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
Rockingham County Department of Corrections: Brentwood, NH
Research also shows that yoga may help individuals with a variety of issues including addiction, trauma and chronic illness. Many prisoners suffer from trauma, which is held deeply in the mind and the body. Being incarcerated, in of itself is a traumatic life experience Yoga for incarcerated individuals helps prisoners reconnect with their bodies, heart and mind; in turn cultivating compassion and empathy for oneself and others. Yoga programs in the criminal justice system, such as SATYA’s, are being linked to greater rehabilitation and reduced recidivism, serving not only those who are incarcerated, but the greater community as well.
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."