Discover how to use yoga as a tool to support recovery from addiction by learning how to bring the mind and body closer together
Haven's Empower Yoga
HAVEN and SATYA have collaborated to offer a unique opportunity for the Seacoast, Trauma Sensitive Yoga. The classes are taught by Rochelle Jewell, C-IAYT yoga therapist and E-RYT (Registered Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher) and Sarah Sherman (RYT). Certified HAVEN Advocates are present at each class and available to provide additional support throughout the program.
Strafford County Department of Corrections, Dover, NH
As yoga becomes more mainstream, the general public is beginning to recognize that the benefits of yoga are more than just an ability to stretch and move the body. In addition, research shows that yoga may help individuals with a variety of issues including addiction, trauma, and chronic illness. Yoga has been proven to reduce stress, improve well-being, and improve physical health. The Prison Yoga Project has shown how yoga helps prisoners reconnect with their bodies. Many prisoners suffer from trauma, which is held deeply in the mind and the body. When you develop a relationship with your body, heart and mind, you cultivate compassion and empathy and so are less likely to violate another. SATYA funds 2 weekly yoga classes in the women's Therapeutic Community and General Population at the Strafford County Department of Corrections, Dover, NH
Hope on Haven Hill
New Hampshire, like much of the rest of the country, faces a crisis related to the heroin epidemic.. New Hampshire ranks top in the nation regarding prevalence of addiction, yet 49th for treatment options. Hope on Haven Hill, a recovery facility for women in Rochester, NH, works to assist women who are pregnant or under one year postpartum in their recovery. Hope on Haven Hill provides a safe home with comprehensive addiction treatment services, family therapy, parenting classes, advancement in education and life coaching. Weekly yoga classes for Hope on Haven Hill residents are led by Karly Nihal.
Cross Roads House
For people struggling to make ends meet, the opportunity to "relax" is highly valued. At Cross Roads House for the homeless, in Portsmouth, a weekly, gentle yoga practice with mindful breathing and body awareness is offered to residents. The class is meant to accommodate anyone, including those with physical limitations. The typical class size is small, to provide necessary individual attention. The comments and questions from residents show us the benefits of this class: "I didn't realize how shallow my breathing was;" "Could you explain more about how we can use these techniques away from yoga?" "My back loosened up."