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Module 1: Conscious Relaxation

How To Care For Your Grieving Body

Recognizing the body pattern of grief, we can learn to soften to that tension instead of feeling defeated by the idea that fear and anger are our only alternatives.

Stephen Levine
Unattended Sorrow

Grief sends our body into the stress response known as fight-flight-freeze. While stress can be a motivator, and keep us out of harm’s way, continuous exposure can impact our physical and mental health in devastating ways. Stress also adds unnecessary suffering to an already painful situation.

Conscious relaxation sends a signal to your body that it is safe to let go of stress, which allows it to return to a state of balance. Simply taking deep breaths can have a huge impact on your stress levels, and reduce or relieve both physical and mental distress.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

This module is available to all AWAKEN Members for the duration you are subscribed to the monthly program. Be sure to log into your Awaken account to access this course at no extra charge. This module includes:


Your Instructor


Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT
Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT

Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT is the author of Mindfulness & Grief, now in its second edition, and the host of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast. She has a Master’s Degree in Thanatology (death, dying and bereavement) and is a certified yoga therapist and meditation instructor. Her own journey of love, loss and posttraumatic growth fuels her passion for teaching bereaved families and grief professionals how to use mindfulness-based techniques to cope with grief, cultivate resilience, and prevent burnout. Heather is on the Advisory Board for the highly regarded military family survivor organization Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) , and has appeared on the award winning television show about grief, Open to Hope. In addition to her own publications, Heather has contributed to Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment & Intervention, edited by Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer. She is the founder of the Frederick Meditation Center in Maryland as well as the Mindfulness & Grief Training Institute, and volunteers with the Hospice of Washington County and the Hospice of Frederick County.


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