If the main problem of the alcoholic centers in the mind as we are told by the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, then we need to back door healing through action and the body. 11th Step Yoga teaches us matter over mind. We take right positive action toward ourselves and others to treat the disease. This is in direct line with the first two precepts in Yoga--the Yamas and Niyamas.
Abbie Britton, M.A. & 11th Step Yoga
Abbie Britton, M.A., is the creator and founder of 11th Step Yoga, an effective yoga/bodywork modality for addicts and alcoholics which combines the 12 Steps and recovery principles of Alcoholics Anonymous with the healing science of Yoga. 11th Step Yoga is the only recovery meeting with a yoga format sanctioned by Central office of AA. It is an open practice--anyone can attend.
Britton has her Masters Degree from Loyola Marymount University in Yoga Science and Philosophy with a specialty in brain science and the affects of yoga on the alcoholic/addict brain/mind/body.
11SY uses specifically sequenced postures, breath work and meditation, combined with 12 Step principles to treat & heal the nervous system and biochemistry of addiction, no matter what the substance. Participants learn everyday skills to calm cravings, negative thinking and intense dis-ease and discomfort and transform these into ease, open mindedness, action and willingness. 11th Step Yoga is taught by alcoholics in recovery who are also yoga instructors.
January 2019 will see the publishing of 11th Step Yoga Daily Practice for Addiction Recovery Handbook, a guidebook for meditation and recovery yoga that provides a daily dose of optimal fueling and movement for high level solution.
March & April 2019 will launch the 11th Step Yoga Road Trip, where Britton & Friends will take 11SY workshops on the road to carry the message and method.
Classes are taught on a volunteer basis by instructors who are in recovery, have been through the steps and who have gone through a 50 hour 11th Step Yoga training by Britton. We pass the basket to pay for studio rent. Find 11th Step Yoga daily postures on instagram @11thstepyoga and on Facebook.
Britton has spent years researching the right combination of movement and theory to treat addiction. She attends 12 step meetings regularly, has a home group, sponsor and sponsors people in recovery. While receiving her Masters Degree in Yoga Science and Philosophy from LMU, she studied at ICYER in Puducherry, India, to delve more deeply into the positive effects of yogic applications to addiction. Her thesis subject: Applied Yogic Science--Ancient Science for Modern Recovery from Pain, Injury and Addiction came directly out of her on ground work with people in pain and suffering from addiction. Britton is an out of the box thinker and is topline research- minded when it comes to treating patients and clients in groups or one on one. She applies her knowledge to her one on one and group practices: Applied Yogic Science & Treatment, Unwind Therapeutics and 11th Step Yoga. She is also a master at Yin Therapeutics, and heat training.
Britton's Yoga background is in the Tantric philosophical tradition and Anusara Yoga. Her expertise is the result of over 25 years of contact with bodies in pain and finding creative ways to heal them through movement, manual manipulation and visualization. In addition to her Master's degree she has over 3,000 hours of advanced yoga and bodywork training with senior instructors, most notably master instructors Noah Maze and Tara Judelle, (creator of Embodied Flow) and Dr. Douglas Brooks. She has been a meditation and movement teacher for over 25 years and a therapeutic bodyworker for 30 years. Her bodywork training, begun at the age of 22, happened the moment she realized she wanted to fix dancers rather than be a dancer. She works with all types of athletes, patients and everyday clients today. Her dance background includes Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton, and many years of training in the Martha Graham & Jose Limon techniques and with ballet therapist Don Farnsworth and Romana at the original Pilates studio in NYC.
Hailing from New York and New England from a family of writers, artists and athletes, Britton is the daughter of Academy Award winning actress Estelle Parsons and mother of former NFL player and Medical Cannibis advocate, and writer Eben Britton and writer/film maker Gus Britton. She is also the proud grandmother of Sandy Britton.
Britton graduated cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University, and has a Masters Degree in Yoga Science and Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University. Britton is Mad Dogg Spin certified, TRX certified, Yoga certified. She was a competitive obstacle runner, speed skater, horse trainer, cross country runner, and majored in dance at Bennington College.
Sunday: 6:15pm Rising Lotus Yoga, Sherman Oaks.
7:45pm Hustler Store, West Hollywood.
Tuesday: 8:30-10pm Jade Apple, North Hollywood
Thursday: 8:15-9:45 Black Dog Yoga, Sherman Oaks