Drew has 17 years of experience teaching thousands of Heathen Hatha & Calisthenics classes to tens of thousands of students in North America & Europe. He has seen “yoga” being misused & abused as a toxic tool of deconstructionism & social engineering. Drew only teaches a very clean & clear form of “Heathen Calisthenics” that is void of this deconstructionism & social engineering persuasions & it’s usual creepy religious dogma & over the top selfish “self realization” preaching, that does nothing for the student/practitioner nor the culture or society they live in. It is our social responsibilities that actually gives our lives meaning. The rest is just selfish & empty bellybutton gazing.
Drew focuses his classes strictly on the practical & physical. He leaves his students to walk their own, not just private, but sacred spiritual path. We all must walk the path & there are no express lanes to understanding the body, mind & spirituality. Remember you cannot consume your way to consciousness. So forget the idea that this or that plant, drug or medicine can heal you. For they are usually prescribed to only treat the symptoms of a deeper imbalance. As well, most of these “medicines” have severe side effects or induce inebriation. They will not correct the imbalance itself nor cure it but only bring superficial comfort which can make the imbalance grow worse. So we must all walk the path of balance step by step by step… so practice, practice, practice!
Drew does mostly workshops & consulting these days. He has consulted for many Spa Retreat centres in Europe & North America & has owed 3 studios at different times over the past 17 years. Drew has hosted and taught at many hot hatha retreats in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, California, Oregon…etc. He also offers indigenous wild foods & raw food workshops & consults on interesting eco-spa & retreat building projects.
Drew consulted and developed the beautiful Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa Raw Food Spa Menu, Hot Yoga facility & their original Hot Yoga retreats in Northern Germany!
Yoga Retreats: Drew’s Heathen Calisthenics & Native Horsemanship Retreat. Or you can book Drew to come teach Heathen Calisthenics, Hot Hatha Yoga, Therapeutic Flying or Raw Food preparation at your retreat, just contact Drew direct at: bookingdrewrouse(@)gmail.com
Drew also does eco-yoga studio building design & green operation consulting. Check out the Eco Bikram Yoga Studio that Drew designed & built in Ventura, CA. at: hotyogaventuraca.com
Drew’s Basic Heathen Calisthenics Workshop: is a mixture of practical & theoretical Native European Heathen Calisthenics & hot hatha yoga. With attention to classical alignment (practical) and understanding the ancient & sacred geometry of the body (theoretical).
Drew follows the strengthening and stretching opposite & equal, 50/50, simultaneously within proper alignment philosophy and always the same… concept. Moving with strength and flexibility to protect the joints… as opposed to moving with inertia & gravity which can damage the cartilage, ligaments & tendons in the joints & overall body.
The flow of Drew’s class is within each asana or posture, from command to command… as opposed to from posture to posture with little to no alignment or commands. With attention on the breath.
Drew teaches that a complete Heathen Calisthenics & hatha yoga class must move the spine left, right, forward, backward, create full traction of the spine and twist the spine both left and right.
Drew teaches when we twist the spine we do not bend the spine and when we bend the spine we do not twist it. Although some arching of the spine while bending it is acceptable.
Drew firmly distinguishes between bending at the hip and folding at the navel. Drew prefers the engaged thigh & locked knee in the standing series, not even a micro-bend, so the knee has no lateral movement… as well as numerous other precise hatha & calisthenics perspectives and alinement commands.
~The class begins with focused breathing/pranayama breathing to oxygenate and detoxify the body of carbon dioxide. As well as to gently open and warm the body.
~Then moves into sun salutations and other light more restorative type of postures & asana, again warming up the body but also to allow Drew to see what the students require of the class.
~Then some trust building with partner stretching and also a basic introduction to Therapeutic Flying. Drew offers both the active and the original restorative versions.
~Then some simple, basic but deeper hip and thoracic spine opening postures/asana which moves directly into an intermediate “slow flow” class. The flow is within each asana/posture, not from asana to asana or posture to posture.
~The class ends with a quick detox breathing or Boreal cleansing breath which strengthens the abdominals, pelvic wall & diaphragm.
~Then the class floats into a final AllFather posture. Resting flat on the back:)
~Drew has become well known for his inspirational classes and what he calls, “Mind Triggers”. These are phrases, spoken amongst the postures/asana alignment commands in a certain way, intended to spark a shift in consciousness, mindfulness & awareness. Such as: “The consciousness is only rising because we are lifting it”
“We are 100% responsible and liable for our actions, reactions, inactions and even our interactions. The century of the victim must end, because victims only make more victims.”
“You are mostly made of water, water is not rigid or tight is it? No its not. Then what makes the body rigid and tight? The mind. How do you release the minds grip over your body? Through the breath, in through the nose, out through the nose, every breathe taking you deeper into a state of active meditation. Once you reach a deep state of active meditation this class will go by like a beautiful little dream”
“One must find the interconnected perspective”
“You come here to be reminded of what you already know. We can give you nothing. Why? Because you have everything already. All I can teach you is how to access that which you have already been given. Once you learn how to access it, you must use it”
“You are floating in a sea of oxygen, life-force, energy. All you have to do is absorb it. Like the endless energy from the sun and below our feet (geothermal energy) we are bathed in free energy. We have everything… all we must learn is how to absorb it & use it wisely. Only then will we truly know freedom”
“Strength and flexibility, opposite equal, 50/50, simultaneously and always the same. Like love & respect, one is no good without the other”
“What is love? Love is compassionate actions”
“Never let your ideology overtake your humanity”
“You must not let your chemistry override your phycology. You must master your chemistry”
“You are learning how to access your own pharmacy, leaning how to milk your own endocrine system, also known as your chakra system. This system, endocrine/chakras system, is very susceptible to radiation and the over 90 thousand synthetic petrochemical-chemicals that pervade our lives. These petrochemical-chemicals all have endocrine/chakra disrupting factors and thus mess with these control valves of your entire body. You must keep these toxic synthetic petrochemical out of your bodies & lives.”
“You must have Love & Respect. One is only half as good without the other”
Some Past Yoga Events:
~July 24, 26, 27th & August 1st, 2nd and 6th at Bikram Yoga Tallinn ,Estonia (Bikram method)
~July 29 to 31st at Acrofestonia Festival Estonia (Therapeutic Flying Workshop & Music)
~August 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 18, 23 at Bikram Yoga Göteborg , Sweden. (Bikram method)
~August 26 at Hot Yoga Koblenz Koblenz, Germany (Intermediate Restorative Yoga and Introduction to Therapeutic Flying Workshop)
~April 27th, 7pm Workshop at Hot Yoga Koblenz in Koblenz, Germany.
~May 6 & 7, 11am Workshops at Yoga Is Different in Vienna, Austria.
~May 20th, 12pm Workshop at Bikram Yoga Prague in Praha, Czech Republic.
~May 28th at Hot Yoga Copenhagen (Noon, 65 min. Hot Vinyasa)
~June 23rd 8pm, June 24th at 2pm & June 25th at 2pm I’ll be teaching Classical Hatha Yoga Workshops mixed with some Theraputic Flying at Pax Terra Music Festival outside Berlin, Germany!
~July 1st Outdoor yoga! at Veganmania Beach Stage in Vienna, Austria @5pm after LIVE music by The Drew Rouse Band:)
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