Dru yoga

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Dru yoga is a style of yoga that works with postures, breath work, relaxation and meditation. Its series or sequences are called Energy Block Release. According to "Dru World Wide" this yoga style has thousands of practitioners in 31 countries.
The word Dru in the name refers to the hindu deity dhruva, a prince from the Hindu mythology the god Vishnu honored with the eternal abode on the Pole Star (Dhruva Nakshatra in sanskrit).

Dru yoga may either be a centuries-old Indian tradition, or a proprietary style by the spiritual and charitable organisation Life Foundation and its guru Dr. Mansukh Patel. Fact is that Life Foundation and affiliates have registered Dru yoga as their trademark in Australia and the US. [1][2]

Dru yoga works with chakras, in particular the heart chakra. To observe a point of tranquility in a moving universe is the idea, like the Pole Star. It can be practised in classes, at home or in the office. It has five stages:

  1. Activation
  2. Energy Block Release
  3. Dru yoga asanas
  4. Relaxation
  5. Meditation

Since 2001 the Life Foundation and its founder, Mansukh Patel, have run into some seriously bad publicity. It has been accused of spending just a tiny portion of its fund on charity, of (sexual) harassment and exploitation.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12] Some time in the previous decade the organisation changed its name from Life Foundation School of Therapeutics Ltd[13] to Dru (UK) Ltd[14] and Dru World Wide.


  1. ^ [1], Dru Yoga Australia Life Foundation School of Therapeutics search result on trademarkify.com.au, consulted June 2, 2013.
  2. ^ [2], Dru Yoga USA Life Foundation School of Therapeutics search result on markhound.com, consulted June 2, 2013.
  3. ^ '"He siphoned off cash from charity funds"', Mail on Sunday, 18 June, 2006.
  4. ^ Gurus get £12m but only give charity £5000; Cult-buster slams group behind `peace flames',Sunday Mail, August 12, 2001
  5. ^ Cult hit by sex abuse claims, Sunday Mercury, Birmingham (UK), July 9, 2006.
  6. ^ 'Paul was little more than a shell. He was like a zombie', The Observer, November 19, 2006.
  7. ^ 'Life Foundation / Sex with Mansukh lifted you to a higher level', Trouw, 21 May, 2006.
  8. ^ 'Organisers deny Dru Yoga conference linked to cult', Religious News, 29 August, 2008.
  9. ^ 'Church concerns over "peace flame" plan', The Observer, 27 April, 2013.
  10. ^ 'Dipping into Dru', Yoga Abode, 28 August, 2008.
  11. ^ 'Organisers deny yoga conference linked to "cult"', This Is Local London, 27 August, 2008.
  12. ^ '(Life Foundation) "Paul was little more than a shell. He was like a zombie"', Cult Awareness And Information Library, 19 November, 2006.
  13. ^ 'Life Foundation School of Therapeutics Ltd, Cylex Company Information', consulted 10 June, 2013
  14. ^ 'Dru (UK) Ltd, Companies in the UK', consulted 10 June, 2013

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