Billy Malone writes a face paced “real time” novel based, in part, on his own experiences in rehab. The book takes us through a seemingly real life saga of a ninety day rehab, with full details about the processes of denial, resistance, dismay and discovery. The recital of Patrick’s (the protagonist) journey from “I have […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Part Four – Upayam; selecting methods and tools First we look, then we see, then we believe and finally we can act. In using yoga as a treatment for addiction; a guide for recovery, we have done three things so far. We looked to the symptoms (heyam), we saw the cause (hetu), and we then […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Part Three Hanam Hanam – is the third part of looking at recovery through the traditional yoga healing process lens. Hanam is the part where we define the goal, the path forward, the trajectory of our healing. We can’t get to where we want to go unless we have an idea of where “there” is. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The second part of the healing arrangement, or “vyuha” is hetu, cause. Last time I wrote about the first part of walking towards health and healing: heyam, or identifying the symptoms. Using this model and the first step step of recovery we have named and claimed what the suffering is. Has it been overspending, drinking, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
While there is an official and certified process for claiming to be a Yoga Therapist, and I am not one, there is an age old model for looking at illnesses and suffering that is available to all. It is an ancient four part methodology that works beautifully for people in recovery. One could even […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I have been musing (not really thinking) about the qualities and purposes of thought. Being a woman in long term recovery I have a guarded relationship with my brain. There are times it give me good information, helps me consider outcome and consequences. It can offer me freedom as I wander around with creative imagination […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Kiara Anthony sent me an article recently on my favorite topic: Yoga and Recovery. She is a regular blogger at Drugrehab.com and kindly lent her writing skill at sharing a piece here. I am passionate about the importance of adding yoga, all yoga practices, to recovery. The asana (physical) practice, the pranayama (breath) practices, meditation […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Guest blogger Sally James gives us some reasons WHY YOGA! How Can Yoga Help The Families And Carers Of Recovering Addicts? We know by now that yoga can be a big help for recovering addicts. That in itself makes it hugely beneficial for the families and loved ones of those addicts. However, getting involved in yoga […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
OK I get it – I am (thank God) a work in progress. I am in the process of becoming. I am aware that I have faults and challenges and attributes about myself that could be smoothed out. I am in recovery and daily vigilance about my “defenses” of character is a key to continued clean and sober […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Why do I try to boss others around, control outcomes and manage all variables when I feel like I am empty and have nothing to offer? This is not a one time thing, it appears as if this were an ongoing reflex to low self-esteem. I feel down and I have to look outward; fixating […]Continue Reading... No Comments.