Yoga for Grief and Loss Therapy Group

Spring Series  

Led by Rachel Saffer, LCSW and

Michelle Gatto

Fridays 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3

10:00 - 11:15 am 


The Austin Center for Grief & Loss

2413 Greenlawn Pkwy., Austin, TX 78757

$90 for the series.

Scholarships available, please call 512.472.7878 or email to inquire.

It's not only the mind that needs to grieve, it's the body as well. Yoga integrates body, mind, and spirit. Grief, our natural response to loss, creates tension not only in the mind, but in the nervous system and the muscles that hold us. This gentle, restorative, and trauma-informed yoga class offers the space for letting go of tension in the body, and in turn, creating greater ease within the mind. Feel a sense of community without having to speak a word, feel physically and emotionally supported, gain a sense of control, peace and acceptance in the aftermath of loss. No prior yoga experience is necessary to participate in this group. We will be using restorative yoga which emphasizes on being mindful and present in the moment rather than technique.


Michelle has been a devoted yogi' for over 20 years. She first stepped into a classroom for a prenatal class while pregnant with her son Sam, with Shannon Potts-Hickey.  Since, she has continued a daily yoga practice. Her training stems from professional yoga practitioner training with Yoga Yoga.  Michelle is also a certified trauma sensitive yoga instructor, as well as a children's yoga teacher.

Michelle's approach is gentle and nurturing. Her classes are centered around calming the nervous system through various practices like restorative yoga and yoga Nidra. She is a strong believer in gently guiding the body into postures.  When using props such as blankets, bolsters and blocks, the body is fully supported while in various yoga postures. She also incorporates music as part of the group experience. She is skilled in allowing the class to be group guided.


Michelle feels drawn to spend time with fellow grievers, given her own experience with loss. In 2013, Michelle lost her only son Sam.  "I feel like my daily practices of walking and movement through yoga are the very element's that keep me fully connected to my grief, in a way that feels manageable. I feel as though coming to the mat daily is a way to honor myself and pay homage to my son.

The grief journey is not an easy one.  Yoga for Grief and Loss offers fellowship in this journey.  As well as fellowship, we will be meeting our grief through movement and some supported stillness. Please join us for a relaxing series where every emotion is excepted. My deepest hope is that you will learn tools in class that will be helpful in your unique journey of grief."

Namaste - Michelle


Namaste meaning-

I honor the place in you where the entire Universe dwells.

I bow to the place in you that is love and light and joy.

When you and I bow to our true nature, we are one...

My soul recognizes your soul.

We are the same, we are one.

I honor the place in you that is the same as it is in me.



Rachel Saffer, LCSW earned her Masters of Social Work from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Starting as an office volunteer at Austin Grief, Rachel quickly grew to be an integral part of our team. She has experience in providing counseling to adults, teenagers and children who have experienced significant trauma in both group and individual settings. Rachel utilizes various interventions in her practice including therapeutic yoga, EMDR, and traditional play therapy. She believes in providing every client with a welcoming and safe environment so that they can work towards healing on their own terms.