strategies for dealing with loss

November 11 and 18, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Grief from death, loss or life change can make us feel crazy, confused, and stressed. Join Myra and Kate for this workshop series to learn about “good grief.” Leave with strategies to deal with the losses in your life through mindfulness, yoga, and creative coping.

$140 for non-members; $120 for members

Registration Closes November 8th

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About the Workshop

Session 1:

  • What is grief? Learn about types of grief and their manifestations
  • How grief affects the body/mind/spirit
  • Strategies for self-care
  • Identify the somatic (body) aspects of grief
  • Figure out how your body has been affected
  • Integrate your learning with yoga postures and reflective writing/drawing exercises (no experience in writing/art necessary)

Session 2:

  • Practice meditations for “being with” your grief
  • Learn how to “grieve mindfully” to reduce suffering
  • We’ll weave each session together to help you figure out next steps
  • Learn about and practice strategies for coping (e.g. common poses for grief, breath exercises, mindfulness, food/drink to support your body)
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About the Teachers

Kate Sutton

Kate Sutton is a licensed professional counselor and certified yoga instructor in Raleigh, NC. She is passionate about helping people find hope and healing in the midst of big life changes. Students and clients know Kate for her authenticity, encouragement, and creativity, whether it’s sequencing a yoga class or offering insight in counseling–or both! Kate has nearly five years of specialized training and expertise in bereavement counseling and currently provides grief counseling services for children and adults at Transitions LifeCare and in the community. With over eight years experience in yoga instruction and practice, Kate has witnessed and felt the transformative effects of yoga on the body, mind, and spirit, including increased ability to cope with change and release of distressing emotional and physical pain patterns. Outside of teaching and counseling, Kate enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, and moving her body in ways that feel joyful (swimming, dancing, hugging, hiking…). Find Kate on the mat at Open Door where she teaches the Hot 60/90, flow, and restorative classes.

Myra Smith

Myra experienced such transformation through mindfulness and meditation practices that sharing those practices has become her passion. After completing a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and her first yoga teacher training, Myra was inspired to learn more about the mind, body and heart connection. This inspiration lead her to completing a Master’s degree in Contemplative Education at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, Myra has been a practicing yogi for over a decade and is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher. She is a certified Koru Mindfulness instructor as well as a certified .b instructor. With eighteen years of teaching experience spanning four continents, she wholeheartedly believes sharing practice is a true gift that enables her to learn along side her students. A North Carolina native, she and her husband Greg, enjoy travel, music, photography, antiques, Japanese & Tibetan Culture, and Contemplative Arts, and especially their dog Roscoe.

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