About Grief Yoga

About Grief Yoga

In order to live, we must all experience loss. Life includes suffering and grief is our response to it. Losing someone or something we cared about brings grief into our mind and spirit. And that sadness and anger gets stuck in our body. As challenging as it is to deal with such suffering, the grief is actually incredible self knowledge that can be used as fuel to open ourselves up to more love. Grief Yoga combines many forms of yoga to help release grief to connect us to the gift of life.

If we are alive, we experience loss. When we are suffering, feeling grief is our response. Losing someone or something we cared about brings about grief in our mind and spirit. When it isn’t expressed, sadness and anger can get stuck in our body because the body remembers.

As challenging as it is to deal with such suffering, grief can bring us self-knowledge, the fuel we can use to open ourselves up to more love.

Try to love your grief and realize it is there to heal the pain.

Mission of Grief Yoga

Grief Yoga uses yoga, movement, breath and sound to release pain and suffering and to reconnect back to love.

Grief Yoga

Grief Yoga combines many forms of yoga, movement, and breath techniques to help students process grief and use it as fuel for transformative healing. This practice is not as much about physical flexibility as it is about emotional liberation. Students become aware of the present moment and where they hold struggle or pain in the body and mind. This compassionate space helps express and release struggles through movement, breath and sound in exercises and flowing meditations. The intention is to open the heart and connect to the soul with dance prayers or laughter exercises that connect us to joy. In this way, students surrender in order to let go of pain and reconnect to love and the gift of life.

The Branches of Grief Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga focuses on physical postures to help students stretch, extend and relax. It helps us create balance and grace as we straighten the spine and open the heart. These postures help to improve flexibility and strength that will relieve tension in tight shoulders and neck.

The practice eases back pain, improves breathing disorders and heart conditions. It increases body awareness of where stress gets stuck and how to relieve the muscle strain. Hatha yoga helps to sharpen the mind, empower the body, and free the spirit.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is a sequence of postures that stretch and flow, using synchronized breath. We move in a smooth way that flows together like a dance. Focus on the breath is important as you move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This flowing meditation of movement and breath helps students find strength and grace.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices that help build physical vitality and increase consciousness. This transformative practice uses kriyas, breathwork, meditations, and chanting mantras to awaken and connect to intuition. Kriyas are a specific set of exercises that generate energy to deliver you to a greater sense of awareness as you awaken to your higher self. This powerful practice helps to strengthen your nervous system, balance your glandular system, purify the body, calm the mind and connect you to the fullness of who you are.

Let Your Yoga Dance

Let Your Yoga Dance is a sacred, tribal flowing experience that blends yoga, movement and chakra fusion. You use breath and movement in the seven energy centers of the spine to create liberation, empowerment and joy. This magical yoga dance helps us surrender the waves of sorrow as we shake off and move through the sadness or anxiety. Dancing has immense healing powers to inspire and energize us to embrace self-expression and celebrate life and love.

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga uses laughter exercises as a form of movement that mirrors daily life and offers incredible health benefits. Laughter can be a medicine to help deepen the breath and allow the flow of emotions to move through. The class follows a mind-body approach to laughter that doesn’t focus on jokes or humor, but rather on exercises to strengthen the immune system, bring more oxygen into the body and brain, and help connect to a childlike playfulness. Through connection to the breath and exercises, these classes can help shift suffering to create positive feelings. Laughter Yoga helps students connect to the present which can free them of regrets from the past and anxieties about the future so they can enjoy a simple state of being.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga, also known as yin yoga, is a series of nurturing postures that allow a gentle approach to stretch, calm the body and quiet the mind. This restorative practice can be deeply healing for those dealing with trauma as it allows your body to ease into a pose and remain there for a period of time. We practice these postures by using bolsters, blankets and blocks so we can experience the benefits of a pose without having to exert effort. This relaxing experience offers a gentle approach to healing. It can help you find a place of discovery to where you can recover a nurturing inventory of your feeling and thoughts.