December Grief Special

As many of you know, Hot Yoga Plus honors my mother’s memory by offering free yoga to anyone who comes into any HYP studio in the month of December and asks for the grief special. There are no questions asked. There are no limits on how often you may come. Simply show up, and we will handle the rest. This holiday season we would, again, like to extend the same offer to those of you who are grieving.

Our mother, called “Muth” by everyone who knew her, was a C.S. Lewis scholar. She traveled across the country speaking on him and his works. In his book, A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis says, “Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery’s shadow or reflection: the fact that you don’t merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.”

Grief alone is heavy enough. With time, yoga teaches us to live with our grief while also releasing the fear of it. I will never, ever stop grieving the loss of my mother. But, three years after her death, I am not as afraid of the grief as I once was. Practicing yoga helps me continue to learn how to find joy in the present by striving to be more kind, as Muth was; by reminding me of her in ways that I’m not expecting; and, now, by having the privilege of telling my daughter about her amazing grandmother.

One of my most special memories on this Hot Yoga Plus journey was after Muth had been diagnosed with cancer when, somehow, someway, all four of my sisters and both of my parents took a Hot 26 class together. I will never forget holding my mother’s hand in savasana. No, yoga did not cure her cancer. But it has provided immense relief for our family throughout our long grieving process. Please come practice with us during this paradoxical season. At Hot Yoga Plus, we believe we are stronger together. And sharing our grief is no exception.