If you’ve had an abortion or a miscarriage, yoga can be a helpful sanctuary—a safe space for you to release emotions and to cultivate a connection with yourself. These experiences can be traumatic and grief-inducing. They may also bring mixed emotions. Please know that no matter what you may be feeling, you are not alone in this journey. One in four women will have an abortion, and about 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage.
As a health care practitioner specializing in women’s health, I often prescribe yoga to my patients for the grief and trauma associated with abortion or miscarriage. The practice is flexible enough to meet you where you are, and it can help you process a range of emotions. It can calm your mind and help you to begin healing.
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), there is a special energetic connection between the heart and the uterus. Anytime trauma impacts either the uterus or emotions of the heart, the other can be affected. When you suppress an emotion, you contribute to a state of internal imbalance.
Try this TCM-inspired practice to support yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You’ll begin with acupressure tapping—stimulating a set of points to release trauma, grief, and anxiety. Then, you’ll move into a gentle seated flow, allowing your pelvic floor to be grounded to instill a feeling of safety and connection. Finally, there will be a meditation, allowing space to (re)connect your heart and womb.
You’ll need a blanket and a block for this practice.
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Teresa Biggs, AP, DOM is a board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Yoga Medicine Instructor and founder of Biggs Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Naples, Florida. Support the Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation and Purchase-with-Purpose the Yoga Medicine Seva Tank & Pants. Learn more about Teresa at biggsacupuncture.com