Yoga and the Twelve-Step Path

Kyczy Hawk. Central Recovery Press (www.centralrecoverypress.com), $15.95 trade paper (258p) ISBN 978-1936290802
Hawk offers a way for people in recovery from addiction to work their Twelve-Step program in a way that will enhance their physical, mental, and spiritual health: through the practice of yoga. A yoga teacher, potter, and recovering addict, Hawk has walked the walk. Twelve-Steppers and counselors, the likeliest readers of the book, should know that Hawk concentrates on explaining yoga – its postures and other practices – and not the steps, though her grounding in the latter is clear. Her simple walk-through the parts of a true yoga practice, which includes rules for behavior, physical exercise, and breath and meditation practices, make a basic yoga practice highly attainable. She rightly cautions that a teacher is needed to learn the physical postures; the book's instructions can be hard to follow, and there aren't many, or good, photos to illustrate. A chapter on ayurvedic health concepts seems unnecessary. The book is best for those looking to enrich their recovery by developing more physical, and mental, flexibility. (Apr. 16)
Reviewed on: 04/23/2012
Release date: 04/01/2012
Genre: Nonfiction
Ebook - 258 pages - 978-1-936290-88-8
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