For the last three years I’ve been piecing together a unique approach to grief through yoga that welcomes it instead of trying to fix it; that acknowledges where and how emotions lodge themselves in our bodies and how we can invite them to flow by creating internal and external space.
Yoga invites grief to take up space. To surge. To recede. To flow. To be.
Through the doorway of the body we approach grief with the utmost respect, as one would approach the ocean. It’s powerful. It can paralyze us. It can scare us.
And it can hold us.
Each practice weaves scientific and traditional approaches to how the body holds grief and old and new traditions of yoga with trauma-informed anchoring practices and sequencing informed by the intelligence of body biomechanics.
We practice finding resources in our bodies to anchor our attention to so we can move and be moved without fear of becoming overwhelmed with sensation or emotion because moving our bodies moves our emotions.
Through movement and stillness practices we visit the same places in the body grief visits, sometimes countering the effects of grief, sometimes sitting with the effects of grief.
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.
This grief practice is held in San Diego, California. It’s also available one-on-one or in a group setting. If you or the people you serve would benefit from it, please reach out to me. Find my Huffington Post piece on how and why bereavement yoga works here.
in love & in loss,
ps. looking for my qualifications? I’m a trauma-informed RYT-200 with extensive continuing education in body biomechanics and a Reiki Master.