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Yoga Therapy for Addiction

Yoga Therapy for Addiction. December 9-11

December 9-11, 2022
9:30am- 5:30pm

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"Food, drug, chemical and behavioral addictions (porn, gambling, electronics, social media, etc.) contribute to wreak havoc and destroy lives and communities. Mental Health providers frequently refer their clients to Yoga programs as an adjunct to treatment. Addictions are some of the most common of all illnesses and are exploding in our culture. Yoga Teachers play a unique interdisciplinary role with other treatment providers." - Dr Dave Johnson

In this module, students learn how to use yoga and Ayurveda in relationship to addictions, that will provide you with skills to work with clients privately, in clinics, and group settings.

The training will discuss—physiology, psychology, and behavior—so as to greatly enhance the likelihood of preventing relapse and overcoming addictions. As well as treatment programs and recovery through the ancient art and science of Ayurveda and yoga.

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:


· How to teach a 12-week course of yoga, Ayurveda and relaxation practices useful for addiction and recovery settings.

· How to work with addictions and recovery from the perspective of yoga, Ayurveda, and mindfulness with individual clients and groups.

· Why we become addicted to substances and behavioral patterns.

· Which underlying neurological and psychological tendencies make people more vulnerable to addiction.

· How different substances impact the physiological systems of the body.

· What happens in the brain when we practice yoga and mindfulness and how this knowledge can be applied to people struggling with substance abuse.

· Specific yoga practices for addiction and recovery

· The 12-step recovery program, history, how it works and connecting to a 12-step community.

· Foundational mental health and addiction concepts to bridge the gap of advocacy, collaboration and referral.

· And identify foundational mental health concepts related to Addiction.

· Common signs and symptoms of addictive behaviors

· The importance of other behavioral techniques such as cognitive behavior therapy, journaling, mindfulness, and community referrals such as 12-step programs and therapy.

· Common psychopharmacological therapies used with addictions.

· How to promote feelings of safety in class and beyond

· What kinds of long-term goals and practices can be created for helping the addict to remain substance free.

· How to reframe your understanding of addiction and how to overcome personal and societal stigmas about addiction

· The biology, physiology, and psychology of addiction

· How to use the science of Ayurveda to treat addiction individually with yoga and healthy self-care habits


· How the yogic perspective can replace the addict worldview.

· What awareness is and how we can teach people to be with the ‘higher mind’

· How yoga and mindfulness can be integrated into other frameworks for working with addictions

· How to create a supportive tribe

· The importance of cultivating joy and humor.


· How to effectively use yoga, including pranayama, asana and meditation to manage addictive behaviors and detoxify.

· How yoga practice and help curve cravings

· Dietary and nutritional support for recovery


· Manas prakrati of addiction and how yoga therapy supports the mind.

Recommended reading: In the Realm of Hungry of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate.

Materials to bring: standard yoga props (2 blocks, 2 blankets (or 1 blanket and 1 bolster), and strap).

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Dani McGuire
Founder, Creator Sattva Vinyasa and Sattva Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, Yoga Therapist, Prana Vinyasa 500

Dani “Vani” founder of pranayoga and the method of Sattva Vinyasa Yoga Therapy has practiced yoga for over 22 years and practiced yoga therapy since 2007. Her journey began as she was healing from an eating disorder and chronic pain. Learning Yoga and Ayurveda has helped her in healing and she wants to share this with others through yoga therapy, ayurveda wellness counseling, and her book.

Dani is author of The Path of Joyful Living a modern day approach to kriya yoga and the psychology of yoga. She is also dedicated to teaching yoga to people with cancer and chronic pain. She is a Yoga Therapist registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists(IAYT) which has also accredited PranaYoga Institute in their 1000 hour yoga therapy diploma.

Yoga is moment to moment right action, Love that unifies. Dani’s goal is to bring a healing agenda-less space to anyone wanting to learn yoga and share with others.