Everyone, at some point, will experience the loss of a loved one. As each person is unique, the grief they feel will be unique as well. While there are many different ways for people to cope with loss, one that is newly available, but old in its teachings and techniques, is Yoga.
"Most people are familiar with the traditional types of grief counseling, which certainly can be very effective and helpful," explained John Adolf, Director of Adolf Funeral Services. "However, it's becoming popular to use Yoga as a more modern healing technique."
In the interest of improving Adolf Funeral Services' successful aftercare assistance, Adolf began discussing new program ideas with lead counselor Karen Schultz, LCSW. "I was trying to find new ways to help the families we serve," said Adolf. "Last September we put together a program entitled 'Night of Healing - Heal Your Soul'. The evening program included the expertise and guidance of a nationally certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, a highly respected Licensed Massage Therapist, and Karen Schultz's expertise as a spiritual teacher and healer."
The history of Yoga dates back thousands of years, and was developed to create harmony between the mind and the body. "Through the use of meditation and various relaxation techniques, the goal is to release the stress and grief stored within the body," explained Adolf. "Grief creates an emotional and physical tightness, and learning how to release it brings peace and stability back into our lives." Yoga poses, or asanas, are designed to help the body relax and release the tension within. The teachings of Yoga can include physical activity, meditative relaxation, breathing techniques, and aromatherapy.
Clinical research shows that Yoga and meditation practices can help relieve the feelings of stress, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. "Therapists have concluded that healing from grief is very complex," added Adolf. "Recognizing the differences in individuals helps people realize the feelings aren't permanent, and can be changed over time."
Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services
John R. Adolf, Director
7000 South Madison Street
Willowbrook, IL 60527
2921 South Harlem Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402