Time To Move Your Asana
How you take care of yourself during grief and loss is crazy important. Today I’m going to share with you five simple yoga for grief poses that you can do to help ease your grief. There is so much about yoga that is good for grief that I almost feel like I’m cheating you by only giving you five of the best yoga for grief poses.
The poses, also called ‘asanas’ in the world of Yoga, are simple ones that no matter how fit you are or how bad you feel today, you can do these – right now if you want!
Why Yoga for Grief is Important to Your Healing
Unless you have lived under a rock for the last decade you know that yoga is crazy trendy. There is everything from bootcamp style yoga to meditative/restorative yoga. Which means you can find a style of yoga that fits you and your needs.
Don’t get discouraged if you tried yoga in the past and you didn’t like it or are worried that you ‘can’t do it’. Start from where you are today, honor that sexy hunk of beautiful body you are in right now! And by all means don’t wait until you are in shape , until you lose the weight, or until your BFF will do it with you. Yoga is not about all those silly things – yoga is about Y-O-U, exactly how you are right now today!
Grief is not just an emotional loss. Grief sets up shop in every nook and cranny of your body. I can see you nodding your head, yes, right now! You know what I’m talking about don’t you? The physical ache in your heart, the recurring headache, the joint pain, the fatigue, the digestive issues, changes in sleep patterns… need I go on?
Yoga allows you to move your body in a subtle way that shifts your grief and creates small changes on the cellular level. These small changes are empowering! Your grief won’t go away, rather it will become a partner in the healing process, showing you where to direct your efforts.
5 Asanas To Begin to Heal
These yoga for grief poses are simple and focus on restoring your broken heart and beginning to stitch it back together. All of these photos were taken from Yoga Journal‘s website and I would encourage you to head over and check out all the other amazing poses you can learn!
Begin this sequence by sitting quietly for a few minutes and set an intention or dedication for your practice. This is a fancy way of giving purpose to your yoga. Perhaps you want o dedicate it to your loved one who has passed, or to someone you know who is struggling. You can also set an intention of loving yourself and accepting whatever happens during your practice as simply perfect… just like you! 🙂
Stay in each pose for 30 seconds to a minute or 3-5 breathes, whichever feels better to you. Slowly transition to the next asana and reset your intention as you go.
When you finish the last one, savasana, take a moment to notice any shifts or changes in your mood or energy. Take 3 breathes, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth – Smile!
How Much Yoga Is Enough?
This is a simple yoga for grief series that you could do every day or you could do just one of these each day! The magic of yoga is taking time to become more mindful of how your body feels and how that affects your mood and mind.
Start from where you are – Breathe – Love – Smile – Accept
Comment below and tell you if you do yoga or if you are just starting. What do you like about yoga? What scares you about it?
Remember your comments are proof to others that Healthy Ever After Loss is a reality. Be brave and inspire someone in the comments below!
I have just started Yoga with a group of bereaved Moms. It is very relaxing and provides a time to just Breathe.
Patti – That is awesome! Could you send me a link to the person/place that offers it? I’m curious about it 🙂
I lost my husband in March 2013. Started yoga 6 weeks ago. Searched until I found a group I would feel comfortable with and just love it. I wish I had of started earlier. I feel so much more at peace now. Thank you Paula for your emails and blogs. I have gained some much from them.
You made my day – Thank you so much for your comment! I am so glad you found a good group of yogi’s. It is my pleasure and honor to be on this journey with you.
Thank you for sharing these poses! My personal favorite is the camel pose, It opens me up towards heaven!! It just feels free and cleansing. My 2 year old son, Ollie Kai climbed up into my running washing machine and fell in and drowned. Very tragic. And a lot of PTSD has been felt on my part. I practiced yoga about 10 years ago and then just picked it back il again about a year ago. It has been ANAZING and healing in ways I never thought possible. I also love/hate savasana because I cry every time and my heart feels as if it might explode from pain…
Tiffany, Thank you for sharing and your comments. I am so glad you are coming back to Yoga! I too have a the same love/hate relationship with savasana for the same reason – it’s so powerful! If you feel like you benefitted from this post sign up to get fresh inspiration delivered to your inbox (and, get updates on the upcoming yoga & grief retreat!) *hugs* Paula
I’ve experienced many losses in the past 2 years and unable to fully express the loss. I’ve gone back to yoga after 10 years and it is only now that I’m beginning to feel somewhat better and getting in touch slowly with my feelings….loss of loved ones and pets are never easy in this life!
I have never done yoga in my life, but it’s been 11 months since we lost our son and I’ve been on a downward spiral this last month; ready to try anything. As I crawled down on the floor and stretched muscles long out of use, it felt so good! And breathing! I will try to make this a new routine to add to my walking again, and the 5 stages of detox I received. I did cry on the last pose- but it was OK. Thanks for helping people like myself on this journey, Paula!
I have been doing yoga poses, for arthritis, staying limber, but I’m no good at the meditation part. Yoga does keep me from feeling stiff and helps me with pain.
Well I got out my bright orange yoga mat and for the very first time ever in my life, I did these five poses that you put up here and I have to say, I felt every bit of it and I need to stretch more. I forgot I even had a body to work out! The grief can over-power an entire 20 years. I am so glad I found you and I made this first step with these yoga poses! I am still alive! Debbie
Debbie – YAY YOU! Proof that it’s never to late to start finding healing practices. I am so proud of you… I give you a gold star today! <3
I used to love going to Yoga and now after losing my daughter I have no motivation at all. Do you know of any locations in San Bernardino county where these classes are offered? I would prefer joining a group than doing the poses all my myself at home. Thank you
I do not know of locations in that area (I’m in Colorado). I agree, having a group is wonderful! I wish you luck along your journey and hope you stay connected here. *hugs*