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with Durga Leela, E-RYT 500

Yoga of Recovery is the first comprehensive course to combine Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools to offer a more holistic mind, body, and spirit approach to addiction and self-destructive behaviors. This course is for anyone interested in a more holistic and complete view of the problem and its solution.

Bringing the West and the East together empowers us to strengthen our resolve to live our life free of compulsive and addictive disorders. Upon completion of the course, you will have the skills to introduce the healing potential of Ayurveda and Yoga into your own life and those around you.

This course appeals to therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, sponsors, Yoga teachers, Ayurvedic practitioners – anyone who counsels people embarking on a program of recovery. For those in counseling roles, the course will offer you additional tools and a comprehensive approach to wellness, emotional sobriety, and sustained spiritual development using Ayurveda and Yoga as extension therapies to any talk therapy or 12-Step work.

Prerequisites: Open to all. We suggest at least three months of continuous sobriety for alcohol/chemically dependent guests, as we are not a medical/detox facility so if this is the level of care you need please seek appropriate help. Those with eating disorders or behavioral addictions (relationships, gambling, spending, etc.) should have enough stability to embark on this work and undertake a disciplined daily schedule in the ashram environment.

Continuing Education

This program provides the following CE opportunities:

  • Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 100 contact hours
  • Healthcare and Related Disciplines: Although CMEs are not offered, a certificate documenting CE hours may be available for your discipline. Please contact for details.

Additional Information

If you are a Yoga teacher, this course will make you uniquely qualified and to teach Yoga in rehab facilities or to people in recovery.

This program includes:

  • A two-hour Hatha Yoga class every day, suitable for all levels
  • Tools of Recovery workshops that will expand your awareness and understanding of the Four Paths of Yoga, and how they can be integrated with any existing recovery model or 12-Step programs
  • Ayurveda workshops that discuss the causes of disease from the Ayurvedic perspective and its relation to addiction
  • Descriptions of addictive tendencies of each doshic type and simple detoxification practices
  • Open 12-Step meetings where those in recovery will talk about their experience and those not in recovery will see what these meetings are like


Wow, I came with expectations – I left with much more than I could have ever dreamed of. Yoga is so very much more than asana, Recovery is so much more than not drinking – together this program allowed me to truly experience the true sunlight of the Spirit. Durga is a true example and knowledgeable. She Rocks! Kathllen, 27 years recovery, Ph.D. Psychology

In YoR we get to the root of the problem and address the unique constitution of the person and how to work with imbalances using this ancient medicine. I love how the mind, body, and spirit are seen as integral to the overall health and wellness of the system. REVOLUTIONARY! — Connie Bowman

I am a 61 year old Yoga therapist. I wanted to learn more about the therapeutic application of healing through all the various addictions. It thought this program was an excellent wealth of information and taught within a practical system that can be applied in various settings. Thank you Durga for sharing so much information in such a short time! — Maheshwari

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

About the Instructor

Durga Leela @210Durga Leela is a practical, down-to-earth, and to-the-point speaker who has worked on her own path of recovery. Trained in Ayurveda in both the US and India, she is the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in California and a professional member and conference speaker for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Durga has been interviewed for all Recovery 2.0 online conferences.

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