Yoga: A Holistic Approach to Substance Use Disorder Recovery – Dawn Farm Education Series
December 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute auditorium, 5325 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti Michigan 48197. Park in parking area “M.”
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Western cultures are learning what our eastern counterparts have known for centuries: yoga promotes overall wellness and has beneficial effects for people who have a variety of physical and mental health challenges. Research shows us that yoga decreases stress hormones, increases mood-benefiting neurotransmitters, and helps new neural pathways form in the brain. As an integrated mind-body approach, yoga facilitates personal and spiritual growth, benefits both physical and mental health and reaches areas of the brain that may not be reached by behavioral techniques alone, such as areas impacted by trauma. People in recovery from substance use disorders have found that yoga helps them cope with and reduce stress, enhance coping and self-regulation skills, manage craving, and feel better overall. This presentation will review the research supporting yoga as an effective complementary practice for promoting recovery from substance use disorders, discuss specific ways that yoga can benefit recovering people, and provide suggestions for developing a personal yoga practice.
Handouts will be posted around the presentation date.
About the presenter:
Erin Shawgo, LLMSW, CIYT, C-IAYT
Erin currently works as a therapist at Dawn Farm Outpatient Services. She earned her Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University in 2017 with a focus in Psychodynamic Interpersonal practice and her Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University in 2011. In addition to her role as a social worker and therapist, Erin is a co-owner and teacher at a cooperatively owned yoga studio in Hamtramck, MI called Iyengar Yoga Detroit Collective. Erin holds an Intermediate Junior certification (CIYT) in the Iyengar method and certification with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). During her MSW program Erin led independent research as part of her thesis studying the impact yoga can have on women in residential SUD settings. Her yoga and therapy practices greatly inform one another and enrich her capacity as both a teacher and a therapist.