Molly Lannon Kenny

Abhinivesha: Challenging the Obstacles to Happiness

Categorie(s): Health and Wellness,

When: Friday, December 3, 2021

Time: 6:45 to 7:45 am PST

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, he describes the five obstructions to happiness, the kleshas, and states that while all five stem from the first, avidya, or lack of knowing our true nature, that the fifth klesha, abhinivesha, or fear of death, is the most difficult to overcome.

As a culture we are terrified of death. We don’t talk about it, we spend billions of dollars trying to keep ourselves and the ones we love alive even when death is unavoidable, and we have no common language for providing words of comfort to the dying or bereaved.

And although different cultures deal with death differently, and some in much healthier ways than others, this undercurrent of fear of death and clinging to life is a part of human nature, and will always be a challenge for all of us.

This workshop will address cultural perspectives on death, grief and loss, as well as how to provide comfort to people who are seriously ill or dying, or those in bereavement. We will discuss how yoga philosophy and practice helps us to navigate the challenges of loss and bereavement, and how we as yoga teachers and students can assist others down this path with practical skills for addressing grief and loss at the level of all five koshas. The workshop will include suggestions for asana practice and discussion on choosing appropriate postures, as well as how to choose language that supports wholeness at all levels. This workshop is for yoga teachers and hospice workers, as well as anyone else seeking ways to assist those who are seriously ill or dying.”

Speaker Bio: Molly Lannon Kenny, MS-CCC, is a nationally recognized innovator, researcher and educator in the field of yoga-based therapy, and one of the nation’s leading experts in neurophysiology and yoga. Read full bio »