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,















Thoughts on Sauntering…

Most people have an awareness that self-care is important to their overall wellbeing.  However, this is often one of the first things that people neglect when things get “busy” in their lives.  We do not expect other things, such as our car, to keep running efficiently if we do not provide the maintenance that is required.  Why then do we expect our mind and body to keep going without the maintenance that it requires? If you do not make a conscious effort to carve out time for self-care you will often find yourself “broke down.” 

You can provide self-care in many different areas which can include the following areas: physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual realms.  Engaging in self-care is highly personal and each person has their own journey. You must make an active choice to engage in some form of self-care in one or all the areas to maintain a sense of overall wellbeing.  What do you do for self-care on a regular basis?

One of my favorite forms of self-care is sauntering in the woods.  I am working to replace the word “hike” with “sauntering” after reading a passage from Arnold Palmer’s work The Mountain Trail and Its Message. Check out this passage at the following link: Parable Of Sauntering  This passage helped me gain awareness to the fact that I was still “rushing” my time in the woods.  I was often focused on getting x number of miles in for the day or completing this in a set amount of time.  This focus often takes away from the true benefits of being in the woods.  The saying “stop and smell the flowers” comes to mind here.  I am now going to work towards enjoying more of what the woods can offer me. I will focus more on the smells, sounds, and sights that will help me to become more mindful of my surroundings.  My recent time spent on the Appalachian trail has taught me to stop and talk with others along the trail and hear their stories and gain a better understanding of their journey.  If I keep “rushing” through my time on the trail, I will risk missing out on some great opportunities.  I feel that we can all benefit from this concept in our everyday lives.  We often get caught up in the “busy” and forget what really is important.  So as you move through life, I challenge you to stop “hiking” and learn to saunter. 

Join me for a great opportunity to practice self-care by participating in the upcoming event Sauntering In the Woods! More information at the following link: Upcoming Events

Enjoy Your Journey,