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Meditation is one of the most effective ways of reducing stress, boosting the immune system, and even looking younger! This retreat will help you keep your mind clear and calm, and you'll gain meditation tools that will help you create your own home practice. Enjoy and learn flowing yoga postures and meditation sessions with experienced meditation tutors from Dru UK. This retreat will be the perfect getaway to restore your inner peace. Dru Meditation retreats were rated as one of the top 5 retreats in Europe by National Geographic Traveller in 2017.
Snowdonia has received a certificate of excellence this year from TripAdvisor for the accommodation. Snowdonia Mountain Lodge has 21 bedrooms, with a selection of double, twin bedded, and family rooms. During this retreat, you will be staying at Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Snowdonia, United Kingdom in a private or double room.
Aside from that, family rooms are also available with one king-size bed and a single bed. You will also get your own free car-parking space. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, television lounge area where you can relax and read, and a peaceful outdoor seating area. Depending on the availability, some rooms will also have television.
This retreat will introduce you to key Dru Meditation techniques for developing a calm and clear mind. You will learn the Dru Yoga postures which prepare the body best for sitting, as well as enjoying progressive guided meditation sessions with all the expert teachers. There will also be time for relaxation and walks in glorious Snowdoni. Be ready for a perfect weekend for restoring your inner calm. If you are interested in the Dru Meditation Teacher Training Course, then this is also the ideal preparation.
Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualization. With its foundations set firmly in the ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind, and spirit, therefore, improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being.
Designed to be practiced by people of all abilities, all fitness levels, and all age groups, Dru is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learned in more depth over a lifetime. Dru Yoga classes are available in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, across Europe, Australia, and Canada. Short Dru Yoga retreats and yoga holidays in these countries are also very popular.
Dru Yoga has its roots in hatha yoga and includes classical yoga postures (asanas), pranayama (breath work), mudras (gestures), positive affirmations, empowering visualizations, and powerful, flowing, dynamic sequences.
Aside from that, it is also known for Energy Block Release sequences (EBRs) which an easy-to-practice, flowing movements that help to release tension physically, mentally and emotionally. In Dru Yoga, all movements originate from the spine because a flexible, healthy spine will support your entire yoga practice. The spinal wave and spinal twist are core features of Dru, enhancing spinal health and vitality.
A deep understanding of core stability is a major focus. Dru Yoga works to balance the chakras which is the energy that centers of the body and access the powerful energy of the heart. Within the flow of movement, Dru Yoga creates powerful moments of stillness which is known as “Dru points.” Classes are tailored to an individual level and usually contain Energy Block Release sequences, graceful yoga sequences, pranayama, relaxation, and Dru meditation.
Aside from doing yoga, you will also be able to enjoy some mediation sessions. Meditation does not have to be boring, difficult, or uncomfortable. It can help you focus your mind, keep calm, and feel positive and uplifted. Plus, it does not need to take too long, even 10 minutes can make a huge difference. Dru Meditation is the perfect way to find mental clarity and emotional balance.
The following three techniques can be easily fitted into the start of a busy day. Meditation can often be seen as sitting still with your eyes closed. However, taking meditation into your life in the form of mindfulness is essential yourselves and your communities. Get started with these easy-to-do Dru Meditation techniques.
When you wake up in the morning, completely relax your body for one minute, while you are still lying in bed. Think of five things you’re really grateful for today. Take time to absorb the feeling of gratitude and let it spread through your body and mind. When you're ready gently sit up and wrap your duvet around you.
Bring your attention to your breathing and let it get deeper without forcing it at all. Focus on your heart chakra and feel the warmth spreading through your body as you breathe. Continue for five minutes, then stretch, ideally following a Dru Yoga sequence and start your day.
-Relax body and mind
Dru Yoga is a powerful tool to help you relax. It systematically stretches and relaxes the muscles using graceful, flowing movements which bring calmness and increased energy. This relaxation is often taught at the end of a Dru Yoga class. Do some stretches then lie down on the floor on a firm yet comfortable surface preferably a soft carpet or blanket is fine. Cover yourself with a blanket so you don’t get chilly. Make sure that your body is aligned in a straight line.
Starting from your feet, tense, and relax each part of your body. Contract the muscles first in your feet, and then feel each of the toes relaxing as you soften the feet against the floor. Work up the body, through the legs, hips, abdomen, chest, back, neck, and head. Then, focus on your breathing, and each time you breathe out, let your body release tension. As you breathe in, take peace and calmness into the body. Repeat for 5 minutes.
To finish, gradually bring your awareness back to your body and feel how your body is positioned on the floor. Move your toes and fingers gently, then stretch, and sit up without disturbing that wonderful feeling of relaxation.
Relax for a few moments and focus on your breathing, watching the natural rhythm of each inhalation, and exhalation. Imagine a situation in your life that needs healing. Create an image of that situation in front of you, as if it were on a video screen. As you breathe in, draw some of the stress of the situation into your heart and immediately send it upwards and out of the top of your head as you breathe out.
Feel that above your head is a region of golden light in which you have full access to your healing potential. Imagine the stress entering this region and visualize the situation being completely healed. On an in-breath, draw this new situation into your heart and breathe it out into the scene in front of you, bringing peace and a good solution to that situation. See smiles of relief on the faces of everyone concerned. Repeat steps two to five until you feel relaxed, calm, and full of joy.
Kindly note that the main sessions will vary according to the theme of the retreat.
Jane is one of Dru's senior Dru Yoga and Meditation teacher trainers, based at Snowdonia Mountain Lodge in North Wales. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years and has a background in psychology which she applies to her meditation teaching and youth work. Jane teaches innovative sound workshops and has worked one-to-one with people the world over who have been told they can’t sing. Out of her love for singing and mantra work she has created her own ambient relaxation CDs. Building on her passion for the communication she has also written articles on yoga and meditation.
This retreat will take place in Snowdonia, United Kingdom. The retreat is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life but is still easily accessible by rail and road on the A5.
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During this retreat, you will be served with daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The delicious vegetarian cuisines are tasty, healthy, and complement the courses perfectly. Dru UK also caters for vegan and other special diets, such as gluten-free, and more. Please let Dru UK know your diet upon booking.
In Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, there are multiple activities that you can do. Located right in the heart of Snowdonia, it is a world-class venue for walking, cycling, paragliding, kayaking, and climbing. It is also located near Snowdonia National Park, Anglesey, and Bangor University, making it easy for you to hop over and visit these places.
Besides that, you can also immerse yourself in the culture and history of Snowdonia by going to castles, Bangor University, mountains, moorland, forests, lakes, and steam railways. Surrounded by many of Snowdonia’s most-visited mountains, Nant Ffrancon Valley has the most breathtaking views that you simply must enjoy.
Spa treatments are available upon request for additional prices. From Ayurvedic Abhyanga full body massage to foot reflexology, when you enjoy a therapy on one of the retreats, that is when you will really feel the true benefits of the whole Dru experience. You can also book a personal mentoring with one of the expert tutors on topics such as chakra analysis, Vedic astrology, and much more.
The Snowdonia Mountain Lodge is 3.5 hours away from London by train.
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