Survivors of child loss carry within their hearts and minds not only deep sorrow for the loved one who is no longer with them but also physical manifestations of their grief: from fatigue, headaches, chest pain, muscle soreness, and digestive problems to immune dysfunction and elevated risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Compounding the physical expressions of grief are the ongoing feelings of isolation and separation.
Fortunately for bereaved individuals - and anyone else who suffers from chronic conditions - yoga offers demonstrated therapeutic benefits. Controlled breathing can calm the nervous system, shifting us from the sympathetic ("fight or flight") response to the parasympathetic ("rest and digest") mode, in which our bodies can begin to repair themselves. Systematic stretching can provide relief for tight, sore muscles and address imbalances. Yoga also offers an opportunity for community: providing a safe space for grieving families to recognize they are not alone in their experience. In so doing, these practices can contribute to a greater sense of overall wellbeing.
This Saturday, in partnership with East Side Yoga, Evermore is offering a yoga class, free of charge, tailored to survivors of child loss. Entitled "Breathe Deep," this class will use movement and breathwork to help bereaved parents and siblings pause, reflect, and restore during this challenging time of year. If you have experienced the painful loss of a child or sibling, we invite you to come and share in this opportunity to experience physical release and transformation.
Breathe Deep: Yoga for Bereaved Families
Saturday, December 10, 2016
East Side Yoga