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.

This pilot program will be led by an experienced local yogi, Kathleen Picardi.

Picardi is a yoga instructor and a woman in long-term recovery. She teaches yoga to students of all ages and abilities throughout the South Shore, including groups at Beech Street Preschool, Scituate Racquet Club, the Yoga Room in Norwell, the Weymouth Club, Rockland Senior Center, South Shore Support, and the Special Needs Athletic Program (SNAP) in Hingham.

“When I was doing something physical, particularly walking in nature, my mind quieted and I felt a sense of serenity,” Picardi said. “I began to include yoga and meditation into my morning routine and felt an immediate connection. It was as though yoga was an additional tool in my recovery resources. I got my 200-hour yoga certification, and have continued to study the ancient teachings and philosophies of yoga. In 2016, I received certification in Y12SR which is the Yoga of 12 Step Recovery.”

The benefits of yoga are far reaching, from quieting the mind and helping focus to building strength and balance while experiencing a sense of peace and a deeper connection to self, she added.

“Yoga is the joining together of the mind, body and spirit," she said.

Donn Young, Program Manager at South Shore Peer Recovery, said peers have wanted more holistic programs to compliment their 12-step recovery work.

“We are excited to try recovery yoga at the center. This is a trial run period to test out times and space. All feedback is invited and welcomed.”

The classes take place at the South Shore Peer Recovery Center located at 51 Cole Parkway, behind CVS, at Scituate Harbor. The first Saturday class takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 12. The first Monday class takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.

No yoga experience is required. Mats and props are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. The classes are free but space is limited to 12 participants per class. This offering is not a series, you may attend as many classes as you like.

To sign up for the Saturday class visit https://tinyurl.com/y6m73tv3 and to sign up for the Monday class visit https://tinyurl.com/yxdj9ahy.

For more information on South Shore Peer Recovery visit southshorepeerrecovery.com.