Yoga for Grief Relief

Public Programs and Performances WKS 086 1.00

Yoga can be instrumental in addressing the symptoms of grief because it focuses on mind, body, and spirit, the three areas where grief manifests—and often goes unacknowledged. Participants will learn about the physical symptoms of grief, its psychoneuroimmunological bases, and a set of simple yoga exercises to address them while aiding the psychological transformation of grief into a resource of personal growth. A comparative analysis is made of the Western and Eastern models of the psyche stating the importance of the psychic centers’ involvement (particularly the heart chakra), both physically and emotionally. Special attention is given to the role of attachment, stating the differences between the Western psychology and yogic view. The methodology alternates theoretical lectures with experiential work. The workshop is appropriate for health-care professionals, social workers, marriage and family therapists, counselors, bodyworkers, hospice staff, and yoga therapists.

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