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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