Chelsea Rappel is a Yoga instructor and person in long term recovery. She invited Seth and I out to Ume Yoga in Oakland California to talk recovery and then participate in one of her awesome 12 step recovery yoga meetings. We had a damn good time, created some great conversation, and also had some laughs. Listen in to find out how yoga can help keep you on the right path in life and recovery.
What do I do when I feel like shit? I have had a weird last few weeks and noticed myself drifting from my program and routine, and I could really feel it. I was feeling irritated, angry, and I think a case of the fuck its was really starting to spread like a disease throughout my small little human Shane Ramer brain. So what did I do?
When you come across many of the BART stations and corridors connecting the transit system, what you see may be a shock to you. You see homeless people lined up stretching the span of the corridors, many of which are active drug users actively using drugs in plain view, vomit, needles, feces, urine, and garbage that has been left behind.
Hanna Marks grew up around the rooms of 12 step programs, and drank for the first time at age 11. This lead her on a path of alcoholism and addiction until the age of 17 where she decided to get help. Today, she is 24 and has been sober since 2011. Hanna helps young people in recovery with her company Wherehab, an active community and rehab review site. She is also launching a sober network app called Sober Young Network (SYN) soon.
Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic. She has appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been the sole official columnist for the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com.
Tate Gunning was a star athlete in high school and accepted a baseball scholarship to Arizona State University. It was not long before Tate had a taste of the party life in college, which led to a 15 year battle with addiction. Finally, while living homeless, he overdosed on heroin and nearly died—this was also the experience that changed his life.