An innovative addiction relapse prevention program made its debut in Cecil County, Maryland on May 26, 2018. The Yoga of 12 -Step Recovery (Y12SR®) is a unique mind and body practice that is gaining recognition throughout the U.S. and abroad for its effectiveness in reducing relapse for people in recovery for addictions.
Y12SR® is now offered in Cecil County and Harford County. The sessions are open to anyone dealing with their own addictive behaviors or affected by the addictive behavior of others. Each Y12SR® session includes a group sharing circle, modeled from the meetings of the 12 Step addiction recovery programs, and an accessible, themed yoga class. Y12SR® pairs the practical tools of 12 Step programs with the traditions and science of yoga to create a model that addresses addiction on the physical, mental and spiritual levels Y12SR® meetings are available throughout the United States and England, and the curriculum is featured in a growing number of addiction recovery treatment centers and hospitals and correctional institutions.
Developed by Nikki Myers, MBA, a yoga therapist, Somatic Experiencing practitioner and Certified Addictions Recovery Specialist in Indianapolis. The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery is born from her personal struggle with addiction. Addictive behaviors separate and disconnect individuals from their families, their communities, and themselves. Yoga itself means union, integration and balance. The 12 step program 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.
Rebecca Bryant and Amy Fresh lead the Y12SR® meetings in Cecil County and Harford County. The meetings are open to anyone dealing with their own addiction or that of a family member or friend. We share challenges and successes in our daily recovery efforts. We ‘take the meeting to the mats’ and do simple yoga postures and breathing exercises. The physical practice is designed to be accessible to everyone. It can be done using a yoga mat, a yoga block, or using a chair for those who are more comfortable seated. Yoga experience is not necessary.
There is no fee to participate in the meeting and yoga class. Voluntary contributions are accepted with proceeds donated to a non-profit serving the local addiction recovery community.