Words by Jodie Greene
You wouldn’t necessarily think that yoga could help with something like grief. You probably think that it's an exercise with meditation and some breath work. And you’d be right, but there is also a whole lot more to it.
Since I have started talking about this aspect of my practice I have found that I am not the only one that yoga has helped in the various stages of grief. Often everyone forgets about the spiritual aspect of yoga, they get caught up with what poses they are able to do and how flexible they are.
This is of course wonderful, but what I have learnt in my practice (and it has taken me a very long time) is that however amazing it is that I can do ‘Devaduuta Panna Asana’ (‘fallen angel’) it’s more amazing how I have dealt with various things that have happened in my life. I have yoga to thank for not having turned to another crutch, but managing to deal with things in a natural way.
It took me a while to realise that I felt better. That I had cried a lot and was able to let go and I wasn’t scared anymore. And it took me even longer to realise that yoga had helped me with this. Massively. Finally I was able to deal with something that had happened six years previously. I was able to look back on that person with fondness and good memories and the pain had lessened.
How do I know that yoga helped me with this? That it wouldn’t have happened anyway? Well, I don’t. But what I do know is that yoga helped me open up my body, release blockages, both physical and emotional and allowed my mind to be still, well to slow down at least, and allow things to come to me that had been buried through my constant mental chatter given the fact that I was what one would call a ‘doer’. Being still and slowing down were the two most important things that yoga gave me, and in turn allowed me to deal with my grief in a wonderful way, not being afraid, but being able to let go and heal.
Jodie is passionate about alternative health after it changing her life when she was young. This continued into a yoga practice which led her to give up her career as a Primary School Teacher to teach yoga and mindfulness to children. She then certified in Zen Yoga, to share her passion further. She works with the body’s energy channels assisting students to release physical and emotional blockages. She also uses her artwork as a form of personal meditation and tries to lead a spiritual life. Her ethos is that Yoga and other alternative therapies are about being in tune with your body, healing, letting go and above all, being happy. You can find out more about her over on her website or on instagram or facebook
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