Yoga studio of­fers ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery class

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twit­ter

The Cen­ter for Health Yoga and Arts will hold a Re­cov­ery Open House on Fri­day at its Downingtown studio.

DOWNINGTOWN>> As more or­ga­ni­za­tions be­come in­volved in the fight against opi­oid ad­dic­tion in Ch­ester County, a Downingtown busi­ness is of­fer­ing a road to re­cov­ery that prac­ti­tion­ers say is hun­dreds of years old.

The Cen­ter for Health Yoga and Arts will hold a Re­cov­ery Open House on Fri­day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at its studio on Green Street in Downingtown. The event will fea­ture dis­cus­sion on how yoga can be used to help re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts face their sit­u­a­tion and stop suf­fer­ing.

The open house will kick off a re­turn to of­fer­ing weekly yoga classes on Fri­days for the re­cov­ery com­mu­nity in the county and sur­round­ing ar­eas. “That means all of us who suf­fer from ad­dic­tion and/or are deal­ing with the ad­dic­tive be­hav­ior of oth­ers,” said Laura Liss, the cen­ter’s direc­tor. “We have been pro­vid­ing these do­na­tion classes to the com­mu­nity over these past two years.”

Funds raised through the pro­gram have been do­nated to a va­ri­ety of agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions deal­ing with ad­dic­tion is­sues, in­clud­ing the Penn­syl­va­nia Re­cov­ery Or­ga­ni­za­tion - Achiev­ing Com­mu­nity To­gether (PROACT); Ka­cie’s Cause, an or­ga­ni­za­tion con­sist­ing of busi­nessper­sons and con­cerned par­ents seek­ing to ed­u­cate our com­mu­ni­ties of the wide­spread use of

heroin; Ado­les­cent Aware­ness, a char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion whose pri­mary pur­pose is to fund ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties for mid­dle school aged chil­dren; and The Last Stop Club­house, a re­cov­ery house for ad­dicts from all walks of life.

Trans­for­ma­tion Yoga Project pro­vides pris­ons, pri­vate en­ti­ties and in­di­vid­u­als with re­sources to es­tab­lish yoga pro­grams as part of a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram. The pro­gram and pro­cesses are adapt­able to serve the needs of in­sti­tu­tions, jus­tice de­part­ments,

and so­cial work agen­cies. Trans­for­ma­tion Yoga Project in­te­grates yoga into suc­cess­ful re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams, and part­ners with in­sti­tu­tions to make such pro­grams an in­te­gral part of the stress and anger man­age­ment com­po­nents of their fa­cil­ity.

The cen­ter is en­cour­ag­ing spon­sor­ship do­na­tions from $100 to $300.

The Fri­day event will come on the heels of Gov. Tom Wolf’s ad­dress Wed­nes­day to a joint ses­sion of the state House and Se­nate in his effort for ac­tion on a pack­age of leg­is­la­tion de­signed to com­bat opi­oid and heroin ad­dic­tion.

Wolf is seek­ing pas­sage of bills to re­quire pre­scribers

to check a pre­scrip­tion drug mon­i­tor­ing data­base ev­ery time they pre­scribe opi­oids and limit the opi­oid quan­ti­ties that emer­gency room doctors can pre­scribe to seven days.

It also comes in ad­vance of a “color run” event spon­sored by the county com­mis­sion­ers in West Ch­ester on Nov. 5. In­for­ma­tion on that event, which is in­tended to raise aware­ness of the is­sue and funds for the “Warm Hand-Off” pro­gram in area hospi­tals, can be ob­tained by con­tact­ing Re­becca Brain, county com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer, at rbrain@ch­esco.org.

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