Re/Framing Addiction w/Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for PROFESSIONALS: Fully Online Course in collab with the Yoga Veda Institute

Tribe! I’m excited to share my latest offering with you – I’m collaborating with the Yoga Veda Institute to bring you the Re/Framing Addiction course fully ONLINE and available from anywhere in the world!

WHO is this course for?

The Re/Framing Addiction program is a 12 - week, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) accredited, virtual online course, tailored to yoga teachers, yoga therapists, students of Ayurvedic medicine, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and anyone in the wellness and mental health industries who are interested in gaining the knowledge and education to reframe your understanding of addiction, to compassionately guide others to heal from a place of authenticity, love and awareness. You will gain the tools to create systems of self-healing designed to optimize the health and wellness of your clients and to begin to guide others to break free from, and prevent the on-set of, addictive behaviours.

Not only will this course provide you with the education you need to assist others in their healing journeys, it will also give you the opportunity to access your own innate wisdom and to draw upon your background in Ayurvedic medicine, yoga and wellness, to practically begin to apply these principles and techniques to address addictive patterns in your own life.

WHEN is the course?

The course begins on MAY 22nd and runs for 12 WEEKS.

WHEN do I enroll?

You’ll receive a $100 DISCOUNT if you enroll on MONDAY, APRIL 17th!

HOW do I enroll?

EMAIL jacky@yogavedainstitute.com for a link to access the enrollment page for Monday, April 17th

INVESTMENT: $497 w/discount ($597 regular)

What is the structure of the program?

  • Weekly Videos & Lessons: We will learn and review one module per week, together. This will include a weekly video taught with me, as well as a fully-downloadable weekly lesson plan.
  • Home Activities: Each week I will send you home with reflective exercises and practices to incorporate into your routine. Reading is fantastic, but experience and practice is the true source of knowledge. I draw from a variety of backgrounds, beyond yoga and Ayurveda, to encourage growth and exploration.
  • Tribe Support: At the beginning of the program, I will invite you to join our Secret Facebook Group, where you can connect, collaborate and share with fellow RA students. Don’t worry if you don’t have Facebook, you can create a “fake” account and use it solely for the Facebook group.

What will I learn from the Re/Framing Addiction program?

  • how to reframe your understanding of addiction and how to overcome personal and societal stigmas about addiction
  • the biology, physiology and psychology of addiction
  • how to understand addiction from a holistic perspective, mind, body & spirit
  • the link between trauma and addiction
  • how to use the science of Ayurveda to treat addiction individually
  • how to effectively use yoga, including pranayama, asana and meditation to manage addictive behaviours and detoxify
  • practices to help curve cravings
  • dietary and nutritional support for recovery
  • how to create a supportive tribe
  • the importance of cultivating joy and humour
  • how to use the innate wisdom of nature and our natural environment to heal
  • and LOTS MORE!


Re/Framing Addiction with Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy: The Program

Addiction is a dirty word. It conjures up images that many of us would rather not admit to be able to relate to, and that a large majority of society would rather avoid all-together: the “junkie” who would sell his kidney for another hit; the “drunk” puking into the gutter outside the local dive-bar; the woman who would sell her body to the lowest bidder to shoot up in the alley and pay off her pimp. Our repulsion has been exacerbated by society’s pervasive stigmatism towards the addicted human, rooted in the broader vision of a world that exists to pit us against one another and to keep us tethered to the false promise of finding joy, acceptance and happiness in the next purchase or “hit”. We are inundated with both subtle and not-so-subtle messages that we are “never enough”. Simply “being” is not enough. This relentless assault on our psyches to achieve more, do more, have more, is effectively chipping away at our essential self and creating a great chasm of self-loathing and an “us” versus “them” mentality, where compassion, understanding, love and connection once existed. The reality is that we all have addictive tendencies, and while some may appear more extreme than others, this is simply beside the point: As a society, we have become separated from our essence as spiritual beings. We have lost sight of the idea that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. As spiritual beings, we cannot survive wholly without human connection, love, compassion and understanding, and when this need is not met, when there is a lack, or a hole, or an emptiness, we strive to fill that hole, sometimes at the great cost of our own lives and the lives of others. We fill the emptiness with drugs, alcohol, toxic relationships, video games, the internet, television, food and consumerism. We must begin to ask a new question, posed by modern addictions-recovery specialist, Dr. Gabor Mate: Not why the addiction, but why the pain?

Re-framing our understanding of addiction in this way can begin to shed light on how we view and treat the addicted human, and most importantly, in how we can begin to move forward with providing a compassionate and dignified space for healing. In short, we can understand addictions as a coping mechanism for an over-taxed stress-response. When we are constantly striving to keep up and get ahead, we are in a hyper-active state of “fight or flight”, an activation of the sympathetic nervous system which produces chemicals including cortisol and adrenalin. These chemicals are useful when we are actually under severe, life-threatening conditions, but when we are not, and our bodies are still continuing to produce these chemicals in high doses, it creates an imbalance in our systems, altering the natural homeostasis that exists to keep our body-mind connection in balance. This imbalance leads us to find something, an external source to lean on: alcohol and cigarettes to “calm the nerves”, coffee and cocaine for a “pick-me-up”, television for a “distraction” from feeling and observing our emotions, and so on.

So how does the ancient healing wisdom of Ayurveda and yoga fit in with this modern re-frame of addiction? Ayurveda and yoga, often referred to as “Sister Sciences”, are based upon ancient teachings of creating balance within the body, mind and spirit, encouraging a harmonious existence with our Anamaya kosha (physical “sheath”) and the sophisticated intelligence of the natural world with our spiritual selves. The use of ayurvedic yoga therapy to prevent, treat and heal addictive behaviours makes perfect sense. With the practices of meditation, we learn to observe our thoughts and to be with our emotions as they come up, allowing them to pass through without engaging in reactive tendencies that can cause stress that, as we now understand, can lead to addictive behaviours and a build-up of ama (toxins) in the tissues of the body. Eventually, this toxic build-up can create illness and dis-ease. With pranayama (breathing techniques) and physical yoga forms, we learn to release the accumulated emotional trauma in our bodies, creating new space for healing and a greater understanding of our connections with all living beings. Within ayurvedic practices, we address the nutritional deficiencies that can coincide with addiction with a new understanding of our physical and mental constitutions and how to support the healing process with diet and cleansing routines. The summation of support on all levels, emotional, spiritual and physical, creates a sophisticated healing system for a loving, gentle, compassionate and effective process to address addictive behaviours.

What will participants of the program learn?

Participants of the Re/Framing Addiction program will learn the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine and yoga, and how they can practically apply this effective mind-body-spirit health system to their everyday life. They will gain the tools to create a system of self-healing designed to optimize their health and wellness and to begin to break free from, and prevent the on-set of, addictive behaviours. Participants will be educated in how to reframe their understanding of addiction to compassionately connect to their higher SELF, allowing them to heal from a place of authenticity, love and awareness.

I will guide participants through daily exercises of gentle physical yoga, breathing techniques and meditation, followed by discussion, theory and education on the biology of addiction, reframing addiction, addiction and our spiritual selves/energy bodies and applying Ayurvedic principles to our everyday routine, to create a simple, effective system of self-care. Participants will also engage in reflective exercises that may be carried out in small groups or individually.

What is included in the program?

Participants will receive an extensive manual/workbook at the beginning of the program that will outline all of the materials presented, including instructions for all exercises, and interactive and useful resources. I will also offer a 60-minute personalized Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy consultation to each person, allowing them the opportunity to connect with me to discuss their personal history and after-care, post-program. These appointments can be carried out during the scheduled times of the program and/or afterwards, via Skype or in-person, dependent on what the participants choose to do. I will provide snacks, lunch and beverages unless otherwise noted. 


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San Juan Cosala, Mexico: June 2016

Vancouver, Canada: March 2016