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 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.


  • 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.

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


September starts ….

Looking for yoga classes …..    

Wanting help with back problems?  Needing to reduce your stress levels?   Need time just for you?  Feel that there is more to life?  Finding sleeping a problem?  Need some help to cope with life?   Just looking for something but what?

Dru yoga is maybe the answer.  The flowing yoga movements easily adapt to either physical or emotional blocks or concerns.  Your body naturally wants to move but some time life can reduce that movement either by physical or emotional problems.  Dru gently and gracefully supports the body and mind to open up, and freely move, allowing you to live with more joy and peace.

On Wednesday, classes are at Minskip village hall at 7pm unti 8.15pm.  Classes resume on Wednesday 6th September.

On Thursday, classes are at Green Hammerton village hall at 6.30pm until 7.45pm.

All classes are £5 – no booking required.  Please bring along a mat and blanket.

Not sure …… why not try a private session.  It is a great way to start your practice and gives you a personal insight into how Dru yoga can work for you.  For September and October only enjoy the benefits of an offer price of £15 for an introductory, individual session.  (To know more about Dru yoga see link below.)


What is Dru Yoga?



On Wednesday 21st June 2017 we will be celebrating International Yoga Day by offering a free Dru yoga class at  Minskip village hall, 7 until 8.15pm.  Everyone is welcome to celebrate this very special day in the yoga diary.  The session will try to give a flavour of all aspects of Dru yoga such as specific flowing postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation.  So if you are new to Dru and just want to experience this graceful form of yoga or whether you are a regular, please come along to enjoy this unique class for all.

No need to book just come along to join in.  (Bring along a mat and blanket)


Yoga Day – Tuesday 21st June 2016


In celebration of United Nations Yoga Day

Tuesday 21st June 2016

At 7.30pm we will be honoring this day along with thousand of other yogis by coming together for a very special free yoga session

The session will include warm ups, sun sequence and a guided meditation while watching the sun set.

This is an outdoor session in the garden of Naworth House, York Road, Green Hammerton. Please dress appropriate to the weather and bring along mat and blanket. For more details please visit or phone 01423 331396

Outdoor Yoga is back!

On Monday (see class information for more details) we will start outdoor yoga again.  This year our classes will include learning Kanakadhara Dru Dance – Lotus in Full Bloom.  The dance is inspired by an exploration of the power of giving and receiving.  Kanakadhara is one of the names of Lakshmi – the goddess shakti or energy that represents the mother of all abundance – this form particularly expresses the ‘wealth’ that comes to us when we take responsibility for your lives.  This wealth takes many forms – material, energetic, emotional, intellectual and spiritual wealth.

The full dance is approximately 6 minutes long and comprises of many traditional yoga postures linked by flowing movements.  In class we will enjoy practicing the dance in small sequences rather than deliberately learning the dance for a performance.  In this way it will introduce the class to new movements and the opportunity to work out both physically, energetically and emotionally.  We will take time to work on individual postures before linking them into the dance.  There will be an opportunity to learn more about the dance as we progress should you wish to do so.   Each class will be planned carefully, ensuring everyone can participate, even if you have missed classes or just a beginner.  Should students wish to perform the whole dance for a special class then we will plan to do so in September.

To be simply human is great wealth.    To realise, express and live our potential, to give, receive and flow with life is a great wealth.  Use this sequence to train yourself to perceive and experience this wealth.  (Dru Dance)

kana image

NO class on Weds 27th April

Just to let you know that there will be NO class on Wednesday 27th April but will be back to normal on Weds 4th May at 7pm.  You are very welcome to come along to a class at Green Hammerton village hall on Thursday either 6.30pm or 8pm.

Special meditation classes coming soon please visit my face book Jenni’s Dru Yoga for up-to-date information.







Watch Points for Back Care

‘Nerves from the spine are directly or indirectly connected to nearly every organ, gland, and muscle in the body via the voluntary and autonomic nervous systems. A healthy spine nourishes and therefore benefits the whole body.’

(Dru Yoga Stillness in Motion p.41)


  • Standing – good posture has a direct impact on all joints and muscles. Become aware of how you stand remembering the wonderful posture of Tadasana (Mountain Posture).
  • Sleeping – good supportive bed. During the night the discs are replenished – a healthy spine is a well nourished spine.
  • Sitting – for too long puts considerable strain on the back particularly the lower back. Ensure you are sitting properly (feet flat on the floor, engaging the core muscles allow the spine to straighten, shoulders back & relaxed, chin level and head upright. Make sure you take breaks to stretch and release the spine.
  • Sports and activities – in the past it was considered important to rest if you had back pain but it is now agreed that some movement is important for maintenance and recovery. Movement of spine particularly backward and forward bends allows the spine to rehydrate and keep flexible.
  • Shoes- good supportive shoes – if feet are painful and sore it will have a detrimental effect on the spine.
  • Good diet – hydration, weight control and a healthy diet will also help your system to keep your back in tip top shape.
  • Red flag signs – if you are in constant pain, high temperature, bladder problems, had a serious fall, muscle weakness, numbness in the leg and any other concern please seek professional help.
  • Special treats – last but certainly not least … your back will always appreciate a massage and its advantages of increasing the blood flow, relaxing and releasing tension/toxins. Maintaining a healthy back should be all about the pleasure factor rather than enduring something you dislike.

‘Long periods of heavy sitting slumped in a ‘C’ shaped posture loads up the discs and is particularly compressive; even more so as the facet joints at the back disengage and the belly lets go at the front. This is noteworthy, because I believe lumbar compression is the background cause of most low-back problems.’

( Back Sufferers’ Bible : Sarah Key’s)

Pelistry Bay

Boroughbridge here I come …

A new class in a new area – a mixture of excitement and nerves.  I am so looking forward to introducing Dru yoga to new and old students.  My aim of this first session is to provide everyone with a nurturing class caring for both mind and body.

The class will follow a normal class structure:

Activations Moving the body to lively music getting the body warmed up and ready for the class.

Energy Block Release Movements These movements will work with the joints and muscles in a subtle way, releasing blocked energy and tension.

Postures We will be focusing on our core muscles with the Bhujangasana (Cobra) and Marjariasana (Cat).  Both of these postures are excellent for the spine and start to work the core muscles (abdominal muscles) including the pelvic floor muscle.  Bhujangasana brings balance, clarity and focus. Energetically the posture allows the body to let go of the past.  The Marjariasana nurtures our qualities of well-being and positivity.

Breathwork   We will be working with the qualities and grounding on the Earth sequence allowing the movements to be lead by the breath.

Relaxation 15 minutes of pure heaven.  A time for the body to heal and re energise – giving your body all the strength and energy it needs for all life challenges.

So please come and join me on WEDNESDAY at 7.30pm at Coronation Hall Boroughbridge £5  Please bring along a mat and blanket.

Small boy, big ocean

Open your heart to all possibilities.


Here and now.



There will be no classes on the following dates 6 Thurs, 10 Mon, 13 Thurs and 17 Mon August 2015.

Last Thursday we practiced a very special Surya Namaskrara (Sun Sequence) for those that wanted the opportunity of being able to continue their yoga practice during this period of no classes. 

This sequence is a well-known and most people will be aware of it in some shape or form. Its versatility makes it an ideal sequence to learn for all abilities. It is a true all-rounder! Physically, it works all the major muscles groups and joints, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists.   It strengthens the core muscles and enhances spine flexibility resulting in a stronger back. Stimulates and balances all systems including reproductive, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and influences endocrine glands.   Focusing on breath during this sequence calms, increases mental clarity and brings fresh oxygenated blood to the brain.  Perfect to do as the sun is rising early in the day or when setting, added bonus if outside – but good at anytime of the day just make sure the stomach is empty for full benefits. Using the vision/presence of the sun as an ever-giving source of light and energy, infusing the body with healing and vitality.


  4. PLANK
  5. COBRA
  7. DOG
  8. RUNNER (left leg back)


Start by standing in tadasana and taking the time to settle and prepare. When ready engage your core muscles bringing the hands together in prayer hand mudra in front of the chest. Breathing in take your hands up and complete with a gentle backbend, on an out breath release into a flowing forward bend. In soft flowing moves return to backward bend, repeat 3 times. Remembering to engage your core muscles and relax the shoulders. Complete the move with a forward bend, placing hands either side of the feet.

Take the right foot back into runner, engaging core muscles straightening the torso, facing forward – settle the body. Placing the left hand on the bent front knee, place the right arm behind the lower back with the palm facing outwards. (see photo below) Take a breath in and extend the spine, on out breath twist to the right making the sure the knee does collapse to the side and stays facing forward. (Ensure knee is over the ankle). Return to the front placing right hand on to the left knee. Release the left arm and place along the lower back with palm facing outwards. Extend the spine on breath in and when releasing the breath twist to the left. Hold for a couple of breaths.   Return on exhalation. Bring your hands down to either side of the feet bending forwards.

Taking weight on to your hands, take the left leg back to form the plank. (Body and legs in a straight line) Slowly lower your body to the mat. Rest for a few breaths.

Refresh the core muscles and lift the upper body into either cobra/sphinx pose. Ensuring navel in connected to the mat and extend the spine without engaging the buttock muscles. Release back down on to the mat.

Rest for a while in Makarasana (crocodile) lying flat on the mat, forehead resting on your hands, legs separated with heals falling inwards. Breath deeply. Release and relax during this moment of stillness.

Curling your toes under ready for movement, push the weight up and back towards thighs as the knees lift off the mat. (You may want to move feet slightly forwards) Allow the hips to raise, lift up on to the toes of the feet. Taking the focus into the extension of the spine, allow the heals to release to the mat. Hold for a couple of breaths. Take a moment to prepare to bring the right leg forward into runner.

Put both hands on the knee and take time to settle the torso into its upright position. Leave the right hand on the right knee, releasing the left hand around the lower back, palm facing outwards. Take a breath in, extend the spine and twist to the left, hold for a couple of breathes. Release the twist repeating to the other side with left hand on right knee, right arm along the lower back, palm facing outwards. Twist to the right. After a couple of breaths release the twist and return to the front.

Bending forwards and placing hands either side of the foot, bring the left leg forward into forward bend. Take a moment to enjoy this inversion. Refresh core muscles and start to slowly rebuild the spine to standing, keep the flow moving by taking the arms above into a soft backward bend. Repeat twice more. Eventually bringing the arms down into prayer hand mudra in front of the heart. Take a moment to scan the body and note any changes or sensations.

Then repeat by taking the left leg back into runner to complete one round.

Do as many rounds as you desire or simply concentrate on each move, taking your time just to honour sequence and your time.  Put on some beautiful music and enjoy loosing yourself within the music and movement.

(see the placement of the arm behind the back, ready for the twist)


UntitledSo many benefits with this posture:

1.  Forward and backward bend – strengthening the back and flexing the spine, make sure you engage your core/abdominal muscles to protect the lower back.

2.  Runner – giving a lovely stretch to psoas muscles situated deep within the anterior hip joint and lower spine – it is the only muscle that connects the upper extremity to the lower … ( Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones) 2012:10)

3.  The twist will help squeeze the digestive system – keeping it regular.

4.  Cobra/Sphinx – strengthens the back, extends the spine and tones the digestive/abdominal area.

5.  Makarasana – balancing the endocrine system and emotions.  It allows all the systems and spine to settle and relax.

6.  Adhomukha Svanasana (Dog) – replenishes vitality. works all the major muscles and joints and allows the body to let go of the past.

7.  Tadasana – allowing the body to calm and bring a sense of well-being after completing the sequence.  Cherish this moment and take time to absorb its gifts.