Habit Changing Breath

December 16, 2007

The Habit Changing Breath, in the Peace Formula by Mansukh Patel, is one of the world’s ancient methods for redesigning unhelpful patterns in your unconscious.

Have you ever found yourself repeatedly falling into the same old trap? Perhaps someone just keeps pushing your buttons? Or maybe every time there’s an emotive exchange you run for cover – or alternatively open fire with all guns blazing – despite your best efforts to master yourself?

Dru Meditation provides you with a variety of methods of transforming these painful experiences into new positivity. Mansukh’s deceptively simple description of the Habit Changing Breath will enable you to do just this.

The methods simply involves changing the relative lengths of your in breath and out breath. Since breath is intimately connected to unconscious thought processes, people through the ages have discovered that specific ratios of in breath and out breath can be used to create very precise changes in consciousness.

Many people who use the Habit Changing Breath report that even within a week it enables them to make great progress towards changing very entrenched habits.

You can find the Habit Changing Breath in Practical Peace Exercise 1, on p18 of the Peace Formula, by Mansukh Patel.

View reviews on the Peace Formula and other Dru Meditation resources.


Shanti Mudra (Gesture of Peace)

October 23, 2007

The heart-opening Shanti mudra is poetic in its appeal. Raising the arms progressively up the body’s midline, eventually opening them in a remarkable heart-expanding gesture above, the Shanti mudra creates an evocative state of ‘being-at-peace’.

A key to success in practicing the Shanti mudra is your focus on the spine. In the movement, you focus on each of the chakras in turn, so try to progressively lengthen your spine each time you move your arms upwards. Breathe deeply and fully, and enjoy the sensation of immense confidence and strength the open arms can bring you at the top of the movement!

The Shanti Mudra can be found on the Total Health CD by Louise Rowan, along with Dru Yoga’s unique Energy Block Release 2 sequence. It is also on the DVD: Dru Yoga – Techniques for Men, presented by John Jones and Mansukh Patel. If you like it in print format, check out p144 of Crisis and the Miracle of Love, Mansukh Patel and Helena Waters.

Energy Block Release 2 (EBR 2)

October 22, 2007

Energy Block Release 2 helps you quickly re-align and revitalise your body, leaving your feeling free of aches and pains, relaxed and yet re-energised and ready for anything. It also works to create a feeling of deep peacefulness up and down your spine, leaving your mind refreshed and clear.

Dru Yoga’s unique Energy Block Release (EBR) sequences are important tools for de-stressing, re-energising and revitalising your body. They start with EBRs 1 and 2 which work to rebalance your physical body and its energy system. After that, the successive EBR sequences gradually progress through strengthening and balancing your emotional system and the realm of your beliefs, values and unconscious thoughts.

EBR 2 is a great sequence to use in the morning before important meetings, or to clear the lethargy you feel after travel. And it’s fabulous for a quick de-stress or for clearing the effects of the night before!

Louise Rowan’s CD, Total Health takes you gently through EBR 2, as does the Dru Yoga DVD, featuring Coby Langford and Mansukh Patel.

‘Parking the Body’

October 22, 2007

Preparation for effective meditation

If you’ve ever tried to meditate and been totally distracted by your body – aches, stiffness, sleepiness or lethargy – then you could benefit immensely from a short course in ‘parking the body’. Just like parking your car securely so you can get on with your business, Dru meditation teaches you how to energise, relax and stabilise your body so that it won’t distract you in meditation. You’ll be amazed at how easy meditation becomes when you’ve:

  1. Learnt how to sit with great posture and high energy
  2. Relaxed your body
  3. Stabilised and ‘grounded’ your mind.

You can be guided through essential steps of ‘parking the body’ in Chris Barrington’s Quiet Times, a great introduction to Dru Meditation. You’ll also learn a powerful, graduated sequence of meditations with preparation methods in the nine meditations of the Head and Heart Self Development Course. And you’ll find the basics of meditation in the book Stillness in Motion, by Chris Barrington, Anita Goswami, Annie Jones, foreword by Mansukh Patel.

Meditation can be easy!

Foundation Relaxation

October 22, 2007

Dru relaxation draws from a vast array of Dru yoga techniques for relaxing your body, emotions and mind that have been developed within the yoga field over centuries. None are more potent than the Foundation Relaxation, which brings the best of all of them together in four easy-to-use phases:

1. A physical phase using movement and breath to relax your body
2. An awareness phase, using breath and awareness to relax your emotions and energy system
3. A phase of deep stillness, in which you can re-write the beliefs and patterns of your unconscious
4. A phase of re-energisation, bringing vitality and alertness back to every part of your body-mind.

Anita Goswami guides you two great sitting and lying Dru relaxations in the Deep Relaxation CD. You’ll find versions of Dru relaxation on each of the Energy Block Release CDs, as well as in the Head and Heart Self Development course.

Enjoy the rest!

Akash Sequence

October 18, 2007

The Akash sequence (Salutation to Space) helps you create a quietly restful mind. Literally, it is designed to open your awareness to the quality of space, or spaciousness.

It helps you feel calm and open so you can gain a wide perspective on issues. It also helps you fix your awareness on a goal, and keep it in the back of your mind as a kind of ‘abiding focus’. This is a potent way to draw a goal towards you!

The Akash sequence involves simple arm movements, often followed with your eyes and with breath awareness. It will help you see the world with a new and more expansive attitude.

Mansukh Patel demonstrates the Akash sequence with great peacefulness on the Dru DVD, Dru Yoga – Techniques for Men, by John Jones and Mansukh Patel.

Energy Block Release 3 (EBR 3 – Awakening Hearts)

October 18, 2007

Want to reconnect with your heart, or cultivate a warm, confident feeling of inner strength? Most Dru practitioners turn to EBR 3 when they want to feel good about life.

The first part of this flowing, easy-to-use movement sequence is designed to open the whole chest and shoulder area and bring a powerful focus of attention to your heart centre.  The dramatic Thunderbolt movement in the second part then creates a vigorous shift of awareness along the spine from the base centres, in which we store painful emotions like fear, insecurity, frustration or grief.

As a result, the sequence helps you transform old patterns of painful emotional energy into a warm, satisfied feeling that everything is ok.

Many people find EBR 3 is their Dru highlight!

EBR 3 is available on CD on Awakening the Heart by Anita Goswami, or in the book Dru Yoga for All Seasons (contact us).

Blue Mist meditation

October 18, 2007

The Blue Mist meditation is one of our most important meditations for transforming painful emotions or thought patterns into positive. And the great news is that you can do it sitting in meditation or lying down as a relaxation!

It makes a truly great relaxation after a busy day or in bed just before sleep.

You can use the technique for emotions – in which case, start your focus at the heart.

You can also use it for changing old, unhelpful thought patterns and beliefs. For this, start your focus at the brow centre. There are some other important differences between these two approaches, but they’re too long to describe in a short blog!

An excellent version of the Blue Mist meditation is recorded by Savitri MacCuish in the Meditation Mastery series of the Head and Heart Solutions pack. It’s number eight.

It’s also in the older cassette tape, Meditations for Inner Strength, by Mansukh Patel, if you are lucky enough to have access to that. And if you have our older book, Face to Face with Life, by John Jones and Mansukh Patel, you’ll find it there too.

Elevator Meditation

October 18, 2007

One of the most profound meditations I know, the Elevator always helps me quickly come back to my centre. I find the Elevator meditation quickly takes you through the key steps to an amazing state of inner connectedness:

  • Deep relaxation
  • A feeling of spaciousness
  • An abiding peacefulness
  • A discovery of a ‘greater you’, beyond the surface ups and downs of the mind
  • Connection with a remarkable feeling of light and inner strength within.

Whenever I’ve taught the Elevator meditation to groups a deep and very powerful stillness fills the room.

You can hear a great version of it on Chris Barrington’s Quiet Times CD, and Mansukh Patel’s version on Meditation 5 within the Head and Heart Solutions pack is a real tour de force!

I hope you enjoy it.