Yoga and Me
I first started my yoga practice early in recovery, following the tv shyly in my living room. Borrowing videos from the library I began the process of making shapes with my body and trying all the poses. Without a teacher to guide me, my alignment suffered and I was often sore or hurt. It was an example of how I do life: I try to “do it myself”.
Flash forward many years. I am depleted, exhausted, and bereft. I know I need some outside guidance. I know my body is stiff and aching. I know the gym and running have not helped. By grace and happenstance I once again find yoga; this time seeking a teacher. It made all the difference in the world. Not only did the function and alignment of my poses improve but I gave myself the gift of a guide, a yoga “sponsor”, learning to let go and to listen to the wisdom of another person.
The impact of this mindful intentional practice was life changing, literally. It enhanced my recovery from addiction, it prevented relapse, it allowed me to be a better worked, family member and friend. I continued to practice yoga, I studied, and I decided to map a course to leave my traditional job. I wanted to find a way to bring yoga to others in recovery.
And I did. I studied to become a certified yoga teacher. I studied all I could about yoga, addiction, meditation and breath practices. I completed a five-year plan of saving and study that allowed me to let go of a day job and offer yoga in treatment centers, jail, and in traditional spaces like yoga studios. It is a tremendously fulfilling life. I have learned so much over the past years that I developed a training program for teachers who want to bring this specialty to their offerings. S.O.A.R.™, Success Over Addiction and Relapse, is the result of that work.
Yoga is a part of my life. On or off the mat, it informs all I do, the choices I make and how I see the world. If you are interested in taking a class, let go of preconceptions and move home; to your body, your true self, finding total acceptance.
Bill Delaney interviewed me recently. Here is the link to this video.