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Thursday, April 6 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery

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According to Yogi Bhajan, addictions are self-defeating habits. In Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery, addictions are defined as “any pattern of behavior that you crave, and find some temporary relief or pleasure in, but are unable to give up despite the negative long term consequence.” In addition to using drugs and alcohol, there are countless ways for individuals to find temporary relief from discomfort including social media, compulsive shopping, destructive relationships, sex, sugar, workaholism, fantasizing, and gambling.   

Rather than masking pain and suffering with distraction and avoidance, to truly heal, the addict must become present and aware, the very experience he or she so desperately seeks to avoid by engaging in the addictive behavior pattern. The transformational power of the yoga of awareness supports healing by allowing the individual to actively participate in a powerful process. The physical stretching opens the body and breathing moves suppressed emotions and stuck energy so that it can be circulated, transformed, and released. Postures build resilience and meditation creates a space for the calming effects of the parasympathetic nervous system to dominate, as the glandular system re-sets.  This practice creates the space to heal and let go to experience true freedom and happiness by delivering those who practice from the darkness to the light. 

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Dr. Wendy Harris

Dr. Wendy Harris (Livtar Kaur) is a dedicated yogi, teacher, and therapist, committed to bridging the gap between Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, academia, and clinical settings. She graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and published Beyond Addiction: Kundalini Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation for Recovery from Opioid Dependence (2015). She... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
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