7.00pm – 9.00pm on Friday 22 February
10.00am – 6.00pm on Saturday 23 February
10.00am – 6.00pm on Sunday 24 February
Y12SR is for anyone affected by addiction.
Y12SR LEADERSHIP TRAINING: with Jacqui Sinclair
Learn how to create and hold safe space for those impacted by addiction.
Get the tools, knowledge and support to offer weekly Yoga of 12-Step Recovery meetings in your community.
Through our Y12SR Leadership Training, you will:
• Discover how to create safe, inclusive space for all who are impacted by addictive behaviour
• Learn how to recognise symptoms of unresolved trauma, and work with those who are struggling emotionally
• Develop a network of professionals, and practice working collaboratively with institutions.
Y12SR is an Internationally available model from the work of Nikki Myers (also well known through her work with Tommy Rosen and the Recovery 2.0 programme), combining the shares component of 12 step meetings, with the physical integration of a yoga practice, working on the premise that ‘the issues live in our tissues’. Weaving together the ancient philosophies of the practice of yoga combined with the alignment of the 12 steps, these meetings and practices are open to all As, plus anyone affected by those dealing with addiction. The 12-step recovery model, created in 1939, is the most well-known and pervasive addiction/recovery programme in the world with millions of practitioners internationally. In a word, the characteristics and effects of addiction could easily be described as separation. Addictive behaviours 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 programme 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 recognises that yoga and its practices are a part of a holistic recovery programme and rather than a replacement, it provides adjunct tools to address the physical, mental and spiritual dis-ease of addiction. This leadership programme equips you to hold classes open to anyone affected by addiction – this is can also be especially aimed at those individuals in the “aftercare” phase of their treatment, who are looking to combine the cognitive side of their programme with a physical yoga (asana) practice to consolidate and enhance the efficacy of each to maintain awareness, mindfulness and balance.
Recovery is a process, not an event, and Y12SR can play a large part in this.
Yoga of 12-Step Recovery offers a rich and powerful framework for addiction recovery and relapse prevention.
Y12SR “connects the dots” between the ancient wisdom of yoga, the practical tools of 12-step programmes, and the latest research on trauma healing and neurobiology. As part of a holistic recovery program, it works in tandem with traditional treatment to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease of addiction.
The programme serves people recovering from all manifestations of addiction, from behavioral addictions to substance abuse – creating a safe place on the mat where trauma can be released. It also supports those who are impacted by a loved one’s addiction. Weekly meetings led by certified Y12SR leaders are available in community settings across the United States and the rest of the World. Y12SR is also offered as an adjunctive therapy in a growing number of addiction recovery treatment centres.
Our history is rooted in the foundational principals of both traditional yoga, and 12-step programmes.
Founder Nikki Myers began offering Yoga of 12-Step Recovery intensives in 2003, drawing on her personal background and experience to introduce an integrated practice to her local yoga and 12-step communities. As demand grew, the programme evolved into structured weekly meetings, with trainings that prepare leaders to bring Y12SR into their own neighbourhoods and communities.
In 2012, Y12SR became a nonprofit programme of Off the Mat Into the World, supporting the expansion of services to under-resourced communities where addiction recovery treatment is not readily available. In 2015, fiscal sponsorship transitioned to the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to making yoga accessible to the under served. As of 2017 there are over 800 active Y12SR leaders and 250+ weekly meetings worldwide.