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.
In person sessions are currently on hold due to the covid pandemic in an effort to minimize cohort numbers and slow transmission of the virus.
Online programs are available and open for registration! Next online group starting January 11 2021
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Call Sandy at 780-916-2417 or send an email
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