Breathe Into Recovery™

A program for overcoming addictions.

"Overcoming Addictions" an article by DeAnna on Yoga Sanga

  • 10 Hours in Class Contact Hours, 10 Hours (In CEU credits) Guided Reading/Homework
  • 8-12 Weeks Series Practicum (Your choice of location) 
  • 35 Total CEU Hours, with 9 Months to complete the program 
  • Total Tuition is $450
  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration and will be used towards your tuition

The Breathe into Recovery Program was developed in honor of those who have lived a life driven by their addiction continuing to float through life like driftwood on the river of denial, never quit grasping hold of the fulfillment they are looking for. This program was developed for those living with an addiction as well as to help those who love them. The Breathe into Recovery theory is based on personal relationships of the creator as well as her experience teaching yoga in a center for healing addictions and privately held classes. This theory suggests that those with addictive personalities are spiritually thirsty individuals who never quite fill that void.

This program drives home the power behind forgiving ourselves and others, letting go, and finding acceptance in who we are by changing the way we think on a cellular level. Through changing the way we think and talk about ourselves and others, we can find the freedom we are looking for. This freedom lies dormant within all of us and it is our intention to awaken this dormant seed through yoga postures (asanas), breath work (pranayama), and positive self-speak (through mantras).

The Breathe into Recovery Program is based on teachings of The Twelve Steps and Promises of Alcoholics Anonymous. The program is perfect for those currently in a treatment program, those who have been in recovery for years, family members of someone in recovery, and teachers or mental health care providers with a desire to deepen their understanding of the process of sobriety. Upon completion of the training, teachers will be able to share an additional depth of compassionate & educated skills making them highly qualified for positions connected to treatment facilities and transitional living.

Course Outline

  • This course is taken in 3 modules.
  • Participants have 9 months to complete the program.
  • During this time we provide you with mentorship so you are never alone on the journey.
  • Much learning comes once you begin teaching your own classes. We’ll attend at least one of your classes to provide support & helpful feedback.

MODULE ONE: What is Addiction?

Before meeting, you will begin with the required reading selections and homework assignments. (Homework will be sent electronically appx 30 days prior to Module 2 dates and upon receipt of registration fee) This will make our in-class time together run smoothly by providing a foundation of what we will be learning.  Books are not supplied as a part of the program. The books you will need are:

  • The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (the first 164 pages) I’ve seen copies at Recycle Books in Denton. Check the used bookstores prior to purchasing from AA website. 
  • Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson & Elizabeth Hopper
  • Healing Addiction with Yoga by Annalisa Cunningham
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Chakra Meditation: Discover Energy, Creativity, Focus, Love, Communication, Wisdom, and Spirit by Swami Saradanda

MODULE TWO: Components Of Breathe into Recovery

This module familiarizes you with the many components of our program. We will explore the Energy Body (chakras), Mantras, Mudras, Pranayama, and Asana.

Residential Treatment Facility teaching protocol will be discussed. Teachers will have a thorough understanding of the 12-Steps of Recovery as a healing process experienced by your students in recovery. 


Once you have completed the 2 modules share what you have learned as you teach a 6-week Breathe into Recovery series. Report back to us your experience and what you would like to add to the program. We would love your feedback.

Additional reading that is very helpful (but not required for certification) for a deeper understanding of the chakras and/or recovery are listed below.

  • Overcoming Addictions, The Spiritual Solution by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind, Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith
  • Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss, PH.D. 
  • The Spirituality of Imperfection by Ernest Kurtz