Please join us for 25 hours of online mindfulness education, techniques, and philopsophy for those working in or aspiring to work with students in recovery. The course is offered over mutiple weekends and week night evenings from Jan 29th through Feb 12th 2021. This workshop is also useful for anyone currently in recovery wanting to learn more about yogic practices proven to beneficial in the recovery process.
25 Yoga Alliance CEU hours are offered through Chakra University. This course also counts as an elective course for the on going Chakra University 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
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Zoom links to all sessions will be shared after registration and all class materials via email will be shared a few days before each class session.
If you are not able to take the class live, Zoom recordings will be available for all course registrants via download.
This course presented by the Yoga For Recovery Foundation Inc, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) and is offered on a sliding scale payment based on what you can afford to pay for this workshop.
YFR also offers limited free course scholarships for those that need. Please apply here
fill out scholarship form here
Friday January 29th 6-9:30 PM 3.5 hours
Brain and Addiction
Jeffery Whitney: Clinical Counselor, Key Stone Recovery Center
• Addiction from a traditional standpoint
• Serving this population: clientele at a recovery center
• Difference between inpatient and outpatient
• The typical course of treatment in an addiction center
• Stigmas with addiction, alternatives to 12 step, etc. increasing scientific understanding
of brain function and how neuroscience has usurped what was once believed about addiction
from a traditional lens
• What is the new research out there that is being offered to clinical psychologists?
• Learn about the centers of the brain affected by addiction
• What happens during addiction?
• How does addiction hijack and reward the brain?
• The mesolimbic dopamine pathway how it plays a primary role in the reward system.
• How does the brain recover from addiction?
• What can yoga teachers do to prepare for working in this kind of environment and what can
• Approaching a studio and how to discuss offering a class for those in recovery/keeping
Jamie Dodge: NLP, HMR & Hypnotherapy, Specializing in Trauma release and emotional reconditioning.
Anatomy & Practice
• Addiction is the result of many influences, discussion on how the brain and central nervous system processing our experiences, feelings, and emotions.
• Explanation of both physical structure of the brain and central nervous system
functioning as related to emotional processing.
• How our unprocessed emotions get stored in the mind and body
• The negative effects on repression of trauma and other unprocessed negative emotional
experiences effect our behaviors, health, relationships and overall well being.
• Tips and tools to release trauma and other negative emotional
• Practice: Ending class with a meditation experience
Saturday January 30 12-2:00 PM – Lecture and Practices
Due Quach- Author Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to rewire your brain
A Mind-hacker’s Guide to Healing Addiction and Trauma
What insights from mindfulness and neuroscience can guide people on the journey to recovery? How can mindfulness enhance our awareness of patterns that hold us back and empower us to break these patterns?
In this session, social entrepreneur, neuroscience expert, and author, Due Quach, shares lessons and techniques from her own journey of healing the long-term effects of poverty and trauma in herself and communities experiencing great adversity.
• Learn a powerful framework to integrate insights from modern neuroscience and ancient
• Apply this framework to recognize brain mechanisms and patterns that underlie addictive
urges and impulses.
• Learn tools and practices to activate neural networks that enable people to tame urges
and impulses and to embody their core values and aspirations.
Saturday January 30 2:30-6:00 PM Asana Practices for Addiction:
Creating a safe and secular environment for those in recovery.
• Getting to know your audience –a generally unhealthy population
• Adding an open circle discussion before practice- gaining trust
• Keeping it real: Philosophy How to weave The Yamas and Niyamas into an addiction class
that is relatable to a recovery population
• How to hold a safe space for students- addiction is more often brought on by other
• Beginning or ending class with a brief meditation & how to use meditation language that
is beneficial for everyone – using language in the 3rd person.
Asana Practices That Work
• Why sleepy time yoga is not the best route for recovering addicts
• Energetic Repetition reaps reward
• Music vs no music
• Just let them breath- what to expect from your population when it comes to breath
• Benefits of an Ashtanga based asana practice
• How read the room and what might be happening vs what you expect
• Asana Practice- 75 Min
• Asana Discussion & Sequencing– SRM- simple, repetitive, moving
• When and how to add meditation
• Meditation practice appropriate for all populations designed to create awareness of just
Erin Tietz- Fascia Fix Sat February 6th 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Fascia plays an important role for those that have musculoskeletal and vascular complications associated with drug use or other bodily trauma.
• Learn the vital role of fascia and how bodily movements, emotions and thoughts interact
and an understanding the embodiment of Fascia & Anatomy
• This training will provide new techniques in working with fascia
Sat February 6th 3:00-5:00 PM
Yoga Philosophy: The Pancha Maya Kosha Model: Understanding the Five Koshas/Kleshas/8 limb path
• How understanding the Kosha Philosophy Model will help your students in recovery
understand the many layers of their existence and how to bring the body into balance with
an understanding of the Koshas
• Roots of problems for those in recovery: The Kleshas- what can you do?
• How to share the 8 limb path of Yoga to students in a relatable way
Thrs February 11th 6:00-8:00 PM
Additional mindfulness practices to offer for recovery students
• Mindfulness Practice: Room Scan – break into groups after for discussion
• Half Hour Full Body Scan being present meditation practice
• Active listening with a partner- learning how to be present with others
Friday February 12th: Voice and Sound for Recovery: Using Sound for Healing 6:00-8:00PM
with Linda Go, YACEP, Sound Healer/Musician and Sanskrit Instructor
•History and science of Mantra[ repeating sounds], and why it works in healing
•Using the vibrations of vocalized sound to unveil the self and release grief and trauma
•How to use a mantras in Sanskrit or English- read your room J – silent or out loud-
•Chakras and how sound activates the energy body while calming the mind
•Simple Seed Mantras-Improvisational sounds for authentic expression
•Sanskrit Mantras for healing and overcoming obstacles
•Sitting longer- Using a rosary/mala for mantra repetition
Sat February 13th 9:00-12:00 PM -Linda Go YACEP
Pranayama Practice for Recovery and Let Go Yoga ~ Somatic Method for Grief &Trauma Release
With Linda Go YACEP, Trauma and Grief Somatic Coach
If you are not breathing you are dying… Why is breath so important ~90mins
•How does Pranayama affect the brain & the lungs
•Many addicts are heavy smokers- how to offer pranayama without discouraging
•Basic practices to offer in for those in recovery
•Calming Practice for nervous energy
•Equalizing Practice: Balancing Ida & Pingala
•When and how to weave into a recovery class
Introduction to Let Go Yoga Practice- A Trauma and Grief Somatic Release Method 90mins
• How the Psoas muscle and Vagus Nerve relate to trauma and the Polyvagal Theory
• Ancient science and nature of tremoring
• Learn 5 simple yoga-inspired exercises to fatigue psoas and encourage Trauma release
• How sound and breath figures in the release
• Supporting clients through the process and how to follow-up
• Alternative postures and psoas release methods
• Forgiveness meditation for mental, emotional and energetic release
Sat Feb 13 2:00-5:00 Bringing in the Chakras with Linda Yoonjin and Gabi Petrylaite of Brain Education TV Use the power of their brain to create a happier, healthier, and more successful life for themselves.
Brain Education TV
• Energy Center discussion
• Possible chakra blockages for those in recovery
• Chakra Tapping exercises
• Explanation of the chakras and how they relate to personality, addiction, mood, energy
• Short stretching warm up to open the body for chakra tapping
• Experience chakra tapping all 7 chakras to recharge
• Learn the principles and practice breathing techniques to strongly accumulate energy in
the 1-3 chakras.
• Meditation practice on the chakras that is relatable…
Final 60 minute class, bringing it all together with a complete practice:group circle,
meditation, asana, pranayama Q&A with Bari Kriependorf, Executive Director of
YFR Foundation, RYT 500,Y12SR, Certified Mindfulness Instructor-Mindful Leader