Strengthen Your Body – Relax Your Mind – Find Inner Peace

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

If you’ve always wanted to learn meditation for inner calm or stress relief, try Dru Meditation!

Dru’s approach to meditation techniques will help to balance you, no matter how you’re feeling.

And most importantly, Dru Meditation will help you find that still place, with its sense of fullness, achievement and its deep healing properties, that only yoga and meditation can bring.

What is Dru Meditation?

Dru Meditation is about finding a still inner point from which you can look at the world in a different way and discover a fresh, new perspective on your life.

As part of the process of reaching this still point you will learn powerful breathing techniques (pranayama), kriyas and concentration techniques.

What makes Dru Meditation different from other forms of meditation?

Dru define meditation as the perfect balance between alertness and relaxation.  It doesn’t matter if you practice in a chair or sitting cross-legged on the floor, it’s all about quietening the mind and stilling the body.

Dru Meditation, in common with many other types of meditation, starts with this gentle awareness of the body and breath.  This mindful awareness reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, reduces chronic pain and can aid insomnia.

“I recommend the Meditation course to anyone who wants more peace and calm in their daily life…I feel so much more energised and ready for the day.” Lorraine

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.

”On a biological level, stress is linked to fight-flight and danger,” Dr Jane Flemming, a London GP, says. ”In survival mode, heart rate rises and blood pressure shoots up. Meanwhile muscles, preparing for danger, contract and tighten. And non-essential functions such as immunity and digestion go by the wayside.” Relaxation, on the other hand, is a state of rest, enjoyment and physical renewal. Free of danger, muscles can relax and food can be digested. The heart can slow and blood circulation flows freely to the body’s tissues, feeding it with nutrients and oxygen. This restful state is good for fertility, as the body is able to conserve the resources it needs to generate new life.

While relaxation techniques can be very different, their biological effects are essentially similar. ”When you relax, the parasympathetic nervous system switches on. That is linked to better digestion, memory and immunity, among other things,” Toby says. ”As long as you relax deeply, you’ll reap the rewards.” But, he warns, deep relaxation isn’t the sort of switching off you do relaxing with a cup of tea or lounging on the sofa.

”What you’re looking for is a state of deep relaxation where tension is released from the body on a physical level and your mind completely switches off,” he says. ”The effect won’t be achieved by lounging round in an everyday way, nor can you force yourself to relax. You can only really achieve it by learning a specific technique such as self-hypnosis, guided imagery or meditation.”

The relaxation effect, however, may not be as pronounced on everyone. ”Some people are more susceptible to relaxation methods than others,” says Joan Borysenko, director of a relaxation program for outpatients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston. ”Through relaxation, we find some people experience a little improvement, others a lot. And there are a few whose lives turn around totally.”

Most importantly, Dru Meditation will help you find that still place, with its sense of fullness, achievement and its deep healing properties, which only yoga and meditation can bring.

Dru comes from the sanskrit word Dhruva which refers to the stillness that can be experienced in Dru Yoga and Meditation.  In the stillness we are able to sit back from everything happening around us and see and act from  a place of clarity and inner calm.

Beginners Course

This is a course for total beginners who want to learn how to meditate.

These courses now run in a private studio space in Australind and are limited to only five people so you are getting a very personal learning experience.

In this 6 week course you will learn:

  • how to rebalance your energy with the prana kriyas (potent breathing and movement techniques that transform)
  • learn the art of deep relaxation
  • how to park your body for your personal optimal sitting position either in a chair or on the floor
  • a variety of concentration techniques
  • how to connect with your heart and create heart coherence
  • powerful breathing techniques

Comprehensive handouts and recordings are included in this course so you have the resources to continue your practices in your daily life.

Click on the registration tab for details of upcoming courses and to book. (Make sure you have logged in first from the basket button on main menu.)

 

Intermediate Course

Once you’ve established a routine with what you have learnt in the beginners course and you are comfortable with the breathing techniques taught in that course you may like to move on.

In this course you will:

  • deepen your experience of the prana kriyas
  • learn more advanced breathing techniques such as the Three Fold Breath
  • deepen your understanding of the koshas, the energy layers of our being, enabling you to manage your energy input and output
  • learn the powerful Shanti Prana Dru Meditation practice

In this course you begin to sit for longer periods of time with less guidance and visualisation instruction, allowing you to spend longer in the Dru still point and feel deeper effects.

The next intermediate course will run on demand.

  • Yoga mat
  • Meditation cushion or stool if you have one
  • Water bottle – it is very important to keep hydrated
  • Throw rug to keep warm during Yoga Nidra (relaxation session)
  • Any cushioning you need to be comfortable when lying down – bring whatever you need

Register Now!

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Please make sure you have an account before you continue.
If you don’t have an account please create one here.

What is Dru Meditation

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

If you’ve always wanted to learn meditation for inner calm or stress relief, try Dru Meditation!

Dru’s approach to meditation techniques will help to balance you, no matter how you’re feeling.

And most importantly, Dru Meditation will help you find that still place, with its sense of fullness, achievement and its deep healing properties, that only yoga and meditation can bring.

What is Dru Meditation?

Dru Meditation is about finding a still inner point from which you can look at the world in a different way and discover a fresh, new perspective on your life.

As part of the process of reaching this still point you will learn powerful breathing techniques (pranayama), kriyas and concentration techniques.

What makes Dru Meditation different from other forms of meditation?

Dru define meditation as the perfect balance between alertness and relaxation.  It doesn’t matter if you practice in a chair or sitting cross-legged on the floor, it’s all about quietening the mind and stilling the body.

Dru Meditation, in common with many other types of meditation, starts with this gentle awareness of the body and breath.  This mindful awareness reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, reduces chronic pain and can aid insomnia.

“I recommend the Meditation course to anyone who wants more peace and calm in their daily life…I feel so much more energised and ready for the day.” Lorraine

What the research says

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.

”On a biological level, stress is linked to fight-flight and danger,” Dr Jane Flemming, a London GP, says. ”In survival mode, heart rate rises and blood pressure shoots up. Meanwhile muscles, preparing for danger, contract and tighten. And non-essential functions such as immunity and digestion go by the wayside.” Relaxation, on the other hand, is a state of rest, enjoyment and physical renewal. Free of danger, muscles can relax and food can be digested. The heart can slow and blood circulation flows freely to the body’s tissues, feeding it with nutrients and oxygen. This restful state is good for fertility, as the body is able to conserve the resources it needs to generate new life.

While relaxation techniques can be very different, their biological effects are essentially similar. ”When you relax, the parasympathetic nervous system switches on. That is linked to better digestion, memory and immunity, among other things,” Toby says. ”As long as you relax deeply, you’ll reap the rewards.” But, he warns, deep relaxation isn’t the sort of switching off you do relaxing with a cup of tea or lounging on the sofa.

”What you’re looking for is a state of deep relaxation where tension is released from the body on a physical level and your mind completely switches off,” he says. ”The effect won’t be achieved by lounging round in an everyday way, nor can you force yourself to relax. You can only really achieve it by learning a specific technique such as self-hypnosis, guided imagery or meditation.”

The relaxation effect, however, may not be as pronounced on everyone. ”Some people are more susceptible to relaxation methods than others,” says Joan Borysenko, director of a relaxation program for outpatients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston. ”Through relaxation, we find some people experience a little improvement, others a lot. And there are a few whose lives turn around totally.”

Most importantly, Dru Meditation will help you find that still place, with its sense of fullness, achievement and its deep healing properties, which only yoga and meditation can bring.

Dru comes from the sanskrit word Dhruva which refers to the stillness that can be experienced in Dru Yoga and Meditation.  In the stillness we are able to sit back from everything happening around us and see and act from  a place of clarity and inner calm.

Beginners & Intermediate Courses

Beginners Course

This is a course for total beginners who want to learn how to meditate.

These courses now run in a private studio space in Australind and are limited to only five people so you are getting a very personal learning experience.

In this 6 week course you will learn:

  • how to rebalance your energy with the prana kriyas (potent breathing and movement techniques that transform)
  • learn the art of deep relaxation
  • how to park your body for your personal optimal sitting position either in a chair or on the floor
  • a variety of concentration techniques
  • how to connect with your heart and create heart coherence
  • powerful breathing techniques

Comprehensive handouts and recordings are included in this course so you have the resources to continue your practices in your daily life.

Click on the registration tab for details of upcoming courses and to book. (Make sure you have logged in first from the basket button on main menu.)

 

Intermediate Course

Once you’ve established a routine with what you have learnt in the beginners course and you are comfortable with the breathing techniques taught in that course you may like to move on.

In this course you will:

  • deepen your experience of the prana kriyas
  • learn more advanced breathing techniques such as the Three Fold Breath
  • deepen your understanding of the koshas, the energy layers of our being, enabling you to manage your energy input and output
  • learn the powerful Shanti Prana Dru Meditation practice

In this course you begin to sit for longer periods of time with less guidance and visualisation instruction, allowing you to spend longer in the Dru still point and feel deeper effects.

The next intermediate course will run on demand.

What you need to bring to a class
  • Yoga mat
  • Meditation cushion or stool if you have one
  • Water bottle – it is very important to keep hydrated
  • Throw rug to keep warm during Yoga Nidra (relaxation session)
  • Any cushioning you need to be comfortable when lying down – bring whatever you need
Register

Register Now!

You can register to one of our sessions from the buttons below.
Please make sure you have an account before you continue.
If you don’t have an account please create one here.