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"Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations."

The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery

Y12SR is an innovative addiction relapse prevention program that integrates the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-Step recovery programs. Guided by its theme “The Issues Live In the Tissues,” Y12SR meetings are offered throughout the U.S. and abroad and is quickly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Y12SR is a meeting and a yoga practice. The time is divided between a 12-Step-like sharing circle and a yoga asana (movement), pranayama (breathwork) and meditation session where we “take it to the mats.” The yoga asana practice offered is designed to be accessible to all bodies and levels of yoga experience. Y12SR is open to all persons who suffer with addiction as well as to those who love them. It is offered as an adjunct — not a replacement — to regular addiction recovery work. The principles of safety and anonymity are upheld by Y12SR.

Why Combine Yoga and Recovery?

The 12-Step Recovery model approaches addiction at the cognitive level. Created in 1939 by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, it is the most recognized and pervasive addiction recovery program in the world with millions of practitioners. Transcending alcohol and substance abuse, addiction recovery addresses behaviors such as gambling, overeating, sex and love, shopping, co-dependency, etc. Addictive behaviors separate and disconnect individuals from themselves, their families, and the their communities. The traditional Yoga practice includes a somatic approach. Yoga itself means union, integration and balance. Combining the two creates a model that truly addresses addiction as the physical, mental and spiritual disease that it is. Y12SR assists people to develop body awareness, to learn to feel what’s going on in their bodies, and to self-regulate.

Stay tuned for more information for when classes will be offered!

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