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To empower individuals with practices that support recovery and enhance physical, mental and spiritual well being.

Yoga Of 12-step Recovery Offers A Rich And Powerful Framework For Addiction Recovery And Relapse Prevention.

Y12SR “connects the dots” between the ancient wisdom of yoga, the practical tools of 12-step programs, and the latest research on trauma healing and neurobiology. As part of a holistic recovery program, it works in tandem with traditional treatment to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease of addiction.

The program serves people recovering from all manifestations of addiction, from behavioral addictions to substance abuse – creating a safe place on the mat where trauma can be released. It also supports those who are impacted by a loved one’s addiction. Weekly meetings led by certified Y12SR leaders are available in community settings across the United States. Y12SR is also offered as adjunctive therapy in a growing number of addiction recovery treatment centers.


Our history is rooted in the foundational principals of both traditional yoga, and 12-step programs.

Founder Nikki Myers began offering Yoga of 12-Step Recovery intensives in 2003, drawing on her personal background and experience to introduce an integrated practice to her local yoga and 12-step communities. As demand grew, the program evolved into structured weekly meetings, with training that prepare leaders to bring Y12SR into their own neighborhoods.

In 2012, Y12SR became a nonprofit program of Off the Mat Into the World, supporting the expansion of services to under-resourced communities where addiction recovery treatment is not readily available. In 2015, fiscal sponsorship transitioned to the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to making yoga accessible to the underserved. As of 2020, there are over 1700 active Y12SR leaders and 500+ weekly meetings GLOBALLY.



"Yoga and the 12 steps were instrumental in saving my life and I know first hand the power that yoga and the 12 steps hold in helping to re-shape and re-create life. As a person in recovery and a yoga teacher I truly feel called to give back and connect to individuals who are working on creating and maintaining a life of health and balance, working with and through the issues that lie in ones tissues. i will forever be grateful!"

Amy H.

"I had a truly amazing weekend with Nikki at the teacher training. Nikki is so open and welcoming, I felt like I was right where I should be the entire weekend. Her knowledge of yoga and how it affects the mind body and spirit is extraordinary, and right on point. Her stories help to make the information she is sharing relatable."

Laurie L.

"This training was not only empowering, it truly shifted my thinking about the way we utilize asana and the manner in which we teach yoga. There is so much informative, insightful and powerful information. I would recommend this training for all yoga teachers, everywhere."

Gabriella D.