Today someone will die of an overdose every 19 minutes. Eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate of any mental illness — one person loses their life to their illness every 52 minutes.

We can and must do more.

Addiction and eating disorders are not merely biological illnesses, but also deep-seated social phenomena. While much effort has focused on treatment, we urgently need effective strategies to prevent addiction and eating disorders from taking root in the first place.

Brought to you by three leading charities in the yoga and recovery space, this conference will equip you with the most up-to-date research, best practices, and innovative interventions on yoga for both prevention and recovery. You'll come away with actionable insights and valuable resources to help the people and communities you care about heal.

Register today to access over 30 hours of groundbreaking presentations on how yoga can help prevent addiction and eating disorders. This event was much more than a conference — it was a gathering of compassionate clinicians, empowered survivors, leading researchers, and yoga professionals working toward change.


    1. Introduction

    2. What to Expect

    1. Welcome to Day One

    2. Welcome Remarks by Judith Cash

    3. Shifting the Prevention Paradigm: Yoga as a Path to Personal and Collective Healing with Chelsea Roff

    4. Shifting the Prevention Paradigm: Yoga as a Path to Personal and Collective Healing with Nikki Myers

    5. The Myth of Normal: Healing in a Toxic Culture by Gabor Mate and Nikki Myers

    6. Yoga Practice with James Downs

    7. Freedom of Movement and Taking Space: Creating Embodied and Empowered Communities by Niva Piran

    8. The Americanization of Mental Illness: How Globalization is Reshaping the Mind in Distress by Ethan Watters

    1. Welcome to Day Two

    2. Opening Remarks by Nikki Myers and Chelsea Roff

    3. Special Address from Ashley Judd

    4. Tackling the Emotional Pain Crisis Behind the Addiction Pandemic by Dr Nzinga Harrison

    5. Yoga Practice with Robin Blackwell

    6. Overcoming Shame and Stigma Panel with Dr Rachel Goode, Dr Erikka Dzirasa and Dr Norman Kim

    7. Exploring the Complex Landscape of Addiction and Eating Disorders Treatment Panel with Tennie McCarty, Dr Kimberly Dennis, Dr Joy and Alli Spotts-DeLazzer

    1. Welcome to Day Three

    2. Opening Remarks by Chelsea Roff and Nikki Myers

    3. Mindful Practice with Taryn Strong

    4. Pathways to Recovery: How 50 Years of Research Transformed Our Understanding of Addiction by John Kelly, PhD

    5. Rest and Wake up to the Power of Who You Are with Octavia Raheem

    6. Yoga of Recovery: How to Harness the Healing Wisdom of Giving and Receiving with Durga Leela

    7. 8 Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction with Vimalasara

    8. Making Space for Abundance: Yoga for Big Bodies

    9. What Research Tells Us About How to Create Truly Inclusive Yoga Spaces by Jennifer Webb

    10. Spotlight on Grassroot Community Leaders with Akiera Gilbert, Amy Newland, Alyssa Gremban and Jaytaun McMillan

    11. Closing Remarks with Nikki Myers and Chelsea Roff

    1. How to Continue Your Learning

    2. How to Submit your CEUs with Yoga Alliance

    3. How to Submit Your CEUs with IAYT

    4. Download Your Certificate of Attendance

About this course

  • $149.00
  • 32 lessons


Continuing Education Units (CEU) is a mandatory requirement for most professional associations and registration bodies for yoga and healthcare professionals. As an attendee, you’ll receive a Certificate of Attendance for attending the symposium, allowing you to accrue up to 12 CEU hours. You can use this certificate toward your annual CEUs.

* We cannot guarantee that all professional bodies will accept the certificate for CEU hours. Please check with your professional association or registration body to confirm.

Testimonials from Attendees

“This symposium was a magnificent achievement. It is the beginning of a marriage between several needed services in this world. Yoga has been a leading discipline for helping people to overcome their problems in life for a long time. It's great that it has become a practice for helping people who are in need of recovery from mental health and healthcare services. I look forward to the growth of this marriage between mental health, physical health, and yoga in the days ahead.”

“What an extraordinary symposium. The caliber of the presenters was superb and the content excellent. I commend everyone involved in putting it together--love and respect and empathy were present throughout. I am not someone with a history of either substance abuse or disordered eating, but I know what it is to be obsessed in an unhealthy way and to suffer as a result. Thanks to all who are doing their best to bridge the gap without losing the heart of the teachings.”

“This was an excellent and well-balanced conference in structure and design. Presentations supported the belief that yoga is a valid and valuable adjunct to other treatment modalities for chemical dependence and eating disorders, especially as a support for long-term recovery. Recognizing the need for more quality research is just one concrete example of the quality of this conference.”