Transforming Grief and Loss
Yoga Koshas to Release Grief
Yoga Koshas to Release Grief. In this lesson, Mary will help you understand the yogic concept of humanness, the layers of the koshas. By working with these koshas, you will begin to move through and grow from grief.
Think of emotions as energy in motion. We are always in state of flux. Everything is always moving, so if you come out of balance, how do you get back into balance? Mary will help you work with three main tools, physical body, awareness, and breath. In Mary’s three lessons, you will use yoga and mudras to move through and grow through grief.
In this lesson Mary will address the Kubler-Ross and David Kessler six stages of grief. She emphasizes that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. We are who we are. She’ll go over the stages briefly and notes that they are not linear. The stages come and go.
- Denial – Stage in which the loss occurs and the mind cannot quite accept what has happened, and the nervous system has not adjusted to the situation. It’s like trying to find a familiar road home but the road is not there.
- Anger – Anger at the person who is gone, the situation, etc.
- Bargaining – The What if stage. Shame and guilt and all sorts of other emotions arise.
- Depression or Deep Sorrow – Often pervasive throughout. Mary will guide you through heart energy healing to ease this emotions. Sadness can be transmuted into courage.
- Acceptance – The nervous system adjusts, the mind accepts what has happened. It makes it a little easier to move forward.
- Finding Meaning – Take what you have lost and enrich that experience by remembering the joy. Perhaps you develop little rituals to find joy. In the bigger way, it can lead to community action, for example MADD.
If we love, whatever it is that we love, and there is some kind of loss, that we all experience, then we will experience grief as a part of being human. However, grief can be very debilitating if we allow it to become that way. Mary offers a yogic model of different dimensions of being human and to use that to move through and grow with grief. Grief doesn’t necessarily go away, it transforms and can become something wonderful.
Everyone experiences grief depending on your personality, physiology, and the type of loss. If it’s sudden, the sensation of grief can be much more overwhelming.
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