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Recovery Month 30 for 30 Reflection by Nina Wong

Much of our Recovery work at the Transformation Yoga Project (TYP) happens within substance use and mental health treatment settings. I am humbled to be one of many dedicated TYP instructors offering trauma-sensitive practices that can help folks find a home in their own bodies, and tap into their innate resilience – just as my yoga practice has done for me. Our sessions throughout these different private spaces can be simultaneously challenging and uplifting, full of grief and gratitude, happiness and heartbreak; and yet through it all, I am constantly reminded of our interconnectedness, and desire to be seen and met exactly where we are.

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When dreaming up ways to honor SAMHSA's 30th Anniversary of National Recovery Month and celebrate the amazing people we serve, our TYP Recovery team set out with what seemed like an intimidating goal – finding partners in the community to help us host 30 donation-based public yoga classes in 30 days, to support our Yoga for Recovery programming. In the end, the response was surprising, overwhelming and nothing short of inspiring.

Our “30 for 30” goal culminated in 31 community partnerships across the five-county Greater Philadelphia region, Lancaster, Northeastern PA, New Jersey, and Delaware. Over 400 people attended 63 donation-based classes, and countless others contributed, offered support and participated.

While the numbers and figures for the Month are impressive, the potency of this month revealed itself in other ways.

The impact of creating a calendar where nearly every day there was an accessible offering.

The opportunity to experience the transformative power of moving and breathing in community, with skillful, compassionate instructors holding space.

The ability to bring conversations of substance use, mental health disorders and recovery out of the fringes.

The quiet yet mighty reminder of the deep connection between our personal healing and our collective liberation.

The roots of Recovery Month spread far and wide, and on behalf of our TYP team, I offer my deepest gratitude to you all.

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To our community partners and instructors – thank you for stepping up and opening your doors and hearts to TYP and our mission. Thank you for your enthusiasm and care in sharing Recovery Month with your communities, and lovingly welcoming new folks in. Thank you for continuing to grow our calendar even until the final days of the month. Thank you for holding space for conversation and transformation, one breath at a time. Even now I am still discovering all the ways, big and small, that each and every one of you combined intention, action and, most importantly, love to make Recovery Month as amazing as possible. Know that your support is a lasting source of inspiration and motivation for me and the entire TYP team as we continue to work towards healing for all.

To everyone who attended and supported – thank you for contributing during the Month to ensure that our work at TYP can continue. Thank you for encouraging your loved ones to experience a class, some for the first time ever. I’ve heard from many of you who attended classes during September about the affirming power of being in a yoga setting where recovery was spoken about openly, and moving with intention with others. Know that your voice and presence matters.

We are so grateful for each and every one of you. Our work at TYP is strengthened by the opportunities to connect with you all so profoundly during Recovery Month and we hope that this connection continues. Please feel free to reach out at any time to talk with us about our work, your ideas and how we can continue to be in community together.

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Week Four: September Recovery Month "30 for 30" Classes Sept. 22 to 28

Our fourth week of Recovery Month is filled with the most classes of any week yet, which means even more opportunities to get out and join our great community and support recovery. The classes are intended to raise money and awareness of our Yoga for Recovery Programs through the generous collaboration of our community partners.

This week we have many classes across the Philadelphia area for all levels to join us. Remember to bring your own mat, if possible, wear comfortable clothes, and please arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins to check in.

Check out our Week Four schedule below, and make sure to check back for any updates to classes.

9/22 Tulaa Yoga*, Wilmington, DE: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 1 – 2 p.m.
Ready Room Swarthmore*, Swarthmore, PA: 1 – 2 p.m.
Yogasphere*, Newtown, PA: 4 – 5 p.m.
Lumos Yoga & Barre*, Philadelphia, PA: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
9/23 Yoga & Movement Sanctuary*, Philadelphia, PA: 8 – 9 p.m.
9/24 Peaceful Journeys, New Britain, PA: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9/26 Westminster Presbyterian Church*, West Chester, PA: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Mt. Airy Lavender Farm*, Coatesville, PA: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
9/27 Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio, Rockledge, PA: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Empowered Yoga*, Glen Mills, PA: 6 – 7:05 p.m.
Positivity Yogis*, Havertown, PA: 6 – 7 p.m.
Yogasphere*, Newtown, PA: 6 – 7 p.m.
9/28 Zia Yoga & Wellness, Exton, PA: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
Bulldog Yoga, Villanova, PA: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

9/29 Dragon Spirit Arts*, Philadelphia, PA: 9 – 10 a.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 1 – 2 p.m.
SHINE Power Yoga – Medford*, Medford, NJ: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
9/30 Empowered Yoga*, Glen Mills, PA: 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Yoga & Movement Sanctuary*, Philadelphia, PA: 8 – 9 p.m.

10/4 Underground Yoga Studio*, East Stroudsburg, PA: 5:30 – 7 p.m.

*Classes will be offered from a trauma-aware lens.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins.

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Mt. Airy Lavender Farm

This class is our last opportunity to join us for a session outside. The beautiful lavender farm in Coatesville, PA will welcome TYP team members Brianne Murphy and Colleen Devirgiliis to lead the class on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Looking forward to a nice night of weather, the class will take place in a field, and in case of rain, the class will move to the barn.

Inspiring Words from TYP Recovery Instructors and Participants

Learning how to deliver trauma-sensitive yoga through and for TYP has been life changing for me as a teacher and a student. Witnessing someone beginning to make choices for themselves in their own practice is what affirms my belief that if given the opportunity, we all have the ability as well as the right, to heal ourselves through this practice.
— Emily Dougherty, TYP Recovery Instructor
Coming to yoga is a mid-week destress and a way to find serenity through the chaos.
— Megan, TYP Yoga for Recovery participant
Being able to share meditation, breath work, and asanas with men in early recovery has been a divine gift to me. Introducing a new and powerful tool to aid their awareness of their true self has been a profound blessing for me.
— Barney, TYP Recovery Instructor
I enjoy doing yoga because it makes me aware of my breathing. It relaxes me and keeps me in a good mood.
— TYP Yoga for Recovery participant
Our yoga class gives me a time to reflect on my Recovery and get in touch with my inner self.
— TYP Yoga for Recovery participant


Click here to download the full “30 for 30” calendar, and make sure to check back for any class updates.

MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW OUR SOCIAL MEDIA TO KEEP UP WITH CLASSES AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RECOVERY MONTH AND TYP’S RECOVERY PROGRAMS!

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Week Three: September Recovery Month "30 for 30" Classes Sept. 15 to 21

We're into the second half of Recovery Month, and our community has been amazing with all the donation classes across the area — and even more classes added! The classes are intended to raise money and awareness of our Yoga for Recovery Programs through the generous collaboration of our community partners.

This week we have many classes across the Philadelphia area for all levels to join us. Remember to bring your own mat, if possible, wear comfortable clothes, and please arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins to check in.

Check out our Week Three schedule below, and make sure to check back for any updates to classes.

9/8 Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 1 – 2 p.m.
The Light Within Yoga Studio, West Grove, PA: 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Enso*, Media, PA: 4 – 5 p.m.
East Eagle Yoga*, Havertown, PA: 4 – 5:15 p.m.
Rebel Yoga Studio*, Philadelphia, PA: 4 – 5 p.m.
9/16 Yoga & Movement Sanctuary*, Philadelphia, PA: 8 – 9 p.m.
9/17 Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9/18 Rebel Yoga Studio, Philadelphia, PA: 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center*, Lederach, PA: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
SHINE Power Yoga –Marlton*, Marlton, NJ: 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
9/19 MovementRx Studio*, Wynnewood, PA: 12 – 1 p.m.
Moondog Yoga Studio*, Quakertown, PA: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
9/20 Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio, Rockledge, PA: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Unity Yoga*, Philadelphia, PA: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
9/21 Whole Foods Market — Exton Rooftop*, Exton, PA: 9 – 10 a.m.
Rebel Yoga Studio, Philadelphia, PA: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
The Healing Fields Yoga, Philadelphia, PA: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

*Classes will be offered from a trauma-aware lens.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class begins.

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MovementRx Studio

With more than 15 classes this week, there are many great spots to join us, like MovementRx Studio, where TYP team member Nina Wong will lead Thursday afternoon's class from 1 to 2 p.m.!

“By moving with intention and curiosity, Yoga for Recovery allows for us to listen deeply to the stories our bodies hold, and to practice replacing judgment with compassion,” – Nina

Featured photos from the 30 for 30 community!

Make sure to take photos when you come to our donation classes, and share them with TYP by tagging us and using #TYP30for30!

Click here to download the full “30 for 30” calendar, and make sure to check back for any class updates.

MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW OUR SOCIAL MEDIA TO KEEP UP WITH CLASSES AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RECOVERY MONTH AND TYP’S RECOVERY PROGRAMS!

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Creating Community & Connection for Recovery Month, a message from Nicole Breen, our Recovery Program Director

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed to be honest. This is a blog post, it can get a little gushy, right? Here it goes...

There is an overwhelming feeling of honor and privilege that I have in working alongside the folks on my team. Sometimes I feel shocked that we all found each other in doing this work. My passion for Recovery runs deep, I am amazed every time I hear another person's story or perspective, and how we are all impacted. The suffering that goes on behind closed doors is deeper than anyone would ever want to imagine. Our Yoga for Recovery team has come together to think of ways to serve and provide external support in community. To answer any questions and to make this September campaign easy to navigate. It was super fun to work on but it's also a passion project.

When I get the opportunity to lend an ear on a call, or offer my advice to anyone on my team, I realize it is a humbling experience to just be a part of this larger collective. We set out for 30 donation classes, could we do it? We wanted to celebrate 30 years of Recovery Month. What if we don't make it to 30 classes? I laughed and said that I would teach as many as I could to get us to the mark. But thanks to Nina Wong, we didn't have to go that route. Nina created so many new connections and reconnected with many others along the way.

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The yoga studio world is close and dear as that is where most of us got our start but the time to spend in a studio space becomes limited when embarking in a yoga service journey that takes us throughout many different spaces. A home practice becomes sacred. With Nina Wong taking on this mission to deeply connect TYP within the yoga studio community, we had no idea what the feedback would be. The generous and welcoming response is overwhelming. The thought and care and the number of "YES" responses we had collected is a true dream. This is a month-long fundraising effort unlike anything I've ever seen. It is a honor to watch it unfold.

The majority of the programming that we focus on offering as TYP is within institutions, our partnerships are in closed and private facilities. There are not many public discussions on the work we do inside as we strive to honor our participants and reflect on the conscious relationship of service. We are there holding space and providing group facilitation. The service in action is not a mystery, it's an offering of privacy that is both lawful and ethical. As we fundraise to sustain and grow these programs, we reach out beyond these spaces to ask for support.

So here we go ... the schedule is set and surprisingly still growing. We have 46 more classes and opportunities to celebrate Recovery during September! Let's meet on our mats. Let's see one another and be present with each other as we enter into these spaces. Let's leave any pre-conceived ideas of what a class should look like behind. Let's open our hearts and our minds to community based support and healing. Let's try to be in a circle together and for one another. Let's create space to feel truly safe and connected. I invite you to join us. All of the information can be found here. Reach out if you have any questions.

There are also two opportunities to practice with me this weekend:

Both classes will be offered with a trauma-aware lens and everyone is welcome! All donations are met with gratitude. Please bring a mat, wear something comfortable, and arrive early.

Thank you for your support of Transformation Yoga Project!

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