Yoga studio reaches out to those suffering with addiction

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 05:52 PM.

After the military, she applied her recovery experience to help others and ultimately acquired a master’s degree in addiction studies. She put that education to good use at Hazeldon Addiction recovery and treatment center in Minnesota prior to moving to the area a year and a half ago.

Landwehr says her yoga workshops are not substitutions for treatment, but are “agents for change,” for not only recovering addicts, but also for the family and friends of those struggling.

“Recovery encompasses not just the addict — it’s the family, it’s the friend, it’s the people who are impacted,” she said, emphasizing the importance of learning “recovery skills.”

In her own life, the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of yoga have paired perfectly with recovery techniques to make her more resilient.

She turned to yoga after a drunk driver hit her while she was crossing a street to do her Christmas shopping 22 years ago, rendering her unable to engage in other forms of exercises.

“I needed something to help facilitate my healing,” she said. And though she admits she was angry at the time, she now calls it a blessing.

“It introduced me to something new,” she said. “That was the gift in that.”

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