Yoga for Grief Support Classes in Edmonton
More About Yoga For Grief Support
Grief and bereavement are natural human experiences, if you have opened your heart to give and receive love. When someone dies, and you grieve their death, it has a profound effect on the mind, body and spirit. You can experience physical manifestations of grief (insomnia, aches and pains, headaches, heaviness in the limbs, fatigue), mental manifestations (difficulty focusing and concentrating, short term memory loss), emotional (sorrow, anguish, anxiety, depression, relief), social (a change in your support network or sense of belonging), and spiritual manifestations (loss of meaning, purpose).
These internal feelings you experience after the death of a loved one is grief. How you express and externalize this grief is called mourning. In order to mourn fully you must move through the center of your pain, and move to the heart of your grief, instead of skirting around the edges. This process is intensely personal and unique and is vital to journey through. This journey through grief is an experience of the heart, and cannot be processed with rational thought alone. Yoga invites you to move into your bodies in a deeply compassionate way, so you can begin to experience your grief in a way that is self-supportive and nurturing.
Yoga for Grief Support combines the ancient practice of yoga with a model of bereavement support, which “companions” the bereaved through their journey. Yoga for Grief Support creates a safe and sacred space to begin to process and explore sensations, thoughts, and emotions in both the mind and body. The physical postures of hatha yoga (asana) will be taught to nurture the heart and relieve the physical manifestations of grief. Students will be guided through breathing techniques (pranayama) to enhance the mind-body connection, and to induce a calm state of mind. Guided meditation and relaxation will be used to encourage students to journey and explore their grief in a supportive environment. Students will be taught empowering techniques to cope with their grief, find compassion for their journey, and honour their loss.
Yoga for Grief Support is a class designed for individuals grieving the death of a loved one. Yoga for Grief Support is appropriate for all levels of yoga practitioners – no prior experience necessary. Modifications and adaptations will be provided to those students with injuries or health concerns.
Regardless of where you are in your journey, this class will be of benefit. If you have questions about if this class is right for you, or to register, please contact Sandy at 780-916-2417 or send an email.
Class will begin with 10-15 minutes of optional sharing. The rest of the class will be dedicated to yoga postures, breathwork, and relaxation. Bring water. Eat lightly.
This class is a pre-registered session. No drop-ins allowed, ensuring the comfort and security of those students registered.
Dates: Thursday February 20, 2020 - April 23, 2020 (no class April 2, 2020)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: McKernan Community Center - 11341-78 Avenue, Edmonton
Call Sandy at 780-916-2417 or send an email
Registration requires a brief conversation about the nature of your loss. You will be required to complete a waiver. All information shared is strictly confidential, and used only to create a class that meets the individual needs of the students registered. All sharing is always optional.
Registration for future sessions ongoing. Please send us an email if you would like to be notified of upcoming details.