What I love about the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy approach to grief is that it allows me to meet my client wherever they are when they show up for a session: angry, hopeful, devastated, bitter. Just as no two of us experience grief the same way, no two sessions are exactly alike either.
During this 30 minute practice, I will guide you through a breathing exercise and then a progressive muscle relaxation practice. Next you will focus on a neutral or calming word or phrase. Finally, you imagine “seeing” a healing image of yourself, and if possible imagine feeling your body completely whole and well.
Grief is a natural reaction to the death of someone we love. I want to stress the word natural because it is important to know that grief itself is not a problem – it is not pathological. It hurts, yes, but this is only because you were capable of love.
It is no secret that many of us find the holidays stressful even when we are not grieving. However if you are trying to survive both grief during the holidays, here are 5 tips to help you reduce your suffering and approach this holiday season mindfully.
The death of a loved one shatters the assumptive world, leaving little ground to stand on, and it is human nature to seek answers and meaning. Many people search for a timeline – “how long before the pain stops?” Many others want to know what to expect – “what are the stages of grief?” After all, it would be nice to have an easy-to-follow process after the rug has been pulled out from under us. Let’s take a look at the 5 Stages of Grief – where they came from and what went wrong.
Grief leaves most of us feeling unhinged, unsure of where to begin our healing journey. I recorded this guided meditation for grief and loss with the hope that it can be an anchor during tough times.
Watch the video & read the transcript from Heather Stang’s speech at the 2014 Out Of The Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention in Frederick Maryland on September 6th in Baker Park.
Restorative & traditional yoga poses for grief help release tension, calm your mind and restore your spirit.
This Wednesday marks the five year anniversary of my stepfather’s sudden death of a pulmonary embolism, just after he returned home from surgery at the Washington Hospital Center. He had a fatty tumor located near his heart removed. His best friend picked him up and drove him home. My stepfather walked over the threshold of Read More
The practice of mindfulness can help bereaved people steady their mind, relax their body, and make meaning from their loss. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with an attitude of equanimity. It cultivates the ability to stay calm even in the midst of pain. Rather than running away from the Read More