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The Yoga Pro Podcast

Nov 2, 2022

Yoga is one of the premier tools for helping people recover from addiction but are you ready to work with that population?


In this Episode of The Yoga Pro Podcast, Dr. Rebecca Williams joins us to talk about how to work with those in recovery, what you need to know about what they are going through, how to reach out to substance abuse centers to provide yoga, and so much more.

Rebecca is an award-winning author, psychologist, and wellness expert specializing in healthy recovery from mental illness, addiction, and life’s challenges.  For the past 25 years, her work has focused on building resilience and embracing emotional well-being. She has been a program director at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and an associate clinical professor at The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. A life-long yoga enthusiast, Rebecca has also been a yoga teacher. She combines the ancient wisdom of yoga and mindfulness with compassionate recovery from addiction in her books.



-How Rebecca found yoga and meditation

-Rebecca’s personal and professional background in psychology, addiction, and recovery

-What inspired Rebecca to write a book about yoga and addiction recovery

-Taking addiction recovery one moment at a time

-Rebecca shares some statistics about substance abuse in America and why you will encounter them in your classes and sessions

-Why yoga is a premier tool for addiction recovery

-What people who are healing from addiction might be going through in your class and how you can help them

-Setting the tone for addiction recovery

-Why restorative yoga is a great option for helping those in recovery to feel their feelings

-Normalizing feelings and cravings and then holding space for them

-Providing tools for clients to take home for when the triggers come outside of class

-The power of grounding as a safe space

-Writing a goodbye letter to your addiction

-Practicing forgiveness and gratitude in recovery

-The difference between pain and suffering

-Self-compassion as an intervention

-Self love and holding space for our wounded child

-Yoga as an inside job

-Tips for reaching out to addiction recovery centers to provide yoga as an intervention


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Music:  The State of Things (The Bouncy Song) by Rena Wren is used with permission.