Yoga for Grief

Open to All

Sundays 2-3pm

at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton

First responders, veterans, active duty military personnel, law enforcement personnel, those suffering due to the loss/death of a spouse or child, those hurting from divorce, those who have known the sorrow of pregnancy loss, all in the throes of difficult change ~ are particularly welcome 

Taught by Amy Wright Glenn, Kripalu Yoga Teacher
& Paula Betancur, Kundalini Yoga Teacher

Donations accepted, no official charge

**We begin Sunday, February 9th**


So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.
― E.A. Bucchianeri

When we grieve, the whole self grieves.

Grief is not just a mental experience. The belly contracts. The breath tightens. The heart hides in, under, around the experience of anger, hurt, rage, regret, trauma, and loss. We close in. We hide. We hurt, a lot.

We grieve because we love. We grieve because we lost. We miss people, places, innocence, earlier times, what we never had, what we never knew…. and we grieve the loss of experiencing our inner knowing, being, and freedom.

Death, divorce, loss, change of health, difficult transitions ~ all of this transforms us. Grief ensures we will emerge from these journeys changed. We are not the same. There’s no “getting back to normal.” Yet, here’s a “new normal” waiting to dawn as we learn to hold space for this hurt. Through mindfulness practices, like meditation and yoga, we can learn to expand our hearts to embrace the shadowed aspects of human existence and bring a sense of ease, wellbeing, integration, and acceptance into the body, mind, and self ~ into our wholeness.

Join Amy and Paula on Sundays for Yoga for Grief ~ an hour long practice open to all levels of yoga ~ from beginner to advanced. The focus will be on mindful/compassionate movement and breath in light of the experience of grief.

For over a decade Paula has drawn upon the practice of yoga and meditation in her work, life, and mothering and Amy is a hospital chaplain and author of books relating to grief/loss/loving. In particular, her book Holding Space ~ On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go has been well received by leaders in the fields of mindfulness and conscious death/dying and insights drawn from “Holding Space” will be central to the approach taught in Yoga for Grief.

If you are grieving, you are not alone.

We are here.

Yoga for Grief.

You are welcome.

*Please note, Yoga for Grief is best practiced in alignment with traditional and/or holistic therapeutic models of care. Yoga for Grief is not a replacement for formal therapy. 


“Holding Space does just that for each of us. In a clear, intimate voice, Amy Wright Glenn shares her own experience and wisdom and by doing so makes a space for her reader to develop the same. For anyone going through loss, this book will feel like a treasure.”
—Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness and Real Love
 
“This is a beautifully written book about the challenging practice of remaining present—holding non-reactive space—around emotions of grief, sorrow and loss. This practice is brought alive through many touching vignettes from the author’s life and work as a hospital chaplain and as a doula for the poignant transitions of birth and death. I recommend Holding Space highly for hospice workers, religious and medical professionals, and for anyone facing personal loss.”
—Jan Chozen Bays, Mindfulness on the Go and Mindful Eating

“To be human is to be born, to live, and then to pass on. I have long believed that we do ourselves a great disservice by remaining insulated from the realities of birth and death. In this exceptional book, Amy Wright Glenn offers profound wisdom and support to help us navigate that most tender journey of death and dying. Holding Space is a beautiful contribution to finding peace in one of life’s most important passages.”
—Susan Stiffelman, Parenting with Presence

 


Paula Betancur (Joti Piara) is a natural home birth mama and breastfeeding advocate. A KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and Y.O.G.A for Youth ambassador. She studied Residential Space Planning and Interior Design and is the owner of Sacred Interiors By Paula where she designs intentional living spaces as well as Founder of Sacred Interiors Academy, where she helps women design their homes into Sacred Spaces from the inside out.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation have been the tools she has used for more than a decade in order to stay present and resilient in the challenges that life has brought.  Challenges like death, drug free/natural birth, mothering, depression, marriage, divorce, being a business owner and volunteering in the local Waldorf community. Grace and courage to navigate these challenges have been possible by the strength and the clarity that Kundalini yoga and meditation have brought her.

It is her passion to share this technology with those looking to hold space for their heart’s grief and honor themselves, as well as for those seeking to continuously re-design their inner world in an effort to be the best version of themselves they can be; for the world really needs the presence of radiant, creative, and happy people.