Much like with a physical malady such as chronic fatigue or headaches, determining what can be done for grief is primarily based on identifying the source of the pain. As with any emotion, though, grief can be as unique and complicated as the person who experiences it. In this sense, if a person feels a particularly intense bout of grief, they may be responding to the passing of a loved one or another type of loss, or they may be feeling an emptiness inside that seemingly isn’t a reaction to a specific event and therefore is a mystery in need of solving. Let us assume, for now, that you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one and you are simply looking for general guidelines on how to cope with such emotions. As painful emotions are often a product of the mind, let us consider how to address them from a Yogic perspective.

Yoga teaches us that all negative emotions we experience are a product of a fluctuating mind. We experience these fluctuations when we react to something that doesn’t seem right to us — we feel angry when someone cuts us off while driving, we feel frustrated when we can’t accomplish a goal we are passionate about, we feel grief-stricken when we lose a loved one. The general system of Yoga, which includes not just postures but breathing, concentration, self-study, and other practices as well, helps us to lessen the severity of these fluctuations — we feel less angry, less frustrated, and less grief-stricken.

Therefore, the path of feeling less grief can begin with a Yoga practice. This can be as simple as spending ten minutes in the morning breathing in and out, and doing the same for ten minutes at night. Sit upright, either on the floor, a cushion, or, if this is uncomfortable, on the edge of a chair, and begin. Breathe in by expanding the abdomen for a certain number of counts, and breathe out by contracting it for about twice as many counts. If sitting for ten minutes is uncomfortable for you, begin opening up the body with a basic Yoga posture routine.

Grief, like with many negative emotions, will sometimes be an obstacle in life. It will hopefully be of comfort to you and your loved ones, though, that it doesn’t have to be a constant one.

Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living's TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice. Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts. The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.