Could yoga be part of the solution to addiction?

Several Tulsa programs have seen success with the inclusion of yoga alongside more traditional therapy.



Nicole Peltier Hall leads a Raven Yoga class, which is designed for those battling addiction. Raven Yoga focuses on simple movement and allows students to reflect and tune in to their bodies.

 

For those working to overcome addiction, yoga can be a refreshing and powerful way to reconnect and focus. Yoga for Recovery classes are available at some Tulsa-area nonprofits, a few treatment centers and even traditional yoga studios.

Many treatment centers and social service providers have embraced this practice by including yoga and mindfulness classes alongside traditional substance abuse treatment programs. Specialized training for yoga instructors — which can range from $1,000 to $1,200 per session per instructor — is supported by local philanthropic agencies such as the Hardesty Family Foundation, which has grant-funded these programs for nearly three years.

“I’ve been practicing yoga for 20 years, and there is empirical evidence that it lowers stress and anxiety, helps with depression and gives people an overall sense of well-being, which are major drivers when dealing with recovery, domestic abuse or post-traumatic stress disorder,” says Michelle Hardesty, executive director of the Hardesty Family Foundation.

“What yoga teaches you is that when you’re on your mat, what happens and how you react is the same way you can approach situations when you’re off the mat. You can learn those behaviors and take them out into the real world.”

An alternative treatment with very real benefits

One of the agencies the Hardesty Family Foundation funds is 12&12 Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center. Some 22 yoga instructors teach Yoga for Recovery classes to supplement patients’ aftercare, says Brad Collins, the center’s director of community relations, research and efficacy.

Collins emphasizes that the center doesn’t advocate yoga as a substitute for other types of professional medical and counseling treatment for addiction, but he believes it can be a helpful tool that can aid a person in recovery.

“It’s not this or that; it’s this and that,” he says. “The more types of resources someone has, the more opportunity they have for long-term, sustainable recovery.”

12&12 Addiction and Recovery Center offers daily yoga classes.

Hardesty offers the analogy that recovery is like a piece of Swiss cheese. “If you layer your cheese, eventually all the holes get covered,” she explains. “One is your (addiction recovery) program, one is meditation, another is yoga. It is good to have many support systems in place when dealing with addiction so when one fails or is insufficient you have others as a backup.”

Collins says his interest in Yoga for Recovery is personal; he has been in recovery from addiction for 21 years, and he says adding yoga “took my recovery to a new level.”

“I became a fan personally, then did the research and the intentional work.”

In 2015, 12&12 began offering yoga two to three times a week. Now it offers yoga classes every day and has added meditation classes and a mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) program. In partnership with the Hardesty Family Foundation, Collins says instructors from places such as Colorado, Washington and San Jose, California, were brought to Tulsa to train 12&12 instructors.

“We see the evidence-based value in every single nuance in yoga-based recovery and MBRP we can get our hands on,” he says.

Local yoga instructor battles addiction, and helps other do the same

Nicole Peltier Hall, owner of the Yoga Room, says her yoga journey led her to Yoga for Recovery.

“My story is so different. I started with yoga and then found myself in recovery,” says Peltier Hall, who identifies as a recovering alcoholic. “For me, I’ve been practicing yoga for 20 years, teaching movement for 18 years, and I’ve now been teaching recovery yoga for two. Usually it’s the other way around.”

Nicole Peltier Hall is the owner of the Yoga Room, where she hosts Raven Yoga, a class designed to address the needs of people in recovery.

She created a class called Raven Yoga, which she offers for all levels each Sunday at 4:15 p.m. at the Yoga Room. The class focuses on addressing negative or unhealthy habit patterns, and language is geared more toward how participants are living outside of the yoga class. She says the goals at Raven Yoga — the physical expression of recovery — are different than those in a typical yoga class.

Peltier Hall says she named the class for the raven — a symbol of freedom and flying.

“When I see a bird flying, it represents the ultimate freedom,” she says. “Recovery is rediscovering and uncovering who you really are — as if you were in a cage. It’s like being a butterfly under a blanket, and when in recovery, you feel finally uncovered.”

The class isn’t the typical power yoga or hot yoga class that many people use for physical fitness. People don’t have to bend themselves into difficult poses to participate.“It’s very simple physical movement; we’re really kind,” Peltier Hall says.

“People don’t want their butts kicked in recovery — they need it, but they’ll often reject it. So we need to take them where they are willing to go:  gentle self-love and reflecting.” Peltier Hall quotes Yoga of 12 Step Recovery creator Nikki Myers: “The issues live in the tissues.”

All students have to do is walk through the doors of the Yoga Room, which moved after 17 years to 4329 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 350.

Recovery yoga versus fitness yoga

Because the students are in recovery, “We protect them in a way,” she says. “The words we use are different. I’m in recovery, so I know what they’re going through.”

Hardesty says students of Yoga for Recovery can use physical challenges they experience in the class to help with life situations.

“If you’re holding a pose and it starts to get really uncomfortable, you can hear yourself start to say, ‘I am not good enough. Do I just quit?’” she says. “But you learn those techniques to react to negative stimuli. You start to say, ‘If I just breathe and relax, I know this is only temporary.’ Then you can cope with anything and take that into the real world.”

Peltier Hall says Raven Yoga is a powerful tool to help recovering addicts pause, breathe and become tuned into their bodies and minds. It teaches the idea of the “sacred pause” to address cravings, using these moments as an opportunity to make a choice.

“In general, people take yoga because they want to be fitter,” she says. “In recovery yoga, it’s re-entering the body. When you’re addicted, you leave your body — you leave the building, we like to say. They come here and they don’t know how they feel because they’ve been vacant for so long. Yoga is coming home.”

 

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Signature Symphony at TCC celebrates the work of the late Ernie Fields, a Tulsa icon who had a career as a bandleader and trombonist. Fields’ music developed at a time when R&B, swing,...

Cost: $36 - $58

Where:
VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education
10300 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK  74133-4513
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Sponsor: Signature Symphony at TCC
Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Tabitha Littlefield
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Signature Symphony at TCC celebrates the work of the late Ernie Fields, a Tulsa icon who had a career as a bandleader and trombonist. Fields’ music developed at a time when R&B, swing,...

Cost: $36 - $58

Where:
VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education
10300 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK  74133-4513
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Sponsor: Signature Symphony at TCC
Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Tabitha Littlefield
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The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
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Nimrod Journal will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers on Saturday, October 19th, at The University of Tulsa. The conference will feature workshops on fiction, poetry,...

Cost: $10-70

Where:
Allen Chapman Student Union
440 S Gary Ave
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa on October 19th, 2019.   The Conference offers the...

Cost: $10-$70

Where:
TU's Allen Chapman Student Union
440 S. Gary Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Willkommen to four days of Oompah (or Bavaria or Oktoberfest) in Oklahoma  with nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and  crafters MarktHaus, full carnival, and fun...

Cost: $10 at the gate or $7 in advance for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Resolute PR
Telephone: 903-292-7885
Contact Name: Zachary Johnston
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Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
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The Karbach Games and Competitions Arena becomes our own center of the universe Saturday at 2:00 PM for true fans of German bier. Why? Because it is ground zero for the Linde Oktoberfest Bavarian...

Cost: $40

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 South Jackson Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: River Parks
Contact Name: Ryan Howell

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Folk Salad Radio Show celebrates its 20th anniversary with a potluck meal followed by a concert featuring Grammy-nominated singer songwriter John Fullbright and several other Tulsa musicians on...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Stone Church
4225 W. Fifth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Folk Salad Radio Show
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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Join us for Nimrod Write Night, the opening event of our Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers weekend, on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Write Night is...

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Flashes of vivid colors, laughter, dancers whirling around keeping pace with the energetic music, more laughter……this is what you will experience at Guthrie Green this Saturday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: SAPAF
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Signature Symphony at TCC celebrates the work of the late Ernie Fields, a Tulsa icon who had a career as a bandleader and trombonist. Fields’ music developed at a time when R&B, swing,...

Cost: $36 - $58

Where:
VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education
10300 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK  74133-4513
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Sponsor: Signature Symphony at TCC
Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Tabitha Littlefield
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Tulsa in Harmony is a congregation of community choirs, lending their voices in one accord. They sing of their hopes and their faith and aspirations of a more unified community and a more unified...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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