Monique started practicing yoga in 2008, six years after her husband died, and credits the practice of yoga with taking her from surviving to thriving. She believes that everything is sacred and nothing is sacred, including yoga. This allowed her to step away from her roots in Anusara and Iyengar and explore yoga biomechanics and movement science. This radically changed her practice and her teaching.
Her 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. Her classes address and allow for the whole human experience, ultimately honoring the innate healing ability of every human being and every human body.
Monique received her 200-hour training at Yoga One in San Diego in 2013. She has since studied with Hala Khouri, Jenni Rawlings, Jules Mitchell, and stays up to date in the growing areas of movement for trauma and movement science.
THE GRIEF YOGA PRACTICE
For the last few years Monique has been piecing together a unique approach to grief through yoga focused on welcoming it instead of trying to fix it. An approach that acknowledges where and how emotions lodge themselves in our bodies and honors the innate healing ability of every human being and every human body.
In 2016 Monique 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 she transitioned to offering quarterly workshops to make her unique approach accessible to more people.
The Grief Yoga 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.
Students learn how to find resources in their bodies to anchor their attention to so they can move and be moved without fear of becoming overwhelmed with sensation or emotion because moving our bodies moves our emotions.
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 is available one-on-one or in a group setting. To organize a workshop for your hospice center or yoga studio, contact Monique here.