Yoga for Addiction
About the Book
Discover how yoga and the twelve steps can help you find freedom from addiction, exist peacefully in your body, and create a truly joyful life.
If you’re in recovery from alcohol or substance abuse—or if you’re thinking of seeking help—you should know that there are many resources available to you. Traditional twelve step programs have become the standard in substance abuse treatment; however, these programs often lack one crucial ingredient for lasting recovery from addiction: a way to relate to the body so you can live comfortably in it—without the need to numb it.
This is where yoga comes in.
In Yoga for Addiction, yoga teacher Katy Cryer offers a gentle yoga practice that supports and complements the twelve steps, so you can manage emotions, stay present with your body, and stay firmly on the path to recovery. You’ll also find breathing and relaxation techniques to help you manage stress, and tips for dealing with cravings when they seem overwhelming.
Whether you’re already in recovery from addiction and are interested in using yoga to support your journey; or practice yoga and think you may have a problem with alcohol, substances, or compulsive behaviors—this book has everything you need to harness the power of yogic wisdom for a full recovery of both body and mind.
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“Walking into a recovery meeting or yoga class for the first time can feel scary and unfamiliar for most. Katy Cryer’s down-to-earth, straightforward, and compassionate book feels like someone encouraging you, helping you find your bravery, and holding your hand as you walk into the room. She offers a clear guide on how to approach your healing as a whole, embodied, very human, being.”
—Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, C-IAYT, psychotherapist, and author of Awake at 3 a.m.
“With equal parts care, tenderness, and bravery, Cryer takes readers on a journey inward, and offers them the opportunity to grow into wholeness with renewed intimacy and appreciation.”
—Melanie Klein, MA, empowerment coach, professor of sociology and gender/women’s studies, cofounder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and coauthor of Yoga and Body Image
“For more than 2,000 years, yogis have known of our ‘addiction;’ not to any pill or drink, but to our ego self. It blinds us to our true self and leads inevitably to alienation and deep-seated sorrow. How fitting then is Katy’s work with yoga and substance addiction. Her series of self-investigations and yoga-based exercises are an accessible, effective holistic treatment program for such addiction; but more, to some extent that depends on you, your sorrow.”
—Richard Rosen, yoga instructor with thirty-three years’ experience; and author of five books on yoga, including Yoga FAQ
“Yoga for Addiction is a remarkably comprehensive book. Its great contribution is its insistence that our recovery be grounded in the body. This understanding and wisdom is badly needed in the 12-step world. With its wise exploration of the steps, its personal stories, and its highly accessible introduction to both yogic philosophy and practice, it will be a valuable resource for every person on the path of recovery.”
—Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time, and cofounder of the Buddhist Recovery Network
“Katy, a superb yoga student and teacher, has written a book that will support countless people in recovery. By combining accessible practices that help people feel more physically comfortable and confident with the 12-step process, this book is an invaluable resource.”
—Jason Crandell, internationally recognized yoga teacher and teacher trainer
“In this clear, thoughtful, and accessible book, Katy Cryer provides tools for creating connection, which is at the core of recovery. Addiction disconnects us from ourselves, others, and our bodies. The 12 steps provide us with connection to others while yoga connects us to our bodies. I recommend Yoga for Addiction as a course of action for deepening recovery and becoming whole.”
—Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, codirector of the Center for Gender and Justice; and author of A Woman’s Way through the Twelve Steps, Helping Women Recover, and Beyond Trauma
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