Yoga and loss: an autoethnographical exploration of grief, mind, and body

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    The author explores her experience of yoga as a therapeutic tool in recovering from the impact of losing a close friend to suicide. The benefits of yoga include improved emotional self-regulation, a more positive relationship with self, and the emergence of a new personal physical reality. An autoethnographical approach permits a necessarily ambiguous and messy in-depth exploration of yoga as a resource for well-being. Nevertheless, it is hoped that it will serve as a means of promoting further study into the role of cultural resources, particularly body-based practices, as means of coming to terms with traumatic loss.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)279-291
    Number of pages13
    JournalIllness Crisis and Loss
    Issue number4
    Early online date22 Jul 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


    • Autoethnography
    • Body
    • Coping
    • Friendship
    • Grief
    • Suicide
    • Yoga


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