Grief touches our lives in so many ways. Losing a loved one, a job or a career are common sources of grief. Similarly, moving from one’s home base or grappling with sudden change can be very upsetting. There are also less-acknowledged losses we endure, which can even be a part of new and wonderful things happening in our lives. No matter the cause, grief has a life of its own and affects us in profound ways.
Everyone experiences grief differently
Some experience grief as a feeling of heaviness, inertia and sadness, as though their life-force energy has been brought to a standstill. For others, the loss can bring about a sense of relief, or a return of vitality that had been taxed by the circumstances surrounding their eventual loss. Some experience both, to different degrees and at different points in their grieving process.
Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum of grief, it is normal. It is ok to feel how you feel. And like all things in life, it will change with time.
Sometimes, we consider grief as an emotion and overlook the physical impact it can have on us. Shifts in mood, energy levels and sleep-wake cycles, which are common with grief, have physiological effects that inform us how our bodies operate and how we feel. Giving space for the feelings that arise with loss can be deeply healing. In addition, when dealing with intense emotions, physically moving the body can offer tremendous relief.
Find comfort in Yoga
When one of my Yoga Vista teachers suggested offering a “Yoga for Grieving” class, she definitely struck a chord. I didn’t know the nature of her grief, but I knew that this wise, young woman had felt the depth of this emotion. We always hear we need to take time to grieve. But, not often are we told to move with our grief.
In this Hatha Yoga class, Jennifer Monroe welcomes us into and through the grief we hold in our bodies. Take 30 minutes for you today. Slow down, breathe, feel and soften with this simple but empowering Yoga practice: