12 Steps + 8 Limbs
4-week series starts June 1 @ Bhakti in Motion.
Fridays ~ June 1, 8, 15 + 22 ~ 7-8:30am
$10 drop-in; $30 series
Deepen your understanding of the intertwining roots of yoga and recovery, spirtual practices which naturally inform and support each other. Both paths have the power to transform, with willingness, humility, honesty and an open heart as shared cornerstones. Yoga is so much more than physical exercise and the steps are way more than twelve tasks to check as “done,” on the way back to old behaviors.
Yoga’s 8 limbs and recovery’s 12 steps are guidelines on how to live meaningful and purposeful lives. It is up to us to take the action required to transform those lives. Yoga encourages us to try different postures, develop new outlooks, have new experiences, and let go of fears of falling and failing ~ 12-step-based recovery suggests that these attitudes are absolutely essential.
Recovery from addiction is contingent on maintenance of our spiritual condition and the 11th step suggests daily prayer and meditation. We’ll explore yoga breath (pranayama) and postures (asana) as physical prayer and moving meditation. And we’ll try different kinds of meditation (pratyahara), as options for daily 11th-step practices (sadhana).
This series is intended as an introduction, to provide space and opportunity for individual transformational experiences and creation of personal practices ~ and to have some fun along the way.
All levels of yoga practice and modes of recovery welcome ~ always. And if you’ve never taken a yoga class or tried meditation and have never heard of the 12 steps, you are especially welcome. Don’t worry about it. Just come.