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Yoga of Recovery



Integrating the Wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda with the Tools of 12-Step recovery for addiction recovery.

Yoga of Recovery is the first comprehensive course to combine Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools to offer a more holistic mind, body, spirit approach to addiction and self-destructive behaviors.

Who should take the course?

This course is for therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, sponsors, yoga teachers, Ayurvedic practitioners etc. Anyone interested in a more holistic and complete view of the problem and its solution. Bringing the west (12 Steps) and the East (Yoga and Ayurveda) together offers us a truly empowering approach to counseling those who embark on a program of recovery. It is the evolution of the solution.

What will I learn?

Upon completion of the course you will have the skills to introduce the healing potential of the holistic sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga into your own life and those around you.

For those in counseling roles the course will offer you additional tools and a deeper understanding of the comprehensive approach to wellness, emotional sobriety and sustained spiritual development using Ayurveda and Yoga as extension therapies to any 12 Step work. If you are already a Yoga teacher, this course will make you uniquely qualified and more confident to teach yoga in rehabs or to people in recovery from any addiction.

You will fully understand the root of the problem and the holistic approach, extended from limited understanding of substance abuse/behavioral problems to be treated with asana alone, to a full range of therapies for mind, body and spirit from these powerful healing modalities.

Participants receive Continuing Education Units through Yoga Alliance

Yoga of Recovery Teachers, Swami Sita and Durga Leela smiling in Vietnam

Workshops Topics

  • Causes of disease from the Ayurvedic perspective and its relation to addiction.
  • Addictive tendencies of each doshic type and their underlying needs and vulnerabilities.
  • Likely damage caused and some simple suggestions for balance.
  • Simple, practical methods to revitalize the body’s systems and boost the immune system such as proper daily and seasonal routines.
  • How to be ‘established in the self’ – the best way to strengthen ongoing recovery.
  • Ayurvedic nutrition.
  • Seasonal and lifestyle suggestions.
  • Simple yet essential detoxification practices.
  • Counseling practices most useful for each type.

Tools of Recovery

Become able to correlate and discuss the many similarities between the foundations of Classical Yoga and those of the 12 Step Programs. This course expands your awareness and understanding of the 4 Paths of Yoga and how these spiritual practices can be integrated with the tools of 12 Step Programs.

Open 12-step Meetings

Many people who work in the field of recovery are themselves in recovery. Here we talk about our experience, strength and hope around any addictive habits that we are recovering from. This helps us develop more openness and compassion around both our own lingering compulsions and the struggle of different ‘drug of choice’ than ours. These meetings will also be a very beneficial experience for those not in recovery, to see what meetings are like, what their clients are involved with.

Why do you search, in vain, for your happiness, outside, in objects? Search within the heart, the source and fountain of all happiness.

– Swami Sivananda

Upcoming Dates

Yoga of Recovery 

Weekend and 7-day option

Yoga of Recovery

Weekend of Mar 26 – 29, 2020

$295 + Accommodations

Yoga of Recovery

7-day Retreat: March 26 – April 2, 2020

$795 + Accommodations

Additional References


Swami Dharmananda

Swami Dharmananda

Yoga Teacher

Swami Dharmananda is assistant director of the Yoga Farm for many years and is in charge of the karma yoga program.  He is a faculty of the Sivananda Institute of Health (SIHY) and is one of the main teachers of Yoga Philosophy and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda

Yoga Farm Director

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and acharya of the US West Coast centers and Ashram.  Swamiji is also the acharya of the Sivananda mission in Asia, especially in Vietnam, where she hails from.
Durga Leela

Durga Leela

Durga Leela is founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program integrating Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Teachers Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India.

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