Yoga for Grief Relief with Antonio Sausys

Personal Non-Residential Retreat
November 23rd - 25th 2018 
Friday 1pm - 8pm | Saturday 9am - 7pm | Sunday 10:30am - 6:30pm
The Path Yoga Centre (240-2083 Alma St, Vancouver BC)

“We don't get over our losses, we change relationship to them."
Lyn Prashant

This retreat offers techniques that support individuals moving through the pain of loss. Participants will learn specific yoga exercises that address symptoms and facilitate the transformation of grief from a painful experience into a conscious source of self-knowledge. This comprehensive program includes a six-part sequence: breathing exercises, body movements, cleansing techniques, relaxation, mental reprogramming and meditation.

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Participants learn:
•    General information about grief
•    The physical symptoms of grief and their psycho-neurological basis
•    Simple yoga exercises that address symptoms while transforming grief into a resource for personal growth
•    Helpful techniques, thoughtful insights, and useful tips for relieving grief.

This combination of theoretical lecture and experiential work can help the heart of anyone who is grieving a loss or those working with them. Creating a safe environment to explore and share one’s personal experience of grief in a group context is established through a ‘sacred container of confidentiality’ and clear rules of interaction amongst the attendees.  In addition to the 2 hour daily morning practices where the full Sadhana (Yoga routine) is taught, individual modifications are offered so each participant can fully benefit from the program.

Completing specific charts, attendees access an experience of self reflection to elucidate individual reactions to grief and how to appropriately address them. Special attention is paid to particular aspects of the person’s identity that need to be understood in order to realize the new self after an important loss.

“Grief is our most available, untapped emotional resource for personal transformation."
Lyn Prashant

Despair is common in grief because sometimes, in the vast darkness of the process, we cannot envision how life could possibly go on. It is like being stuck in a dark tunnel, unable to sense light at the other end. Although most grieving individuals certainly would prefer a quick fix, those who choose to laboriously engage in grief work can find hope, regain trust, and reduce their pain. Enticed by the possibility of a life more abundant in light and self-love, we realize that just on the other side of the veil of darkness lays a torch that blazes with the newly discovered knowledge of self. As we begin to witness the appearance of our new self, we start looking at ourselves and the world around us from a new perspective.

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Antonio Sausys (BA Psychology, MA Body-Oriented Psychotherapy) is a somatic psychotherapist and yoga instructor specializing in one-on-one therapy. During his career, Antonio discovered a key correlation between modern body-oriented psychotherapy and ancient yogic teachings, integrating the best practices from both worlds. Antonio teaches and lectures periodically at Kripalu, U.C. Berkeley, California Institute of Integral Studies; has been a faculty member at the International Yoga College and former Honorary Secretary of the International Yoga Federation for USA. He is a member of the World Yoga Council, the International Association of Yoga Therapy, and the Association for Death Education And Counseling. His work has been published in several health related national and international journals. www.yogaforgriefrelief.com

 

Yoga for Grief Relief by Antonio Sausys, MA, CMT, RYT

If you've experienced profound loss—be it the death of a loved one or the end of an important relationship—you may feel intense emotional or physical pain. In fact, it's not uncommon for grieving people to experience depression, anxiety, fatigue, and a variety of chronic ailments. If you've tried medication or therapy but have yet to find relief, you may be surprised to discover the healing effects of yoga.

Yoga for Grief Relief combines over 100 illustrations of gentle yogic poses and the latest research in psychophysiology and neuroscience to help you get back on the path to wellness. Written by Antonio Sausys, TV host of YogiViews and the founder of Yoga for Health, an International Yoga Therapy Conference, the step-by-step exercises in this book can be tailored to your personal needs, and are designed to help you work through your loss and recover your centre, your vitality.
Available in Vancouver BC at Banyen Books & Sound

 

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