Grief has been a companion of mine for over 35 years. Our relationship strengthened and transformed by each loss & trauma I have lived through. Through most of those years, I didn't have resources or role models of support to turn to.
Mostly, I ignored my grief, suppressing, and devaluing my emotions more and more as the years went by. I hoped that by pretending my grief didn’t bother me, my productivity and success wouldn’t be affected. After all, our society teaches us very little about how to process grief; instead, we’re expected to carry on with everyday life as if nothing has changed.
I took pride in being the strong one, constantly filing away the pain for another day.
Eventually, the mental filing cabinet began to overflow. The drawers would no longer close and I was forced to find a new way to manage the load.
After Mom died, I was a hot mess. Lost. I found refuge on my yoga mat and slowly began a journey leading me to #YogaForGrief ...changing me forever. It gave me perspective, permission, and a safe container to express myself through movement, breath, and sound. It allowed me to see and feel that I am enough, that my feelings are valid, and that they deserve my attention, compassion, & powerful expression. I found liberation.
Your emotions are welcome here.
As a #GriefDoula & certified Grief Yoga® teacher, I provide a safe space and guidance through powerful mind-body practices. I am here to honor whatever you’re feeling, and to be a compassionate guide through your unique grief experience. Inviting you to move through your grief with compassion, releasing judgment and thinking you “should” be handling things differently.
If you feel like what you’ve been taught about death, change, and “appropriate” emotional expression isn’t working for you...
If you feel like you need to mask your struggle, pain, and powerful emotions to avoid making other people feel uncomfortable…
If you feel that your grief timeline isn’t matching up with external expectations of you at work and at home…
Let me be your guide in discovering a new way through grief.
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