of a longer trip. We will help you to 'find' yourself again in this fine city.   

About Us

"I've enjoyed everything; going away with lots of new skills. Rachael and Paul are a lovely couple and the effort you have put into today is obvious and much appreciated. Thank you." 

Laura (Vet)

"The activities made it easy to talk to the other participants and there was a very relaxed atmosphere. Of course, the yoga was superb and well-taught. You have a very warm, welcoming manner- thank you Rachael."

Liz (Music Teacher) 

 

Hosted by Namaste Village, 131-139 Queens Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3PN          

 

About Dru Yoga

This is a sample of the timings and content for the day:

 

08:30-09:00: Arrival at Namaste Village. City Brakes are held within the light, airy, warm main restaurant for most of the day.

 

09:00-09:30: Introduction to the day and undertsanding what has drawn people to the day. 

 

09:30-10:30: Restorative yoga session focusing on the therapeutic features of Dru Yoga including postures, breathwork, sequences and a relaxation. Time to de-stress!

 

10:30-10:45: Break for refreshment

 

10:45-12:00 Energising yoga session focusing on moving forward in your life and tackling any niggling barriers to change. Finishing the morning with a beautiful relaxation.

 

12:00-12:45: Nourishing lunch and discussions around nutrition and eating for your dosha type.   

 

12:45-13:45: Moving to an upstairs room for an introductory workshop on mindfulness, journalling and art therapy. 

 

13:45-14:00: Summary and feedback. Option to provide email address so you can be sent a resource pack to help you continue being healthy!

 

"Brilliantly taught- really lovely. Awesome day :)"

Jen (Support Worker)

"I enjoyed everything about today; the instruction, the practise, the lunch, the walk, the discussion, the company. Thank you."

John (Retired Engineer)

"I felt supported to try all the postures and enjoyed focusing on the back. Lunch was delicious and the mindful walk a great idea."

Jo (Nurse)

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