Yoga Teacher Training for 12 Step Recovery

Y12SR-Yoga of 12 Step Recovery Leadership Training
March 23-25, 2018
Fri 6-9pm, Sat 10-6pm and Sun 10-4p
Cost: $375/$350 prior to Feb 23, 2018
In the Y12SR Leadership we:
 • Create safe, sacred, open, inclusive space that welcomes all those dealing with their own addictive behavior or are affected by the addictive behavior of others.
• Understand the 12-step process of addiction recovery as well as recognizing the symptomology of unresolved trauma, and a dys-regulated nervous system.
• Use yoga and its practices to provide relapse prevention tools and sustainable ways for managing internal states.
• Take advantage of teachable moments, help resolve ambivalence and work with those who are struggling emotionally.
• Use social learning theory to model new behavior through observational learning.
• Recognize the traps of projection, transference, countertransference, boundary violation, spiritual bypass, arrogance.
• Work collaboratively within the group setting and with institutions.
• Develop a network of professionals including trauma experts and others in the addiction/recovery treatment field.
This training is designed for yoga teachers wanting to work with the recovery population. It is also found to be extremely relevant and helpful for therapists, counselors, social workers, probation officers and others with a desire to understand how the ancient philosophies and practices of yoga align with the 12-step program of recovery.

To be a certified Y12SR Leader, you must complete both the Y12SR Leadership Training and Y12SR Intensive, which is now available online. Programs may be taken in any sequence. For more information please visit

Email Rae@Edge.Yoga for questions. 

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Earn your RYT-500 in 2018!

If you’re ready to earn your RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and have already completed your 200-hour, apply now! Space is limited, so don’t wait. Easy payment plans of only $249/month. This 300-hour program will enhance your existing knowledge base formed in your 200-hour program. Emphasis will be on creating hands-on workshops and deepening your existing understanding of yoga. 

Tuition $3,200

2018 Schedule
Fridays 6-9pm Weekly
January 5, 2018 – December 28, 2018

Three Weekend Intensives:
June 29, 2018 – July 1, 2018 8am-8pm Daily
July 20, 2018 – July 22, 2018 8am-8pm Daily
August 24, 2018 – August 26, 2018 8am-8pm Daily

Want to finish sooner? Need a more flexible schedule? Can’t make some of the above dates?

*Optional training retreats will be offered (not included in tuition).

Abbey Resorts
Lake Geneva
May 5-6, 2018 8am-8pm
Material covered will be offered in November and December training.

Tuition $599 *Lodging not included.
This program is ideal for instructors looking to become a teacher trainer of future yoga instructors. Edge Yoga School Alumni enjoy preferred registration for our Yoga Teacher Trainer Certificate Program.

Questions? Email Rae@Edge.Yoga.


Should vs Could?

Should vs Could

Yesterday I had the good fortune of attending a workshop about reacting to the actions of those around us. As humans, we tend to assess situations in order to make sense of them. We are hard-wired to do so, and even as children are taught these “critical thinking” skills.

So let’s put it to the test and see what we come up with, shall we? Critical thinking is a good thing. Question everything, absolutely. Hands down. Now that I’ve been clear on my position of critical thinking, let me point out the difference between critical thinking and judgment.

Critical thinking is a process of breaking down facts – as we perceive them, that is – and assessing and assigning meaning to them. That is an essential part of our human experience. When, however, we find ourselves judge and jury of the actions of others, is when we get ourselves into trouble. Does this help us grow or does it simply grow our ego?

The ego loves to be right. When our beliefs are substantiated by our critical thinking process, we feel euphoric. When others challenge our beliefs, we often times become defensive and look to pick apart their credibility. It becomes the mission of the ego to dismantle the beliefs of others, in an effort to substantiate our own. We see this everywhere from our daily life to entire cultures that differ from ours. Let me tell you, my friends, this can be dangerous.

Now that we have a watchful eye on the ego, let’s shift the should and could, shall we? Be a sport and play along. Let’s say Sally should XYZ. That’s judgment. We judge what others should or should not do, based on our own personal beliefs and values. This is where the waters can get a bit murky. What happens when Sally’s core values and beliefs differ from our own? Does that change anything? I think so. It isn’t a matter of who is wrong or right, it’s a matter of what is wrong or right for the person, at the time. This key difference can shift one’s perspective away from judgment (ego) and towards understanding (enlightenment). This is not to suggest that one must align themselves with Sally’s core values. It is simply to suggest that we all have different ways of how we choose our human experience to be. The beauty of diversity is that is what makes life so interesting. It wouldn’t be very much fun to have everyone do, say, and think all of the same things.

How to shift?
Take the above example and cross out the word should. Remove it from your vocabulary. Replace it with the word “could”. Sally could do XYZ is a much less charged statement. It suggests that there is no right or wrong. At the end of the day, it’s up to Sally to decide what is best for her. It is up to each of us to decide what is right for us. I invite you to ponder on the reality of judgment for a time. Each of us has a human basic right to make our own path in life. Whenever you find yourself assessing what someone else should or shouldn’t do, I invite you to gaze within. Take that energy and apply it to your own hopes and dreams.

Curious about Probiotics?

We hear more and more each day about gut health and the impact it has on our overall health. 

Here’s the skinny….probiotics aid in good gut health. Did you know that our gut is considered our “second brain” and prompts endless hormone signals throughout our body? This in turn, affects our entire system. 

Knowing what we know about the impact of hormones on our body, it only stands to reason that our gut health is essential to our overall health. 

Want to learn more about probiotics? View today’s article in Elephant Journal now.