In this time of global upheaval and loss, let’s talk about how this can affect us at an individual level.
There are so many different experiences of grief and loss ranging from physically feeling like you are suffocating or can’t breathe, to feeling numb and everything else in between.
There are also many different types of grief ranging from anticipatory grief which is when someone has been diagnosed with an illness for example, and people may start to grieve in anticipation or collective grief where a group of people grieve for someone. Read more via this article: How many types of grief are there and what do they mean (knowyourgrief.org). There is no right or wrong way to grieve because we are all so unique and having a different experience.
Like all people, I have experienced grief. Loss for people I love and for friendships, relationships, jobs, chapters in my life as they come and close. I have cried leaving people I love and travelling away. I have grieved for what is, what was, what I wanted to remain and what didn’t. What comforts me is this thought that nothing is permanent and life is made up for cycles. We can fight the natural rhythm of life and cycles and not accept them. Or with lots of love, tears and everything in between, slowly find peace in the rhythm of the universe.
“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” – Maya Angelou
What has held me in these times of grief and loss has been time. Time to pause. To feel. To reflect. To be. To celebrate. To eventually release.
When the heart feels like it is weeping and has been cracked open, restorative yoga can help to turn down the noise and to look within to be and guide the body back to a place where it can breathe deeply.
Here are yoga sequences that can help to support you on those days that may feel particularly heavy.
Why move the body gently during times of grief? Emotions can get stuck in the body and at a cellular level. Gentle movement can help in the grieving process. Check out this article which delves further into Mapping Stored Emotions in the Body as a Means of Healing Physical Pain : Joyful Approach (thejoyfulapproach.com).
Sending you love,
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5 thoughts on “Grief and yoga”
A deeply beautiful post. I needed this. I will be checking out the links.
Thank you, Nico! My thoughts are with you. xo
Sadly because covid I cant do my hobby 😦
Sorry to hear. :-((
You can read all about my hobby in my latest blogpost