Dru Yoga: Stillness in Motion

Dru Yoga is a graceful and powerful form of yoga. Based on directed breathing, flowing movements and visualization technique.

Do you know, how Dru yoga is associated with GABA levels??

Here is an answer for this…. Studies have shown low level of amino acid GABA leads to anxiety and depression. People who practice yoga regularly are reported with higher levels of this amino acid. Yoga is a form of natural antidepressant remedy which can promote us with good mental health.

What is GABA & its deficiency symptoms?

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a inhibitory neurotransmitter. This is responsible for regulating the nerve impulses in our body.

Lack of this acid results in:

  • Continuous anxious or worrying thoughts come into our mind.
  • We are unable to relax.
  • Disorders like insomnia and headaches may arise.
  • Sometimes this results in carbohydrate cravings.

When I was researching on GABA and anxiety. I came across a journal article on GABA and exercise. Where I found exercise is really worth in lowering anxiety issues. A study was conducted on rat in 2013 which showed, the brains of the stressed rat that ran developed more (brain cells). Which specially showed higher levels of GABA. Even meditation has been proven as one of the therapeutic method to relieve stress.

My friend Sakura, is doing research on different types of yoga. I am helping her in completing her PhD thesis. So, these days I am searching a lot on the topic. This research helped me to analyze many new terms. Like Dru yoga!! sounds different right??
Jane, a former social worker is a specialist in this Dru yoga. She says,” This workout helped her to come out of post natal depression. Which she was suffering from eight years. For years, she relied on medicines. But nothing worked for her”.

Come lets see, what is Dru Yoga?

Dru Yoga is a graceful and powerful form of yoga. Based on directed breathing, flowing movements and visualization technique. Dru can be practiced by everyone (from kids to age-old groups). The yoga focuses on every aspect of mind, body and spirit.

  • Wonders of this yoga, for the sake of your health
  • Improves health and over-all wellbeing.
  • Removes all kinds of devil thoughts from your mind. Brings positivity and calmness.
  • One may be able to enjoy the real fruits of relaxation.

Studies reveal Dru yoga is highly practiced in countries like UK. 97% of the professionals, consider stress as one of the biggest threat responsible for their illness. Because of which they are unable to attain their job regularly.

Statistics of people who practice Dru yoga

I concluded some results during my find…..

  • 89%: people were able to reduce and control their daily stress levels.
  • 72%: working professionals were able to reduce back pain.
  • 91%: were able to overcome negative thoughts. Now, they are leading a healthy and prosperous life.
  • 89%: Experienced improved breathing with this simple workout.
  • 83%: Are now emotionally balanced.
  • 93%: Experienced enhanced spine flexibilty.

Here are some asanas practiced in Dru yoga. Its simple and easy!! Why don’t you try now??

Things you need: Only yoga mat.

What you don’t need: Bright light, people nearby, mobile phone, laptop etc.

Cat pose (Marjariasana) in Dru Yoga

Sounds great!! I think this pose must have been adopted after observing the domestic animal “cat”.

How to perform?

  • Initially, kneel on the ground. Now lean forward, keep both your palms on the ground pointing in the forward direction.
  • Make sure palms should be at the shoulder length. You can move the legs slightly apart.
  • Come into the standing cat posture. Keep your trunk in parallel direction to the floor. Remember, thighs must be vertical and straight. Your lower leg and feet should be placed on the ground.
  • Now, you are in the state of base position. Rest your body completely. Ensure the back muscles and shoulders are completely relaxed.
  • In this step, exhale to the full length. You may feel your belly is going inwards. Simultaneously, bring your head inwards between the shoulders. While performing this, your back might bend and arch in upward direction.
  • Next, inhale and arch the back in opposite direction. The regions like (head, shoulders and neck) should be arched backwards.
  • Perform this asana in a slow and deep breathing manner. You can really feel the stretch it gives to the neck, back and shoulders.
  • Repeat the above steps as many times as possible.


Dru Yoga removes stiffness in the back muscles. This stiffness arises due to increased tension in the muscle tissue. The pose is good for people suffering from Spondylitis and slipped disk. Spondylitis is characterized by the infection of the joints of the backbone. The cat pose improves the functioning of the digestive system, reproductives organs and the intestine.

Caution: In case of neck injury, consult a doctor before performing this pose.

Preparatory poses

Balasana (child pose) in Dru Yoga

How to perform?

  • First, sit on your knees keeping feet together, buttocks resting on the heels.
  • Come to vajra-asana, keeping your knees separate (width apart). Hands on the thighs and palms pointing downwards.
  • Now inhale deeply. Exhale on bringing your chest between the knees, swing your arms forward.
  • Place your forehead on the ground. Then move your arms to the side of your feet, palms up.
  • Breath normally through the nostrils. Hold this posture for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Return and relax.
  • Repeat one more time.

Garudasana (eagle pose)

How to perform?

  • Stand erect on both feet. Then, fold your right hand around the left one.
  • Keep the palms together, so that it would look like the beak of an eagle.
  • Stay in this pose for longer periods. For beginners its recommended to practice this for 15-30 seconds.

Follow up poses

Cow pose (Gomukhasana)

How to perform?

  • Sit on the yoga mat keeping your legs stretched in front of you.
  • Then, bend the left leg and place it under the right buttocks. Similarly, fold your right leg and place it on top of the left thighs.
  • Remember, the knees of both the legs must be close to each other (one above the other).
  • Next, fold the left arm and place it behind the back.
  • Fold the right arm. Move it over your right shoulders and place it on the back.
  • Touch the two hands behind the back. Initially, this may be difficult for the beginners. But later on practicing, you may develop the skill to join both the hands.
  • Shift the head a little to the back side. Maintain the truck straight and expand your chest.
  • Breath normally and deeply. Stay in this position as longer as you can.

Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)

Are you ready to become a cobra with a raised hood? Try Bhujangasana, an asana which can strengthen your back muscles.

How to perform?

  • Lay down on your belly, placing hands on your side with toes touching together.
  • Slowly bring your both hands to the front side. Palms should rest on the ground.
  • In this step, gently raise your trunk and head (with the support of the palms). The arms should be kept folded at the elbows.
  • Dome your neck backwards (resemblance of a cobra).
  • Stay in this pose for some time. You may widen the gap upto 2 minutes on attaining practice.
  • Return to the original form by brining your hands back to the sides. Relax your head on the forehead.


Cobra pose strengthens the lower back muscles. Besides, this it tones the lower abdominal, urinary, digestive and reproductive organs. Also, enhances flexibilty of the spine and the muscles surrounding it.

Caution: Don’t practice this pose if you are pregnant or had any kind of surgery in the past.

Preparatory poses

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog pose)

How to perform?

  • Lay on your stomach with forehead on the ground, hands next to the ribs, fingers pointing forward.
  • Press your feet firmly into the ground. Then, raise your thighs and knees. Maintain the tailbone pointing in the direction of the heels.
  • Next, inhale and press into your hands and feet. Lengthen the arms, raise the chest and legs of the ground.
  • Draw the shoulder blades onto your back. Lift the sternum and bring your tailbone towards the pubic bone.
  • Look straight ahead and open your heart.
  • Stay in this pose for 5-15 breaths.
  • To return to the normal state. Come in downward facing dog pose.

Follow up poses


Bridge pose (Setubandasana)

This an amazing backward bending pose. Beneficial to the abdominal muscles and lumbar region of the spine.

How to perform?

  • Sit on the ground keeping legs stretched out. Keep the palms next to your buttocks.
  • Slither the palms on the ground backwards to the maximum level. Make the fingers point in backward direction.
  • Fold the knees slightly for support. Now, inhale deeply and hold this breath.
  • Lift the body above the floor. The entire body weight should be supported by the palms and feet alone. Keep the elbow straight.
  • Maintain the entire body in a straight line. Slightly bend the head backwards. You have come to the final position.
  • Retain the breath inside for a longer period (as much as you can).
  • Stay in this pose for some time.
  • Repeat the above steps as many times as you wish.


Bridge pose is specially meant for the lumbar region of the spine. Thus, preventing back injuries. Also, increases the rate of blood circulation to the muscles. Stretches the abdominal muscles.

Caution: Patients with issues like vertigo, dizziness and high blood pressure must totally avoid this pose.

Preparatory poses

Virasana (Hero pose)

How to perform?

  • Start from Vajrasana pose. Which is also called basic kneeling pose.
  • Now, raise your right leg. Place the foot on the ground in line with the left knee.
  • Keep the right elbow on the right knee. The chin must rest on the right palm. Support the load of your head using the right palm. The left palm must be kept on the left knee.
  • Then close the eyes and relax your whole body.
  • Maintain normal breathing. Stay for a longer period.
  • Repeat the same process with your left hands and the left knee.

Follow up poses

Corpse pose (Shavasana)

Now we have come to the final pose, Shavasana. This is a great asana for deep relaxation.

How to perform?

  • Lay down on your back.
  • Keep your hands next to the body, spread out the fingers. Palms should face upwards.
  • Next, spread the legs (slightly). Feel as relaxed as you can.
  • Try to relax all the muscles from head to toe. Maintain your breath slow and deep. Pay your attention on the belly. While doing this, observe the slow abdominal breathing.
  • Hold this posture from 5-30 minutes. Try not to sleep during this process.


Corpse pose eliminates all the tension from all the muscles. Moreover, it promotes peace of mind. Lowers metabolic disorders, heart ailments and blood pressure. Sleep is an important activity, required for the restoration and renewal of the body. Lack of good sleep results in may kinds of disorders. For such people, Shavasana will be beneficial, in acquiring good night’s sleep.

Caution: Pregnant ladies must make use of bolsters.

Preparatory poses

Corpse pose should conclude all the (asana and pranayama) practices.

Some Dru yoga tips for desk workers

  • Stretch your body: Make a habit to stretch your arms above your head (after every 20 minutes). First extend the right and then the left hand upwards. Then shrug your shoulders and breath deeply.
  • Walk for about 10 minutes, breathe deeply while walking. Its better to go somewhere, where you can view a lot of greenery.
  • Take a nap for about 10 minutes. This can lessen the rate of heart disease and all the associated illness.
  • Laugh: This is a best medicine. A few seconds of laughter can release endorphins. Which can make the blood vessels more flexible.
  • Get good night’s sleep: Don’t be lazy and start practicing Dru yoga. This can promote you better sleep by releasing all the stress and depression.


I hope, this article had made you learn something new from the usual. Really Dru can strengthen your body both physically and emotionally. I have made my mind to practice this from today itself!! what about you??