Welcome to the Y12SR: Lansing Chapter Website, Y12SR (yoga and twelve step recovery) is a rich and powerful framework for integrating the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs. Guided by it’s theme ‘The Issues Live In the Tissues”, Y12SR meetings are now available in the Lansing Area and the curriculum is quickly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers locally and across the United States.
Are you are affiliated with local yoga studio, or wellness organization? Would like to help us share this healing gift to others in the community? Then consider donating the use of space for hosting a Y12SR meeting on a weekly basis. Meetings generally last an hour and thirty minutes.The meeting space is always treated with respect and reverence.
Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. -The Yoga Sutras
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
Local Y12SR Teachers
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 as a result of my recovery. The Serenity Prayer reminds us all –The Courage to Change the Things I Can
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.
Yes. The yoga teacher will generally ask if there is anyone new to yoga. If they or whatever reason do not, make sure that you let them know. Pnce you identify yourself as a beginning student, your teacher will offer specific guidance.
Y12SR is a 12-step based discussion and yoga practice open to anyone and everyone dealing with their own addictive behavior or affected by the addictive behavior of others. This is a open and inclusive group. All A’s are welcome.
Y12SR is in no way a replacement for 12-step meetings, a sponsor, or any other part of a 12-step recovery program. It is an adjunct providing what we believe is another helpful tool in addressing the physical, mental and spiritual dis-ease of addiction.
Ground Rules are the participation guidelines that read at every meeting. The purpose of the Ground Rules is to to keep the meeting safe for all attending. With that as the abiding purpose, it may be necessary from time-to-time for the meeting facilitator or space holder to call a ground rule break.
The answer to this question depends on where the Y12SR meeting is held. If the meeting is held in a yoga school, most often there will be loaner yoga mats available. It is always a good idea to bring your own yoga mat if you have one.
Y12SR is donation-based. There is often a suggested donation. In the general market yoga classes range from $8 – $20/class. That being said, no one is ever turned away. You are more important than your money.
The model for Y12SR is win/win/win. Our leaders are asked to split the total donation into thirds. Where 1/3 goes to the teacher, 1/3 to facility hosting the class, and 1/3 to a non-profit community based organization that in some way serves those affected by the dis-ease of addiction.
Please wear clothing in which you can bend and stretch in both physical and mental comfort.
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How your donation helps
Donations support the Y12SR Foundation which uses the funds to support projects like The Urban Outreach Program (UOP). UOP brings the benefits of the Y12SR relapse prevention program to undeserved population of recovering addicts and their families in inner-city, low income treatment facilities like the Salvation Army or federal, state and/or municipally funded community health centers. Your donations are used to supplement pay to Y12SR Leaders as a living wage for their time and effort.