About Us

July 19-29, 2012
The Yoga of Recovery for Counselors
Training Certification Course (Yoga Allicane 100-hour Certification)
with Durga (Catherine O'Neill)

CEUs available - enquire to durga@yogaofrecovery.com
Course Fee: $795 plus accommodation

Yoga 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.
This course is for therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, sponsors, yoga teachers, Ayurvedic practitioners etc. Anyone interested in a more holistic and complete view of the problem and its solution. Bringing the west (12 Steps) and the East (Yoga and Ayurveda) together offers us a truly empowering approach to counseling those who embark on a program of recovery. It is the evolution of the solution.

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.
For those in counseling roles the course will offer 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 already 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.


Hatha Yoga

Course students will practice hatha yoga 2 hours per day, the class will be suitable for all levels. This course does not qualify you as a hatha yoga teacher, it simply brings you to the awareness and experience of its benefits, within the context of the wider framework of yogic psychology and philosophy and the healing aspects of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda workshops

Causes of disease from the Ayurvedic perspective and its relation to addiction.
Addictive tendencies of each doshic type and their underlying needs and vulnerabilities.
Likely damage caused and some simple suggestions for balance.
Simple, practical methods to revitalize the body's systems and boost the immune system such as proper daily and seasonal routines.
How to be 'established in the self' - the best way to strengthen ongoing recovery.
Ayurvedic nutrition.
Seasonal and lifestyle suggestions.
Simple yet essential detoxification practices.
Counseling practices most useful for each type.

Tools of Recovery workshops

Become able to correlate and discuss the many similarities between the foundations of Classical Yoga and those of the 12 Step Programs. This course expands your awareness and understanding of the 4 Paths of Yoga and how these spiritual practices can be integrated with the tools of 12 Step Programs.

Open 12-step meetings

Many people who work in the field of recovery are themselves in recovery. Here we talk about our experience, strength and hope around any addictive habits that we are recovering from. This helps us develop more openness and compassion around both our own lingering compulsions and the struggle of different 'drug of choice' than ours. These meetings will also be a very beneficial experience for those not in recovery, to see what meetings are like, what their clients are involved with.




This course is co-facilitated by Swami Sitaramananda and Durga

Swami Sitaramananda is a gifted speaker and teacher of Yoga and Meditation, serving for more than twenty-five years in the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers. Swami Sitaramananda's great experience of the intricacy of spiritual life, her vedic knowledge and her love of spiritual seekers have made her an able spiritual teacher.
She is an internationally respected teacher who presents the intricate yoga philosophy and practice in a simple, down to earth and humorous manner. She is an expert in teaching Positive thinking and how to deal with the mind and the emotions.

Durga is the founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda andYoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for all thoseaffected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India. She is the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California and a professional member an 2010 Conference Speaker for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). She is also a member of Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

"As a recovering addict and drug counselor, I'm always looking for ways to become a better person - so that I may be stronger and able to share my experience ,strength and hope with others who still struggle. While doing research on addiction I stumbled upon a certification course about Yoga of Recovery.
Going through this certification course was the best thing I have ever done for myself! It strengthened me at the very core of my existence and gave me tools that allow me to have inner peace in the most chaotic situations.
Both Durga and Swami Sitaramananda bring a wealth of information and take you on a journey back to basics: love, kindness, and humility.
Anyone who deems themselves unworthy needs this course. Anyone who is lonely, sad or hurting needs this course. You will finally see there is no need for suffering and see yourself as perfect, just as you are."
-Hillary S, Feb 2009

Daily Schedule
6-8am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Yoga Philosophy/Psychology Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
1-3pm Yoga of Recovery Ayurveda Workshop
3-4pm Free Time and Nature walks
4-6pm Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7-8pm Free Time
8-10pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture