Yoga of Recovery: Certification for Counselors

This program is designed for Yoga teachers and health professionals who work with people recovering from addiction, and for people with personal histories or family members with histories of addiction.


The course combines Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools to offer a more holistic approach to addiction and self-destructive behaviors. For those in counseling roles, the course offers additional tools and a comprehensive approach to wellness, emotional sobriety and sustained spiritual development using Ayurveda and Yoga as extension therapies to any 12-step work.

Topics of this course include:

  • Root causes of addiction
  • Addictive tendencies of the doshic types
  • The role of Prana in recovery (diet and exercise-Hatha Yoga)
  • Understanding the gunas
  • Our spiritual/psychological natures
  • Four paths of Yoga for those in recovery
  • Raja Yoga and the 12 steps
  • Ayurvedic nutrition
  • The importance of proper daily and seasonal routines
  • Key recovery tools satsang support - fellowship
  • Ayurvedic counseling profiles
  • Detoxification and herbal therapies

This course is open to anyone, but may be of particular interest to therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, sponsors, Yoga teachers, Ayurvedic practitioners, health professionals dealing with people who are recovering from addiction, people with family members with addiction and/or histories of addiction. Upon completion of the course you will have the skills to introduce the healing potential of the holistic sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga into your own life and those around you.

If you are already a Yoga teacher, this course will make you uniquely qualified and more confident to teach Yoga in rehabilitation centers or to people in recovery from any addiction. You will fully understand the root of the problem and the holistic approach, extended from limited understanding of substance abuse/behavioral problems to be treated with asana alone, to a full range of therapies for mind, body and spirit from these powerful healing modalities.