The grieving process is an emotional expression that was always confusing to me. You can see anger. You can feel anger. Anger can be classified in such and such way. I did not understand the classifications of grief. The descriptions and tangibility of other emotions were always more, well, tangible. But grief was never clear to me. How do people grieve? How does it look like and what is that emotion? What exactly does it feel like and how do we see it in others?
Only until really understanding Ayurveda did I begin to understand grief. Not only was I able to begin to understand what it actually is and how people experience it, but also how prevalent it is in my life and in my body. I had not realized that my experience with instability and the work that I needed to do on myself had a basis in grief. The first step to relieving my body and mind of grief, is actually and fully coming to terms and awareness around the existence of what it actually is and how it affects me as well as the relationships I have with others. We all experience and express grief differently. In Ayurveda, unprocessed emotions can lead to crystallized formations in our bodies which can create weak spots. Doshas lodge into these weak spots and create problems in our health In this case, unprocessed grief lives in the lungs.
Awareness is the first step.
Bhastrika is a breathing exercise that helps dislodge grief in the lungs. Stay tuned for step-by-step instructions on how to properly do this pranayama along with what herbs will support this process!