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LIVING, BEING AND DYING: PRACTICING FOR OUR ULTIMATE SAVASANA

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 2:30 AM


This weekend workshop will be a space to explore, inspire and reimagine the conversation about death. Death is as natural as birth in the life cycle, yet as a culture we cling to life and avoid the subject of our mortality. With discussion of yoga philosophy, yoga and meditation practices and practical information about preparing for our own death as well as supporting others in dying, we will dive in to the topic of death and learn to approach this natural reality with grace and recognition of our true nature. Friday evening: Reimagine the Conversation6:30pm-8:30pmNinety percent of people believe that talking about their end-of-life wishes is important; yet only 27% of them have actually done so. Talking about death won’t make you die any sooner. But exploring the topic for yourself, your family and your friends will help you understand, embrace and prepare emotionally and spiritually. We can practice dying every day with yoga. Savasana is perhaps the most important pose, as it allows us to experience our nondual nature. Sava means to transform; in practicing savasana we can experience the death, or transformation, of our small self and come to know the place between life and death. Saturday: Embracing MortalityAM session, 11am-1pmYoga and Buddhist traditions offer wisdom for seekers, and in opening the conversation we are invited to contemplate death and what it means for us. We will explore the restorative practice of asana, as well as peeking into yoga philosophy for a different perspective on mortality and morbidity.  PM session, 3pm-5pmA more in-depth look at yoga and Buddhist philosophy about death as well as practical information and discussion to embrace and prepare for the end-of-life. Sunday Afternoon: Being with Dying11:00am-1:30ppHow do you hold space and support someone who is facing a terminal illness? What does physical dying look like? The reality of the dying process can be the most frightening aspect, so we will open ourselves to this reality. An overview of the signs and symptoms of dying, how to provide comfort and how to hold space for someone through meditation, vigil and ritual. Learn to be present for someone at their side or from afar, with your personal practice and contemplation as your framework Erin Collins is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Registered Nurse, a yoga teacher and an End-of-Life Doula. She has 12 years of nursing experience in oncology care for adults and children including 6 years in hospice and palliative care.  Erin is passionate about changing the way people talk about, plan for, and experience death and dying. She educates and empowers families to be present with their loved ones in the final stage of life, however long that may be. Erin began practicing yoga in 1995 in Boulder, Colorado with Richard Freeman at the Yoga Workshop and has studied with Annie Pace, Anne Finstad, Kira Sloane and Ravi Ravindra. Her teaching style is warm, nurturing, heartfelt and casual and is focused on the inherent beauty of breath and movement in yoga. Her classes offer quiet and space for internal study with gentle guidance to find the awareness of our bodies that asana offers.

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