Yoga as a way to address grief

We are late sharing this news story from the Louisville Courier-Journal, but we wanted to let other folks learn about one way that yoga is being used in Louisville:  Grief center offers yoga therapy.  From the beginning of the article:

Hosparus is combining the ancient practice of yoga with poetry to try to help people cope with the death of loved ones.

A six-week program called “Moving and Breathing Through Grief” starts Feb. 20 at the Hosparus Grief Counseling Center in Louisville. The weekly sessions, open to those who preregister, represent a different approach to supporting people who are grieving.

Many thanks to Regina for sharing the story with us!
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One Response to Yoga as a way to address grief

  1. Erica says:

    I thought I would post Rumi’s poem that was referenced in the article.
    Rumi’s words here beautifully express the practice of awareness and acceptance of all parts of ourselves with out judgement.

    The Guest House

    This being human is a guest house.
    Every morning a new arrival.

    A joy, a depression, a meanness,
    some momentary awareness comes
    as an unexpected visitor.

    Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
    who violently sweep your house
    empty of its furniture,
    still, treat each guest honorably.
    He may be clearing you out
    for some new delight.

    The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
    meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

    Be grateful for whatever comes.
    because each has been sent
    as a guide from beyond.

    — Jelaluddin Rumi,
    translation by Coleman Barks

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