Grief is a natural, normal, healthy, and inevitable part of the human experience – and yet, the experience of being “bereaved” (literally, “torn apart”) is the closest that many will come to feeling as if they're losing grip on reality and all that is familiar. Everyone has the right to grieve in their own way, in their own time; each individual's process is as unique as they are. And yet, there are several qualities of experience that are common after loss such as: tightness/pain in the chest or difficulty breathing; lack of ability to focus; generalized anxiety; insomnia or inability to sleep through the night; and physical fatigue. The complex emotions that are part of the grief journey are often experienced as bodily sensations - we mourn loss from the inside out. So, when we care for ourselves holistically using the toolbox that yoga offers, we can more easily integrate our experiences physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
Grief Integration Yoga (GIY) blends the ancient science of Yoga with Somatic Psychology, addressing the physiological symptoms of grief in a context that supports each individual in their process, whether newly bereaved or coping with grief that was suppressed long ago. The practice includes breathing, meditation, and movement techniques that are accessible and adaptable to all ages and abilities. Benefits of the practice include: a calm and centered mind; an easeful body; increased flow of lymph in the joints, enhancing the immune system which is often compromised by stress; freeing energy blockages in the meridians/nervous system to aid the processing of difficult emotions; and the opportunity to be in your truth in a safe, sacred, non-denominational, and inclusive space that embraces the complexity of big feelings.
Learn the GIY technique to cope with current grief, prepare yourself for future losses, or help someone you love. All classes and workshops include the gift of a pamphlet outlining the practice, and suggestions for self-care.
GIY can be taught as a 3 hr. workshop, a weekend retreat, or a progressive 8 week course consisting of 2 hr. classes.