About the Dru Organisation
We are an energetic and fresh-thinking organisation eager to inspire a naturally healthier way of living for everybody, from young to old, from all walks of life. We founded the company upon the ideal of giving back to the world in which we live and that continues to be an ideal that still burns brightly for us today.At Dru we're passionate about positive health and wellbeing. With yoga and meditation at our core, we care deeply about nutrition, remedies and relieving the stresses of everyday living.
Since our birth as a company almost 20 years ago, when a small group of idealistic university students sought to change the world, we have grown internationally, and now run organic food and natural remedy shops and organise yoga courses and retreats across the globe - from Canada to Australia.
Our aim has always been to promote a positive, healthier and more peaceful existence for adults and children alike, giving back to the community by channelling resources into good causes.
|These good causes too have grown and, with the help of our volunteers, we now support a variety of community projects around the world. From sponsored medical clinics in India, to setting up fairtrade initiatives in Africa, we aim to help communities and individuals who are less fortunate than ourselves.|
BODY & MIND
When we originally set up Dru, the major passion we all shared was our love for yoga and meditation. It was through these practices that we initially wanted to help the world and community around us find a healthier, happier, more empowered way of living.
Of course, we recognise these are only two of the many routes to achieving a more fulfilling existence. However, they remain at the very core of what we do here at Dru. We call these aspects Dru Body & Mind.
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With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition and its emphasis on soft, flowing movements, Dru Yoga can help increase energy levels, ease back pain, and wash away stress.
Designed to be practised by people of all abilities, fitness levels and age groups, it is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learnt in more depth over a lifetime. It is now taught in many different countries, and as such has helped us become one of the largest yoga organisations in the world. As hundreds of our students are finding every day, at its most simple, Dru Yoga helps relieve the pressures of modern living.
Dru Dance is a more energetic, stress-busting form of Dru Yoga that blends the benefits of yoga and dance.
Moving with music from funk to soothing rhythms, it’s invigorating, exhilarating and guaranteed to wipe away cobwebs!
If you’re feeling agitated, Dru Meditation will bring you calmness. If you’re feeling exhausted, it will give you energy. If you’re feeling anxious, it will bring you peace.
And most importantly, Dru Meditation will help you find that still place, with its sense of fullness, achievement and its deep healing properties, that only yoga and meditation can bring.
Tired of trying to juggle worktime, family time and YOU time? Here at Dru we believe that worklife balance is about smart working and giving time and energy to those things that you love and value.
Learn to prioritise, manage time, de-stress quickly and, above all, learn to step back from what’s happening around you and make clear decisions from a point of inner calm. It‘s all part of the tried and tested Dru package.
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HEALTH & NUTRITION
There are many ways to gain a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle. Yoga and meditation are a good start. Equally important is how fully we nourish ourselves, from the food and drink we take in to the time we take out—treating ourselves to therapies that relax the body and retreats that lift the spirit.
It’s these nurturing aspects of finding a healthier, happier lifestyle, that we call Dru Health & Nutrition.
Dimensions, our North Wales health store and smoothie bar, is an oasis of the finest natural and organic superfoods, nutritional supplements and natural remedies sourced from all over the globe.
Run by Dru therapists and health experts, Dimensions in Bangor is a haven of practical, effective information, helping people from all walks of life reclaim their vitality and zest for living.
From shiatsu to aqua-detox, reflexology to massage, any therapies we offer at Dru are practised by experienced, qualified therapists.
And when you enjoy a therapy on one of our yoga and meditation retreats, that’s when you really feel the true benefits of the whole Dru experience.
If it’s total rejuvenation you’re after, then come and immerse yourself in all things Dru.
Deeply satisfying yoga, serene meditation and pampering therapies, held in beautiful locations, will help you escape the stresses of modern day living and find a peace of mind that’ll make you feel on top of the world.
Over the past 20 years, Dru has published a wide variety of books, recorded a catalogue of CDs and DVDs, and now sells everything from natural foods to yoga mats. It’s all a way of helping people find a better, healthier, more peaceful way to live.
What’s more, since Dru’s conception, we have always given a percentage of our profits to aid the many and varied good causes we support around the world.
Whether you’re after yoga, meditation or health, information or inspiration, Dru Publications offers you a comprehensive range of books and manuals.
If it’s a slightly quicker fix you’re in need of—from finding out exactly what’s happening with our various ongoing projects to catching up with the whereabouts of some of our yoga teachers—then Dru Talk, our newsletter, will keep you in touch. Likewise send us your comments. We welcome dialogue and who knows, you might even find your letter in print! We look forward to hearing from you.
Our Dru Media products provide everything you need to help strengthen your body and rejuvenate your mind and spirit—all in the comfort of your own home. Yoga DVDs, soothing music and meditation CDs, plus digital downloads, give you the most effective and interactive means of practising the many techniques that you have seen or learned from us here at Dru.
You can buy them online and from our various outlets.
We are all aware that without fuelling our bodies with healthy, high-energy food, all the things we would like to achieve on a daily basis may not be possible.
In our search for the best natural answers to this issue, we’ve been led to finding the most satisfying ethically-produced food, ensuring that as we take from mother nature with one hand, we give back with the other. Dru Natural Foods—our Barley Grass and Miracle Bar—are available at good health stores, online and in our London café too!
Choose from a fascinating selection of meditation products, clothing, yoga accessories, shawls and therapeutic jewellery sourced from across the globe—everything you need to get the most from your Dru experience.
And with a percentage of profits going to good causes around the world, you can be assured that everything you buy from Dru involves an aspect of giving back to the community around you.
NOT FOR PROFIT PROJECTS
Right from the beginning we wanted to create a worldwide network of empowered individuals working together to make a difference to the world in which we live. We believe that in giving back to the wider community and helping individuals less fortunate than ourselves, we help to create a better, more understanding environment.
Dru Not For Profit Projects is a global range of initiatives into which we channel a percentage of our resources, time and effort. From working with inner city youth and running worklife balance programmes to creating free medical camps in India, de-traumatisation training for NGOs in Nepal and supporting the World Peace Flame, it’s our way of helping to change the world for the better.
The Dru Climate Change project aims to tackle the issue of climate change head on.
The website offers over 100 practical ways in which we, as individuals, can reduce our own carbon footprint and bring a change to attitudes and our way of living at a grassroots level. It aims to empower us all, showing us how our earth’s climate is also linked to our human climate, and how when we improve either one of them we also improve the other.
We are able to achieve so much at Dru because of the help of our many enthusiastic volunteers—from builders, graphic designers, cooks and students working in our centres around the world to Dru Yoga teachers taking their skills free of charge to deprived inner city areas.
It is the generosity, friendship and love shown by these people that best illustrates what we are all trying to achieve here at Dru—positive change for a better world.
Dru supports a number of charities. The World Peace Flame is an eternal flame which has, to date, inspired millions of people from all over the world to believe that they as individuals do make a difference. The Flame champions values such as inner strength, determination and humility in resolving conflict of any sort. Political and religious leaders alike, people from all walks of life, from every nation, faith and social standing have lit the World Peace Flame and use it as a means of creating bridges and promoting peace.
This belief that humble individual effort can change the world as a whole is why we support the World Peace Flame Foundation so strongly.
|From setting up medical camps in India and sourcing fair trade goods from Africa to feeding the homeless on our doorstep, our Outreach Projects show Dru at its best. They rely on the team work, determination and the numerous skills of our many volunteers all over the world.|