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My name is Monique. I am a San Diego trauma-informed yoga teacher and Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner (SEP) explaining and exploring grief in the body through a polyvagal-based, trauma-informed lens. In my mid-twenties my husband Nathan suddenly died due to a complication with one of his chemotherapy drugs. With a long history of major depression, no embodied resources, and living in a society that stigmatized grief, I dropped into a deep and dark crevasse of isolation and complicated grief for many years.

Now, almost 20 years later, I create supportive containers for people to move with and through all kinds of loss with curiosity and compassion. Sometimes this is in person, through my yoga workshops. Sometimes this is virtually, through my writings and poems.

Either way, what I can offer you in your grief is a place to land and an invitation to keep trusting your own heart.
What I can relieve you from is the need to keep it tidy or contained or linear or sane.
What I can remind you of is your own heroic healing energies and your ability to harness them. What I can hold for you is this space we gather in, tenderly and authentically, so that you can uncover and recover your aching heart and soaring spirit.

What I can tell you is onward sometimes means inward, forward sometimes leans backwards, up doesn’t always mean out, and even though I’ve made this journey I cannot say what you’ll find or lose along the way. What I can promise you is you are not alone and that next breath of yours is the way through it all.

yours in love & loss,