If you’ve always wanted to learn meditation for inner calm or stress relief, then try Dru Meditation!
Dru’s approach to meditation techniques will help to balance you, no matter how you’re feeling.
- If you’re agitated , Dru Meditation will bring you calmness
- If you’re feeling exhausted, it will give you energy
- If you’re feeling anxious, it will bring you peace
It’s a piece of advice yogis have given for thousands of years: take a deep breath and relax. Watch the tension melt from your muscles and all your niggling worries vanish. Somehow we all know that relaxation is good for us.
Now the hard science has caught up: a comprehensive scientific study showing that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level has just been published. What researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered is that, in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, far more ”disease-fighting genes” were active, compared to those who practised no form of relaxation.
In particular, they found genes that protect from disorders such as pain, infertility, high blood pressure and even rheumatoid arthritis were switched on. The changes, say the researchers, were induced by what they call ”the relaxation effect”, a phenomenon that could be just as powerful as any medical drug but without the side effects. ”We found a range of disease-fighting genes were active in the relaxation practitioners that were not active in the control group,” Dr Herbert Benson, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who led the research, says. The good news for the control group with the less-healthy genes is that the research didn’t stop there.
The experiment, which showed just how responsive genes are to behaviour, mood and environment, revealed that genes can switch on, just as easily as they switch off. ”Harvard researchers asked the control group to start practising relaxation methods every day,” says Jake Toby, hypnotherapist at London’s BodyMind Medicine Centre, who teaches clients how to induce the relaxation effect. ”After two months, their bodies began to change: the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer all began to switch on.”
More encouraging still, the benefits of the relaxation effect were found to increase with regular practice: the more people practised relaxation methods such as meditation or deep breathing, the greater their chances of remaining free of arthritis and joint pain with stronger immunity, healthier hormone levels and lower blood pressure. Benson believes the research is pivotal because it shows how a person’s state of mind affects the body on a physical and genetic level. It might also explain why relaxation induced by meditation or repetitive mantras is considered to be a powerful remedy in traditions such as Ayurveda in India or Tibetan medicine.
But just how can relaxation have such wide-ranging and powerful effects? Research has described the negative effects of stress on the body. Linked to the release of the stress-hormones adrenalin and cortisol, stress raises the heart rate and blood pressure, weakens immunity and lowers fertility. By contrast, the state of relaxation is linked to higher levels of feel-good chemicals such as serotonin and to the growth hormone which repairs cells and tissue. Indeed, studies show that relaxation has virtually the opposite effect, lowering heart rate, boosting immunity and enabling the body to thrive.
There is so much more that can be shared about the research however that gives you an idea of the power of learning how to deeply relax and meditate. Why wouldn’t you want to get started as soon as possible and feel the effects?
Start now by booking into the next meditation course.
I run meditation for beginners every term and also intermediate meditation a couple of times a year for those that want to carry on to some deeper breathing and meditation practice.
See below for what’s on offer and to hear what others are saying about these courses.
2016 Meditation & Relaxation Courses
Beginners Meditation & Relaxation course already started and full for this term however stay tuned for next term details coming soon.
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Read what recent participants had to say about their experience of the Dru Meditation course.
“I really enjoyed the classes and now have techniques and tools to continue a more effective practice. I have developed a daily meditation routine during the 8 week course which I am so much more peaceful and grounded from.” ST
“The Dru meditation course changed my entire state of mind. It was such a friendly environment that allowed me to grow as a person.” Emily Macnish
“Dru Meditation has given me a tool I use regularly in my personal and professional life. Learning to check in with my body has been of huge benefit.” Pam Macnish
“A wonderfully enlightening course enabling me to clear my mind and align my body and mind.” Todd Grigo
” The meditation classes have helped bring in some stillness into my busy head. Some yoga, relaxation and meditation – just fantastic.” Karen Mazzella
“Over the last six weeks I’ve felt the best I have in a long time. I feel more at peace within myself. I feel fantastic mentally, emotionally and spiriually. Thank You! Claudia Salinas
“Dru Meditation has helped me immensely with my focus on healthy eating and exercise (yoga). My energy is moving in the right direction for my body, mind and spiritual growth.” Deb Turner
“I came to the meditation classes to help me clear my mind and to assist me through some big changes in my life. I didn’t learn everything in six weeks but I think I have a great start.” Bob Lowther