Family Yoga – what do I need to do if I am interested…

I have been delighted by the interest in these classes, so I wanted to explain alittle more about what will be included and what to do next if you are interested.

I am so excited to offer these classes and aim to make them fun, informative and life enhancing for the whole family.  Inspired by Lisa Miller, PH.D (The Spiritual Child: 2015) states ‘Spirituality is an untapped resource in our understanding of human development, resilience and illness, and health and healing.  The absence of support for children’s spiritual growth has contributed to alarming rates of childhood and adolescent emotional suffering and behaviours that put them at risk.’  

Please do not be worried by the term spirituality, for me it taps in to the natural resource we all have access to but over the years of living in this modern culture we have lost that ability to connect to it.  Children are natural spiritual beings excited about the world around them, eager to find out more and ready to engage with it.  We, as parents/teachers need to listen more and help our young ones be curious and use their inner resources to fulfil their true potential.

The classes will introduce you to simple techniques that as a family can be used to reconnect you to a happier and healthier life.  

  • Dru movements can be used to support the immune system, relax the nervous system and facilitate the physical body to let go of emotional tightness.
  • Breathing techniques such as the pigeon breath can help us breath more deeply, help asthma sufferers and helps support our immune system against illnesses.
  • Focus work/meditation is a lifetime gem.  This super power does so much and there is lots of evidence to support its health benefits.  From my experience it increases your resilience to deal with any stressful situation, it supports your bodies healing system and it simply makes you feel younger and happier!
  • Relaxation gives your body the opportunity to heal, restore and re balance.
  • Each class connects with each other to build on your experience and enhance your practice therefore it is beneficial to book as many classes as you can.  At the first class you will be given a welcome pack full of goodies and information.  Included will be your own journal to enable you as a family to create a beautiful keepsake with inspirational cards, affirmations, gifts and your own thoughts, so your yoga journey does not have to end in August 2018.  I will be sharing my aromatherapy knowledge for each of us to make our own de stressing potions.

What do I do if I am interested?  Email me at jennidruyoga@gmail.com and I will email you with a registration form.   Please return the form by 16th July with payment to secure a place.  If you are not sure how many days you want to book please send payment for the first class only and then you can pay the subsequent classes on the day.  If you pay for all the classes by 16th July there is a 20% reduction.

Cancellations

  • If the classes are cancelled by me then you will receive a full refund
  • If you cancel within 24 hours of the classes you will receive no refund
  • If you cancel with at least 24 hours notice, you will receive 50% refund of your payment.
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Want to know more about your energy.

CHAKRAS

The chakra system originated in India, more than four thousand years ago.  In the 1920’s, chakras were brought to the west by Arthur Avalon with his book The Serpent Power.  (Judith, A. Eastern Body Western Mind: 2004)

Chakras are often referred to in yoga and meditation and it simply is the Sanskrit word that means ‘wheel’.  In reference to yoga it describes a concentration of energy at various points in our bodies energy field.  Every major structure in the physical and subtle body has its own chakra consisting of seven major chakras that exist within the spine which are commonly referred to (in yoga) as mooladhara, swadhisthana, manipura, anaharta, vishuddhi, ajna and sahasrara.

These energy points hold considerable information about the state of our life force enabling us to gain a healthier balanced life. Chakras cannot be physically identified like emotions, but they can have a strong influencing effect on our body and mind.  By practising yoga and meditation including breathing techniques and relaxation we can influence our chakras, and in turn our health and lives.

Chakras do not work in isolation as they are able to communicate to each other through an energy channel called Nadi.  This channel rises centrally up the spine and is called Sushumna. The balance of these energies affects everything you do, feel, think or say.  From my own personal experience, it is better to concentrate on balancing them rather than focusing on a particular chakra.

They (Chakras) are the principle controllers and transformers of all the energy you experience every day through your interactions with people around you and your environment.  (Energy flows from above as cosmic energy and from below as earth energy and converges in the main chakras of your body.)  They hold an imprint of the past, and this store of past energy influences your present actions.  The state of the flow of energy flow through your chakras is responsible for the way your thoughts and actions flow throughout the day. ( Dru Yoga: Stillness in Motion 2007)

The first three chakras near the base of the spine (mooladhara, swadhisthana and manipura) focus on the physical level, the heart (anaharta) and throat (vishuddhi) concentrate on our energy around us and communication.  Whereas the brow (anja) and crown (sahasrara) governs intuition, insight and connection to our higher perspective.

Western scientists often are unpersuaded by the concepts of chakras mainly because there is no physical proof.  Some yoga teachers make outrageous claims on the power of the chakras and their ability to ‘cure’ all diseases.  From my own experience they are helpful as a reference point but also need to be balanced with common sense awareness of your own body.

For more information: From my experience there is a lot of information on the internet about Chakras, so be careful what you read.  You can find some information under the title ‘More about Dru’ above.  A good book and author – Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System.  Anodea Judith

 

Yoga for Teddies!

 

Teddies can come too!  Family Yoga classes during the summer time – 30th July, 6th, 13th, and 20th August 2018 at Green Hammerton village hall.  Please find more details above.  No need to leave teddies or any other soft toys at home, they too can enjoy the benefits of yoga.  Jennix

Nominate a friend in need.

Do you know someone that is going through a hard time?  You are doing all you can to support this person but would like to do more but time and resources limit you.  We all have those times when life seems more challenging and seeing the lighter side of life is often difficult even when we are surrounded by caring family and friends.  Let me help you and your friend/colleague/neighbour.  If you feel that having a massage treatment or even a yoga/relaxation/meditation session would help, get in touch.  Book a massage/yoga treatment with me for yourself and I will give a 60 minute treatment/yoga to your nominated friend absolutely FREE.  Please be aware that spaces may be subject to availability.   When the world can seem to be a chaotic place let’s start by helping each other.  Jennix

This is me.

I am not your obvious yoga teacher – I have a dodgy knee, my balance can be a little hit and miss, I’m not very flexible, I eat too much chocolate, also I tried yoga many years ago and just did not get it.  So, becoming a yoga teacher was not in the plan, but I did.  Along my way I met inspiring, supportive teachers that never doubted me – who pushed and pulled me into the light.  And that is the wonder of doing yoga with each small slow movement you are making your way to life changing benefits whether you know it or not.  It is only when you look back you realise how far you have come.

You embrace your imperfections knowing that underneath you are much more than the physical outlines.  From a simple move practised regularly you are creating a pathway to something more powerful than you can imagine.  That all those challenges are life lessons and teachers that you can choose to accept or stay stuck – it is your choice.

I love sharing my knowledge with everyone whether that be at a class or an individual treatment.  I continue to build my knowledge to improve and enhance my skills for you.  I bring to you the accumulation of my life experiences whether that be as a counsellor, masseur, reiki practitioner, aromatherapist, yoga teacher, meditation teacher, from all my jobs working with people and children and my simple passion to inspire and uplift individuals to live a healthy, joyous life brings me a sense of purpose.

I am a member of the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) ensuring that I abide by high standards of insurance and practice.  CNHC was set up by government support to uphold the standards of complementary health practitioners with one of it’s aims to work alongside NHS (National health Service).

We were never born to suffer, and our imperfections make us human and should never stop us from being our true, perfect self.  When you come to a class or book an individual treatment with me, you get the whole of me.  I am here to teach/treat you on all levels including emotionally, mentally and physically.  Each class and treatment are dedicated to the individual and what they need in that moment of time.

Jennix

 

Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

The things you hide in your heart …….. Eat you alive.

As we emerge out of our winter hibernation the days are getting longer and brighter, and we only hope the weather will get warmer and drier too.  In our yoga practice we will be looking at releasing the old blocks that may stop us from moving on and welcoming in our new intentions.

Sadly the class at Minskip on a Wednesday has closed.  My deepest thanks to all those that attended these classes – I have some very fond memories of Minskip and will miss you all.  Wednesday was becoming a very busy day for me and unfortunately something had to go.  But as one door closes another opens and so it does on Monday mornings at Green Hammerton village hall.  My first daytime class at 9.30am until 10.45am  which follows the usual class format.  So a warm welcome to all students old and new.  A great way to start the week!

Future classes – I am hoping to plan special monthly meditation classes – this class is ideal for those who want to learn to meditate or for those wanting to  set up a regular practice.   At present I am investigating different venues to accommodate this special class.  More information to follow.  I am looking at being able to offer Family (Mindful) Yoga classes during the summer hols at Green Hammerton.  These classes will include my daughter, Polly who will be on hand to entertain any little free spirits that want to opt out.  This will be a class open to parents and children to come and share yoga together.  If you are interested in finding out more information please contact me directly.  In February I qualified as a Dru Meditation teacher after a two year advance course – phew I am now appreciating life free of assignments and observed teaching.  I have had the great honour of being asked to support a Dru Meditation course that will be starting in September in Leeds.   In due time I will let you know more details, should you wish to delve deeper into the practice of meditation.

Monthly Maintenance Offer – this offer is only for a limited period with the possibility of being extended.  NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – produces health and care guidance for GP’s, health and care practitioners) includes massage and yoga in its recent recommendations for low back pain and sciatica.  For me this is a welcome breakthrough as NICE only makes recommendations if there is enough evidence to do so.  Having completed a specific Dru Yoga Back Care course presented by a qualified GP, I know first hand the value of practising gentle movements when suffering from low back pain.  But I would go further as a qualified masseur and aromatherapist I would recommend a multi-treatment approach for back pain – to combine yoga movements and regular massage, you give your back movement and gentle release, to ease and prevent ongoing back pain and stiffness.  With this is mind I am offering all registered Dru yoga students monthly maintenance massages duration of 45 minutes for a specific body massage including Reiki and aromatherapy for only £18.  This at the moment is offered for a trial period until September 2018 and may continue if popular.

Treatments. My aim is to provide a high standard of therapeutic care to refresh, relax and restore the whole body and therefore I combine my massage knowledge with Reiki and aromatherapy to offer a tailored session for the individual.  I have added to the list of treatments Cherish Massage which provides a gentler massage for those that are convalescing or require a softer massage.  Suitable for cancer patients.  From the end of April I will also be offering Hot Stones massage for those wanting a warm and deep pressure massage.  All treatments take place in the tranquil Garden Room.  Flexible appointments offered including weekends and evenings.

Sports Massage – I have just experienced an amazing sports massage to help my poorly knee.  It was so good and my knee has never felt better.  Maybe not the most relaxing massage but fantastic for releasing my tight thigh and calf muscles giving movement and reducing pain in my knee.  My friend who did the massage is in her late stages of training to be a Sports Massage Therapist, should you wish to become a class study for free please get in touch with me and I will be happy to arrange a session with Pat.

This month I have had the great pleasure of teaching meditation within a primary school to Year 6’s.  I return again next term to teach Year 5’s.  This has been so rewarding and the children have been amazing bright sparks.  I am hoping to build on this work so should you like more information or know a school that may be interested please let me know.

Hope you have had a peaceful Easter break!

Jennix

 

 

 

 

Coming out of the dark …..

Sadly sometimes a door needs to close to allow you to make space for another door to open ….. or as someone said the other day the other door has always been open you just have not seen it.

So it is goodbye to classes at Minskip village hall, a beautiful village hall and I have many happy memories of teaching in this hall.  A very special place.  A big thank you to everyone that came along to support me.  I know some of you intend to come to the classes at Green Hammerton but some hopefully will continue their yoga journey in new places.  Thank you!

I have always taught my yoga classes at night and now I am braving the daylight.  So on Monday 12th March there will be a new class at Green Hammerton village hall at 9.30 until 10.45pm – the same format, same price as Thursdays.  It would be great to see old and new students and should be a great way to start the week!

Coming over the horizon ….. Monthly Maintenance Offer.  If you are registered student of yoga classes you can take advantage of a monthly aromatherapy offer of only £18.  This massage will include the use of essential oils and Reiki but will only work on a specific area of concern and will last 45 minutes.

If you need any more information please do not hesitate to contact me Jennidruyoga@gmail.co

Jennix

Would you like some Reiki?

What is Reiki?  click here 

How does the Reiki feel ?  Individual perspective click here

The above link can explain very simply what Reiki is and how it works.

I was introduced to Reiki about 5 years ago when I was not very well.  Having visited my local GP surgery several times they were unable to treat me. In desperation I turned to a Reiki practitioner that had been recommended to me by a friend.  From my first session I started to heal and even though it was not immediate I gradually started to feel better.  Since that visit whenever I felt unwell I would visit this practitioner and continue to marvel in the benefits of Reiki.  I was offered the possibility of becoming a Reiki practitioner myself and jumped at the offer.  Now I have achieved level 3 as a Reiki practitioner.

If you would like to benefit from the healing energy of Reiki , I will be offering a FREE distant healing session this SUNDAY, 21st JANUARY at 8pm.

Benefits – would you like to relax and reduce stress?  you have an area of your body that would benefit from some healing?  you need some help and support to cope with some life challenges? and so on.

What do you need to do?  If you would like to take part email me jennidruyoga@gmail.com or text me 07546295968 giving me the following details:  your name, your location for Sunday at 8pm and if there is any specific reasons for the Reiki such as a poorly knee, for stress or just overall relaxation.

Make sure that it is a convenient time for you, that you can easily relax either sitting or lying down somewhere quiet and warm where you will not be disturbed for at least 45 minutes.  Allow yourself to relax and welcome in the Reiki energy!

If you would like to know more please email or text me.     Jennix

 

 

New Year Newsletter

 

JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

Dru Yoga – Classes resume this week with Minskip village hall on Wednesdays, 7pm until 8.15pm and Green Hammerton village hall on Thursdays, 6.30pm until 7.45pm.  NO booking required.  Even though there are mats and blankets available at class it is always a good idea to bring along your own (if you have them).  Do not forget to bring some water to drink throughout the class.  £5 per class – loyalty card available, every tenth class get free!  Each class includes 15 minute relaxation.  Classes will be held weekly throughout the holiday period now until August.

For those that wish to advance their yoga practice each month at Minskip village hall there is a meditation class which includes body movements, relaxation and a guided meditation.  NO booking required and it is open to regular and non-regular students.  It can be used as a stand alone class.  The next meditation class is on Wednesday 31st Jan at 7pm.

Massages – my practice has slightly changed.  I have found it beneficial both to myself and my clients to offer bespoke treatments rather than being restricted by different massage methods.  It means that I can draw on all my disciplines (yoga, meditation, counselling , aromatherapy, Reiki) to give you a more tailored experience, addressing your concerns rather than being restricted by the massage practice.  Refer to ‘treatments’ for more information.  I will be adding to my knowledge by shortly attending a Cancer care workshop (massage) and Hot Stone massage (will be asking for any volunteers).

Healing happens!  I get my mind out of the way and allow the intelligence of my body to do its healing work naturally.   Louise Hay

Golden Eagle Sequence – this beautiful sequence can be used at this time of year to release the old patterns of 2017 and step into the new year of 2018.

Stand in Tadasana – feet hip distance apart, joints relaxed, tummy slightly engaged, shoulders relaxed, arms by your side, chin parallel to the ground, crown uppermost.  Take a moment to feel grounded and feel that connection to earth through the soles of your feet.  Breathe.  Feel that sense of security and balance.  Arms by the side of the body with palms facing forward.  Bring your focus to your breath as you take yourself through the following moves.

Breathe in – allow fingers to curl in, to form a gentle fist.  Almost as if you are capturing your breath within your fingers.

Breathe out – place your fists on to your chest.

Breathe in – raise your elbows to shoulder level, keep shoulders relaxed,

Breathe out – move arms out, keeping at shoulder level, elbows bent.

Breathe in – move fists upwards to the sky.

Breathe out – open slowly the palms as they face each other.

Breathe in – turn palms forward and open fingers.  Allow your palms to soak in the light and energy.  Stay in this position for awhile breathing naturally.

Bring the arms softly down to the sides.  Maybe practice the moves initially to co-ordinate the breath and movement.  When ready use the first round to let go of any bad habits/burdens from 2017 – with each out breath set the intention of letting go, releasing all that no longer serves you.  After the first round take a step forwards as if you are stepping into 2018.  Do the sequence again but this time setting your intention with each in breath as you wish to see yourself in 2018.  Stepping in to your full potential.  As you hold the palms facing out in the uppermost position breathe in to empower and energise your full potential.  Now you are ready for 2018!

 

 

Christmas Meditation

  • Sit somewhere comfortably making sure you are warm and undisturbed.
  • Light a candle and place in front of you.
  • For awhile softly focus on the flame and then take your attention to your breath.  Become aware of the physical movement of the breath within the body as it comes and goes.  Gradually increase the length of in and out breath – gently and without force.  Feel a sense of calm and stillness.
  • Now send out love to everyone close to you – your family and friends, for those not with you at this time and be grateful for the time you have shared with them, for the joy, laughter and lessons they have taught you.
  • Take your focus to the heart centre at the chest area.  And feel the movement of breath within this area – the rising of the in breath and the falling of the out breath.  With each in breath have a sense of being filled with joy, peace and compassion, with each out breath send joy, peace and compassion out to your loved ones and the whole world.  It maybe helpful to visualise light.  Smile – you may also feel a sense of an inner smile.
  • Lastly bring a sense of pure love and gratitude to you, your amazing body, mind and spirit.  You are unique.  You are perfect.
  • Bring your focus back to the flame.  And when you are ready move on.

If sitting in silence is hard put on a piece of music that touches your heart.

Jennix