Addiction has always been present in our society but never at such a deadly rate. Deaths from the opioid epidemic alone increase at previously unseen rates each year and costs to victims, families and the healthcare system are unimaginable both financially and emotionally. The good news is that yoga can help and offers a variety of tools to support people with addictions at all phases of their process. In this workshop you will learn specific methodology to take yoga to this vulnerable population. You will learn how to adapt the following yoga practices to the needs of people with addictions, their families and their caregivers:
- Yoga movements designed to support the needs of a variety of populations and ways to know which population needs which movements
- Restorative Poses
- Reiki and how it can offer support during recovery (note: this is not a Reiki training—that can be taken separately)
- Essential Oils: You will learn which oils support the detox and recovery phase for people with addictions
- Breath practices
- Listening with compassion and presence
- Caring for yourself when you have been present to the heartbreak of people with addictions
- Creating space for effective sharing in a group
You’ll also learn the anatomy of addiction in the brain and the body, your own ideas, prejudices and biases about people with addictions, and support in trusting the individual’s journey. You’ll receive a bibliography of our favorite and most useful books. You’ll hear some of our many stories.
Marcia Miller, E-RYT 500 and a certified Yoga Therapist, has taught yoga to a wide variety of populations in her over 40 years of teaching, including homeless veterans, prisoners and women who have been sex-trafficked, many of whom had addictions. She is one of the founders and co-owners of Yoga on High, and one of a few Master Teachers for the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) program. She is a Reiki Master, teaching Reiki in Central Ohio and around the country and is the lead Reiki teacher for UZIT on a national level. She has also been fostering conversations about death, finding that the opioid crisis has affected those conversations in painful yet powerful ways.
Lori Bower, M.Ed, E-RYT 500, is an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and Reiki Master Teacher. Lori is also an instructor at the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at the Ohio State University, with Mindfulness in Motion, a mindfulness-based intervention that was developed, researched and validated at the OSU College of Medicine and teaches at Yoga on High. As a Reiki Master Teacher, she provides training to healthcare providers and those working in the allied health professions. Lori is a Senior Teacher and Mentor for UZIT and is an annual presenter at the Addiction Studies Institute at OSU. She implemented UZIT programs for Columbus Springs Dublin and Columbus Springs East, two hospitals focused on mental health and addiction. She also developed and is director of the UZIT Program for the Ronald McDonald House at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.