YOGA of RECOVERY RETREATS
Integrate the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda with
traditional recovery tools.
For those overcoming addictive/self
Nassau, Paradise Island, Bahamas: January 13 -19, 2011
Vietnam, February 27 - March 6, 2011
New York: July 7 - 12, 2011
California: August 14 - 19, 2011
Virginia: August 25 - 28, 2011
See www.yogaofrecovery.com for all dates - workshops,
retreats and certificate training courses
The retreat offers daily meditation sessions; talks
on Yoga as it relates to the 12 Step Program (in
11th Step); Yoga Asana classes; Ayurvedic workshops and a daily ‘Open’ 12
step meeting. The retreat draws parallels
between the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda and the daily
practical tools used by members
of the 12 step programs. Guests will leave with much new information
great tools to support ongoing recovery – physical, mental, emotional
These workshops will discuss the causes of disease from an Ayurvedic
Perspective and how this relates to addiction. We’ll bring depth
to the phrase “To Thine Own Self Be True” by discovering
our individual constitutions (through the Ayurvedic Consultation) and
discuss how to be well, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
We’ll learn about Ayurvedic Nutrition so you can make informed
decisions about how diet can support a calm, peaceful and healthy life.
Finally, we’ll introduce the Ayurvedic Lifestyle, the most important
aspect of how to remain healthy and well. These workshops will be very
practical and you’ll leave with great ideas of how to make changes
to bring about greater harmony in your life.
12 STEP MEETING
Every day we will hold an Open 12 Step Meeting,
where participants can talk about their experience, strength and
hope in regard to any addictive habit they are recovering from.
TOOLS OF RECOVERY WORKSHOPS
Our afternoon workshops
will introduce you to the basic guidelines for meditation. We’ll look at the mind and how it works; how to improve
concentration; techniques of positive thinking and meditation. This spiritual
instruction on Step 11 will teach you ways to control your emotions and
thoughts; how to find peace of mind and how to take care of stress. We’ll
also discuss the many similarities between the ethical and lifestyle
foundations of yoga with those of the 12 Step Programs.
“To Thine Own Self Be True” is commonly used in 12 Step Programs,
this directly relates to the basis of health described by the Sanskrit
word “Svastha” which means ‘to be established in the
self’. Ayurveda, like 12 Step recovery work, is designed for those
who are ready to take responsibility for themselves. Ayurveda views the
each individual as a unique expression of the five elements, refined
into 3 essential doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha - biological humors).
Knowledge of your Ayurvedic constitution can be of great benefit in recognizing
your addictive behaviors and the needs and vulnerabilities that underlie
them. By understanding your Ayurvedic constitution, you can learn the
areas in which you may become vulnerable when you are under stress – and
you can determine what kinds of activities and changes in your lifestyle
can best help you restore balance in mind and body. Ayurveda offers simple
and practical methods to maintain health and prevent disease through
the use of such tools as proper daily and seasonal routines. It revitalizes
the body’s systems and boosts the immune system giving you a strong
foundation in health to face the challenges and stresses of daily
life without resorting/relapsing into old addictive behaviors.
AYURVEDIC BODY TREATMENT
A beautifully relaxing and luxurious full body treatment to rejuvenate
the body, refresh the mind and create inner radiance. Treatments offered
depend on the facilities of each individual ashram.
Guest comments from previous
"The retreat was an amazing life-changing event for me. It worked
for me mentally, spiritually and physically. I left feeling inspired,
refreshed, renewed, full of hope, strong and satisfied. The lessons continue
to grow each day so, for me, the work was substantial, not hype."
"I enjoyed the combination of teachers including Swami Sita’s personal
time with our group. She tied the practical and ‘everyday’ with
the spiritual nicely for me."
"I liked the small number in our group. The 12 step meetings were
particularly nourishing not only for ‘the usual 12 steps’ but
for friendship and connectedness and fun during free time. The workshops
were great, useful, practical, well prepared and presented...the workshops
were great...The retreat is important for us in recovery. More please!" -
WA, Reno, NV
"Great...well explained...extremely enlightening and fascinating..."
"Awesome work and preparation on the part of Durga..."
This was life saving – thank you!..."
"A detailed and easy to follow guide...Lots of fun."
"Excellent...More to understand about Yoga and grateful for similarities
with 12 Steps"