USING THE SCIENCE OF YOGA WITHIN THE SELFHELP PROGRAMME – for addiction
As a Catholic Priest working in the field of Addiction and Addiction related ailments such as HIV AIDS, I have found the use of Yoga especially Iyengar Yoga the most effective component of the healing process. This method is now known as Kripa foundation Iyengar Yoga and is being used in over forty countries in treatment facilities.
The Kripa Model of Recovery is based on the self-help programme of the AA. This programme has two dimensions of healing the addict. The first is psycho-spiritual and the second psycho-social. These dimensions make the person find the common golden thread of faith and love in all the twelve steps. However, as St. Paul Said, “I know what is good and know what is bad; yet I end up by doing the bad that I hate”. Merely the study or understanding of recovery makes many get into a relapse-syndrome. This is mostly because the body often does not respond to the sublime teachings of the Programme. As Jesus said. “the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”.