Hello Courageous Heart.
Welcome. I’m Mo.
I’m a yoga teacher whose niche is teaching yoga that welcomes and explores grief. I’m a poet of sorts and recently published a book of poetry called The Unedited Heart: Letters on Loss. My current creation is The Grief Practice. And I’m the mama of a sweet and energetic toddler.
So if your rabbit hole led you here, welcome. You’re in the right place, even if it feels a bit awkward at times. I know about awkward and I know about lonely and I know about loss and I know about love and I know about being scared of all of them and about opening to all of them. Slowly, timidly, and then whole-heartedly.
On Thanksgiving weekend in 2002, I lost my husband unexpectedly to a complication with his cancer treatment. My tremendous loss catapulted me into a cathartic evolution of mind and body that eventually led me to mindfulness meditation and yoga. These practices gave me the tools to end a 15-year struggle with depression that began in my teens, as well as a decade-long dependence on antidepressants.
My experience of grief was very unsupported, so these days I am motivated to give back to grief and people who are grieving in the ways that I can and the ways I would have liked to have been supported. I offer a grief-specific, trauma-informed yoga class to groups or individuals. I have created a workshop for caregivers who are giving back to grief to support them in the work they do. And I am in the process of compiling my unique approach to grief through yoga into a book called The Grief Practice: Stories of Surviving Loss & Practices for Supporting Loss.
I’m committed to celebrating and unveiling the human and the being in all of us. We are human beings, not human doings, and plugging into that process of discovery and exploration is how I try to live and what I write and teach.
My writing has been featured on elephantjournal and The Huffington Post. These days I enjoy posting my poetry regularly to social media because checking in with this heart of mine daily keeps me honest.
Locally I teach a yoga class at Gather Encinitas that welcomes the full spectrum of being human. Come as you are.
I send a love letter to your inbox every month or so if you sign up here. It’s no bells-and-whistles newsletter, just some honest words from my heart to yours.
So now it’s your turn. How did you land here and what does your heart have to say? Let’s connect face to face or heart to heart? I’m here.
yours in love & loss,