Grief Yoga with Paul Denniston

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The founder of Grief Yoga, Paul Denniston, provided a session for the CAST Centers staff. Paul uses yoga, movement, breath and sound to release pain and suffering and connect with love. The approach Paul uses can be helpful for anyone and we encourage you to get a copy of his book “Healing Through Yoga”

Grief yoga, an innovative approach blending traditional yoga practices with grief therapy techniques, offers a holistic pathway for individuals navigating the turbulent waters of loss.

This unique form of yoga serves not just as a physical exercise but as a profound emotional and spiritual journey, aiding in the healing process of those grieving. Here, we explore the multifaceted benefits of grief yoga, shedding light on how it can be a transformative tool in coping with loss.

At its core, grief yoga combines movement, breath, and mindfulness to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of grief. One of the primary benefits of this practice is emotional release. Grief can manifest physically in the body as tension or pain. Through specific poses and breathing techniques, grief yoga facilitates the release of this pent-up emotional energy. This allows practitioners to process and move through their grief more effectively.

Another significant benefit is the cultivation of mindfulness and presence.

Grief can often send individuals into a spiral of rumination, trapping them in past memories or future anxieties. Grief yoga encourages a focus on the present moment, helping practitioners anchor themselves in the now. This mindfulness can reduce feelings of overwhelm and help navigate grief with greater clarity and peace.

Additionally, grief yoga fosters a sense of community and connectedness. Grieving can be an isolating experience, but practicing grief yoga in a group setting provides a supportive environment. Individuals can share their experiences and feelings. This sense of belonging can be incredibly healing, reminding practitioners that they are not alone in their journey.

Lastly, grief yoga promotes spiritual healing. Many find that the practice deepens their connection to themselves and whatever they consider sacred, providing a sense of comfort and hope amidst the pain of loss. Grief yoga offers a comprehensive approach to healing, addressing the physical, emotional, spiritual, and communal aspects of grief. Through its practice, individuals can find relief, clarity, connection, and hope, making it an invaluable tool in the journey through loss.


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