Our sorrows and wounds are healed only
when we touch them with compassion.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear to a session?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing so you can move and breathe easily without feeling constricted.
I have never done yoga before. Is that OK?
Yes. Yoga for Grief is a very gentle practice that uses mindful breathing, gentle asanas (postures), meditation, self-study, and other tools that are appropriate for beginners as well as advanced yoga practitioners.
What is Compassionate Bereavement Care (CBC)?
CBC is based on the teachings of Dr. Joanne Cacciatore and is a specialized mindfulness based counseling approach that helps mourners discover their own unique ways to cope with the effects of traumatic loss. "Grief is not a disease, it is not an illness, it is not depression. It is, in fact, an expression of love. Grief can only be a disease if love is." (Cacciatore)
What is grief "companioning"?
The "companioning" model of grief shows us that we do not "get over" loss but that we learn to integrate the experience into our lives. It helps to understand that there are no stages to get through or tasks to be accomplished so that we can "get over" our grief and "move on" with our lives. Rather transition and loss become a part of our journey that shapes who we are becoming. A grief companion is someone who: "honors the spirit rather than focusing on the intellect"; "listens with the heart rather than analyzing with the head"; and, someone who can "walk alongside you in your grief rather than trying to take the lead." (Wolfelt 2005)
Why incorporate yoga into the grief process?
Many times we think if we have talked about our feelings we have felt them and don't understand that our feelings have a resting place in the physical body. Yoga helps us pay attention to our inner feelings/sensations and through this we learn to trust the wisdom of our body and get in touch with where grief and other feelings reside in our body. Most of us think yoga is about the physical postures (asanas) but it is so much more. Yoga is mindful breathing, turning inward, self-study, meditation, etc., that can help us get in touch with what we are experiencing in our body. In order to heal we must slow down and feel our feelings so that the emotional, physical, and spiritual symptoms of grief can be addressed.
Is Good Grief Yoga Therapy only for those who are grieving the death of a loved one?
No. There are many changes that happen in our lives that can cause grief such as: loss of a job, loss of health, loss of a relationship, etc. If you have questions please contact me.
These breakings of my heart
are awe filled events from
which I don't recover but through which I am uncovered.