The 12-step recovery model, created in 1939, is the most well-known and pervasive addiction/recovery program in the world with millions of practitioners internationally. In a word, the characteristics and effects of addiction could easily be described as separation. Addictive behaviors separate and disconnect us from ourselves, our loved ones, our environment and so much more. Conversely, yoga itself means union, integration, balance. Yoga and its practices teach the fine art of balancing our multidimensional lives while living in a complex world. The 12-step program approaches addiction at a cognitive level, yoga includes a somatic approach. The combining of the two creates a model that truly addresses addiction as the physical, mental and spiritual disease that it is. Y12SR recognizes that yoga and its practices are a part of a holistic recovery program and rather than a replacement, it provides adjunct tools to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease of addiction.
Y12SR® is a community organizing platform that provides a rich and powerful framework for integrating the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs. Currently, there are 3 platform branches: Education and Training, The Addiction Treatment Center Initiative and The Y12SR Foundation.
Nikki Myers Y12SR founder
Kathy R. – Instructor
I have been actively teaching yoga for 9 years, and active in a 12 Step Program for over 20 years. That is what brought me to the Y12SR Intensive and Teacher Certification.
I am a former Artist/Teacher of 26 years and a mother of adult children. I am a former Martial Artist, competitor of 19 years. My Yoga has given me the gift of Mindfulness and Grace–My program-the Gift of Life. I always felt that there was a true parallel and connection between the Ancient Wisdom Yoga and the Tools 12 Step Programs. Both Healing and Restorative- yoga will reawaken the Spirit – and reconnects the disconnection that happens as a result of the dis-ease of addiction. It has been my mission to take the Y12SR Program into long term Residential Treatment Centers, and Yoga Studios –which has happened.
I want and to give back to the community the gift of Hope and Strength that I have been given.
John T. – Support & Instructor in training
I’ve been blessed with six years of recovery and have been practicing yoga five of them. A year ago a dear friend of mine told me about a workshop that was coming to town that combined yoga and the twelve steps of recovery. I left the Intensive that weekend was seeing things differently. I felt empowered, like I actually had the tools to share a great gift with others and change lives for the better.
The gift of a yoga has been one of the greatest blessings that I have received in my new life of recovery. For lack of a better description, it feeds my soul; and leaves me feeling closer my higher power, and a great community of friends who have become like a second family to me. I look forward to meeting you on our broad highway of spiritual growth & recovery.
And until our paths cross; love life one day at a time, and namaste (the light in love in me sees and honors the light in love in you).
Recovery Related Links and Teachings:
- InTheRooms.com – In The Rooms gives you exclusive access to daily meditations, speaker tapes and daily online video AA / NA meetings.
- Recovery2Point0.com – Recovery 2.0 is a free, online conference that showcases the voices of 30+ top spiritual teachers dealing with treating and overcoming addictions of all kinds.