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Funeral home to host grief workshop

Published 11:05am Tuesday, November 5, 2013

SOUTH POINT — Death is a natural part of life, but the grief it causes for those left mourning loved ones is anything but easy to deal with.

Slack and Wallace Funeral Home is hoping to help make managing grief a little easier by partnering with Brown Dog Yoga for a grief workshop.

Beth Wallace, co-owner of the funeral home, says the idea behind the workshop is to give people momentary peace of mind.

“We knew that yoga has this ability to relax people and that can help with grief,” Wallace said. “People are going to have the chance to learn some breathing techniques and how to practice meditation. Just stuff that allows you to shut yourself down for a moment and not think about anything.”

The instructor for the workshop will be Katrina Mailloux, the owner of Brown Dog Yoga. Mailloux is a native of South Point and is a registered yoga teacher on level 200 working to reach RYT-500.

“Katrina does a fantastic job,” Wallace said. “She has a great class planned for the workshop. It’ll last about an hour and the techniques she’ll teach are also good for reducing stress and easing nerves. So it’s not all about managing grief.”

Wallace also says that this class will be different from typical classes, because it won’t require as much physical activity as more traditional yoga does.

“It’s going to be a seated yoga class,” Wallace said. “There won’t be a lot of trying to get into positions and stuff like that. It’s more about breathing exercise and meditation; the mental aspect of yoga as opposed to the physical.”

The grief workshop will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home. There is no cost for attending the class and participants are not required to bring a yoga mat.


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