For those familiar with any 12-Step Program, the most remarkable aspect of these is that only the first of the twelve steps mentions the addictive substance or act. Sobriety/abstinence are described as a “daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition”. Our opportunity for genuine spiritual fulfillment is strengthened when we weave together the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda with the practical tools of recovery programs. Yoga of Recovery® views the problem and the solution from the perspective of Mind, Body and Spirit.
Hatha Yoga for Recovery
12-Step programs propose a spiritual remedy and do not offer much advice for the physical dimension of healing from addiction. One very important aspect of this is Hatha yoga – the asanas and breathing exercises. During this class, you will practice yogic physical exercises – asanas (suitable for all levels) along with Pranayama (breathing exercises) and conscious relaxation. All this helps to develop not only the body, but also to broaden your mental faculties and spiritual capacities. Yoga exercises improve the health of the spine and aid the proper function of the internal organs, restoring health and balance to the entire system.
Deanna Galkin-Doran (Parameshwari)
Parameshwari (Deanna Galkin-Doran), CYT, has practiced Yoga since 1991. After completing her first teacher certification in 1995, she has taught classes, courses, and workshops on Hatha Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Marina del Rey. In addition, she is a graduate of the Yoga Therapy Rx and Prime of Life Yoga™ programs (2010) at Loyola Marymount University as well as the Tensegrity Yoga Therapy internship program (2011), under the tutelage of Sherry Brourman, E-RYT and Physical Therapist.
Prior to moving into teaching Yoga and Yoga Therapeutics full time, Deanna worked at Verizon corporation for over 30 years, earning two business degrees while working full–time in a high stress environment doing project management, systems analysis, support and implementation. She has a well-founded understanding of the importance and benefits that yoga can bring both on and off the mat.