The stated purpose of “Recovery Yoga” is to enhance the 12-step process of healing and recovery through a Mind-Body-Spirit approach.
It will begin with a recovery circle, where recovery topics and a study of the Yamas & Niyamas as they apply to recovery, will be discussed. The circle will be open – friends and family of those in recovery are welcome. Anonymity, as well as the sacredness of the circle will be maintained; what is said in the circle will stay in the circle. General 12-step meeting rules will be applied. Every person participating will be treated with dignity and respect.
After the circle a guided meditation and a yoga class will take place where the style of yoga taught will rotate through each of the following: Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, or Restorative yoga depending on the energy and needs of the participants. The classes will include “hands-on” adjustments, which is important for the members in recovery as there is a true healing power in touch, and those suffering from addiction and/or in early recovery are often withdrawn to the point of unknowingly craving human touch.
Jim Apone will be guiding this program every month. Jim grew up in a household of alcohol addiction and overcame his own addiction to alcohol 11 years ago. He feels that yoga is a natural extension of recovery for those in addiction, as well as those touched by the disease of addiction of friends and family. His inclusive approach helps to build a strong network for extended recovery.
“The spiritual life is not a theory - we have to live it.” – Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 83 Into Action
Donation Based Class: suggested $10