Awakening Through Grief 9 Week Yoga Therapy Program



A Special 9 Week Yoga Therapy Program
for Jewish Community Members

Taught by Nevei Kodesh Member Wendy Black Stern


10/11/2017 through 12/06/17 at Nevei Kodesh
Wednesdays from 12 to 2 pm


Please download the Program Agreement here.
For information, please contact us, at


As Jews, we understand in the fabric of our beings the importance of community and connection, especially when we are grieving a loss. Because grief lives our bodies, yoga therapy is a powerful tool in the grieving process. This program offers a profoundly rich and rewarding experience for all stages of grief by weaving together the powerful benefits of GSN’s Awakening Through Grief Program with Jewish insight and context to guide the weekly themes. This 9-week program is designed to help you transform your life through grief by equipping you with the tools, self-awareness and supportive community needed to step more fully into your life.

We offer an intimate, safe container for grief to be felt, expressed, shared and healed. Throughout this journey with members of the Jewish community, the group creates a circle that offers unconditional love and acceptance, in which all experiences and feelings are acknowledged and validated. Participants learn to be a witness for themselves and each other, cultivating compassion, self-awareness and connection within the group. Through this process, trust is created, which invites greater vulnerability and authentic sharing to take place within the weekly classes.  As the group explores the relationship between their thoughts, emotions, spirit and physical bodies, they create a learning community in which their grief serves as a catalyst for personal growth and transformation.

Through yoga, meditation, and somatic exploration, participants learn to observe where they are holding grief in their bodies and to witness the sensations, thoughts, and feelings that they are experiencing without judgment. With the understanding that we have to feel our grief in order to heal it, the program strives to teach participants how to be present with themselves, even when it is painful, and to receive the wisdom that can only come from within.


The program includes:

  • 1 2-hour yoga class/week
  • 1 audio meditation/week
  • 1 journal exercise/week
  • Access to an ongoing community forum to chat and connect
  • A 45-minute mentoring session with Wendy
  • 15% discount on GSN rituals and retreats


The program is guided by the following monthly themes:

  • Grieving in Community / Creating the Container
  • Presence & Body Awareness
  • Self-Love & Acceptance
  • Grief as a Teacher
  • Grief Has a Purpose
  • Holding Grief and Gratitude
  • The Courage to Change
  • Renewal & Growth — Planting Seeds for Transformation
  • Wholeness & Integration


Benefits of the “Awakening Through Grief” Yoga Therapy Program

  • A weekly container to sit with your grief
  • A place where you can express yourself freely and show up as you are / ok to be messy here or sad or happy or whatever you are feeling
  • Opportunity to be witnessed by others in vulnerability and to learn how to be a witness
  • Guidance to explore your shadow and learn more about yourself
  • Increased self-love and acceptance, which radiates into all of your life
  • The knowledge of how to apply what you learn in your practice into your life
  • Accessing your own inner wisdom
  • A space where you can physically let go and release emotions
  • A supportive community that offers connections to others so you don’t have to grieve alone
  • Authenticity
  • Integration of your thoughts, feelings, physical body and spirituality
  • Opportunity to redefine your identity and explore the evolution of your soul’s purpose


Program Cost


Please download the Program Agreement here.
For information, please contact us, at