Yoga studio reaches out to those suffering with addiction

Marie Landwehr

Marie Landwehr will apply the healing art of yoga with an open discussion about addiction in her monthly recovery yoga classes.

Molly Mosher | The Sun
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 05:52 PM.


Marie Landwehr has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, and she wants to pass it along by helping others break the shackles of addiction through the power of yoga.

Landwehr teaches yoga at The Studio in Seaside, and is expanding her offerings to include monthly two-hour “recovery” sessions. At these ongoing workshops, Landwehr will pair the healing art of yoga with a seminar and open discussion about addiction.

“That is one of my pursuits now,” she said. “I’m not working in a treatment center. I still hope this is an opportunity to engage in the recovery community and promote change.”

The yoga instructor has experienced firsthand the difficulties of dealing with addiction, from growing up with a family in the shadow of alcoholism to being ensnared by substance abuse in her younger years.

She says her change came along when she joined the Air Force at the age of 19, and she is thankful that it provided a push in the right direction.

“I got sober — I loved that,” she said. “I accepted the direction. That was the start of something new … I refuse to forget my past, but I don’t want to live there.”

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