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Healing Addiction: A Yogic Perspective

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July 8 July 9 EDT

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LIVE July 8-9 @ 1 – 4 pm EDT. Convert your time here.

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Healing Addiction: A Yogic Perspective

This course applies the lens of yoga to the pervasive issue of addiction.  Addiction can be described as ‘the dis-ease of the lost self.’  As we look outside of ourselves for what can only come from inside we become increasingly disconnected from lasting peace and tranquility.  In disconnection, the conditions for addiction become fertile and dysfunctional patterns often develop.  This can occur not only with a substance, one can develop dysfunctional addictive patterns in relationship to other people, food, shopping, work, power, and much more.   And sometimes, the patterns are so deeply ingrained that changing them presents tremendous challenges at every level of being.

Healing Addiction, A Yogic Perspective presents a framework for healing that integrates teachings, texts, and practices from yoga, data from modern neuroscience studies, trauma healing, and current addiction treatment approaches.  This framework, based on the theme, ‘The Issues Live in Our Tissues,’  presents a holistic relapse prevention model grounded in compassionate awareness, change, and healing.   

Module 1: Broadening The View of Addiction (July 8)

Most often when we hear the word addiction, thoughts instantly turn toward abuse of a substance.  However, as we look more deeply we see that many are affected by behavioral or process addictions. Research has found that there are stark similarities between substance addiction and the psychological dependence to activities like compulsive gambling, sex, work, shopping, and eating disorders. As we expand our view, we see that addiction really isn’t about the substance or even the addictive behavior at all. In this module, we examine the underlying problem of addiction and introduce the solution from the view of yoga.

Module 2: A Model for Healing (July 9)

In Module 2 we will explore the yogic model for healing proposed in the Yoga Sūtras and the Upaniṣads.  Here we look at a framework for relapse prevention that includes practical tools for cultivating sustainable recovery.

In this course students will:

  • Learn how the essential teachings of yoga can be applied to the root cause of addiction and the process of healing.
  • Be introduced to a framework for relapse prevention that includes cognitive approaches and trauma-informed mind/body-based practices.
  • Engage the yogic view of how we transform dis-functional patterns.
  • Understand how ‘the issues live in our tissues.’
  • Apply practical tools to support yourself and others in recovery.

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An accomplished speaker and teacher, Nikki Myers is an MBA, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialist, and Ayurvedic Specialist. Born from her struggles with addiction and work with countless students, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based on its theme ‘the issues live in the tissues’, Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaves the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs.

Y12SR meetings are available internationally and the curriculum has rapidly become a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Origin Magazine, CBSnews.com and countless podcasts. She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Nikki has been featured as a keynote speaker at the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) conference and the International Conference on Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She was named a Yoga Journal Game Changer and is an honored recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award.