The Power of Meditation - 6-4-06
Have you taken five minutes today to pause, watch your breath and feel waves of inner peace filling you from inside out? If not, you might be missing out!
Scientists have found that meditation helps lower cholesterol and high blood pressure levels as well as slowing the aging process. It helps you relax, concentrate and sleep better – all in all, it’s worth making time for!
Here in Snowdon Lodge, we’ve just finished teaching the third module on one of our Dru Meditation Teaching Training courses. As a tutor, I’ve been so impressed by the inner calm and harmony I’ve felt – I just felt so peaceful yet alert. And the students looked pretty blissed out too!
Darquise, a yoga teacher from Vancouver, makes the 10 hour plane journey twice a year to follow the Dru Meditation teacher training course. I asked Darquise what makes her come so far to learn meditation.
‘I come so far because I know this is the only place where I can find the depth of teaching that I’m looking for. I did other forms of meditation for years and it was so difficult to do, although it was beneficial at the time. But with Dru Meditation, you don’t need to suffer! You do movement and relaxation first so you can enter a deeper, blissful state, so much more easily than I did before. Dru meditation is so practical – it gives me ways to bring stillness into everything I do. Taking time to meditate daily enables me to put everything into perspective and helps me to cope with my busy life as a mum and school teacher.'
Dru Inner Stillness meditation technique
Today, just give yourself five to ten minutes of uninterrupted time to rediscover your inner calm. Take a few moments to stretch your body, using one of Dru Yoga’s Energy Block Release movements. Then turn off your phones and sit in an upright, comfortable chair, or sit on the floor using cushions in a relaxed yet alert posture. Allow your body to relax on the out-breath, while keeping your back alert and upright on each in-breath. Keep focusing gently on your breath, feeling waves of peace and stillness washing over your body with each breath. Continue this process for five to ten minutes, then bring your attention back to your posture, feeling the contact your body makes with the floor. Take a moment to stretch then gently open your eyes.
If you’re interested in Dru Meditation, come and try it at our events around the country this spring (details on our website - www.druyoga.org). Our Dru Quest course in North Wales will cover spiritual self-development, including meditation as an important tool, between May 15th and 20th. Or come to the ‘blissful meditation’ strand at the Dru Congress in August, or September Meditation retreat at Snowdon Lodge.
We are also taking applications for the Dru Meditation Teacher Training course starting in 2007– which consists of two five day modules twice a year for three years. Let me know if you’d like any information about any of these courses.
We look forward to seeing you soon. Have a wonderful week!
Jane Saraswati Clapham
How you can take Dru home: Further reading, viewing and listening
Dru Yoga – Stillness in Motion – the definitive Dru Yoga book by Chris Barrington, Anita Goswami, Annie Jones, foreword by Mansukh Patel. It’s modern presentation with crystal clear descriptions, photos and diagrammes gives you body-mind yoga at its best, with chapters giving potent techniques for: easing back pain, building confidence, overcoming depression, gaining fitness, building vitality, meditation, relaxation, pranayama and so much more. More than 30 bonus 10-minute techniques for todays busy lifestyle.
The Dance Between Joy and Pain, by Mansukh Patel and Rita Goswami (RGN), £6.50 is a handbook filled with techniques to transform emotions such as fear and anger into courage and creativity. It also contains Dru Yoga sequences and hand gestures.
Yoga in a Nutshell by Annie Jones £4.99, is suitable to the beginner wishing to explore yoga for the first time.
Your Personal Peace Formula by Mansukh Patel
SOS Caring for Your Soul by Mansukh Patel
Turning Point by Mansukh Patel and Anita Goswami
Awakening Soulforce by Mansukh Patel
Flame that Transforms by Mansukh Patel and Savitri MacCuish
Imagine World Peace by Mansukh Patel
Face to Face with Life by John Jones and Mansukh Patel
Believe in Yourself by Mansukh Patel
Secret Power of Light by Mansukh Patel
Crisis and the Miracle of Love by Mansukh Patel
For those who prefer to watch TV,
Try the new Dru Yoga DVD, with Mansukh Patel and Coby Langford – 2hrs 30mins with 9 Dru Yoga programmes to suit every stage of the day, every level of experience.
Or the Body Heart Mind Video by Mansukh Patel and Paulette Agnew £12.95 contains a daily programme and many beautiful Dru Yoga sequences filmed in Kenya.
Bhagavad Gita DVD series, presented by Mansukh Patel
Living and Dying video by Mansukh Patel
Mansukh Patel in Dialogue with Young People (video)
Mansukh Patel on Relationships
If you prefer CD, highly recommended introductions to the power of Dru Yoga are:
Easing Back Pain by Mansukh Patel and Coby Langford.
Chakra Dharanam CDs 1 and 2 by Chris Barrington
For information on these and other Dru products, please contact your regional Dru centre.