From Grief to Gratitude – 9-Month Yoga Therapy Program

9-Month Yoga Therapy Program
October 17, 2017


Why Yoga?

Because grief lives in the body, yoga therapy is a powerful tool in the grieving process. With many years of combined experience and training in yoga and yoga therapy, Wendy Black Stern, the founder of The Grief Support Network, created a profoundly rich and rewarding program for all stages of grief — designed to help you transform through grief with the tools, self-awareness and supportive community needed to step more fully into your life.

Creating Community in Sacred Circle

We offer an intimate, safe container for grief to be felt, expressed, shared and healed. Throughout this journey, the group creates a ‘circle’ that offers unconditional love and acceptance, in which all experiences and feelings are acknowledged and validated. Within the circle, 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.

What You Can Expect from the Awakening Through Grief: Yoga Therapy Program

Our 9-month program follows an evolutionary progression that guides participants through a process of self-inquiry to not only move through their grief but to experience greater clarity and understanding of their purpose and life path. Going through a loss can often cause one to question or even redefine their identity. This can be a confusing and scary place to be, but through the support of a loving community, participants are guided to discover new parts of themselves and grow; not in spite of their grief, but because of it.

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 quarterly mentoring session with the facilitator
  • 15% discount on GSN rituals and events

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
  • Integration of your thoughts, feelings, physical body and spirituality
  • Opportunity to redefine your identity and explore the evolution of your soul’s purpose

Program dates/times:

Wednesdays, 10/17/17 through 7/17/18, 5:30 to 7:30 pm with the following exceptions: no class on 11/7, 12/5, 12/12, 12/26 and 3/27. 12/12/17 class is moved to Thursday, 12/14 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.


Vali Soul Sanctuary
6717 Valmont Road
Boulder, CO 80301
(720) 393-0434 


Alexa Bergaron

Program Cost: $1440

Payment Options

  • You can pay-in-full by cash or check (email for more details)
  • You can pay-in-full by credit card here
  • You can make monthly payments by clicking the “Subscribe” button below