8 Grief Yoga Classes You Can Stream at Home

I took my first yoga class over a decade ago at a small studio in Manhattan while searching for ways to deal with stress as an angsty college student. Since then I've gone through periods of frequent yoga and also periods of very, very infrequent yoga, and have explored a variety of styles and modalities. While I haven't always maintained the most regular practice and I still can't do a full lotus, yoga always been something I deeply enjoyed, both in times of sorrow and times of celebration.

After moving to Los Angeles my yoga practice started to wane, since I have yet to cultivate enough zen to calmly glide through traffic and parking with an open heart, but then I discovered that you could actually do yoga at home. I was gifted a subscription to YogaGlo from a friend, and this online streaming membership transformed my practice, offering thousands of classes you can take any time of day right from the comfort of your living room or office, none of which require parallel parking. It's become the main source of my yoga practice for the past few years.

Yesterday I was browsing through classes, looking for something to help with being an angsty adult, and I noticed a new (or, new to me) category for Grieving, tucked between the focuses of Cycling and Morning Yoga. I was pleasantly surprised - yoga has been such an important outlet through many difficult periods of my life, including grief, but I never before noticed or taken any classes specific to it.

Below I have detailed the classes and descriptions, and I hope if you're in need of some extra nurturing and healing today that you will treat yourself to a yoga class, online or at your favorite studio. 

 

Support While Grieving

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

A spacious and nurturing class to support those of you who are going through the grieving process. The focus is on bringing breath deeply into the body, moving with kindness, and allowing yourself to be where you are. 

 

 

Emotional Rescue

Vinyasa Flow with Amy Ippoliti

Bring yourself to this practice no matter what emotional state you're in. Whether you're feeling sad, raw, grieving, angry, livid, outraged, or elated, this class is a safe place to let your emotions move. This sweaty hamstring flow takes you on a journey through heating standing poses, balancing poses, and a seated practice to increase your flexibility. 

 

 

Dissolve Grief & Sadness

Hatha with Elena Brower

If you're managing grief or sadness of any kind, take this time to help dissolve it through your practice. Amplify the light in your body and all around you. This simple, steady sequence of vinyasas, standing postures, Yin and resting poses will help you shift your inner stance and move through this moment in time. 

 

 

Flow for Grief

Vinyasa Flow with Stephanie Snyder

This class is designed to help your body, mind, and nervous system as you navigate through and with grief. This practice hopes to brings you some refuge and some insight into your own humanity. 

 

 

When Life Throws You Curve Balls

Vinyasa Flow with Amy Ippoliti

When your spirit has been broken, you feel defeated, or you're grieving, sometimes a practice that helps you blow off some steam and "get back on the horse" is just what is needed rather than something slow or gentle. This is straight up vinyasa, warrior poses, and hand balancings for a full body rush of transformative power when times are tough.

 

 

Release Sadness

Hatha with Elena Brower

All you have is your inner state. Inspired by a meditation, work on releasing physical contractions by moving gently, release heart contractions by opening slowly and pointedly, and release mind contractions using your breathing in a quiet meditation. You'll feel any sadness softening and dissipating with this practice.

 

 

Turn Your Fear into Stability

Hatha with Elena Brower

With this practice, transmute any "heavy" energy (sadness, grief or fear) into grounding stability. Through this sweet flow sequence, with use your back foot leading into anjaneyasana, forearm stands, and address the musculature of your legs and grounding nature of your feet in order to transmute what's weighing you down. Use this practice to create strong and steady foundational energy.

 

 

Let Go of Heartache, Nourish Yourself Deeply

Restorative with Felicia Tomasko

Every breath is an opportunity to nourish yourself (inhalation), digest (the pause), and detoxify (the exhalation). Incorporate this process throughout class. In this heart-opening restorative practice, the focus of the breath is to let go of heartache and to nourish the physical, emotional, and spiritual heart space with unconditional love. Supported backbends with blocks along with forward folds and a variety of side bends and twists fill your practice. 

 

You can sign up for a 15 day free trial, and memberships are only $18/month after that for unlimited classes. And if you know of any other online yoga classes focused on grief, please let me know, I would love to check them out!

 

P.S. This isn't an advertisement, I am not being paid or compensated to promote YogaGlo - I just genuinely have used it for years and really enjoy it, especially now that I know they have a Grieving category!