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Healing: 5 Yoga Classes to Get Through Grief

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One of the most powerful lessons yoga teaches us is the art of letting go. Just as grief is an experience that affects us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, yoga sustains and strengthens us in all of those areas. The practice of yoga can help us cope with and move through grief allowing those who have experienced loss to move toward wholeness and peace.

  • Dissolve Grief & Sadness with Elena Brower: If you’re managing grief or sadness of any kind, take this time to help dissolve it through your practice. Amplify the light in your body and all around you. This simple, steady sequence of vinyasas, standing postures, Yin and resting poses will help you shift your inner stance and move through this moment in time. Props: Wall space
  • Flow for Grief with Stephanie Snyder: This class is designed to help your body, mind, and nervous system as you navigate through and with grief. I hope that this practice brings you some refuge and some insight into your own humanity. Love. Prop: Bolster.
  • Support While Grieving with Jo Tastula: A spacious and nurturing class to support those of you who are going through the grieving process. Focus is on bringing breath deeply into the body, moving with kindness allowing yourself to be where you are. Take time to work yourself around your entire body, with lunges, forward bends, twists and hip openers. Focusing on the support of other yogis also going through grief can be comforting.
  • Grieving Meditation with David Harshada Wagner: Grieving Meditation. This meditation provides a space and time to honor and grieve the passing of a loved one.
  • Emotional Rescue with Amy Ippoliti: Bring yourself to this practice no matter what emotional state you’re in. Whether you’re feeling sad, raw, grieving, angry, livid, outraged, or elated, this class is a safe place to let your emotions move. Your emotions can change the world! Practice this sweaty hamstring flow that takes you on a journey through heating standing poses, balancing poses and a seated practice to increase your flexibility. Props Needed: A strap.

When the physical and emotional symptoms of grief are acute, try some restorative poses. Restorative yoga will allow you to relax and focus on your breath, and will help activate the relaxation response, the antidote to stress.

  • Supported Child’s Pose
  • Supported Twist
  • Supported Bridge
  • Reclining Bound Angle Pose
  • Legs Up The Wall

Many of us experiences grief in our heart and lungs, so try some postures that support the Heart (Fourth) Chakra.

  • Cobra Pose
  • Child’s Pose
  • Camel Pose
  • Eagle Pose
  • Warrior 2

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