Yoga of Recovery
YOGA, AYURVEDA, 12-STEPS
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
- 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
Yoga of Recovery
Weekend and 7-day option
- Visit the Yoga of Recovery website of Durga Leela
- Blog article on the Ayurvedic effects of asana practice
- Blog article on Yoga of Recovery: Applied Ayurveda and Health
- Blog article on Yoga and Ayurveda’s Approach to Addiction
- Durga Leela is presenting at the Radical Recovery Summit: Innovation in the treatment of addiction
- Here is an article by Durga on Yoga of Recovery from the Ayurveda Journal of Health
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.
Yoga Farm Director
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.