13 Serdica Str., 1000 Sofia |   Map |   Tel. 0888 246 777        BG | 
21 June 2019 г.
It will be held in Bulgarian language.
13 July 2019 г.
With Antonio Sausys, M.A., IGT, CMT, RYT

The fact that grief is a normal reaction to loss doesn’t make it any easier to go through. It is generally accepted that grief refers to the emotional and psychological symptoms experienced after the death of a person. Yet the mind and the body react with grief to the loss of a pet, a job, a dream or even the youth. 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. This workshop offers yogic techniques that can help you move through the pain of loss to find release and relief.

You will receive:
• General information regarding grief
• 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.

Antonio Sausys will alternate teaching talks with experiential work.
Bring comfortable clothes for yoga practices.

At the end of the event there will be a presentation of the book of the author on the same topic.

Antonio Sausys, M.A., IGT, CMT, RYT

Antonio Sausys about overcoming grief with the help of yoga
“I was truly good friends with my mother, and when she died of a stroke at 54 (I was 20), I was certainly not prepared for life without her. For two-and-a-half years, I lived in a state of denial, completely disconnected from my feelings. When I finally was able to be with the pain of grief, I discovered that my sternum (breastbone) had actually popped out. In essence, what my mind could hide, my body showed with pristine clarity: I had a broken heart.

As life went on, I began working with Lyn Prashant, an outstanding therapist and creator of the Degriefing Process, a comprehensive mind-body approach to grief therapy. She asked me to develop a yoga practice to address the body-centered effects of grief, I could draw on own training as a somatic psychotherapist and yoga teacher as well as my own personal experience to build a sadhana (spiritual practice) for Yoga for Grief Relief.

Grief takes place throughout the body, mind and spirit. The complex response is integrated in the limbic system, a series of interconnected structures deep within the brain.

After our initial shock, grief can initiate apathy, confusion, fear and intense sadness. Physically, we experience symptoms including low energy, increased physical pain (especially in the mid-back and the pectoral or chest muscles) and altered circadian or daily rhythms (specifically the breathing, circulatory and sleeping patterns).

Grief is a human reaction to any loss, even though it is more often acknowledged and understood when we grieve the loss of a dear one due to death. We may feel awkward grieving the loss of a ring. The truth is that the body-mind reacts with grief to the loss of many things or ideas: a pet, a job, a train, a dream or youth. If that ring is the one our dear grandfather left us and we’ve been wearing it at all of life’s important occasions, then it has even deeper meaning.

New grief triggers old; every time we face a new loss, we are confronted with the grief of previous loss, in our own life as well as the grief we carry as a family, community and even a species.

From the yogic view, all suffering comes from our attachment, and detachment is a necessary part of releasing the suffering of grief. There is a misconception that detachment means not loving, or a lack of caring. At its purest level, detachment is the acceptance that everything is impermanent: at one level or another, everything must end. It is one of the laws of the universe or Sat. When we accept this, understand it, we can access an even deeper sense of love without clinging. When we acknowledge that something will not be with us forever, we can enjoy it even more when it is available to us.

In the midst of the emotional shock and trauma of acute grief, it takes time for the understanding of this transformation to occur. There is not one set formula to overcome grief, it is generally accepted that we experience stages of grief. These include accepting the loss and working through the pain of grief to eventually reinvest the love energy.

In my experience, the process of eventual detachment is better accomplished in two stages. The first is detached attachment, when you are still bonded with the object, person or idea yet you know that it will disappear; secondly, true detachment occurs.

We don’t just get over our grief. Instead, we change our relationship to it. When we lose something or someone, and that identification must change, we have the opportunity to rebuild ourselves. We identify ourselves partially through our attachments; any loss forces us to a new identification, carrying the seeds of change. When we are able to transform grief, we can reshape our reality and more delicately match our true nature. To do so, we must nourish ourselves. A method for this is sadhana (spiritual practice).

The image of a windmill, the main asana of the practice, can serve as a symbolic analogy for this process. The forces of the unknown, the wind, power the mechanisms of the windmill, just as the unknown force of loss creates a churning in the depths of our selves. As a windmill utilizes the sometimes wild and destructive force of the wind into constructive mechanical energy, which can transform hard grains to edible flour, the mechanisms of sadhana: practice, prayer, relaxation, resolution and posture can transform our attachments toward a new identity. By addressing the delicate psychoneurological aspects of grief, we can transform the forces of the unknown (death and loss) into understanding of our eternal self.”

Saturday, July 13th, 2019, 09:00 – 13:00;

13, Serdika Str., Business Centre, entr. Б, 1000 Sofia
Club Yoga i Priateli, tel. 0888 246 777

• 45.00 lv. - early bird sign up by payment until 05.07.2019
• 39.00 lv. - for owners of valid club cards by payment until 05.07.2019
• 55.00 lv. - by payment after 05.07.2019

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