Alternative Fitness Bendigo

When you dance to the rhythms of your life, you are truly alive in all ways.

Liz Godfrey
What a find Karin has been. Although I have many minor, but no major, problems I just love being guided in the use of "hidden"! muscles and being … read more
A Toomey
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We do not stop exercising because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop exercising!
Dr K Cooper
  • Somatics - pain relief through movement.
  • Somatics - pain relief through movement.

Dru Yoga

Dru Yoga

Dru Yoga is a gentle heart based yoga based on flowing movements using soft joints and enhanced by direct breathing and visualisation. It works on body, mind and spirit – improving strength, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and rejuvenating your whole being. It is designed to be practised by people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.
A 2006 Australian Yoga survey showed that over 86% of people who practiced Dru Yoga were better able to handle stress, 84% experienced a decrease in back pain while up to 90% of participants noticed greater flexibility of the joints and spine.
A class consists of: activations to warm the body followed by gentle flowing sequences, body preps, postures, breathing techniques, relaxation, and meditations.

All the bodily systems are activated by this process, which enhances circulation and increases our awareness of the physical body. It is lots of fun!

Body Preps teach you safe and effective movements taht can be used to enhance your postures and sequences. They help you learn the major muscles groups and skills connected to the musculo skeletal system.

The EBR sequences are easy and pleasant to do and have incredibly potent effects on our health at every level of our being. Performed correctly they can dissolve physical, energetic, emotional and mental blockages.

These build on the foundation of knowledge about the body and how it moves. Each has a specific outcome, but all help to relate to the rhythm and flow of life. The more you work with each posture and sequence, the more you will gradually come to understand its
physical, emotional and energetic effects.

This class will begin with gentle activation of the body, followed by a 15 minute relaxation exercise while lying down. Some breath techniques will be introduced, followed by a 20 minute seated meditation. The purpose of the class is for you to allow yourself to be totally rejuvenated and relaxed, to release any tension and stress from your daily life and bring joy and peace within.

“It is absolutely essential to make time for deep relaxation in our modern way of living as it activates the innate healing powers of our own body on all different levels.” Evi Op di Beeck

The benefits of relaxation techniques

Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:
• Slowing your heart rate
• Lowering blood pressure
• Slowing your breathing rate
• Reducing activity of stress hormones
• Increasing blood flow to major muscles
• Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
• Improving concentration and mood
• Lowering fatigue
• Reducing anger and frustration
• Boosting confidence to handle problems

“ The good news for people living a busy, stressful lifestyle is that we can often clear the effects of hours of stress with only 10 – 20 minutes of deep relaxation.” Dru

The benefits of breathing techniques

Air is vital for our life. We can live without food and water for a few days, weeks or months but not without air. Air is the essence of life. All living beings breathe oxygen and expel carbon dioxide during respiration process. Breathing is the most essential and important function of the body.
Breathing exercises can be extremely beneficial for your physical and mental well-being in many different ways. Your breathing affects most of your bodily functions.

Breathing is the only bodily function which you can either do consciously or unconsciously.

So, what exactly do deep breathing exercises do for you?

When you learn to take deep, slow breaths, your body reacts in many positive ways:
1. Your muscles relax. You’ll find it’s difficult to maintain a lot of physical tension when you are breathing properly.
2. Oxygen delivery improves. When you breathe deeply and you are relaxed, fresh oxygen pours into every cell in the body. This increases the function of every system in the body. You will also notice improved mental concentration and physical stamina.
3. Your blood pressure lowers. As your muscles let go of tension, your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure can return to a normal level.
4. Endorphins are released. Deep breathing triggers the release of endorphins, which improves feelings of well-being and provides pain-relief.
5. Detoxification improves. Good breathing habits help the lymphatic system function properly, which encourages the removal of harmful toxins. This cleanses the body and allows it to direct its energy to more productive functions.

“Breath teaches us about receiving and giving, holding and letting go, it also points us towards the immense power of the subtle and invisible forces of life.” Susan Kulas

The benefits of meditation

Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for understanding all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the centre of consciousness within. Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.
Meditation creates physical and mental calmness and strengthens the ability to concentrate. It also sharpens the memory and the intuition. Sometimes, in certain cases, it might lead to spiritual enlightenment. This depends on how enthusiastic you are, how much energy and time you devote to it, and on your state of inner ripeness.

“Meditation – the art of simply being with yourself. Let’s give ourselves this chance to taste the sweetness ..... of ourselves ...... of this moment ......” John Jones