Discover how you can help your students address the root cause of addiction, release stigma and shame, and achieve sustainable recovery.

Addiction is a major public health crisis. In 2021, over 107,000 people in the United States alone died of an overdose — that's one every 5 ½ minutes. Addiction affects not only the individual but also their families, friends, and communities.

As a yoga teacher or therapist, you can make a difference.

Now more than ever, we need informed and compassionate leaders who can inspire change at a grassroots level in their local communities. This course will provide you with knowledge and skills to support students experiencing all types of addictions and make your classes a hub for healing and relapse prevention.

You’ll come away with a comprehensive understanding of addiction; including the neurobiology of addictive behavior, common therapeutic approaches to addiction treatment, and the relationship between addiction and trauma. You will also learn about the yogic and ayurvedic framework for disease, how yoga fits in with conventional therapies, and how this understanding can inform your work with students throughout the recovery process.

Course curriculum

    1. Introduction

    2. What Do We Mean by the Dis-ease of Addiction?

    3. Broadening the Lens: The Umbrella of Addiction

    4. The Neurobiology of Addiction

    5. Addiction and Reward Pathways in the Brain

    6. Creating a Platform for Sustainable Recovery

    1. Introduction

    2. What is the Stages of Change Model?

    3. Common Contemporary Addiction Treatment Approaches

    1. Introduction

    2. How Ayurveda Understands the Root Causes of Dis-ease

    3. Models for Healing from Yoga Philosophy: The Five Bodies

    4. Addiction and the Kleshas: Avidya and Asmita

    5. Addiction and the Kleshas: Raga, Dvesha, Abhinivesha

    6. The Mechanics of Transformation According to the Sutras

    1. Introduction

    2. What is the Connection Between Addiction and Nervous System Dysregulation?

    3. Redefining Trauma: The Five Bodies and the HIP Theory

    4. The Issues Live in Our Tissues: How Trauma Impacts the Body

    1. Introduction

    2. Why Incorporate Yoga in Addiction Prevention and Recovery?

    3. Embodiment Concepts and Practices that Support Recovery

    4. Creating Spaces that Reduce Stigma and Shame

    5. How to Make a Yoga Space Truly Trauma-Informed

About this course

  • $149.00
  • 36 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content

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You'll have access to the course for a year!


Nikki Myers is the Founder of Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. An accomplished speaker and teacher, she is an MBA, E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialist, and Ayurvedic Specialist. Born from her struggles with addiction and work with countless students, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based on its theme ‘the issues live in the tissues’, Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaves the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are available internationally and the curriculum has rapidly become a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Origin Magazine, and countless podcasts.

Nikki Myers

Founder of Yoga of 12-Step Recovery

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