Introduction to Yoga in the Helping Professions and the Recovery Movement

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Yoga has become a popular practice in both the helping professions and the recovery movement. In the West, most are familiar with various postures (asana) and breathing practices (pranayam) that support relaxation, grounding, focus, and a sense of equanimity. The holistic healing benefits of these practices are well known. In addition to the familiar practices there is also a wealth of information in the ancient literature of India that offers insight into the process of healing and recovery on every level of our existence

This workshop will provide an experience of both the “yoga of action” and an introduction to some of the ancient teachings. We will explore some yoga techniques of gentle movement, easy posture, breath, and discuss how the practice relates to personal growth and healing. Particular attention will be paid to techniques that focus on grounding, anxiety, mild depression. During the second part of the workshop, we will look at specific verses from the sacred texts of the Bhagavadgita and of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, exploring how the wisdom inherent in these texts can benefit the practice of counseling. Through practice, self-study, and self-surrender, yoga instills a peace that transcends problems of living. 

May be taken by itself or in combination with Empowerment through Mind Body Connections


John Yasenchak, Ed.D., LCPC John Yasenchak is Associate Professor in the Graduate Counseling and Human Relations Program, Husson University, Bangor Maine.  He is also a Maine licensed clinical counselor, licensed substance abuse counselor, and certified clinical supervisor. read more…


  • 3 contact hours for nurses, psychologists, social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, continuing health education specialists, corrections and behavioral health professionals. 


Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. 

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