helping those experiencing grief & loss to return to their natural state of being
Thankyou Luther White and to all that participated to raise my donation offering to Yoga Reaches Out! .... So Grateful for the support and the team for your thoughts! Ashley Webb Colleary Chris Biggins thanks you from bottom of my heart!
Tears have a wisdom all their own. They come when a person has relaxed enough to let go and to work through his sorrow. They are the natural bleeding of an emotional wound, carrying the poison out of the system. Here lies the road to recovery. - F. Alexander Magoun
Two weeks ago , I was teaching and rehabilitating my body through my practice of yoga.... With a slight feeting of pain in the groin.
Thinking it was due to lack of movement for the past year, as we ruled muscle tightness out as a reason for discomfort, I last Monday made appointment with oncologist. Next Day a CT scan . Wednesday 2 days later found that cancer was in my bones.... One more test? Check to see if it had invaded soft tissue. Sure enough , it's in my Lymph nodes. I must say the information was really difficult to receive for my self and my family.
Yes of course I feel angry, we all feel anger!
Green juice drinks, healthy eating? What it comes down to is genetics! Bob and I packed up and for two nights came to Chatham to wrap our heads around the new path that pivoted on a dime! We begin a new chapter of this deep posture of life! One moment , one breath at a time. So grateful for so many lifting us through prayer . Driving from Chatham to Radiation we begin again . Deep Breath ... My thoughts to so many who have been this path before me and still continue on , wherever they are.
Also for the caregivers that make it possible to be a vessel of Hope! To my family , community and far beyond , god bless
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I believe the powerful spirit Yoga brings into one’s being creates a presence of healing, wellness and peace.
My own unforeseen health challenges gave me a deeper appreciation for a place of personal knowledge and intimate control of body and mind.
A dual diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and breast cancer lowered my resistance and all but obliterated my stamina and energy. But, a chance encounter with yoga and an inner desire to recover revealed an opportunity to "seize the day!"
Today, my passion is for sharing the healing power and presence of mind and spirit that yoga brings, especially to those in the midst of grief and loss.
I live in Hanson, MA with my husband Bob and our dog Felix, and am so fortunate to have our three children and three grandsons close by. For 35 years, Bob has run the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home in neighboring Rockland. Until my health challenges interfered, I coordinated aftercare offerings using my certification for anxiety and depression training.
My experience through nine years of difficult treatment in the healthcare system, followed by my physical and emotional healing has inspired me to share with others the practices and disciplines that helped me recover.
My program, seated, in a chair introduces therapeutic breathing and trauma sensitive meditation practice. This modified yoga program allows one to cultivate a more positive relationship with their physical body through mindfulness, This program provides a sequence that reaches out to anyone, a gentle safe place to connect to, even for a glimpse of time, an experience of stillness, a calm place where all healing begins.
A rich understanding of the connection of mind,body, spirit, weaves together theory, research, and personal experience of grief and loss and becomes an indispensable resource for those that are suffering, funeral directors, staff, and anyone else looking to rediscover the natural intelligence of our healing bodies.
The experience of Grief and Loss can leave people deeply and profoundly wounded, depressed, anxious, and feeling disconnected from self. To fully heal from such trauma, a connection to self, must be made. Overcoming Grief, Loss, and the agony of pain, connects oneself back to their body,and moving towards a more centered place of being.
Other programs explore the characteristics of grief sensitive yoga practice that can be incorporated by funeral caregivers, crematory and cemetery staff. Training that can be applied to aftercare programs,that enable them to reach out and in their communities for integrating yoga- based interventions for building grief senstive outreach.With awareness there comes a choice. And so you are able to say, "I allow this moment to be as it is" And then suddenly,where before there was darkness, there is now a sense of life and peace.
I’d love to discuss with you how I can help your organization incorporate meditation yoga and breath work into aftercare programs.