Yoga for Addiction: Using Yoga and the Twelve Steps to Find Peace in Recovery

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New Harbinger Publications
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7.0 X 9.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Katy Cryer, MS, is founder and director of Square One Yoga, a chain of yoga studios in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cryer's founding mission for Square One is the same mission in her writing: to present and teach yoga in a way that is accessible and unintimidating for every body. Sober since 2006, Cryer credits yoga for giving her the skills and freedom to stay grounded in recovery.

Foreword writer Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, has taught yoga around the world and in almost all fifty states in the US since 1971. She is a founder of Yoga Journal magazine, and holds a senior teaching certificate given to her directly by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1983. She is author of ten books, including her most recent, Yoga Myths.


"Walking into a recovery meeting or yoga class for the first time can feel scary and unfamiliar for most. Katy Cryer's down-to-earth, straightforward, and compassionate book feels like someone encouraging you, helping you find your bravery, and holding your hand as you walk into the room. She offers a clear guide on how to approach your healing as a whole, embodied, very human, being."
--Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, C-IAYT, psychotherapist, and author of Awake at 3 a.m.--Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, C-IAYT
"With equal parts care, tenderness, and bravery, Cryer takes readers on a journey inward, and offers them the opportunity to grow into wholeness with renewed intimacy and appreciation."
--Melanie Klein, MA, empowerment coach, professor of sociology and gender/women's studies, cofounder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and coauthor of Yoga and Body Image--Melanie Klein, MA
"For more than 2,000 years, yogis have known of our 'addiction;' not to any pill or drink, but to our ego self. It blinds us to our true self and leads inevitably to alienation and deep-seated sorrow. How fitting then is Katy's work with yoga and substance addiction. Her series of self-investigations and yoga-based exercises are an accessible, effective holistic treatment program for such addiction; but more, to some extent that depends on you, your sorrow."
--Richard Rosen, yoga instructor with thirty-three years' experience; and author of five books on yoga, including Yoga FAQ--Richard Rosen
"Yoga for Addiction is a remarkably comprehensive book. Its great contribution is its insistence that our recovery be grounded in the body. This understanding and wisdom is badly needed in the 12-step world. With its wise exploration of the steps, its personal stories, and its highly accessible introduction to both yogic philosophy and practice, it will be a valuable resource for every person on the path of recovery."
--Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time, and cofounder of the Buddhist Recovery Network--Kevin Griffin
"Katy, a superb yoga student and teacher, has written a book that will support countless people in recovery. By combining accessible practices that help people feel more physically comfortable and confident with the 12-step process, this book is an invaluable resource."
--Jason Crandell, internationally recognized yoga teacher and teacher trainer--Jason Crandell
"In this clear, thoughtful, and accessible book, Katy Cryer provides tools for creating connection, which is at the core of recovery. Addiction disconnects us from ourselves, others, and our bodies. The 12 steps provide us with connection to others while yoga connects us to our bodies. I recommend Yoga for Addiction as a course of action for deepening recovery and becoming whole."
--Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, codirector of the Center for Gender and Justice; and author of A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps, Helping Women Recover, and Beyond Trauma--Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW