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ONLINE Yoga of Recovery: Between the Mat and the Meeting: Ayurveda for Our ‘Addictiveness’

ONLINE VIA ZOOM  •  12 weeks with Durga Leela
Meets Thursdays, January 21–April 8, 2021 from 4:00–6:00pm PST
(plus pre-recorded content, a 12-step meeting and book discussion)


Yoga of Recovery 12 Week Session consists of:

1. Live Zoom class once per week for 2 hours (Thursdays 4:00–6:00pm PST / 7:00–9:00pm EST; 1/21/21–4/8/21).
Here we review, discuss and share about the week’s class topic – with a Buddy check-in and also group break-out sessions and Q&A with me – slightly different each week. These sessions are recorded in case you are not able to attend the live session.

2. Pre-recorded videos you can watch before we meet to review and discuss this topic in our live class (about 11 hours over the 12 weeks, released each week), and

3. We have two YoR Recovery Meetings per week – one an open, all-fellowship 12 step meeting (Saturdays 8:00–9:00am PST, start 1/23); the other will be a book discussion (non-12 step), Tuesdays 2:00–3:00pm PST, starts 1/26.  These are not recorded.

Embody health in recovery from all addictive disorders, (substances, food/sugar and behaviors) through Ayurveda, framed in the most accessible, relatable and practical way. Address the needs and vulnerabilities that underlie these habits with a pioneering look at our stress-responlook at our ‘acting out’ tendencies, and how physical practices and daily routines can widen the window of tolerance. Wse tendencies. We’ll e come to deeper self-understanding and self-regulation for resilience one day at a time.

Yoga of Recovery works with everyone whose lives have been affected by addiction, in themselves or loved ones – people who have sex addiction, eating disorders, codependents with no substance abuse, and others where substance abuse is present but it is not the primary presenting issues. The program is also open to anyone who wants to learn lifestyle and stress management skills. 

Health and recovery from addiction and disease involve fully living in the wholeness that you are. By recognizing your innate strengths you can learn to revitalize your body’s systems rather than to depend on addictive, unhealthy behaviors. Build a strong foundation for living well, and learn about stress, digestion, sleep hygiene, and detoxification. Practice deep self-care and emotional regulation through simple Ayurvedic daily routines that you can practice at home.

The program is an integration of the philosophy and psychology of Yoga and Ayurveda—offering many physical practices to allow us to embody our recovery pathway.

By signing up through the LA Sivananda Center website you will receive 3 months unlimited Yoga asana classes, available 7 days each week.

Upon completion of this course you can submit to receive continuing education credits with 3 major Yoga certification organizations

  • Yoga Alliance – 50 hours — YACP Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider®
  • IAYT – 27 APD hours — Advanced Professional Development with the International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • NAMA PACE – 50 hours – National Ayurvedic Medical Association – Professional Advanced Continuing Education 


Durga Leela is founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program integrating Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga holds the RYT-500 qualification from Sivananda Yoga. 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 on the faculty of the 800-hour Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training program. She is Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm and a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). She is also a member of Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).