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Transform Your Life with "Yoga of Recovery: Between the Mat and the Meeting" – Integrating Stress Management, Digestive Health, Sleep Hygiene, and Relational Skills!

Are you ready to break free from the grip of stress, addiction, and unhealthy habits? Our comprehensive online course offers a holistic approach that addresses every facet of your well-being, from physical health to emotional resilience.

Here's what sets "Yoga of Recovery" apart:

  • Stress Management and Digestive Health: Dive deep into the connection between stress and digestion, unraveling how chronic stress impacts our physical well-being. Learn practical Ayurvedic techniques to restore balance to your digestive system, laying the foundation for optimal health and vitality.
  • Sleep Hygiene: Discover the importance of sleep hygiene in maintaining overall well-being. Explore how quality sleep impacts your mood, energy levels, and ability to cope with stress. Learn practical strategies to improve your sleep habits and cultivate restorative rest each night.
  • Relational Skills: Strengthen your interpersonal relationships and communication skills through our relational skills lens. Explore the dynamics of healthy relationships, boundaries, and effective communication techniques. Cultivate deeper connections with yourself and others, fostering a supportive network of allies on your path to recovery.
  • Holistic Healing: Embrace a holistic approach to recovery that addresses the mind, body, and spirit. Our course integrates ancient wisdom with modern science, offering a comprehensive toolkit for transformation. From yoga and meditation practices to nutritional guidance and lifestyle adjustments, you'll discover a wealth of resources to support your journey to wholeness.
  • Community Support: Join a vibrant community of fellow seekers who share your commitment to growth and healing. Connect with like-minded individuals, share your experiences, and receive support and encouragement as you navigate the challenges of recovery and personal transformation.
  • Universal Applicability: Whether you're struggling with substance use disorder, behavioral addictions, or seeking to overcome self-defeating habits, our course is designed for you. We believe in meeting individuals where they are on their journey to wellness, providing tailored support and guidance every step of the way.

Don't wait another day to reclaim your life and rediscover your innate potential for health and happiness. Enroll now in "Yoga of Recovery" and embark on a journey of holistic healing and self-discovery, where balance and recovery are embodied in every step. Join us in embracing a life of vitality, resilience, and authentic connection.


  • Course opens 3/24/24
  • Access for all course content for one year
  • Classes on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. (All times are Pacific)
  1.  Sat 6/8/24, 8-10am PT
  2.  Weds 6/12/24, 4-6pm PT
  3.  Sat 6/15/24, 8-10am PT
  4.  Weds 6/19/24, 4-6pm PT
  5.  Sat 6/22/24, 8-10am PT
  6.  Weds 6/26/24, 4-6pm PT
  7.  Sat 6/29/24, 8-10am PT

Additional optional sessions

Open All-fellowship 12 Step Meeting -
Sundays 8-9.15am PST

Recovery Book Discussion Meeting (Not 12 Step) -
Tuesdays 12-1pm PST

Course Features

  • 36 Course Hours

    19 hours prerecorded and 17 hours live video conference with your instructors Durga Leela and Tarini

  • Live Discussion

    Live online discussion with Durga Leela and your fellow participants. Get answers to your questions and dive deeper into the course subjects

  • Philosophy & Practice

    Integration of the philosophy and psychology of yoga and Ayurveda. Learn many physical practices to allow us to embody our recovery pathway.

Continuing Education Credits

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

  • Yoga Alliance - 36 hours — YACP Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider®

  • IAYT - 27 APD hours — Advanced Professional Development with the International Association of Yoga Therapists

Learning Objectives

  • Learning Objective #1

    Understand how the Ayurvedic cause of disease encompasses all diagnostic descriptions of addiction in both western medicine and 12 step programs. Student will be better able to discuss addictive habits with clients from perspective of 'common pitfalls of human condition' rather than pathological identity for life

  • Learning Objective #2

    Deepen students understanding of the Yoga/Ayurveda understanding of the body's stress response according to Gunas and Doshas. Related to ACE - Adverse childhood/climate/community experiences; stress and traumatic events as well as the effects of unhealthy lifestyles and relationships over time. Understanding what aggravates and what soothes each one and how we move from one to another using Yoga and Ayurveda tools of self-care and self-understanding. Understanding what level of intervention is needed for different feeling states. Choosing practices that offer safe activation and comforting stabilization.

  • Learning Objective #3

    Convey the importance of time and environment in the language common to recovery - one day at a time. Help clients clue in to imbalance and appropriate response in the moment, rather than allowing imbalance to build over a longer period of time.


"I didn't want it to end!"

K.N., Person in Recovery, Yoga Teacher, Ayurveda student

"I did not want the program to end! It really was excellent. I really enjoyed connecting with people during the [live] meetings too. I would love to stay involved and participate again next time." K.N., Person in Recovery, Yoga Teacher, Ayurveda student

Benefits Everyone

by I highly recommend the Yoga of Recovery program to anybody who is faced with addiction in their lives, as well as those who are just interested in the topic. The knowledge contained in the YoR program can actually really benefit anyone in navigating daily life. S.C.

I highly recommend the Yoga of Recovery program to anybody who is faced with addiction in their lives, as well as those who are just interested in the topic. The knowledge contained in the YoR program can actually really benefit anyone in navigating daily life. — S.C.


by Connie B.

In YoR we get to the root of the problem and address the unique constitution of the person and how to work with imbalances using this ancient medicine. I love how the mind, body, and spirit are seen as integral to the overall health and wellness of the system. REVOLUTIONARY!

Wealth of Information

by Maheshwari

I am a 61 year old Yoga therapist. I wanted to learn more about the therapeutic application of healing through all the various addictions. I thought this program was an excellent wealth of information and taught within a practical system that can be applied in various settings. Thank you Durga for sharing so much information in such a short time!

Not to be Missed

by Atma Hari Kaur

This course provided the missing pieces of the puzzle. I now feel I have the set of tools I need to face the challenges of the times as well as my own personal demons. In her light-hearted manner, Durga paints the picture that anyone can understand. She is both knowledgeable and able to apply what she knows making the workshops insightful and relevant for each and every attendee. LIFE-CHANGING! Not to miss! Fun!


Durga Leela

Durga Leela holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. Durga is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained both in the US (at CCA) and India and serves as the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California, since 2003.

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Tarini Shanna Ramakrishnan

Tarini(Shanna Ramakrishnan) Yoga Therapist, RYT 500, Yoga of Recovery Counselor, Yoga Nidra Teacher, and Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor Tarini is an experienced yoga therapist and teacher, studying in both the tradition of TKV Krishnamacharya and Sivananda traditions.

Tarini has been studying closely with Yoga of Recovery creator Durga Leela for the past 7 years.