Thursdays in Awaken
11 AM PST/ 2 PM EDT / 7 PM BST
With Angelique Raptakis
Angelique is an E-RYT500 Yoga Teacher, YACEP, Reiki Master, and Community Herbalist who looks to nature for inspiration, weaving its lessons into her classes. She believes that through the practice of yoga, we can more easily come to the connection between our body, our breath, our mind, and the universe we find ourselves in.
Tend to Your Grieving Mind, Body, & Spirit
Grief comes in many forms. It's what we feel when we have lost something that we love, whether it is a person, a pet, a job, a relationship, who we once were, etc. As we live life, there will be loss. In that loss we can experience sadness, anger, and anxiety. When it isn't expressed, this unprocessed grief of sadness and anger can get stuck in the body, because the body remembers. Grief is love with nowhere to go. Through the cycle of compassionate transformation, we can begin to process grief and use it as fuel for transformative healing, opening ourselves up to more love.
Yoga for Grief classes use movement, breath, and sound to release pain and suffering to reconnect back to love.
This practice combines many forms of yoga, movement, and breath techniques to help student process grief and use it as fuel for transformative healing. This is more a practice of emotional liberation than of physical flexibility. In grief we often hold pain and it can get stuck in the body. This compassionate and nurturing space will allow the students to become present to where they may be holding struggle or pain in the body and mind, to then express and release the pain and struggles through movement, breath, and sound, as well as flowing meditations. This is a space to open the heart and connect us to joy, to release the pain and reconnect back to love in an empowering way.
These classes are inspired by my training in Grief Yoga® with Paul Denniston.
About Angelique Raptakis
Angelique has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Yoga has helped her recover from injuries, work through grief, and manage anxiety. She enjoys working with people in group classes and private sessions to facilitate a state of balance and connection between mind, body, and spirit, from the physical/material body to the energetic subtle body, through the use of asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), and meditation.
She received her 200-hour training from Sky House Yoga in 2016, completed an advanced 300-hour training in April 2019 with the Bhagavata-sevaya School of Yoga, and Certified Grief Yoga® Teacher in 2022. She has completed over 60 hours of training in Restorative Yoga, over 50 hours in Yin Yoga, completed the Surviving Assault (Yoga Essentials as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma) course with Diana Tokaji, and participated in numerous Ayurveda immersions.
She will always be a student of yoga and is deeply grateful for the continued loving guidance and wisdom of her teachers.