The 12-step recovery model, created in 1939, is the most well-known and pervasive addiction/recovery program in the world with millions of practitioners internationally. In a word, the characteristics and effects of addiction could easily be described as separation. Addictive behaviors separate and disconnect us from ourselves, our loved ones, our environment and so much more. Conversely, yoga itself means union, integration, balance. Yoga and its practices teach the fine art of balancing our multidimensional lives while living in a complex world. The 12-step program approaches addiction at a cognitive level, yoga includes a somatic approach. The combining of the two creates a model that truly addresses addiction as the physical, mental and spiritual disease that it is. Y12SR recognizes that yoga and its practices are a part of a holistic recovery program and rather than a replacement, it provides adjunct tools to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease of addiction.
Y12SR® is a community organizing platform that provides a rich and powerful framework for integrating the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs. Currently, there are 3 platform branches: Education and Training, The Addiction Treatment Center Initiative and The Y12SR Foundation.
Guided by it’s theme ‘The Issues Live In the Tissues”, Y12SR meetings are now available all over country and the curriculum is quickly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers across the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions About Y12SR
Yes. The yoga teacher will generally ask if there is anyone new to yoga. If they or whatever reason do not, make sure that you let them know. Pnce you identify yourself as a beginning student, your teacher will offer specific guidance.
Y12SR is a 12-step based discussion and yoga practice open to anyone and everyone dealing with their own addictive behavior or affected by the addictive behavior of others. This is a open and inclusive group. All A’s are welcome.
Y12SR is in no way a replacement for 12-step meetings, a sponsor, or any other part of a 12-step recovery program. It is an adjunct providing what we believe is another helpful tool in addressing the physical, mental and spiritual dis-ease of addiction.
Ground Rules are the participation guidelines that read at every meeting. The purpose of the Ground Rules is to to keep the meeting safe for all attending. With that as the abiding purpose, it may be necessary from time-to-time for the meeting facilitator or space holder to call a ground rule break.
You are welcome to be in the inquiry of these questions as you attend a Y12SR meeting.
The answer to this question depends on where the Y12SR meeting is held. If the meeting is held in a yoga school, most often there will be loaner yoga mats available. It is always a good idea to bring your own yoga mat if you have one.
Y12SR is donation-based. There is often a suggested donation. In the general market yoga classes range from $8 – $20/class. That being said, no one is ever turned away. You are more important than your money.
The model for Y12SR is win/win/win. Our leaders are asked to split the total donation into thirds. Where 1/3 goes to the teacher, 1/3 to facility hosting the class, and 1/3 to a non-profit community based organization that in some way serves those affected by the dis-ease of addiction.
Meetings can last anywhere from 1 – 2 hours. Please check the information for the meeting in your area.
Please wear clothing in which you can bend and stretch in both physical and mental comfort.
Nikki Myers developed Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) in 2004. Nikki is an accomplished yoga therapist, teacher and somatic experiencing practitioner. She is the founder of CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health in Indianapolis, IN. From her personal struggles with addiction, Nikki is quick to tell the world, “The 12-step program and Yoga saved my life – one is my lifeboat, the other my launching pad.”
Contact Nikki: email@example.com
She’s a yogi, artist, bookworm and bad knitter. Shannon left Indiana with a creative degree, her passport and a sense of adventure. She’s held numerous job titles and labels and always seeks to expand her skill set. Shannon loves her Mac and is rarely without an internet connection. She is currently revelling in social media and ways to use it to serve others.
Ever since falling in love with yoga in a small studio in Edinburgh, she knew yoga would be her grounding force. Shannon completed CITYOGA’s 200 hour comprehensive yoga teacher training in 2011 and is teaching yoga to anyone and everyone who’ll listen. Shannon has planted roots in Indianapolis but still has her passport at the ready just in case.
Contact Shannon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mysh Caldwell RYT 200, served as Director of Operations for CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, one of the Midwest’s largest and most successful yoga schools for nearly 10 yrs. Her keen whit, organizational skills and vision ,empower her to bring out the best in any collaborative undertaking. She has served for many years in a variety of industries as a leader in administration and now chooses to use her skill and talent in the service of yoga. In 2005, she completed a 200 hour comprehensive yoga teacher training under the guidance of Marsha Pappas and Nikki Myers,and directed her effort into teaching children. Mysh currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband John and 3 children Aaron 22, Kevin 19 Myanna 16.
Contact Mysh: email@example.com
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