Yoga for Grief

Yoga for Grief sessions are private, customized yoga sessions for those who have experienced grief, giving them the opportunity to restore through the practice of yoga. Yoga for Grief is a gentle beginner yoga session designed to introduce the basics of yoga which includes positive affirmations, yoga postures, breathing techniques, and restorative and relaxation techniques. These yoga sessions focus on a relaxed pace in a safe and nurturing environment. Anyone can do yoga. It’s a simple, effective practice that delivers inner peach, vibrant health, and relaxation. This gentle yoga will accommodate any fitness level. Previous yoga experience is not required.

About Yoga for Grief

Yoga for Grief is based on Yoga Warriors International™ classes which were designed to help activate duty service members, veterans and their families to cope with symptoms associated with PTSD and extreme stress. Yoga for Grief integrates concepts from restorative yoga, traditional yoga philosophy and psychology with current scientific knowledge of the body and mind to promote healing and well-being. Yoga for Grief helps to reverse the effects of the fight-or-flight stress response, helps calm the cycle of painful and negative thoughts that are common after loss, and helps to develop compassion for oneself and all beings. Yoga for Grief is powerful program helping to mitigate the effects of trauma and grief to improve the quality of life of those who practice.

Components of Yoga for Grief

Breathing techniques help calm the nervous system, help relieve stress and depression, and bring relaxation to body and mind. Physical postures manage symptoms of grief by addressing physical pain, lowering stress levels, helping to increase concentration and restful sleep, and lessen anxiety. Positive affirmations strengthen the mind-body connection, help bring the individual into the present moment, and help reverse negative thinking habits. Restorative postures help relieve the effects of chronic stress and provide a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. Relaxation incorporates all of the elements of the yoga practice within the student promoting peace and well-being.   Please use the contact form at the right of the screen, or call 508-835-1176 to set up your appointment at Central Mass Yoga.

Sue Stevens, BS, E-RYT 500, TCTSY-F

Sue Stevens, BS, E-RYT 500, TCTSY-F, began teaching yoga in 2011 and has personally experienced the transformational powers of yoga. After experiencing a number of profound and traumatic losses, including the death of her 16 year old son Ryan, she discovered yoga which became a huge part of her own emotional wellbeing.  Sue specializes in yoga classes and workshops that emphasize emotional help from trauma and grief.

 

Sue is highly experienced teaching yoga to adults in group and private classes, children and teens in public and private schools, active duty military and veterans, teens and adults in mental health settings, and bereavement support group settings.  Sue has presented grief workshops at Central Mass Yoga, Hope Floats Wellness Center in Kingston, MA, the Compassionate Friends National Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, Mindful Kids Miami, FL, and other locations in Central Massachusetts.

Sue has trained extensively in numerous types of methodologies.  She is certified as a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) with advanced training at the world renowned Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA.  Additionally, Sue is certified in the following:  Chair Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Qigong, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Reiki, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Warriors International™ and is a graduate of the UMass Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR).

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