Sometimes we take heart.
Sometimes we lose heart.
Either way, we human on.

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The Grief Practice Book

The Grief Practice is an 8.5 x 11, 188-pageĀ color storybook and workbook that explains and explores grief in the body through human stories and mindfulness practices.

The ancient practices of yoga and mindfulness are offered through a trauma-informed and science-based lens, validating the physical experience of grief and reminding grieving humans that their body is doing everything it can to support them under the weight of their grief.

When you order from me, I personally package your books from my home in San Diego and add some extra love for the journey from my home to yours.

Order The Grief Practice.

I also teach a monthly grief+yoga class in San Diego. If you are looking for in-person support tap here.

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Register here for in-person classes on Mondays. (Currently held at an outdoor location.)

Pre-registration required, $20.

Encinitas, CA 92024

Find Friday Free Grief+Yoga here.

Online Yoga Classes here.

I am a trauma- and polyvagal-informed yoga teacher and use yoga as a tool to help us get more resourced and connected through strong, intelligent movement. I approach yoga through a biomechanical and biopsychosocial lens, welcoming and speaking to the full spectrum of being human, inviting us into compassionate, curious relationship with ourselves.


I started practicing yoga in 2008, six years after my husband died. I credit the practice of yoga with taking me from surviving to thriving. I believe that everything is sacred and nothing is sacred, including yoga. This allowed me to step away from my roots in Anusara and Iyengar and explore yoga biomechanics and movement science. This radically changed my practice and my teaching.

My trauma-informed classes are a unique blend of whole-brain movement, with plenty of new and novel movements for brain and body health and growth. My classes address and allow for the whole human experience, ultimately honoring the innate healing ability of every human being and every human body.

I received my 200-hour training at Yoga One in San Diego in 2013. I have since studied with Hala Khouri, Jenni Rawlings, Jules Mitchell, and stay up to date in the growing areas of movement for trauma and movement science.

In 2016 I began teaching weekly grief yoga classes hosted at a local hospice center, creating an internal and external space for grief to breathe and be.

In 2018 I transitioned to offering quarterly workshops to make this unique approach accessible to more people.

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Grief-In-The-Body Workshops

Grief-In-The-Body workshops break down polyvagal theory, movement science, and trauma-informed yoga into a digestible, experiential format to validate the physical experience of grief and remind grieving humans that their body is doing everything it can to support them under the weight of grief.

Students learn how to find resources inside and outside their bodies to anchor their attention to so they can move and be moved and explore sensations and emotions safely.

The intention is not to fix, but to create space and awareness for grief to move in and to move out. To find the pockets of love hiding behind the hurt. To nurture a harmonious sense of being full of life and full of loss.

The Grief Practice book and companion website expand on the concepts taught in this workshop and supports participants continued exploration of the practices that resonate with them.

To organize a workshop for your hospice center or yoga studio, contact meĀ here.

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Move With Grief

A 10-week grief+yoga practice program to support the embodied experience of grief.

Details coming soon.

To request the workshop presentation of The Grief Practice, please contact Monique here.