Pure Yoga Austin hosted an event called Yoga for Recovery, and it was unlike anything else we’ve attended on the tour. It was a community gathering to raise awareness of addiction and substance abuse through yoga classes and an illuminating panel of researchers, organizations, and recoverers. It was fascinating when Austin Dell Medical School’s Dr. Kasey Claborn presented the science behind addiction, as well as yoga’s ability to rewire the brain. We joined a class with yoga teacher Monica LeBansky and heard her story as well. She has been sober for 5 years; yoga in part played a role in her recovery. (A video about our day at this amazing event is coming soon!)
It was clear that Mardy and Jeff Chen, the founders of the Pure Yoga Texas family of studios, truly care about the Austin community, and their drive and compassion are inspirational! In fact, the Chens started a nonprofit called Pure Action that supports its members’ recovery efforts by offering 30 days of free yoga. It also funds research on how yoga affects the brain when it comes to addiction.
On top of all of this, they host an annual Yoga Research Conference that dives into the latest research in yoga. It’s a weekend for yoga teachers, practitioners, health care providers, and researchers to learn together and network. This year’s conference is October 27-28, so there’s still time for you to get involved. Click here for more details and to get your ticket.