Nikki Myers comes to us to share her lived experience of addiction, recovery, and the yogic path. She created a nurturing and sustainable recovery system through yoga and a 12-step program called Y12SR. 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.
Recovery is more than possible with the incredible framework Nikki has created through her fusion of yoga and a 12 step program. 65% of incarcerated people struggle with addiction. The pandemic has further fueled and will give birth and insight into the number one health concern, addiction.
“Part of the training of Y12SR is getting out of the way. We train individuals on really how to hold space. That’s the job as a yoga facilitator in these spaces, a space holder. It is not our job to fix or be a sponsor or a coach or rescue people. What happens on the mat is a trauma-informed yoga practice, and that is our work. During the Y12SR training, we work through what is blocking us from showing up cleanly. “
We look forward to sharing Nikki’s lived experience, her depth of yogic study and knowledge, and how creating an understanding of the root causes of addiction can benefit how we serve.
An accomplished speaker and teacher, Nikki is an MBA, E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialist, and Ayurvedic Specialist. Born from her struggles with addiction and work with countless students, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based on the theme ‘the issues live in the tissues,’ Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaves the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs.
Y12SR meetings are available internationally, and the curriculum has rapidly become a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Origin Magazine, CBSnews.com, and countless podcasts. She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation, and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Nikki has been featured as a keynote speaker at the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) conference and the International Conference on Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She was named a Yoga Journal Game Changer and is an honored recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award.