I had the amazing opportunity a few weekends ago to attend a relaxation workshop at the Victor's Lab in Peckham Rye organised by Lucyoga and Ineta from White Bird Sounds. It couldn't have come at a better time for me as I am currently trying to juggle a part time masters degree, working full time and maintaining some kind of work/life balance!
I mean sure, I have been to yin yoga classes before but I have never attend a relaxation class so I didn't really know what to expect. Different people relax in different ways. To some people, relaxation is an active process i.e. going for a walk/run/bike ride. For others, relaxation is passive - reading, playing music or watching the whole first season of house of cards (guilty!)
I had never heard of Dru Yoga before so did a little reading about it before I attended the workshop. The information from the workshop details suggested that Dru Yoga is a beautiful slow and flowing form of yoga that will help you to relax, unwind and stretch out your body.
It can help revive tired muscles, reduce back pain and combat stress. Dru Yoga gives the mind and body much needed rest and relaxation, to help find a still point in a busy world. On further reading I found that it consists of the following five components:
Stillness in the city was a great way to describe the class! Victor's Lab is hidden away in the Bussey Building close to the railway station so the workshop was accompanied by the soothing sounds of trains rolling past.
The sound healing information provided before the class was that it is a relaxation technique where live instruments are used to help people release anxiety, emotional baggage and stress, to relax the body and mind. Soothing live music allows the body and mind to completely let go and relax. It is like coming back to yourself, finding that peace inside of you. I thought this sounded lovely and it was!
Lucy lead us through a series of different activities including intention setting, breathing techniques, and activation movements. I really enjoyed the activation movements as they were gentle but really helped loosen my stiff desk-bound body up. Following this, Lucy lead us through an energy block release and then a number of other sequences including the earth sequence, the fearless flight (my favourite one!) and the flowing tree to name a few. I found these sequences easy to do and really grounding/calming.
As a physiotherapist, I sometimes find myself questioning movement patterns or instructions that yoga teachers give me but Lucy was wonderful and I can definitely see how Dru Yoga could positively impact on those of you out there with movement limitations due to pain or injuries. It is such a gentle and respectful practice.
Following all these lovely sequences we settled into some lush relaxation postures using bolsters, blankets and blocks to support us. This part was heavenly! I felt safe and supported through each asana and it really helped to cultivate stillness. Settling into savasana had never been more delicious. We were guided through a story and Ineta came to each of us individually and used instruments directly above us which was lovely. She also provided live music throughout most of the workshop which was beautiful. It never ceases to amaze me how powerful music is in allowing the body to relax.
Coming back into reality after such an amazing practice was hard but it was made easier with tea and raw brownie that Ineta had made for us! Lucy also provided us with handouts so that we could take what we had learned and build this into our everyday lives.
I am so glad to have had the opportunity to attend this workshop - both from a personal perspective but also from a learning experience! I really appreciated Lucy sharing her yoga journey with me afterwards. Lucy is such a charismatic and positive teacher who brings a fun atmosphere to such a grounding practice. More information about her, her classes and workshops can be found here. Ineta offers private and group sound healing sessions in London. Click here for details. I would highly recommend both of these ladies if you need to give yourself or someone else the gift of relaxation and stillness.
- Energy Block Release (these are the series or sequences)
- Dru yoga asanas