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July 26-August 1, 2019

Fri July 26, 7:15pm-9:15pm
Sat-Thurs July 27 to Aug 1, 8am-5pm

Yoga of Recovery is the first comprehensive course to combine Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools to offer a more holistic mind, body, spirit approach to addictions, eating disorders, and self-destructive behaviors. This course brings the Western approaches (neuroscience and 12 Steps) and the Eastern approaches (Yoga and Ayurveda) together in a truly empowering approach. It is the evolution of the solution.

We offer a Free Introductory Friday evening, a 18 hour workshop and a 50 hour course. The syllabi are below.


Upon completion of this course you will:

Have the skills to introduce the healing potential of the holistic sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga into your own life and those of your students and clients.

Be uniquely qualified and more confident to teach yoga in rehabs or to people in recovery from any addiction.

Be prepared to assess the root of your clients’ problems and the holistic treatment approach.


Course Syllabus:

Day 1-3 are open to the public as a stand alone 18hr workshop, $300. Yoga or other Health Professionals must take all 7 days to receive certification and/or Elective Course credit, $900.

Day 1 – Retreat and Course

  • Opening introductions and sankalpa
  • The Roots of our Addictive Personalities/behaviors (6 Tenets of YoR)
  • Gunas Questionnaire

Day 2

  • Struggling and stuck in a rut to release and stability (Gunas – down and out of addiction)
  • Doshas Questionnaire

Day 3

  • Chronic stress response – your stress signature (Gunas and Doshas – Restless, Irritable, Discontent – Hospitals, Jail & Institutions to Happy, Joyous and Free)
  • Emotional Regulation through simple sense self soothing techniques (Life is Sweet – Sweet self care suggestions)

Day 4

  • Check in
  • Discuss how and where we offer YoR in our communities
  • Cause of disease from holistic perspective
  • Digestion & Emotions – gut, heart, brain

Day 5

  • Bhakti Yoga soothing emotional turmoil and loneliness
  • Karma Yoga – Love in action
  • Students present suggestions for group workshops on Roots of our Addictive Behaviors

Day 6

  • Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga – the healing ripple of sustained self care and recovery
  • Students present suggestions for group workshops on the evolutionary perspective on emotional sobriety

Day 7

  • Students present suggestions for group workshops on the evolutionary regulation from the behavioral health care suggestions of Yoga and Ayurveda
  • Facilitating community conversations about the problem and the solution
  • Graduation

Each Day will also include: Hatha yoga, group meditation & discussions

Sign Up Here


Required Reading:

Manual specifically written for this course



Required for Yoga Therapy Training and Elective for the 300 Hour

Upon completion you will be able to register 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with Yoga Alliance.



durgaDurga Leela – BA, CAS, PKS, Yoga Acharya, is the founder of Yoga of Recovery. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500 through the Sivananda lineage and extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. A Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, Durga trained both in the US and India and has served as the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California since 2003. She is a professional member and speaker for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), also a member of Yoga Alliance. Durga has worked on her own path of recovery and has been a grateful member of 12 step fellowship for over 14 years.



Training Location: Soul of Yoga Institute  162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Suite A70 Encinitas, CA