• November 6-8, 2015
  • Tuition: $195.00
  • 20% Early bird discount until October 19, 2015
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with Durga Leela, E-RYT 500

 Official time for check-in: 4 pm and check-out: 2 pm

yoga_and_ayurveda_sws_and_durga1Yoga of Recovery is the first comprehensive course to combine Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools to offer a more holistic mind-body-spirit approach to addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Bringing together the West (12 Steps) and the East (Yoga and Ayurveda), Yoga of Recovery empowers you to counsel anyone on a path of healing, whether it be yourself or another. Yoga of Recovery isn’t a treatment protocol, but an invitation for you to investigate your own addictive processes.

Come for an introductory weekend, put aside what you think about “addictions,” and explore your own tendencies—which may help you understand the behaviors of others. If you’re interested in exploring this topic more deeply, join us for a nine-day certification course. 

Who is This Course For?

Most of us struggle with habits that make us lose our sensibility and welcome principles that restore us to our senses. We welcome anyone affected by addictive/self-destructive behaviors in themselves or their loved ones in addition to professionals who work in the recovery field.

This program includes:

  • Daily two-hour Hatha Yoga classes, suitable for all levels
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Ayurveda workshops that will discuss the causes of disease from the Ayurvedic perspective and its relation to addiction, along with addictive tendencies of each doshic type and simple detoxification practices
  • Tools of Recovery workshops that will expand your awareness and understanding of the Four Paths of Yoga and how these spiritual practices can be integrated with the tools of 12-Step Programs. Discover ways to honor and nurture and nourish yourself, paying attention to our environment, our company, our thoughts, feelings and emotions and taking action (through karma yoga, hatha yoga, raja yoga) or rest (relaxation, Pranayama, savasana, Yoga Nidra, five senses therapies, Bhakti Yoga) when needed.
  • Open 12-Step meetings where those in recovery will talk about their experience, and that not in recovery will see what these meetings are like.

Read more about this method in The 6 Tenets of Yoga of Recoverywritten for the 10th Anniversary Special Issue on Ayurveda, Addiction and Recovery  in Light on Ayurveda.

The Benefits of Certification 

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. The course offers a 65-hr certification, helpful for Yoga teachers, therapists, social workers, counselors, and Ayurvedic practitioners.

If you are a counselor, the course offers you additional tools and a deeper understanding of the comprehensive approach to wellness, emotional sobriety, and sustained spiritual development using Ayurveda and Yoga as extension therapies to any 12-Step work.

If you are a Yoga teacher, this course will make you uniquely qualified and more confident to teach Yoga in rehabs 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.


Durga Leela 2015Durga Leela, E-RYT 500, is a practical, down-to-earth speaker who has worked through her own path of recovery. She has a great sense of humor and real warmth for understanding the struggles of our human condition.

She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India. She leads several Ayurvedic Retreats at International Sivananda Yoga Ashrams. Durga has been involved with the 12-Step Fellowship for over 10 years. She completed her Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course in May 2002, the Meditation Immersion Course in January 2005 and the Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course in March 2006.

Durga brings a profound understanding of the psychological issues associated with addiction and recovery to her knowledge of the powerful healing traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda in her retreats and teaching. A recovery retreat led by Durga initiates and supports the process of deep inner work to create lasting change. Attending one of the Yoga, Ayurveda and Recovery Retreats is a personal gift that can last a lifetime.

Felicia M. Tomasko, Editor, LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health magazine; Board member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association; Board member, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine