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Recovery Yoga

“Only those who know darkness can truly appreciate the light, only those who acknowledge darkness can even see the light.” – Kurtz & Ketcham, The Spirituality of Imperfection

Recovery is the act or process of returning to one’s natural state – to that which was always there. The practice of yoga produces many valuable benefits for those in recovery including, but not limited to:

  • Stress relief & relaxation
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Improves overall mood
  • Development of positive coping skills
  • Improves flexibility and strength physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Increases focus and concentration
  • Improves overall physical well-being

Yoga literally translated means to “yoke” stemming from the root yuj meaning to join, unite, and come together. It is a practice that enables us to connect with ourselves, get comfortable in our discomfort and quiet the “monkey-mind”. The dis-ease of addiction causes us to seek outside sources to fill us up, make us feel “good” and/or to avoid feeling all together. We all want to feel good, unfortunately in addiction we seek that feeling in all the wrong places. In recovery we are faced with having to feel and cope with life on life’s terms, to find what we seek within. Yoga provides a powerful tool to help us on this path. Through the practice of yoga we are able to reconnect, experience more joy and develop tools to cope and strive with ease.

RECOVERY YOGA CLASS DESCRIPTION: Recovery yoga is a therapeutic yoga class that consists of a physical yoga practice followed by therapeutic group discussion. Class topics/themes are related to recovery concepts including, but not limited to: honesty, acceptance, courage, integrity, humility, self-awareness, and relationships. In this class we will discover how to manage uncomfortable physical and emotional sensations while developing the skills to make healthy choices, deal with cravings, reduce stress and anxiety, identify our passions and bring more joy into our lives.  Create a more meaningful and fulfilling life through the practice of yoga – utilizing the tools of assessment, visualization, goal-setting and self-exploration. We will explore the act of tuning-in, rather than becoming reactive and impulsive in our actions… and we will have tons of fun while doing it!

Rather than getting high through the use and abuse of substances and external sources, recovery yoga offers a tool to get high on life!

One Down Dog Recovery Yoga classes are led by certified drug and alcohol counselor Jessica Rosen, MA, LAADC, E-RYT. Jessica currently offers classes at treatment centers in the Malibu area. If you’re interested in adding a class at your treatment center and/or working one-to-one, contact us!

Want to know more about Recovery Yoga? Check out the following articles:

Psychology Today
Yoga Journal
LA Yoga Magazine
Addiction Recovery