“Loss is a part of life, and the deep sorrow and grief we experience can create a feeling of stagnation and the inability to move freely. Because the weight of grief can feel so heavy, even a little breathwork and shift in body posture can bring relief.”
I remember when my dad passed away. I felt so alone. It was 2019, he was 80 years old. He lived a full life, a very full life. I struggled during this time accepting his death, even though I knew he was in a much better place. My dad had a strong faith. I eventually worked through his death and am doing much better 4 years later, however if I had access to the Grief Breath I can honestly say times of anxiety would have been easier to calm. I have used this breath since learning of it and it does relieve the heaviness that grief often causes in your heart. Grief affects everyone differently. Give it a try and see how you feel. ~Lisa Bartels, Administrative Assistant, PRS, WRAP Level 1 Facilitator, A.S.I.S.T
Lying Down With Legs Up The Wall, Fifteen Minutes
- sit on a mat or blanket close to the wall.
- Carefully roll onto your side and extend your legs up the wall.
- Adjust yourself so that your bottom and the backs of your legs are connected to the wall and your torso is aligned with your hips.
- Rest your arms by your sides.
- Set your practice intention.
- Recheck your positioning to make sure that you are aligned.
- Begin breathing gently and slowly in and out through the nose for eight minutes.
- Notice any changes in your breath without trying to adjust it in any way.
- Allow your body to feel supported by the wall and the floor, continuing to sink and relax with each exhale.
- If distressing thoughts or images come to mind, gently return your attention to your breath. ]
- At the end of the eight minutes, rest and observe how you feel.
- When you’re ready to come out of posture, bend your knees into your chest and roll to one side.
- Place your hands on the floor and push yourself up.
- Close your practice.