Deepen your personal practice while learning a unique and effective way to share yoga with those who need it most.
As a yoga teacher, you know that traditional yoga promotes health and well-being. But did you know that yoga practice that integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of recovery has proven to be more effective as a complementary treatment for addiction? [1 2]
Recovery Yoga Meetings® are intentionally designed to integrate the psychological, spiritual, and physical aspects of recovery and yoga. Each class incorporates tenets of mindfulness, peer support practices, and the spiritual principles of recovery into a standardized, trauma-sensitive curriculum.
The Recovery Yoga Meetings® sequence pairs specific yoga poses with the spiritual principles of recovery. By "working" the 12 Steps physically with their peers, students learn how to use breath and movement to support and sustain their recovery.
Recovery Yoga Teacher Training will help you authentically and effectively share yoga with others seeking recovery by giving you:
- Personal experience working with recovery tools and philosophies
- Education about the neurobiological aspects of addiction, mental illness, and compulsive behaviors
- Information about the role of trauma in addiction, and trauma-sensitive teaching techniques
- Skills to facilitate Recovery Yoga Meetings®, including teaching as a peer and ally, while being sensitive to and inclusive of each person’s personal path to recovery
- Format, sequence, and practical suggestions for leading Recovery Yoga Meetings®
The 15-hour training usually takes place over the course of one weekend (Fri. 6 - 9 pm, Sat. 12 - 6 pm, Sun. 12–6 pm). For those interested in teaching in healthcare facilities, an additional three-hour training and certification session is required. Prerequisite: RYT-200 certification.
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1. A Narrative Review of Yoga and Mindfulness as Complementary Therapies for Addiction. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2013 Jun; 21(3): 244-252. 2. Yoga as an adjunct treatment for alcohol dependence: A pilot study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Volume 22, Issue 3, June 2014, Pages 441-445. Mats Hallgren, Karin Romberg, Ann-Sofie Baksi, Sven Andreasson.