Moving Through Grief
Using Movement, Breath, and Sound
Creator of Grief Yoga & Transformational Flows
Paul Denniston is the founder and creator of Grief Yoga, which blends many forms of yoga, using movement, breath, sound and flowing meditation techniques to help individuals process grief and use it as fuel for transformative healing. Carol received her training from Paul Denniston to become a Grief Movement Guide using his techniques and tools to create transformational flows to help individuals release pain and struggle from their bodies.
During a 20-40 minute session, individuals are guided through a cycle of compassionate transformation consisting of Awareness, Expression, Connection, Surrender, and Evolution.
This practice is not as much about physical flexibility as it is about emotional liberation. It was designed to be practiced in a chair to accommodate most people’s physical abilities. It can also be done standing up.
In Awareness: Individuals become aware of the present moment and what the body is telling them. Awareness is about identifying what the struggle is and where the struggle or pain is stuck in the body and mind.
In Expression: Individuals are encouraged to express their vulnerable feelings to allow painful emotions to be witnessed. Pain is a feeling that demands expression. Once expressed, individuals are invited to tap into their fire within, to fuel the release of hurt and struggle.
In Connection: Individuals are guided using flowing graceful meditations on a path towards more connection with themselves, others, and their spirit. It’s a path towards more love, grace, and gratitude.
In Surrender: It’s the softening of the mind and body with compassion and peace. Individuals are invited to let go of pain and reconnect to love and the gift of life.
In Evolution: It’s not about letting go of grief. It’s about moving through the devastation of pain and suffering toward more balance, courage, empowerment and happiness. It’s about hope, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of pain and the opening of the heart to connect to the possibility of joy in our lives.
Transformational flows can be created for the specific issues an individual may be going through in the moment. Samples of flows: to transform anger into purpose, sadness into love, fear into courage, guilt into grace, anxiety into peace, and depression into hope.