Coming to terms with grief is experienced differently by everyone but a local gym is hoping the experience of movement in a group setting can help with the process.
Hive Muskoka is in the process of setting up a grief yoga program where people pay what they can, and find a a safe place to experience sadness, grief, or nothing at all.
“Loss never leaves and sometimes it’s harder than other days to cope,” says Fyonna Vanderwerf, the owner of Hive Muskoka. “I’ve been a Crisis Responder for Muskoka Victim Services for several years, a yoga teacher for 27 + years and on a personal level ( like all of us) have experienced personal grief, loss and trauma. Creating the tools to facilitate this program supports Hive’s goal of a social enterprise gym and supports people in Muskoka who are having a hard time.”
Vanderwerf says the course is ideal for those who:
-are grieving loss, feeling overwhelmed
-missing a family member, spouse, friend, sibling or child
-dealing with recent loss, sudden loss, tragic loss, long ago loss
-want a safe, healing, compassionate practice
“The irony is that loss never leaves,” she says. “This class is private, kind, gentle and provides a place to feel everything or nothing at all.”
The gym is closed throughout the sessions as privacy is important, as are tissues, warm blankets, bolsters and pillows and a safe space. All ages and abilities are welcome and the yoga class can be done from a chair or on the floor.
Payment for the class can be made in the form of a donation to Manna Food Bank or pay what you are able.
Find out more at Hive Muskoka.
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