Meet the team that is working to bring Yoga of 12-Step Recovery into the world

Nikki Myers – Founder

Nikki Myers developed Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) in 2004. An accomplished yoga therapist, teacher and somatic experiencing practitioner, Nikki is the founder of CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health in Indianapolis, IN. From her personal struggles with addiction, Nikki is quick to tell the world, “The 12-step program and Yoga saved my life – one is my lifeboat, the other my launching pad.”

Mysh Caldwell – Director of Operations

Mysh Caldwell, RYT-200, served as Director of Operations for CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health – one of the Midwest’s largest and most successful yoga schools – for nearly 10 years. Her keen wit, organizational skills and vision empower her to bring out the best in any collaborative undertaking.

Lori McCracken Zeswitz – Leader Advocate

Lori McCracken Zeswitz, RYT-200, is a certified Y12SR leader who hosts regular meetings in her community and assists founder Nikki Myers in facilitating online and live trainings. In addition to teaching private yoga in Chesapeake, VA, Lori holds a BA in public relations and is an administrator in a faith community. She and her husband own Zed Therapeutic, a pain-management and muscle-recovery business for human, equine and canine clients.

Dana Walters – Y12SR Leadership Trainer

Dana Walters, ERYT-500, is co-founder of the nonprofit Project Yoga Richmond in Virginia, which offers free and reduced-cost classes to underserved populations. She owes a debt of gratitude to Nikki Myers and Rolf Gates as well as countless others on a recovery path. Dana has taught Yoga since 2008 and has been a space holder for Y12SR meetings since 2012. She has been featured in Yoga Journal as well as on The Huffington Post. She is honored to serve through Y12SR, both offering the Intensive online and traveling the east coast offering the wisdom of yoga coupled with the Twelve Step path through leadership. Her aim is to help others understand and apply this knowledge, which she has found to be vital in not only her own recovery and healing, but also in working with others.

Kyczy Hawk – Y12SR Leadership Trainer

Kyczy Hawk, E-RYT 500, teaches in treatment centers and yoga studios in San Jose, CA, and volunteers in the local justice system. She has also served on the staff of the Niroga Institute, teaching Yoga and Addiction Recovery. She specializes in somatic yoga techniques. Kyczy has taught Y12SR for over five years, and she has published several books and written for numerous magazines.

Hope Inscore Walker – Urban Outreach Program Coordinator

Hope Inscore Walker completed her 200-hour Hot RYT Training with Jimmy Barkan, and her Y12SR certification with Nikki Myers. She serves as executive officer for Talk It Out North Carolina, a multimedia campaign to reduce underage drinking; and is involved in the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Task Force. She has over 24 years of experience in business and program development, marketing and fundraising.

Julia Ruth Dillon – Marketing Assistant

Julia Ruth Dillon is a freelance editor/designer and an RYT-200. Currently pursuing her 500-hour RYT in yoga therapy with a focus on emotional balance and addictions, Julia teaches in studio, outpatient rehab, hospital, corporate, and private settings. She holds a high honors degree in History & Literature from Harvard. She is deeply grateful to be an active Y12SR spaceholder.

Emily Walkup – Administrative Assistant

Emily Walkup is an avid seeker, yoga student & teacher with a deep passion for being of service to others, and making yoga accessible to everyone. Registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) she teaches in the Atlanta area. She is a community partner of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition; and as a certified Y12SR leader, holds regular Y12SR meetings in her community.