Yoga for Grief Relief Levels 1 & 2
In the current state of the field of Grief Counseling and Therapy little is dedicated to the body related symptoms of grief and how they can be addressed. The proposed model for a healthy resolution of the grieving process rests on the goal of 'generating newer, healthier, attachments'. While this model offers certain relief to the pain associated with grieving, it also ensures future pain for those objects of new attachment will, inevitably, too disappear. Yoga's philosophy and practice offers a different relationship to attachment and therefore to resolving suffering; its methods and concepts can be applied by any professional, regardless of credo or theoretical work frame. This training is suitable for Yoga Therapists and for Health and Mental Health Care professionals interested in adding Yogic techniques to their existing toolbox. It is also beneficial to those interested in deepening their personal knowledge of how yoga can aid the grieving process. CEUs are available for MFT, ASWB, NBCC and BRN.
- Educate participants about Grief as a normal reaction and its transformation into a source of self-knowledge toward establishing a new identity
- Learn grief related symptoms toward a differential diagnoses from Clinical Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Anxiety Disorder
- Identify grief’s psychoneurological basis
- Differentiate between yoga therapy and allopathic therapeutic models
- Compare grief as seen in Western and Eastern conceptualizations
- Analyze Western and Eastern psychological therapeutic approaches to support the use of Yoga as a valid tool to aid grief
- Compare Western and Eastern models of the psyche analyzing the physical and emotional relevance of the Heart Chakra in the grieving process
- Differentiate attachment theories as seen in Western and Eastern conceptualizations
- Learn, practice and guide the Yoga for Grief Relief Sadhana that presents six sections that aid the transformation of Grief into a resource of personal growth: Pranayama, Asana, Shatkarma, Relax, Sankalpa and Meditation
- Learn the specific applications of the program according to selected areas of interest (Hyper/Hypoactive nature of the Symptoms – Addressing the Mind, Body and Spirit – Facilitating Grief through W. Worden’s Four Tasks of Mourning – Individual Vs. Group Sessions)
- Offer methodological guidance to integrate the techniques into the client-professional interaction
- Learn appropriate initial grief treatment guidelines
- Identify the role of self knowledge regarding personal grief toward assuring 'intervention' versus 'interference'
- Educate professionals regarding Yoga Therapeutic ethical issues regarding grief
Subject Matter (Level 1)
- Grief Overview
- The Process of Transformation of grief into a new Identity
- Psychoneurophysiology of grief
- Attachment as seen in Western and Eastern conceptualizations
- Reprograming the Mind
- Five Causes of Suffering (Patanjali)
- Intervention Vs. Interference
- Inducing Practice toward active neuroplasticity
- Sadhana Variations according to specific focus
- Spiritual ethics in Yoga Therapy
- Developing and appropriate referral system
- Case Studies analysis
- Sadhana practice and single technique practice
Flow of Presentation (Level 1)
- Theoretical lecture (20 Hours)
- Development of Professional skills through interactive participative work (12 Hours)
- Sadhana and single techniques’ practice time (10 Hours)
- Group discussion (7 Hours)
- Case Study (8 Hours)
- Personal grief work (3 Hours)
Subject Matter (Level 2)
- Grief review
- Second year of grief
- Detached Attachment
- The use of ritual
- Mediators of Mourning
- Psychoneurophysiology of grief (2)
- Client progression (individual to group sessions)
- Proper language skills toward normalization
- Setting Yoga for Grief Relief retreats
- Grief Yoga Therapist – Client contract
- Interdisciplinary groups
- Sadhana and single technique practice
Flow of Presentation (Level 2)
- Theoretical lecture (9 Hours)
- Development of Professional skills through interactive participative work (10 Hours)
- Sadhana and single techniques’ practice time (10 Hours)
- Group discussion (2 Hours)
- Case Study (9 Hours)
- Case study presentation
- Personal sadhana practice
- Inducing clients’ practice
- Yoga for Grief Retreat (3 – 6 Days) required for Level 1
- Minimum six months professional practice between Level 1 and 2
Mandatory reading sources (Level 1)
- Sausys, Antonio. Yoga for Grief Relief: Simple Practices for Transforming Your Grieving Mind and Body 1st ed. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publishing (available June 1, 2014)
Mandatory reading sources (Level 2)
- Worden, William. Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner. 4th ed. New York: Springer Publishing Co., 1991.
Suggested reading sources
- Prashant, Lyn. "The art of Transforming Grief"
- Panagotacos, Vicki. “Defining and Envisioning Self.” Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved. Ed. Robert A. Neimeyer. New York: Routledge, 2012. 292-294.
- Satyananda, Swami. 1976. Four Chapters on Freedom. Bihar, India: Yoga Publications Trust.
- Satyananda, Swami. 1985. Kundalini Tantra. Bihar, India: Yoga Publications Trust.
- Selby, John. Kundalini Awakening: a Gentle Guide to Chakra Activation and Spiritual Growth. 1992. New York: Bantam Books.
The following information is for the October 8 - 15, 2017 Training in San Anselmo, California:
- Early Bird $1700 (plus 3% fee for PayPal) Before or on 8-7-17
- $1900 (plus 3% fee for PayPal) after that. No refunds given after 8-8-17
All registrations are subject to cancellation on 9-8-17 if enrollment is not sufficient.
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Oakland (OAK), California
- Shuttle from and to SFO - Marin Airporter www.marinairporter.com - (415-461-4222)
- Shuttle from and to OAK – Airport Express www.airportexpressinc.com - Local: 707.837.8700 - Toll-Free: 1.800.327.2024
- San Anselmo Inn (Three blocks away) www.sananselmoinn.com
- Panama Hotel (in San Rafael, 10 minutes drive away) www.panamahotel.com
- San Anselmo is nicknamed ‘the restaurant capital of Marin’; there are various restaurants and eateries very close by and for all tastes and pockets.