Yoga teachers Tommy Rosen, Kia Miller, Nikki Myers, Rolf Gates, and Vinnie Marino talk about their addictions and how coming to the mat helped their recovery and renewal.
Yoga and meditation are becoming increasingly popular tools for helping people deal with addictions of all kinds—from drugs, alcohol, and food to people, money, and technology. Chances are you've dealt with at least one of these habits yourself or know a friend or family member who has. Yoga Journal asked Kundalini yoga teacher and addiction expert Tommy Rosen if he could riff off his new book, Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life (Hay House 2014), and reach out to people who have used yoga in their recoveries. "I naturally turned to the yoga teacher community because so many of us have had and overcome these types of struggles," says Rosen. "Here you will find what five of us have to say about the power of yoga as a catalyst for personal transformation in the lives of people who face addiction."
For more on how you can develop your own Kundalini-inspired bad-habit-breaking practice, read Kundalini Yoga: The Key to Kicking Bad Habits for Good, written by Rosen and his partner and yoga teacher Kia Miller.