Susan is a trained and certified yoga instructor (200 RYT) through One Voice Yoga. She is also a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Yoga Provider through the Miss Foundation and the Center for Loss and Trauma. Susan’s mission is to support those living with traumatic loss and grief. She does this using yoga, meditation, nature walks, journaling and rituals. Yoga, meditation, reiki, aromatherapy and forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) are part of Susan’s practice both personally and professionally. She recognizes each person’s emotions and body responds differently to traumatic grief and loss. Therefore, Susan works from a person-centered perspective honoring your loss. Grief cannot be fixed but it can be supported, witnessed and fully inhabited. If we do the work we can grow space around our grief and learn to engage in the world with all our feelings including our grief and sadness.
Yoga is not only a physical practice, it includes breath work, meditations and chanting. Yoga leads us to a closer relationship with ourselves. In addition, it helps us honor our experience of loss and integrate it into our everyday life. Yoga should not be used to heal, cure or overcome our grief. However, it can help us be with, turn toward and grow through our grief.
As a bereaved mother, Susan has a deep understanding of the difficult issues facing those grieving the death of a loved one. The isolation, aloneness, the pain, the chaos seem to be universal components of traumatic grief. Yoga was one of the tools she used to begin learning how to integrate the loss into her life.
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