I recently had the privilege of attending the first teacher training EVER to be a Grief Yoga™ Certified Instructor. This training was held at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health which is located in Stockbridge, MA in the Berkshire mountains. The center offers a vast array of trainings that range from personal to professional development. It was a unique setting to experience my teacher training experience!
So what exactly is this practice all about? Our trainer Paul Denniston has worked to develop this practice blending the worlds of loss and yoga into one to create a unique way to help individuals move through their experience. This practice allows emotions to move through the body by utilizing 4 steps that Paul strategically put together to create the practice. The main focus is the utilization of movement, breath, and sound to help move feelings through the body and make way for healing. While these concepts are the base it has many branches into various forms of yoga to make it complete. Some of these include: Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Let Your Yoga Dance, Laughter Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.
Paul was able to provide a unique experience by pulling in other presenters to make the training experience all encompassing. David Kessler provided information to help gain a better understanding of the grief experience and how to best support individuals through their journey in grief. Beth Segaloff was available as a support to Paul and other students as they moved through their training experience. Jurian Hughes provided us with an opportunity to experience Let Your Yoga Dance in the training and reminded us of the powerful effects that music and dance have together. The individual participants of the training came from a variety of backgrounds and also provided insight throughout the training. The presence of each individual provided unique insight into all areas needed to make the training a complete experience for everyone involved.
This training helped me gain insight into where I am in my own personal journey of grief and also helped me develop further in my professional realm. I was able to witness first hand the powerful effects of what the practice can provide for myself and others. I am hoping that my knowledge as a mental health professional will only enhance the experience that I can provide through this journey. I feel very honored to have went through this experience and have gained a whole community of others that can support me in my journey as I begin to share this practice.
Please stay posted for upcoming classes and workshops I plan to offer in the near future. I hope that you will help spread the word of this wonderful experience to others. More information will be posted soon on my website Small Things Often .
Enjoy Your Journey,