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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. Even though grieving is thought to be mostly emotional, it also has specific physical symptoms. 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 Yoga for Grief Relief Retreat offers techniques that can help individuals move through the pain of loss to find release and relief in a safe environment where to explore and share One’s personal experience of grief in a group context by establishing a ‘sacred container of confidentiality’ and clear rules of interaction amongst the attendees. The course alternates general informational talks about grief with experiential individual and group work. In addition to the 2 Hour daily morning practices where the full Sadhana (Yoga routine) is practiced, individual techniques are practiced and analyzed individually throughout the days so each participant can fully benefit from the program.

Through filling out particular charts, attendees access an experience of self reflection destined to identify each individual’s grief reactions as well as how to appropriately address them. Special attention is played to particular aspects of the person’s identity that need to be singled out in order to understand the new self after an important loss. The combination of theoretical lecture and experiential work can help the heart of anyone who is grieving a loss or those working with them.

Daily Schedule:

  • Friday 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 pm

Training Location: Soul of Yoga Institute  162 Rancho Santa Fe Rd. Suite A70  Encinitas, CA 92024

Antonio Sausys (BA Psychology, MA Body-Oriented Psychotherapy) is a somatic psychotherapist and yoga instructor specializing in one-on-one yoga therapy for people with chronic and acute medical conditions as well as emotional imbalance. During his career, Antonio discovered a key correlation between modern body-oriented psychotherapy and ancient yogic teachings, integrating the best practices from both worlds. He applies specific yogic applications working with individuals to create a yoga ‘sadhana’. This is a specific and personalized yogic routine that best serves the individual’s needs and abilities, integrating mind, body and spirit to fully embrace the experience of life.

He studied with Yoga masters and teachers such as Indra Devi, Swami Maitreyananda, Swami Shankaradevananda, Swami Ekananda, Babashi Singh, Ram Dass, Swami Pragyamurti and Larry Payne. He has continued his professional development with training in Integrative Grief Therapy with Lyn Prashant, Foot Reflexology, Swedish Therapeutic Massage, and Reiki. Antonio teaches and lectures periodically at Kripalu, U.C. Berkeley, California Institute of Integral Studies; has been a faculty member at the International Yoga College and former Honorary Secretary of the International Yoga Federation for USA. He is a member of the World Yoga Council, the International Association of Yoga Therapy, and the Association for Death Education And Counseling. His work has been published in several health related national and international journals.

He created a ‘Yoga for Grief Relief’ program to induce self knowledge and personal transformation by addressing and working on the physical and emotional symptoms of grief. He also developed a ‘Yoga for Cancer’ program based on the premise ‘Spirit can’t have Cancer’, that draws elements from Yoga and Psychotherapy to integrate techniques, and thoughtful insights in a very dynamic program intended to provide practitioners with tools to better understand and cope with life with cancer. It is designed to accept all types of Cancer and all levels of experience and rather than presenting random series, the program emphasizes the relationship between the physical techniques and their mental and spiritual correlates to empower those with cancer towards personal realization.