Yoga for Healing After Loss

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,

Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello 2019

Small Things Often has been on hiatus with posting regular blog posts for the year 2018. My goal is to change this for 2019. I apologize for my lack of diligence in this area. A quick update is in order to get everyone back on track.
The year 2018 led me in a new direction in my capacity for helping others. I am excited to announce that I started my yoga teacher training this fall and am currently working towards my RYT 200 with Satya Yoga. I felt a draw towards learning more about yoga over the summer months and chose to follow the universe on this pull. A blend with yoga continues to occur with my recent completion of my grief therapist certification. I will be applying for my certification with the start of 2019. In addition, I will be attending a grief yoga teacher training in February at Kripalu. I am thrilled to blend my experiences of being a therapist into the yoga world and feel that this can be a great benefit in my work with others. I hope to continue making connections that will enable me to provide unique ways to work with people in a variety of environments. Stay tuned for all the ideas and thoughts that get conjured up in me during my long hikes. This is the year my ideas are going to start coming to fruition! I have chosen the word “try” to motivate me this year. I hope that you also have chosen a word to keep with you throughout the year. Think of this word as a reminder of the goals you have set for yourself for the coming year! Feel free to share yours with me in the comments!

Enjoy your journey,

Faith