Recoveryoga Offered at Mental Health Association

Focused on exploring recovery in mind, body, and soul, Recoveryoga is one of the classes and groups that meet weekly at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County in Jamestown’s Gateway Center. Pictured practicing yoga, from left around the circle, are leader Jen Raines, Sheridan Smith, Jennifer Johnson, Darien Holt, and Steven Cobb.

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Chautauqua County Mental Health Association

Since it was first presented in April, Recoveryoga has become a regular part of the offerings at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) in Jamestown’s Gateway Center.

Recoveryoga meets on Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., and focuses on exploring recovery in mind, body, and soul. It is open to those who can come regularly as well as those who cannot.

Leading the class is Jen Raines, who has been practicing yoga for two decades. A yoga teacher since 2011, she is now taking advanced yoga teacher training in Rochester and writing her thesis on yoga for addiction. Raines notes that while yoga means union or to bring together, substance use disorder is “the great separator.” She volunteered to lead these classes to offer support for people who suffer from drug or alcohol misuse.

Recoveryoga classes are held in MHA’s sensory room that was originally prepared by students of Jamestown Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Mats, bolsters, blocks, and straps are provided for participants. Like all MHA services, classes are free of charge.

At the MHA’s June recovery luncheon Executive Director Steven Cobb recognized eight people for their recovery milestones. A hearty meal was prepared by members of Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church.

The Mental Health Association is a peer recovery support center offering recovery coaching, peer support services and groups, advocacy, training, and veterans, family, employment and job support. The MHA provides linkages to mental health and substance use treatment, primary care doctors, health and human services, and is available to assist adult individuals in identifying community resources for healthier living. The MHA OPEN (Occupational Peer Empowerment Network) program is focused on
workforce development.

Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in at the MHA, Door 14 in the rear of the Gateway Center, 31 Water Street, Jamestown. Hours are Mondays-Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more about the MHA, call (716) 661-9044 or visit or

To learn more about MHA OPEN (Occupational Peer Empowerment Network) that is focused on workforce development, phone (716) 490-4438, email, or visit