15 Poses to Open Your Heart Again After Grief - Yoga Journal

15 Poses to Open Your Heart Again After Grief

Practice this hip-opening sequence regularly to help you release energy from unprocessed grief.

When my husband died 15 years ago, my yoga practice became a way for me to process my grief—one breath, one transition, and one asana at a time. As a result, I was better able to move through my grieving process, rather than getting stuck in it. My fragile heart did not close its shutters. Instead, it remained painfully open in the beginning—and happily open now.

For many months following my husband’s passing, tears flowed every time I practiced, in private and in public. Those tears kept things moving, preserved the flow of life through me, and over the course of much time, served to transmute that pain and loss into a way of meeting the world with an open heart.

During the course of all of our lives, we will inevitably experience grief that stops us in our tracks, both literally and metaphorically. When this happens, it can be tempting to distract ourselves instead of processing our emotions. But when we embark on a regular yoga practice, we begin to release the stuck, stagnant energy that results from unprocessed feelings. I designed this sequence to help you open your hips—a particularly potent area when it comes to unearthing and releasing stored emotions—and to help you turn your pain and grief into fearlessness and compassion.

See also Healing Heartbreak: A Yoga Practice to Get Through Grief

See also 10 Ways to be Fearless in the Face of Grief and Loss

About Our Pro
Teacher and model Claire Copersino is a yoga teacher in Greeport, New York. To learn more, visit northforkyogashala.com.