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 trainings 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 2017 there are over 800 active Y12SR leaders and 250+ weekly meetings worldwide.